Last weekend I spent two days in the Napa Valley where $2.8 million dollars were raised by the fierce advocates for curing all brain disorders, Garen Staglin and Patrick Kennedy. They co-found One Mind for Research which aspires to end brain disease.
If we are to meet a massive and growing need, we'll need to disrupt today's status quo in which research is based on small and fragmented clinical trials, and where active brain care is often left for patients whose problems have grown until it is too difficult to manage them.
With all of the incredible advances in care for mental illness, there is a huge roadblock between people and the treatment they need: the stigma and shame that pervade our culture regarding mental illness.
If the experts in traumatic brain injury think there's value in using genotyping to gauge the risks of high-impact sports for their own children, as noted by the authors in a recent research paper, it must be of value to others, too.