Commemorating Brain Awareness Week

The brain takes center stage as organizations around the world come together to celebrate Brain Awareness Week.  A little under two decades ago, Dana Foundation launched Brain Awareness Week to educate on the importance of brain research. Today, this work remains as crucial as ever.LillyPad_BAW_3.11

Every day, millions of people – patients, families, caregivers, health providers, and many others – feel the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on their life.  Current projections show that by 2050 over 115 million people will be affected by dementia, with the global costs expected to total as much as $1 trillion. Research could help lead us to the safe and effective medicines we need to stop Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in their tracks.

When it comes to research, collaboration between public and private research organizations provide the best route forward.  It has never been more important for us all to come together to advocate for research.  This Brain Awareness Week, let’s take the time to refocus our efforts on supporting the innovation ecosystem from the initial research all the way to a cure. For more information about how you can get involved this Brain Awareness Week, check out the USAgainstAlzheimer's Action Center.