Healthy Brain Aging Initiative

Child, adult, and elderly brains over a background of neurons

Brain Health Across the Lifespan

The challenge: lifelong brain health

The loss of brain health commonly associated with aging can be devastating. Beyond the personal toll on patients and their families, deteriorating cognitive and mental health affects all of us and represents a substantial challenge to our healthcare system and communities. Now is the time to change how science and society think about aging, cognitive and mental disease, focusing on what we are calling lifelong brain fitness.


Healthy Brain Aging infographic


The vision: forget ‘brain games,’ we need brain fitness

UC Davis has a bold vision of a society where everyone has a chance to have a healthy brain and a healthy mind. Breaking down traditional barriers between research and practice, and uniting our strengths in neuroscience across the university, the UC Davis Healthy Brain Aging Initiative will advance novel approaches to optimize brain health from birth. We will drive new discoveries in the science of brain development and aging that translate to game-changing early interventions and treatments to improve brain health across the lifespan. With targeted education and outreach programs, UC Davis will be the go-to resource for understanding and enhancing brain resilience throughout life.

Make a difference

UC Davis is looking to partner with donors, corporations and foundations to accomplish the following:
  • Create a state-of-the-art hub for collaborative research
  • Jumpstart novel research ideas and high-risk, high-reward technologies
  • Establish new positions for faculty thought leaders
  • Create new innovative training programs to transform graduate and postdoctoral research


UC Davis is committed to supporting optimal brain health for all across their lifespan. Help us empower people to lead full and productive lives, regardless of age.