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.

The New York Academy of Sciences and One Mind for Research Unveil Partnership to Accelerate Translational Science in Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Posted on November 15, 2011

New York, November 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and One Mind for Research today announced the creation of a new partnership initiative to improve the productivity of biomedical research and development for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, diseases that represent a significant and growing burden on healthcare systems and families. The partnership is a major initiative for One Mind for Research, a program that brings together public and private partners with the shared goals to advance basic neuroscience research and accelerate the development of improved diagnostics, preventative measures, and disease-modifying therapeutics. It is also a flagship effort of the New York Academy of Science’s Translational Science Initiative, which addresses the urgent need to impart multidisciplinary collaboration into scientific research in principal and practice. Translational medicine seeks to advance scientific findings quickly and efficiently into medical practice and lead to meaningful health outcomes sooner.

The One Mind for Research/NYAS partnership brings together a Leadership Council of renowned academic researchers, industry scientists, and government and citizen representatives who will work together to define measureable objectives that eliminate barriers between innovation in life sciences, research and development and patient diagnosis in the search for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This Council seeks to build on the achievements of The National Alzheimer's Project Act and other efforts in the fight to eliminate this debilitating disease.

Participating organizations include: Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, One Mind for Research’s first major corporate sponsor through the Healthy Minds initiative, as well as the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, AstraZeneca, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, The Critical Path Institute, GE Healthcare, Genentech, Harvard Medical School, IBM, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Merck Research Laboratories, Mount Sinai Medical Center, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, OI Pharma Partners, Pfizer, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health, The Rockefeller University, University of California San Francisco, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Washington University School of Medicine, and Weill Cornell Medical College. 

Together, the Council will explore methods for removing bottlenecks to understanding the biology of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Council members will work together to create stronger infrastructure, including precompetitive consortia, to support the development of new therapeutics. They will also develop a common agenda to advance development of preventive approaches and treatments among the public, financial, biotech and pharmaceutical sectors.

“Public-private partnerships facilitate the development of innovative models that enhance translational science and provide opportunity to break down the barriers among research organizations that can impede progress in complex areas of research,” said Ellis Rubinstein, President and Chief Executive Officer, New York Academy of Sciences. “We share One Mind for Research’s dedication to improving the understanding and treatment of disorders of the brain. Together we can speed translation of basic scientific knowledge into new methods for diagnosing, treating and preventing neurological diseases.”

“The annual cost of care in the U.S. for Alzheimer’s Disease alone is over $180 billion and the impact of both Alzheimer’s disease and dementia on the lives of families is devastating… and growing. Now is the time for us to convert scientific advances into real medical breakthroughs,” said Garen Staglin, co-founder of One Mind for Research and the International Mental Health Research Organization. “We are thankful for the Academy’s vision and leadership as we bring together key partners in this concerted bench to bedside initiative that can enhance the lives of the millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and help reduce the burden of these diseases. This is an important milestone in the 10-year campaign of One Mind for Research to significantly reduce the cost and impact of brain disease.”

About the New York Academy of Sciences
The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide since 1817. With 25,000 members in 140 countries, the Academy is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. The Academy's core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large. Please see www.nyas.org.

About One Mind for Research
One Mind for Research is the first organization that brings together the science, technology, financial resources and knowledge required to create an unprecedented understanding of brain disease. The organization galvanizes the entire healthcare community to accelerate the translation of basic science into breakthrough treatments and cures. To learn more, visit www.1mind4research.org.