November 15-17, 2023

Healing the Brain: Bridging the Gap in Low-and Middle-Income Countries

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About the Brain & Mind Institute

The Brain and Mind Institute (BMI) at the Aga Khan University, operates in East Africa and Central/South Asia. BMI’s ethos is to span from neuron to the neighborhood, and across multi-country campuses. The operational model is to empower and strengthen neuroscience and mental health research and interventions through capacity building and partnerships; connecting the rich tapestry of academics, research entities, stakeholders, and communities of lived experience.

BMI facilitates interdisciplinary research, education and innovation in mental health and neurosciences. Through transdisciplinary research approaches, BMI aims to impact the lives of people who are affected by debilitating neurological and mental health problems. Whether it is uncovering the causes of illness or advancing breakthrough research into treatments or interventions, BMI’s approach is always mindful of the local needs of the people and communities at risk.

About the Brain & Mind Institute

Conference: Healing the brain-Bridging the gap in low & middle income countries

Mental health and Neuroscience are rapidly growing fields with a significant impact on individuals, communities, and societies. Yet, despite progress in these areas, low and middle-income countries (LMICs) continue to face significant challenges in addressing brain health issues. In spite of the growing awareness of the importance of brain health, countries in the global south still face numerous obstacles in addressing brain health issues, including inadequate access to care, insufficient research, development and funding, cultural barriers towards help-seeking behaviour and a general lack of awareness by the populace.

This conference aims to bring together leading experts and stakeholders in neuroscience and mental health to explore innovative solutions and strategies to promote brain health in LMICs.

Conference: Healing the brain-Bridging the gap in low & middle income countries

Why attend?

  • Discover the latest research and developments in the field of brain health including innovative approaches to treating brain diseases and disorders.
  • Discover inspiring stories of individuals involved in the field of brain health, including renowned experts, community organizations and those with personal experiences.
  • Enhance your knowledge and expertise through engaging discussions, presentations, and workshops conducted by experts, empowering you to make a significant impact in the field of brain and mental health.
  • Meet and collaborate with researchers, healthcare professionals, industry leaders, and other attendees who share your interest in brain and mental health.

Who should attend

The conference presents a remarkable opportunity for a diverse range of individuals and organizations to come together, exchange knowledge and insights, foster collaboration, and work towards enhancing brain health and well-being. These participants include:

  • Neuroscientists and researchers who are actively engaged in studying the brain's functions and disorders.
  • Medical professionals such as neurologists, neurooncologists, neurosurgeons, neurophysiologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other healthcare providers specializing in brain and mental health.
  • Advocacy groups such as patient advocacy organizations, mental and brain health organizations, and support groups for individuals and families impacted by neurological disorders.
  • Policy makers and government officials who are keen on staying up-to-date with the latest research on brain and mental health and utilizing it to inform policy decisions.
  • Educators like teachers, school administrators, and curriculum developers interested in promoting brain and mental health and wellness among students.
  • Industry professionals such as representatives from pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and healthcare technology firms will also be present.


  • Aga Khan University Hospital
  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • Shamiri Institute


  • Ministry of Health
  • Kenya Medical Association
  • Kenya Psychiatric Association
  • Aga Khan Hospital Services

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    Hybrid event

    Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill

    Registration period

    May 23, 2023 - 01:17 until October 3, 2023 - 00:00

    Submission period

    May 23, 2023 - 01:17 until September 19, 2023 - 18:00

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