​​About Us

The Brain and Mind Institute is a new entity that operates across the Aga Khan University’s multi-country campuses, connecting the rich tapestry of academic entities, and facilitating interdisciplinary research, education and related clinical programming in mental health and neurosciences. 

The Institute is developing an integrated mental health framework and its work program involves:

  • Education

  • Research

  • Innovation (delivery science)

  • Engagement with different stakeholders including within AKU, donors and governments​


Our Mission and Vision

The Institute's Mission and Vision statements will be determined in a collaborative process involving a wide variety of stakeholders.

The purpose of the collaborative process will be to arrive at aspiration statements that guide the Institute's activities within the context of AKU's own mandate.  The thematic framework must be expansive and inclusive, as the study of Brain and Mind is interdisciplinary and relevant across the life course.  At the core of the Institute's mandate, however, will be a focus on highest risk populations, such as children, youth, and women, as well as the delivering on the promise of better implementation science (i.e., translation of discoveries into care, and up-scaling of evidence-informed care).


Goals and Outcomes

The Institute will, in collaboration with partners, set out to achieve the following goals:

  • Enhanced capacity for leadership and influence in addressing neuroscience and mental health issues in East Africa, Pakistan and South Asia.

  • Establishment of infrastructure to support (i) a hub for scholarship, exchange, and action on mental health issues, and (ii) educational, clinical, and community-based programs.

  • New research that is relevant to the context of today's youth in Africa and South Asia.

  • Programmatic offerings that address mental health related stigma and resiliency.

  • Development of new curricula integrating behavioral sciences and mental health for medical colleges and nursing education; including social sciences, humanities, human rights and behavioral sciences.

  • Advanced implementation of science-based programing in hospital and community clinics that translate new discoveries into prevention and treatment programs 

  • Sustainability in funding, including a robust pipeline of research grants​,​