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The webinar aims to discuss the paper “Good Food is Vital for Brain Health So We Must Change the Food Industry” which was published by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The paper’s authors argue that today’s food environments and food systems around the world are dominated by the corporate-industrial food industry and that this is undermining brain capital and therefore sustainable human development and public health on a global scale. Respecting the intertwined relationships between food, brain capital, health, and sustainable environments is essential for the future of humanity.

Brain capital is a novel framework that recognizes brain health and brain skills are indispensable drivers of the modern knowledge economy. This understanding provides a unified framework to define elements of brain health, disorder, and skills; quantify them; and track them in order to develop new ways to enhance them. Brain capital provides a platform to consider how to mitigate the negative effects of the industrialized food system on our communities.

The webinar is organized by EMEA in collaboration with the Brain Capital Alliance, IMPACT at Deakin, Food & Mood Centre, The Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, and OECD Neuroscience-inspired Policy Initiative, and will take place on Thursday 18 May 2023 at 09:00 CET on Zoom.


Moderator: Prof. Rym Ayadi, President and Founder, Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA)


  • Dr. Harris Eyre, MD PhD, Fellow in Brain Health at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Senior Fellow for Brain Capital with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
  • Prof. Felice Jacka, OAM, Co-Director of the Food & Mood Center at Deakin University
  • Prof. Suzanne L Dickson, President of the European Brain Council, Secretary of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Professor of Physiology/Neuroendocrinology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden


  • Prof. Michael Berk MD PhD, Director of IMPACT, the Institute for Mental Health and Physical Health and Clinical Translation at Deakin University
  • Prof. Mohamed Salama, Associate Professor, Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology, the American University in Cairo, Egypt and Senior Atlantic Fellow at the Global Brain Health Institute
  • William Hynes, Co-ordinator of New Approaches to Economic Challenges, Office of the Chief Economist, OECD


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May 18, 2023