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Global mental healthcare meets the digital revolution

…When com­mit­ting to the Unit­ed Nations’ Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals in 2015, world lead­ers empha­sized the impor­tance of pro­mot­ing men­tal health and well-being world­wide. Yet three years lat­er, the sit­u­a­tion remains grim. Every year, 800,000 lives are lost due to sui­cide. In the Unit­ed States alone, Read the rest of this entry »

Slidedeck: What do 7.5 billion human brains need to thrive in the Digital Age, and what are key opportunities to better equip them?

What do 7.5 bil­lion human brains need to thrive in the Dig­i­tal Age, and what are key oppor­tu­ni­ties to bet­ter equip them? (full record­ing requires reg­is­tra­tion; slid­edeck avail­able above and Here)

  • Álvaro Fer­nán­dez, CEO and Edi­tor-in-Chief of Sharp­Brains
  • Sarah Lenz Lock, Senior Vice Pres­i­dent for Pol­i­cy at AARP and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Glob­al Coun­cil on Brain Health (GCBH)
  • Dr. April Bena­sich, Direc­tor of the Baby Lab at the Rut­gers Cen­ter for Mol­e­c­u­lar and Behav­ioral Neu­ro­science
  • Chaired byDr. Cori Lath­an, Co-Chair of the World Eco­nom­ic Forum’s Coun­cil on the Future of Human Enhance­ment

Slid­edeck sup­port­ing ses­sion held dur­ing the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Brain Health & Enhance­ment in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 5–7th). All ses­sion record­ings avail­able for pur­chase (50+ Speak­ers, 15+ Hours, $150).

5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution

Hun­dreds of com­pa­nies around the globe, now includ­ing Elon Musk’s Neu­ralink and even Face­book,  are research­ing and devel­op­ing new ways to help brain own­ers be smarter, sharp­er, and health­i­er.

What explains this flur­ry of activ­i­ty? Where may it be head­ed?

To help you under­stand what’s going on, let me high­light five key facts that emerged from the recent Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit.

 

Fact 1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, and everyone needs help

Con­sid­er all unmet needs derived from the tra­di­tion­al phar­ma-exclu­sive approach to brain health.

Learn­ing and cog­ni­tive dis­abil­i­ties in chil­dren are grow­ing sig­nif­i­cant­ly, from ADHD and OCD, to autism. The relat­ed emo­tion­al and eco­nom­ic bur­den is sub­stan­tial — yet, over 60–70% of those with treat­ment have poor out­comes, and many who need help don’t get any.

Glob­al­ly, around 350 mil­lion peo­ple suf­fer from depres­sion. Add to that sub­stance abuse, and we are talk­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple with­out prop­er care and very high relapse rates for the lucky ones get­ting help.

Con­cus­sions and brain impair­ments per­vade through mil­lions of vet­er­ans and high-con­tact sports prac­ti­tion­ers, yet diag­no­sis and treat­ments are elu­sive.

And let’s not for­get the per­fect­ly healthy. Read the rest of this entry »

100 newly recognized Young Global Leaders train their brains (and others’) by tackling complex challenges with innovative approaches

Meet the 2017 Class of Young Glob­al Lead­ers (World Eco­nom­ic Forum release):

They devel­op gene-edit­ing tech­nol­o­gy, rebuild wartorn nations and much more…Each year the World Eco­nom­ic Forum under­takes an ambi­tious endeav­our – to scour the world to select 100 young lead­ers, under the age of 40, who are tack­ling the world’s most com­plex chal­lenges with inno­v­a­tive approaches…Selected into a five-year pro­gramme, this year’s class of 100 Young Glob­al Lead­ers is split even­ly between busi­ness and not-for-prof­it sec­tors – build­ing a glob­al com­mu­ni­ty of peers who can cap­i­tal­ize on diverse tal­ents, expe­ri­ences and net­works to bridge divides that exist in soci­ety and achieve more togeth­er than they could separately…Not only are women in the major­i­ty in this year’s class, but half the intake come from emerg­ing economies, reflect­ing a trend towards greater diver­si­ty in glob­al lead­er­ship.”

To learn more:

Four reasons the future of brain health is digital, pervasive and bright

Hun­dreds of com­pa­nies and sci­ence labs around the globe are research­ing the inner work­ings of the human brain and mind, and devel­op­ing new ways to help brain own­ers be smarter, sharp­er, and health­i­er for longer.

What explains this flur­ry of activ­i­ty? Read the rest of this entry »

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