Brain health: Key to health, productivity, and well-being
Avan A., Hachinski V., Aamodt AH., Alessi C., Ali S., Alladi S., Andersen R., Anderson KK., Avan A., Reza Azarpazhooh M., Bassetti CLA., Brainin M., Brodtmann A., Buchan AM., Charway-Felli A., Cipriano LE., Endres M., Evans TG., Federico A., Feigin VL., Ferro JM., Freedman M., Frisbee SJ., Fuster V., Ganten D., Gilliland J., Hachinski V., Kimura J., Kirton J., Küey L., Ouriques Martins SC., Mokhber N., Nilanont Y., Nucera A., Oveisgharan S., Owen AM., Owolabi MO., Rogers KA., Rouleau GA., Sacco RL., Stranges S., Whitehead SN., Whitehouse PJ., Wilk P.
Brain health is essential for physical and mental health, social well-being, productivity, and creativity. Current neurological research focuses mainly on treating a diseased brain and preventing further deterioration rather than on developing and maintaining brain health. The pandemic has forced a shift toward virtual working environments that accelerated opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration for fostering brain health among neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuro and socio-behavioral scientists, scholars in arts and humanities, policymakers, and citizens. This could shed light on the interconnectedness of physical, mental, environmental, and socioeconomic determinants of brain disease and health. We advocate making brain health the top priority worldwide, developing common measures and definitions to enhance research and policy, and finding the cause of the decline of incidence of stroke and dementia in some countries and then applying comprehensive customized cost-effective prevention solutions in actionable implementation units. Life cycle brain health offers the best single individual, communal, and global investment.