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1st International Forum on Women’s Brain and Mental Health

Join world experts, patients and caregivers for this interdisciplinary discussion on the role of sex and gender in the treatment of brain and mental diseases

Organized by the Women’s Brain Project in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Women’s Brain Health and The Lancet Psychiatry


This groundbreaking event, the first of its kind worldwide, will convene international thought-leaders from various disciplines, including regulators, policy makers, representatives from pharmaceutical industries, artificial intelligence experts, medical doctors and academic scientists, as well as patients and caregivers.

Hosted in the stunning location of the Rolex Learning Center, at the heart of the EPFL Campus in Lausanne (Switzerland), the Forum features a high-level scientific program, organized in the following four panel discussions:

Panel Discussion 1. Sex effects on the regulation of brain function and disease manifestation. Towards gender medicine in neuroscience.
Chaired by Cathrine Quarini, Senior Editor, The Lancet Psychiatry

Panel Discussion 2. Psychosocial aspects of female caregivers' brain and mental health. Socio-economic gap and female caregivers' burden.
Chaired by Meryl Comer, co-founder, WomenAgainstAlzheimer's

Panel Discussion 3. Sex and gender in clinical trials for brain and mental diseases. Reconsidering the way we test drugs.
Chaired by Raj Long, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Vice-Chair, World Dementia Council

Panel Discussion 4. Digital biomarkers and new technologies. Novel tools to support women's brain health.
Chaired by Nicoletta Iacobacci, Singularity University Geneva

Confirmed speakers include:

Angela Abela (University of Malta, Malta)

Antonella Santuccione Chadha (Swissmedic, Swiss Regulatory Agency, Switzerland)

Carol Brayne (University of Cambridge, UK)

Cristin Bexelius (International Payer Strategy Leader, Roche, Switzerland)

Dhamane Rajendra (The Mauli House, India)

Else Charlotte Sandset (University of Oslo, Norway)

Fabrizio Renzi (Innovation and Technologies Director, IBM, Rome)

Gill Einstein (University of Toronto, Canada)

Hadine Joffe (Harvard Medical School, US)

Harald Hampel (Salpetriere Hospital, France)

Joanna J Bryson (University of Bath, UK)

Khaliya (Mental Health Advocate)

Liisa Galea (Universty of British Columbia, Canada)

Lynn Posluns (Women’s Brain Health Initiative, Canada)

Maeve Cusack (European Institute for Women’s Health)

Maria Houtchens (Harvard Medical School, US)

Marsha Henderson (Food and Drugs Administration, Office for Women’s Health, US)

Mary Mittelman (New York University School of Medicine, US)

Myshkin Ingawale (FACEBOOK)

Nikolaos Mavridis (Interactive Robots and Media Labs, MIT, US)

Suzana Petanceska (National Institute for Aging, US)

Tania Dussey Cavassini (Former Swiss Ambassador for Global Health, Switzerland)

Valerie Bruemmer (Senior Medical Advisor, Eli Lilly)

The purchase of one ticket grants access to all activities of this one-day event, including keynote talks, panel discussions, two coffee breaks, standing lunch, apero dinner and entertainment by the international actress Sylvia Day.


Tue, December 12, 2017

8:30 AM – 6:00 PM CET

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Posted on 17/10/2017

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