Brain Health

Goals

In order to provide recommendations for pharma companies on social impact programs, provide background information on brain health. Specifically, in a slide presentation, provide a definition, key insights, key challenges, key players, and innovations.

Early Findings

Definition

  • According to the National Institutes of Health, brain health is "the ability to remember, learn, plan, concentrate and maintain a clear, active mind."
  • The central idea around brain health is using tools and brain exercises to fight aging and memory loss.

Insights

  • The European Commission funded brain research through the Framework Programmes at EUR 3.1 billion from 2007-2014 and at EUR 3.2 billion from 2015-2020.
  • In the US, the NIH funded the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative at $400 million, a 50% increase from the previous years funding.

Challenges

Key Players

  • The US government NIH has launched a national campaign focused on brain health that is now managed by the National Institute on Aging.

Innovations

  • In 2019, one big study published in the Open BioMedical (OBM) journal Integrative and Complementary Medicine showed that "physical exercise, mental exercise, a grain-free/sugar-free diet, anti-inflammatory nutritional supplements, sleep optimization, and stress management" helped slow cognitive decline in adults over 55.

Market

  • Globally, consumers spent "$1.9 billion on digital brain health and neurotechnology apps in 2018," four times the amount spent in 2012.

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