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.

One Mind for Research Welcomes General Peter W. Chiarelli as Chief Executive Officer

Posted on March 12, 2012

RUTHERFORD, California – March 12, 2012 – One Mind for Research is pleased to announce that General Peter W. Chiarelli, U.S. Army (Retired), will join the organization as Chief Executive Officer, effective March 12, 2012.  General Chiarelli recently served as the Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, where he was a tireless advocate for eliminating the stigma associated with Service Members and Veterans getting the help they need for the treatment of the invisible wounds of war.  Co-founded by former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and passionate mental health advocate Garen Staglin, One Mind for Research is an independent, non-profit organization bringing together health care providers, researchers, academics and the health care industry - on a global scale - to cure all brain disorders.

“One Mind for Research will serve as the catalyst that promotes cooperation and the sharing of knowledge by advancing and resourcing promising research critical to promoting brain science and deploying effective treatments for traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and other conditions,” said Chiarelli.  “I am honored to join One Mind and look forward to building on the work I did during my time with the Army to draw attention to, and initiate support for, Active Duty Military Personnel and Veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.  My goal is to advance the vision of One Mind’s founders to eliminate stigma and accelerate our understanding of the last frontier of the human body – the brain – so that we can provide effective cures for those suffering and their families.”

In his new role, General Chiarelli will make One Mind for Research’s vision of unprecedented collaboration and alignment among global stakeholders in brain research a reality.  Through his leadership, One Mind for Research will facilitate public-private partnerships throughout the world, accelerating discovery and dissemination of disease modifying preventions, diagnoses, treatments and cures.

“General Chiarelli has demonstrated incredible dedication and passion throughout his career, and we could not be more pleased for him to continue his tradition of excellence – especially in addressing brain disorders – with One Mind for Research,” said former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Co-Chairman of One Mind for Research.  “It is fitting for us to make this announcement during Brain Awareness Week, which is an opportunity for us all to recognize the work and awareness that still need to be made in this area.”

“We conducted a global search for the CEO position, and General Chiarelli was the clear choice.  His almost 40 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Army has given him the experience in organizing and leading large scale campaigns around the world.  His experience in testifying before Congress, and working with the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and Veteran Affairs, will all be very important in his new role,” said Garen Staglin, Co-Chairman of One Mind for Research.  “General Chiarelli was the perfect choice to lead our efforts.”

One Mind for Research defined the first global scientific roadmap for curing diseases of the brain within 10 years and initiated a broad-based, international coalition of renowned neuroscientists, advocates, policy makers and others. General Chiarelli will lead the organization by working with partners to advance the plan by creating needed changes in the way health care professionals, scientists, the health care industry, and government partners think about and conduct research and, when warranted, champion changes in mental health related public policy.

About One Mind for Research
One Mind for Research is an independent, non-profit organization that is committed to curing diseases of the brain and eliminating the stigma and discrimination they cause.  Through collaboration with partners in science, advocacy and corporations, One Mind for Research is working to advance a 10-year plan to cure the diseases of the brain by creating change in the way scientists, health care professionals, NGO and government partners think about and conduct scientific and translational research, and by advancing mental health related public policy.

For more information on One Mind for Research, please visit http://1mind4research.org/.