The brain is a complex organ, made up of 100 billion neurons (brain cells) – and it is the least understood. Ninety per cent of what we have learned about the brain as been in the past fifteen years, but researchers still have far to go toward fully understanding brain function.
What we do know is that there are more than 1,000 diseases, disorders and injuries affecting the brain, spinal cord and nervous system (brain conditions). Most are progressive and degenerative, with no known cause or cure. And, while therapies exist for some conditions, in most cases, there is no way to stop or even slow the progression.
NeuroScience Canada reports that one in three Canadians will be affected by one or more of these brain conditions at some point in their lives. Brain conditions are not a normal part of aging; however we do see an increased incidence associated with aging. As the Canadian population ages, the impact of brain conditions will be staggering.