Championing research into women’s mental health and well-being

The Women’s Brain Project is currently leading an unprecedented initiative to promote a scientific discussion on the specific vulnerability of the female brain to mental diseases, and to advocate for women’s mental health.


Our Strategy


Publish high impact peer-reviewed papers that address sex and gender differences in brain and mental health.


  • review on sex-specific phenotypes of Alzheimer’s disease (Ferretti et al., currently under revision)
  • special issue collecting reviews on the topic “Drug development for brain disorders: why sex matters” (co-edited with Prof. Liisa Galea; Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology (link:, in progress)
  • special issue collecting primary research papers on sex effects in Alzheimer’s disease (in progress)

Promote  basic, clinical, social and artificial intelligence research that can help identify tools for better diagnosis, treatment and care in brain and mental health conditions affecting women[spacer height=”20px”]

  • organization of an international Forum on female vulnerability to brain and mental disease (December 12th, 2017, Lausanne)
  • active participation to several international scientific meetings (Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2016, Lausanne Dialogue 2016, World Economic Forum 2017, Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson Disease International Conference 2017, European Association of Neurology 2017) to raise awareness and stimulate discussion.

View highlights of the Women’s Brain Project launch event hosted on 17 April 2017

Advocate by generating social awareness and providing a platform for women passionate about and/or suffering from brain and mental diseases[spacer height=”20px”]

  • we have created an online space for Sofia, a young woman diagnosed with familial Alzheimer’s disease when she was 40 years old, read her stories here

Engage policy makers, scientists, patients, drug developers, regulators and organizations to discuss evidence on female vulnerability to brain and mental disease, and propose solutions[spacer height=”20px”]

  • spreading of important news via Twitter
  • creating awareness via Facebook
  • networking with professionals via Linkedin
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