I don’t usually think about my brain and all that it does in any given second, from making sure I’m breathing and blinking, to helping me pick the right words and facial expressions for what I have to say. Did you know that simple laughter requires activity in five different areas of the brain? Our brains are amazing!
That’s why the Dana Foundation unites educational and research organizations around the world to celebrate Brain Awareness Week every March. It is that organization’s goal to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. With amazing as the brain is, there is much to discover about how it works and how it might heal.
Millions of People Live With Neurological Disorders
Millions of people around the world are living with neurological disorders, from the 7 to 10 million with Parkinson’s disease, to the 44 million with Alzheimer’s disease, and the 21 million affected by schizophrenia. Our understanding of what causes problems with the brain is ongoing – it could be genetics, infection, trauma… or something yet undiscovered. Research can help bring about earlier diagnosis and intervention, and ultimately improve treatment.
The need for discovery is great, yet central nervous system (CNS) drugs – those used to treat neurological disorders – are half as likely to receive FDA approval as other drugs. This is because of the complexity of brain research and study, a reality that we experience in our work every day at Worldwide Clinical Trials.
How Worldwide Clinical Trials Is Helping Our Brains
At Worldwide Clinical Trials, we have more than 30 years of neuroscience clinical research experience, with expertise in psychiatry, neurology, analgesia, and addiction drug development. Worldwide’s team has contributed to the development of every drug class applicable to Alzheimer’s disease in the past 20 years. A full-service contract research organization (CRO), we have managed clinical trials addressing Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, and more.