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A non-profit research foundation

dedicated to preventing dementia

The FINGERS Brain Health Institute (FBHI) was founded in 2019 by Professors Miia Kivipelto and Maris Hartmanis, supported by a group of donors and philanthropists with strong engagement in the field of healthy brain aging. 

FBHI drives, coordinates, and supports the continued clinical research that builds on the original FINGER study (Ngandu, Kivipelto, et al., Lancet 2015), which showed that lifestyle factors have significant relevance in the prevention of cognitive decline.  

As a Global Scientific Coordinating Center for the World-Wide FINGERS Network, FBHI helps connect and support research teams conducting FINGER-based trials around the world. The network was established in 2017 and has grown to include scientific teams from 60 countries.  

Driving research and implementation

FBHI plans, runs, and supports research projects in collaboration with medical research institutes, hospitals, health care providers, and municipalities.

We also drive dissemination and implementation efforts to help ensure that scientific findings are rapidly coming into use in clinical and municipal settings. This includes interaction with partners, care providers, and citizens to increase awareness about the FINGER model and how it can help prevent cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.  

Close collaborations 

The FBHI team includes full-time core staff as well as associated researchers from several European institutes. Both operationally and geographically, we are particularly closely connected with Karolinska Institutet and the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Sweden. 

Our work and the research we support is solely funded by grants, donations, and partnerships. 

Professor Miia Kivipelto led the groundbreaking FINGER study.