An estimated 15 million people are affected annually by traumatic brain injury and one out of every four people on this planet at some time will be affected by a psychiatric illness.
These conditions are the number one cause of disability worldwide, and are estimated to surpass many diseases as the major cause of death by 2020. In parallel, it is estimated that nearly 1 million people worldwide will end their lives by suicide, with 90% of these people having a psychiatric condition.
Untreated brain illness or injury is a life-altering condition that significantly debilitates individuals, their friends and families, and the surrounding economy. The global economic burden from mental illness alone is estimated at nearly $2.5 trillion per year, projected to rise to $6 trillion by 2030.
In addition to these staggering statistics, there are hurdles within the current research landscape that slow the pace of biomedical brain research.
Muddled in structurally siloed organizations that focus more on their success than that of the patient, researchers are incentivized to publish papers rather than to work together to accelerate the pace of cures. In a truly patient-focused environment, the need for researchers to collaborate is paramount, as is the facilitation of open-science data sharing.
The research to clinical practice environment is similarly hindered. Recent estimates indicate that it takes an average of 17 years for medical discoveries to be applied in community settings – the place where they can help patients who struggle. This delay is unacceptable and must be accelerated.
Overcoming these limitations is what drives our efforts.
With a focus on fostering paradigm-shifting scientific research and collaborations, our work is changing the culture within the current research landscape to radically accelerate cures for brain illnesses and injuries now.
With funds raised by donors like you, we are already achieving significant progress towards brain related cures.