Special Issue "Social and Built Environments and Healthy Brain Aging"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Mental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2021).
Interests: brain health; brain aging; dementia; neurodegenerative disorders
Interests: Alzheimer’s disease; dementia; sensory impairments; aging; social determinants of health; causal inference methods
We invite you to submit an article to this Special Issue on how social and built environments affect brain health. Health-promoting behaviors and exposures throughout life (e.g., diet, physical activity, air pollution) have been associated with childhood brain development and brain aging during middle and older age. Social and built environments at the household, neighborhood, city, and regional scale encourage health-promoting behaviors and exposures previously associated with brain health and recently have been associated with late-life cognitive function and risk for Alzheimer’s disease and associated disorders. However, studies focused on social and built environments and brain health have yet to determine the important life stages for exposure (childhood, middle and older adulthood). In addition, methods used to measure the built and social environment exposures have been limited, and the causal mechanisms linking these exposures to brain health have yet to be elucidated.
In this Special Issue, we aim to increase awareness of the potential benefits of social and built environments for brain health, by presenting (1) promising new research on the topic, (2) reviews of the relevant literature and causal mechanisms potentially relating social/built environments to brain health, and (3) the gaps in the literature and methods applied to date.
Please feel free to contact Dr. Lilah Besser ([email protected]) to determine if your paper fits this Special Issue.
Dr. Lilah M. Besser
Dr. Willa D. Brenowitz
Dr. Oanh Le Meyer
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- brain aging
- brain biomarker
- Alzheimer’s disease and associated disorders
- social environment
- built environment
- life course
- urban planning