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Global Prevalence of Diseases and Disorders

There are more than 1,000 brain-related diseases and disorders that affect nearly a billion people worldwide.  View reports and findings about the impact of disease in regions worldwide.

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Regional Resources on Investment and Impact

Get available information about the regional prevalence of diseases, investments in medical research, and approaches to research in Europe and North America, with more coming soon.

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Introduction

Neuroscientists continue to make great progress in unlocking the mysteries of the human brain. This progress is critical to help address more than 1,000 diseases and disorders that cause hardship for nearly a billion families worldwide and many billions of dollars in medical expenses and lost productivity. Neuroscience is also vital to further scientific understanding, and strengthen the research-and-innovation engines that power high-tech economies worldwide. Brain research advances are due in large part to public investment in curiosity-driven science, and the policymakers and other public officials worldwide who support robust investment in scientific innovation and discovery.

Policymaker Articles

Brain Disease in Europe

Source: Federation of European Neurosciences
Recent studies on the prevalence of brain diseases and disorders provide a stunning picture of mental health in Europe.

Neuroscience: Adapting, Thriving in Tough Times

Source: Society for Neuroscience

An interview with three of the NIH Blueprint directors about the impact recent and potential reductions in NIH funding may have on the field of neuroscience. 


Sten Grillner: Advancing Research in the European Community

Source: Society for Neuroscience
An interview with Sten Grillner, current president of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).

Stuart Zola: Communicating Science and Animal Research to the Public

Source: Society for Neuroscience
An interview with Stuart Zola, director of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Battling Brain Disorders: Voices from Public Figures

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Rep. Patrick Kennedy and Sen. Lisa Murkowski discuss how degenerative and psychiatric disorders have touched their lives.

Animal Research in the European Union

Source: Federation of European Neurosciences
A new Directive in Europe aims to raise the standard of care for animals used in scientific research across countries.