Over the next five to ten years, the Garvey Institute intends to build a number of teams and programs to accelerate brain health.
A brain health diagnostic program will identify patients at risk for brain health problems using state-of-the-art cognitive testing, biomarkers, genetics and neuroimaging. The program will also help track changes in brain health over time and identify individuals who can benefit from individualized prevention and treatment strategies at critical
stages in their lives.
An innovation clinic will allow clinicians and scientists to develop and rapidly test new diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic approaches for common brain disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction, autism and Alzheimer’s disease.
A patient and family engagement and support team will employ family navigators, social media, advocacy groups and other means to engage and support patients and families participating in the institute’s clinical and
research programs, making sure that patients and families don’t fall through the cracks and that they have all the support they need.
A technology and engineering team will concentrate technology and engineering experts with diverse skills in a hub that will help clinicians and researchers develop and test innovative strategies for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of common brain disorders.
A computational support, data management and analysis team will support the institute’s clinical and research programs. This team will also partner with employers, health insurers and healthcare organizations to use existing data that can help identify individuals and populations who may benefit from prevention and treatment of common brain health problems.
An interdisciplinary training program will attract the best and brightest students, clinicians and researchers in the area of brain health for training opportunities ranging from translational neuroscience to implementation
A communications and public education team will help researchers and clinicians communicate effectively with diverse audiences about the institute’s work, improve the public’s understanding of brain health, and reduce the stigma associated with brain and mental disorders.