Launch of Brain Capital Alliance to accelerate the change agenda

The Brain Capital Alliance, a public-private-people partnership, was launched via a series of events in Europe.

Brain Capital is a powerful platform for change. It is a holistic approach to understanding and promoting the role of the brain, brain skills and brain health. ”

— Marion Leboyer MD PhD

PARIS, FRANCE, July 17, 2022 / — Brain Capital is a framework integrating brain health and brain skills in the knowledge economy. This framework is based on the assumption that our brain is our greatest asset and provides an approach to defining, quantifying, and tracking brain problems. Brain Capital can be integrated into policies and investments.

Brain Capital has grown rapidly given the many brain challenges facing humanity – from rising rates of depression and anxiety, to the effects of long COVID, to concerns about susceptibility to fake news and losses. education during COVID. “We were delighted to complete our development phase with the New Approaches to Economic Challenges group at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This was done in collaboration with the PRODEO Institute and funded by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. During this phase of development, we launched the Neuroscience-inspired Policy Initiative (NIPI) where we examined the application of insights from neuroscience to economic and social policy, including productivity, gender equality , mental health, education and others,” Dr. Harris Eyre noted. , co-head of the NIPI and head of the Brain Capital Alliance. “The Brain Capital Alliance is now entering a controlled launch phase and integrating additional public and private organizations to drive this movement forward.”

The Brain Capital Alliance was launched in a series of successful events in Europe. The first event on Brain Capital and mental health took place during the JNPN Annual Conference – Neuroscience Psychiatry Neurology Days on June 30, 2022 in Paris. Clément Beaune, the French Minister for European Affairs was the keynote speaker. The second event on Brain Capital and patient-centered brain health care was held at the Center for European Policy Studies on July 4, 2022 in Brussels with speakers from the World Health Organization, the European Commission, EBRAINS and the European Federation of Neurological Associations. The third event on Brain Capital and Creativity was held at the Euro-Mediterranean Association of Economists in collaboration with the University of Colorado at Denver on July 6, 2022 in Barcelona. The latest Youth Brain Capital event was held at the Forum of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) on July 12, 2022 in Paris. This event was organized in collaboration with the European Brain Council and involved representatives from Kings College London and UNESCO.

Professor Marion Leboyer, CEO of FondaMental Fondation and winner of the 2021 INSERM Grand Prix said: “Brain Capital is a powerful platform for change. It is a holistic approach to understanding and promoting the role of the brain, brain skills and brain health. It aims to translate scientific knowledge into policy. This argues for a substantial increase in investment in brain science, brain medicine and brain-inspired technologies.” Leboyer and FondaMental are collaborating with Newfund Capital to develop a first Brain Capital-themed global investment fund, as well as to create a new Chair of Excellence in Brain Capital as part of PEPR ProPsy, a recently funded project to develop psychiatry precision in France.

“Recognizing the importance of new public policy leadership for this complex world, we have implemented a Brain Capital Summer School with the Latin American Institute of Brain Health (BrianLat), supported by the Inter-American Development Bank. We need better leadership in this world. The Brain Capital framework is fresh and compelling, and is an innovative, public-private compatible approach to tackling the great inequalities in brain health in the region,” noted Professor Agustin Ibanez, Director of BrainLat, Associate Professor at the Trinity College Dublin and Senior Fellow of the Global Brain Health Institute.

Professor Rym Ayadi, President of the Association of Euro-Mediterranean Economists, is Co-Chair of the Brain Capital Dashboard Working Group for the Brain Capital Alliance. Ayadi noted, “The Dashboard is a complex piece of work that quantifies and tracks metrics of brain health and brain skills globally. It allows us to empirically test policy and investment innovations. This is a key driver for the Brain Capital Alliance”.

The Honorable Jay Weatherill AO is CEO of Thrive by Five, former Premier of South Australia and member of the steering committee of the Brain Capital Alliance. He noted, “Brain Capital is a powerful new economic and political instrument. I look forward to supporting this group to develop new economic arguments to increase investment in early childhood brain development – ​​we could unlock previously unforeseen sources of funding. Additionally, this work could help address major global issues such as early childhood brain development, female empowerment, the negative effects of plastics and social media on the brain, and perhaps brain roots. of the democratic instability that rages in many countries”.

Admiral Bill McRaven, a retired four-star admiral and former head of US Special Operations Command who led the bin Laden raid, said: “Since I co-launched this work in 2021 with the OECD , I’m thrilled to see this group move from theory to action. There is a brighter future for humanity as this group seeks to merge innovations in public policy, leadership and investment in the pursuit of better brain health.” McRaven is the national spokesperson for the BrainHealth Project at the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Over the coming year, the Alliance will advance projects in three main areas: measurement, investment and policy. Integrate Brain Capital into political agendas, including productivity, climate change, political volatility, gender equality and neurotechnology. The Alliance will educate public and private leaders on neuroscience issues across the life cycle, from early childhood development to resilience in youth and cognitive decline in the elderly. The brain capital dashboard will be refined and leveraged in policy discussions. Specific research labs will be developed to experiment at different scales applied to real-world issues such as microplastic pollution, youth mental health crisis, caregiver distress and misinformation. These platforms will improve the statistical foundations and analytical foundation to guide decisions and assess progress. New financial instruments will also be explored to unlock additional funding for building Brain Capital, such as bonds, venture capital, and exchange-traded funds. The Alliance is seeking interested supporters, collaborators and partners to accelerate this work.

Harris Eyre
Brain Capital Alliance
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