Brain Health Executives: A Transdisciplinary Workforce Innovation—A Commentary

Harris A. Eyre, Michael Berk, Erin Smith, Jeffrey Cummings, Mark Heinemeyer

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Given the rapidly evolving landscape of technologies, social, health, and consumer trends, the development of effective Brain Health Executives is a key workforce innovation. Convergence Brain Health involves the integration of scientists, clinicians, bioinformaticists, global health experts, social scientists, engineers, technology entrepreneurs, medical educators, caregivers, and consumers. Synergy between government, academia, and industry is also vital. The discipline of Brain Health Executives provides a novel workforce approach to ensure we have individuals who can meet the demands of Convergence Brain Health. The optimal persona of an effective Brain Health Executive will include these core elements: a certain mindset, sufficient clinical experience to understand clinical realities and research experience to understand methodology and process, business experience in critical functional areas, informed perspectives on platform design and deep technologies in brain health, fluency with novel funding mechanisms, a progressive interest in the emerging fields across brain health, the ability to see where point solutions fit within broader product symphonies and the brain health landscape, and the facility to apply proven business and commercialization practices from not only other fields of medicine, but other industries. Promising initiatives for training and workforce development, such as Stanford University Brainstorm Mental Health Innovation Lab and the Global Brain Health Institute, may serve as predicates for the novel Brain Health Executive model. Small, agile, highly collaborative, and emotionally intelligent teams may help form the ideal Brain Health Executives in the short-term. This commentary explores the discipline of convergence of science and its role in addressing the current global brain health crisis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-27
Number of pages4
JournalInnovations in Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number4-6
StatePublished - Apr 1 2021


  • Brain health
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Mental disorders
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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