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New Global Brain Health Leader Awards aim to develop dementia-related projects

Tuesday 01 December 2020

To address the growing public health crisis of dementia, the Alzheimer's Association (US), Global Brain Health Institute, and the Alzheimer's Society (UK) have announced funding for 23 small-scale pilot projects as part of this year's Pilot Awards for Global Brain Health Leaders. Their aim is to address global challenges in dementia, including access to care, stigma, brain health risk factors, and other key issues through a competitive funding programme for emerging leaders in brain health and dementia.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which is straining health systems, increasing social isolation, and disproportionately affecting people living with dementia and their caregivers, is demanding a reimagination of service delivery and the Pilot Awards for Global Brain Health Leaders programme hopes to provide fertile ground for such innovation.

The 2020 awards will drive pilot projects that address disparities in dementia diagnosis, treatment, and care for vulnerable populations and their families. They span 15 countries across five continents, including, Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Israel, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom (UK). The 23 awardees will join an overall portfolio of 88 pilots in 28 countries.

The total funding of approximately EUR 486,000 includes about EUR 21,100 for each individual award to enable the recipients to pilot test a project and then, if successful, seek further resources to scale up their work.

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