LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Launched nine years ago, Neuroscience20 (N20) educates world leaders and leaders of the Group of Twenty (G20) on the cost of neurological, spinal and mental disorders. Neurological disorders have a significant impact on the global economy due to their often chronic and life-threatening nature, creating a global burden of disease. G20 member countries, representing the world’s largest economies, are urged to come together to develop a plan to overcome this burden. The N20 – an initiative of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) – is at the forefront of this global collaboration to bring global awareness to brain, spine and mental disorders.
“We studied the cost of neuropsychiatric and spine disorders to the global economy, and it took us almost a year to compile the data. We discovered a total cost of over $16 billion a year to the global economy and $1.5 billion to the US economy. We have published these results in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease,” shares co-author Dr. Vicky Yamamoto, 20e President of SBMT and cancer researcher at USC-Keck School of Medicine and USC-Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
This year’s N20 science and policy program includes speakers from across Indonesia and other G20 countries, as well as five guest speakers: Drs. Ali Gufran Mukti, Robert Hariri, Vicky Yamamoto, Keerthy Sunderand Jose Edgardo Valerio Pascua. The summit covers neurotechnological innovation in cell therapy/immunotherapy; nanomedicine/nanoneurosurgery; AI machine learning; diagnostic, prognostic and predictive modelling; neurotrauma; the Cancer Moonshot Initiative; suicide prevention; opioid addiction; epilepsy; radiosurgery; pain management; brain COVID-19; rehabilitation; neurodegenerative disorders; neurovascular disorders; neuropsychiatric disorders; and spinal disorders.
“We are truly honored to bring such a world-class global science and policy think tank to Indonesia. We urge the Indonesian and Indian Sherpas (2023 G20 Presidency) to include the expansion of the N20 – as well as consideration of the cost of neuropsychiatric disorders to the global economy – in the G20 communiqué as a whole,” says Dr. Asra Al FauziProfessor of Neurosurgery, Head of Neurovascular and Neuroendovascular Therapy Center, Airlangga University and President of N20 Indonesia.
Brain initiatives from the United States, Europe, the Middle East and the Balkans (ME+), Latin America (LA), and Asia-Pacific (AP) will also be represented. In addition, the program will include a panel on the Global Medical Donor Summit for Ukraine as part of SBMT’s humanitarian mission.
“Through Neuroscience20, SBMT provides an open platform for international cooperation and partnership among G20 countries, which include the world’s largest economies. We are reacting to our discovery of a lack of effective collaboration between nations and a lack of resources in developing countries. Current statistical analyzes of the cost of neurological disorders to the global economy strongly suggest a great need for investment in neurotechnology and the innovation or acceleration of therapies and diagnostics to reduce these costs. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, SBMT – through this summit and our publications – intends to show the importance of global collaboration to reduce the economic and health burden of the population, especially with regard to neurological/cerebral, spinal and mental disorders,” explains Dr. Chapter Katebchairman of SBMT, chairman of the World Brain Mapping Foundation (WBMF), director of the National Center for NanoBioElectronics and director of Brain Technology and Innovation (BTIP).
This program is made possible thanks to the generous contributions of:
- World Brain Mapping Foundation (WBMF)
- Sunder Foundation
- Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT)
- Airlangga University
- University of Uskudar
- Dr. SOETOMO Hospital
- Intelligent Quantitative Biomedical Imaging (IQBMI)
- National Brain Mapping Laboratory (NBML)
- Egyptian Brain and Skull Society
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