Innovations to Address Women’s Brain Health Inequalities


  NAEC and March on Gender

As part of the OECD March on Gender initiative, this seminar looks into differences in neurological outcomes between men and women,
supported by the NAEC Neuroscience-inspired Policy Initiative.

Innovations to Address Women’s Brain Health Inequalities

25th March 16h00-17h00


The COVID-19 crisis has exposed sex and gender differences in brain and mental health disorders, as we see news of a dangerous hike in depression and suicide, particularly among women. As we try to fight the virus, we are also forced to address how our behaviours and health are impacted by brain and mental disease – the area with the highest unmet medical need. Sex differences in brain health are very marked – research shows that dementia rates are higher in women compared to men, similar figures for depression and anxiety. The brain capital (brain health and brain skills in a brain economy) of women is therefore crucial as part of a Systemic Recovery. As part of the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) Neuroscience-inspired Policy Initiative and the OECD gender mainstreaming work, brain experts will explore how women and men brains are different and how understanding these differences might inform gender-sensitive policies.


Opening remarks:

  • Juan Yermo, Chief of Staff, OECD


  • Maureen Hackett, philanthropist, Co-Founder of The Hackett Center for Mental Health, Board Director of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
  • Antonella Santuccione Chadha MD, Head of Stakeholder Engagement Alzheimer's at Biogen, CEO of Women’s Brain Project
  • Sandi ChapmanPhD, Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth and Co-Leader of The BrainHealth Project
  • Harris Eyre, Co-Founder of the PRODEO Institute and Co-Lead of the OECD Neuroscience-inspired Policy Initiative 
  • Sofia Noori MD MPH, Co-founder of the Women's Mental Health Conference at Yale University



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