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Highlighting Brain-Based Inequalities for Women: From Bedside and Boardroom to Policy

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Psychiatric Times

Gowri G. Aragam, Naoko Kawaguchi, William Hynes, Erin Smith, Jayashri Kulkarni, Sandra Bond Chapman, Sofia Noori and Harris Eyre

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Record numbers of women have been disproportionately affected by the financial, personal and medical consequences of COVID-19. This interdisciplinary team of researchers seeks to explore the reasons underlying the inequity known as the “The Brain Gap” and the subsequent impact upon children, families, communities and future generations. Referencing an array of examples in clinical research practices, public policy and economic opportunities, this article highlights several realities to demonstrate this gap. The authors argue society has an obligation to understand the underlying causes – and then take decisive action to invest in innovative ideas that will close the gap. Ultimately, they predict that eliminating the gap will prepare socioeconomic systems for future shocks while bringing communities together. 

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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project

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