Women's Brain Project

an international organization advocating for women's brain and mental health



Our Cause

Founded in 2016, we are a group of scientists hailing from various disciplines including medicine, neuroscience, psychology, pharmacy and communication who work together with caregivers, patients and their relatives, policymakers and other stakeholders.

The Women’s Brain Project (WBP) aims to stimulate a global discussion on gender and sex determinants of female vulnerability to brain and mental disease.

We propose a new, personalized way to develop and perform medical treatments, caregiving and prevention strategies together with novel technologies development, based on consideration of sex and gender differences. By promoting a scientific discussion on the specific vulnerability of the female brain to particular mental and brain diseases, WBP advocates for the development of sex- specific measures to foster mental health

WBP aims to address these issues through scientific research, debate, public engagement and advocacy.

The First International Forum On Women's Brain and Mental Health

12 December 2017, Lausanne, Switzerland



The next Forum on Women's Brain and Mental Health is coming soon

8-9th  of June 2019, University of Zurich


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Our Mission

"Identifying specific needs related to women's brain health, advocating for change, and positioning the findings for the benefit of the society"

- Women's Brain Project

The Women's Brain Project support the construction of  an hospital in India for women and their children confronted with mental disorders and neurological diseases


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


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 > read more

logomakr_29loihAdvocate by generating social awareness and providing a platform for women passionate about and/or suffering from brain and mental diseases > read more

Engage with policy makers, scientists, patients, drug developers, regulators and organizations to discuss evidence on female vulnerability to brain and mental disease, and propose solutions > read more

Get to know Sofia as she shares her stories about living daily with Alzheimer's disease

- Advocator

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The Women's Brain Project Founders

MariaTeresa Ferretti, PhD

MariaTeresa Ferretti

Chief Scientific Officer of Women's Brain Project    

Co-Founder Read more >


Gautam Maitra

Public Affairs Leader


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Annemarie Schumacher Dimech, PhD

Annemarie Schumacher Dimech 

President of Women's Brain Project


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 Antonella Santuccione Chadha


Executive Leader

Co- founder.

Antonella is a medical doctor with... Read more >

The Executive Commitee

The Advisory Board

Dr. Antonella Santuccione  Chadha


Prof. Ann Kato
Department of Basic Neuroscience, University of Geneva

Prof. Claudio Cuello - view profile
McGill University 

Meryl Comer
Women against Alzheimer

Brooks Kenny
Women against Alzheimer 

Annette Dumas
ASDM Consulting, Director EU Affairs - view profile 

Prof. Enzio Giacobini
University of Geneva, Switzerland 


Prof. Sabina Misoch - view profile
Interdisciplinary Competence Center for Ageing, University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen 

Tania Dussey-Cavassini - view profile
Former Vice-Director, Ambassador for Global Health and Head of the International Affairs Division of Federal Office of Public Health since 2013 

Lynn Posluns
Women's Brain Health Initiative USA 

Prof. Andrea Pfeifer 
CEO AC Immune

Mary S Mittelman 
Mary S. Mittelman is research professor of Psychiatry and Rehabilitative Medicine at NYU School of Medicine and the director of the NYU Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Family Support Program, which was launched in 2016

Prof. Harald Hampel
XA Research Fund and  Sorbonne University, Paris  France

Prof. Hélène Girouard - view profile
Universite' de Montreal 

Prof. Staci Bilbo - view profile
Harvard Medical School 

Emily Cook 
Alzheimer's Research UK

Dr. Marina Ruta

Chemical Engineer, Strategist,

Free diver, Ashtanga Teacher

Dr. Merce' Boada

Fouder and Medical Director at Foundacio ACE, Institut Catala' de neurosciencies

Dr. Veronica Setola

Neuroscientist, publication specialist



Our Ambassadors

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Sylvia Day

an international comedian, actress, writer, lyricist, impressionist, singer, pianist, director, producer and all-around entertainer


Sofia Petersson

impacted by Alzheimer's Disease for more than half of her life, she shares her stories


Brandy Butler

one of the most highly respected musicians and vocalists in the Swiss Scene

ChEi Ballinger

Chéri Ballinger

a professional actress, fashion model, and TV host who has appeared in numerous films, TV shows, national and international commercials and print ads

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  - C.Tang

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