Monday, September 16, 2013

One Mind for Research: A 10 Year International Campaign for Brain Disease Cures

Alvaro Fernandez, CEO of SharpBrains, recently sent me an email blast and described One Mind for Research as “…an independent, non-profit organization bringing together health care providers, researchers, academics and the health care industry on a global scale with the goal to rapidly develop new treatments and cures for all illnesses and disorders of the brain.”

Yes, that seems like a tall order, but it also sounds like something Daniel Burnham would say, so I Googled One Mind for Research and found this on the front page of their website:

Brain disorders affect more than 60 million Americans—that is more than one in four Americans suffering from mental illness or brain injury. From Autism and Alzheimer’s disease to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), brain ailments cost the U.S. close to $1 trillion each year.  Insufficient funding for research, slowness in developing new, effective treatments, and the extreme social stigma associated with brain disease and injury result in this being the BIGGEST CHALLENGE TO HEALTH CARE 

TODAY. Cancer and heart disease affect far fewer people, yet receive three to five times more funding support than brain diseases.

A revolutionary change in the way brain research is funded, combining private philanthropy, government funding, and corporate investment with policy improvement that accelerate the research-to-cure time frame exponentially. This is the mission of ONE MIND.

Great stuff, efforts that will help everybody and anybody impacted by brain issues: from brain diseases to brain injuries. Here’s a link to their website to learn more:

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