1 in 3 people will suffer brain illness or injury in their lifetime.
Brain diseases and injuries cost society as much as $2 TRILLION per year in the US and EU.
Brain disorders and injuries cost society more than cancer and cardiovascular disease COMBINED.
1.7 MILLION Americans have Autism.
1.7 MILLION Americans suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury every year.
Approximately 1 million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease.
Over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease.
For every soldier killed in war in 2012, about 25 veterans took their own lives.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one of the LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH AND DISABILITY in America.
By 2023, over 46 million American adults will suffer from a mental disorder.
53,000 Americans die every year due to Traumatic Brain Injury.
8 teenagers die EVERY DAY in the US from TBI.
Neurological disorders constitute 12% of total deaths globally each year.
There are 5 MILLION Americans living with TBI-related disabilities.
Mental disorders make up 35% of the cost of all non-communicable diseases worldwide.
5.3 MILLION Americans have lifelong disabilities due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Direct and indirect cost of TBI is $76 BILLION per year in the US.
Nearly 8% of the US population suffers from POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS in their lifetime.
300,000 soldiers suffer TBI and/or PTS.
Women are about twice as likely as men to develop PTSD.
There is 1 military suicide per day in the US.
FOUR people commit suicide EVERY HOUR in the United States.
In the U.S., serious mental illness causes earnings loss of $193.2 billion annually.
90% of suicide victims have a TREATABLE MENTAL DISORDER.
Nearly 10% of people with SCHIZOPHRENIA commit suicide.
Number one sport per capita for traumatic brain injury is GIRLS SOCCER.
HALF A MILLION children under 14 go to the emergency room every year for TBI.
Funding for brain research from government and pharmaceutical companies is DECREASING EVERY YEAR.
Someone develops Alzheimer’s Disease EVERY 68 SECONDS.
Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH in US adults.
Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults.
TBI patients are up to 5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Medicaid and Medicare spend $130 BILLION per year on Alzheimer’s patients.
One in 10 high school athletes involved in contact sports sustain a concussion each year.
Over 400,000 Americans have Multiple Sclerosis.
An athlete who sustains a concussion is 5 times more likely to sustain a second concussion.
People with TBI are nearly twice as likely to report binge drinking.
The lowest rates of Multiple Sclerosis are in countries nearest to the EQUATOR.
20% of U.S. troops returning from combat tours show symptoms of PTSD or major depression.
DEPRESSION is the LEADING CAUSE of disease burden in the U.S.
Nearly 7% of American adults had a MAJOR DEPRESSIVE EPISODE in the past 12 months.
81.1 million people will be affected by dementia by 2040.
Over 2 MILLION Americans over the age of 18 suffer from BIPOLAR DISORDER.
About one in 10 individuals will have at least one epileptic seizure in their lifetime.
TBI victims are 50% more likely to suffer from depression.
Over 2 MILLION Americans have SCHIZOPHRENIA.
Among people with MS, physical disability contributes to a nearly 70% unemployment rate.
The annual medical cost of Schizophrenia in the US is OVER $32B.

Patrick Kennedy: Joe Biden to Headline Research Event

Posted on May 12, 2011

Vice President Joe Biden will speak at an event to announce a unified approach to the study of the brain by all elements of the federal government — timed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s “moonshot” speech, Patrick Kennedy tells POLITICO.

Biden is set to speak on May 25 at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston at an event to announce a 10-year blueprint to streamline federal research on neuroscience, brain injuries and mental illness among veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, Kennedy said.

The event is part of Kennedy’s One Mind project, an initiative whose goal is to draw attention to the lack of a single repository in government for brain research or a unified approach to the work.

Kennedy said he met with White House deputy chief of staff Nancy-Ann DeParle and Stephanie Cutter, special assistant to President Barack Obama on social affairs, Thursday to lock in the participation of Biden.

“We need the same purpose — one mind — for our veterans that we brought to the outer space race. We need to bring that to the inner space race,” Kennedy said.

A White House spokesman wasn’t immediately able to confirm Biden’s pledge to attend.

In an interview, Kennedy said that there is “tremendous excitement” among advocates and researchers around the burgeoning research and he believes that “a push right now will lead to disease-modifying treatments and ultimately cures” for a variety of diseases that affect about one in three Americans.

Kennedy tells POLITICO that he has organized leaders and researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Food and Drug Administration, among others, to help him devise a research strategy and also to deal with the rising suicide rate among combat veterans who face traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and a myriad of other ill effects related to their often extended time under fire. He has launched a nonprofit, Moonshot.org, to raise money for the effort.

Kennedy calls the suicide epidemic a “Sputnik moment” that should serve to motivate lawmakers to improve the research and care of veterans returning home.

Along with his late father, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Kennedy helped to pass landmark mental health parity legislation into law, requiring insurers to cover treatment for mental illness at the same rates that medical treatment is covered.

Since he left Congress at the end of last year, Kennedy has taken a fellowship at Brown University where he is using his position as a bully pulpit to push for neuroscience research. Kennedy has lead a very public struggle with his own mental illness and alcoholism.