Insufficient brain healthcare is one of the most pervasive and multi-faceted problems our world faces today. From the young to the old, the rich to the poor, those living in dense cities to isolated farmlands, anyone can be affected by brain health problems. Yet, current solutions to this problem are limited. While some innovations have made significant strides towards improved brain health, there is a pressing need for stronger prioritization of cognitive healthcare and more proactive innovation towards preventative treatments.
As a Judge and member of the Brain Health Challenge’s Leadership Team, let me share a quick heads up for sharp brains worldwide: MIT Solve (a recent MIT offshoot to identify and accelerate scalable social solutions) launched a Brain Health Challenge in May…and the deadline for submissions is August 1st — next Tuesday.
Challenge Description: Brain and mental well-being are critical to the health and happiness of the 7.5 billion people who inhabit our planet. The way we feel, solve problems, and interact with one another all depend on the health of our brains. Unfortunately, brain disorders that compromise our mental and cognitive function are strikingly common, affecting 10 percent of the world’s population and 20 percent of children and adolescents. These disorders—mental, neurological, and substance use—can occur at any stage of life, from early childhood to adulthood, and are increasingly common. Treatment is inadequate or nonexistent in many parts of the world, especially in low-income countries…The Solve community aims to unearth and support innovative solutions to improve brain health and fitness for all. To do so, the Solve community can propose non-invasive, non-pharmacological, scalable technology solutions that:
- Empower people to improve their overall brain health and fitness, mental well-being, and mental resiliency
- Enable earlier, more-accurate diagnosis of problems
- Increase access to and efficacy of treatments
- Help build a positive, stigma-free culture in which all people feel empowered to proactively seek better brain health and mental fitness
To learn more about the Brain Health Challenge: