To understand how viruses and other infectious agents impact brain health, and address gaps in knowledge and funding at the intersection of different fields and disciplines.

VINEx will specifically focus on:


  • Viral infections and their acute and/or chronic impacts on the brain, with an initial focus on the neurological and psychiatric impacts of SARS-CoV-2.
  • Viruses as triggers/contributors to for neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
  • Increase in zoonotic disease and connection to climate change.

Other infectious agents

  • Infectious agents (such as fungi, bacteria, parasites) and their impact on the brain.
  • How infectious agents may contribute to the development and progression of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases and mental illnesses.
Rocket Health Science | Vinex


“To address complex science challenges, we need to rally and engage diverse people and organizations. A vine may be both expansive and invasive: VINEx will be a catalyst for researchers across disciplines and people with lived experience, to explore how contagions may invade our human system, and set in motion events which harm our brain health across the lifespan. This is an area that needs further exploration, new thinking and new approaches.”

Inez Jabalpurwala, Global Director, VINEx