Welcome to BrainFutures

Friday, July 7, 2017

Over a century ago, community leaders came together in Baltimore to address troubling conditions for people living with illnesses of the mind, and the second oldest mental health advocacy group in the nation ─ the Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD)  ̶  was formed.

In 2015, as MHAMD’s leaders reflected on the passage of one hundred years of advocacy, our minds turned to the central purpose that propelled concerned citizens to take action so many years ago: improving the effectiveness of mental health care received one person at a time.

That is how BrainFutures was born, and why this new non-profit organization has dedicated its efforts to building recognition of

  • transformational scientific advances in our understanding of brain health,
  • the urgency of rapidly translating this science to practice to combat the broad spectrum of unmet brain health needs, and
  • the need for a strong public voice to move awareness into action.

Why You Should Care About Neuroplasticity

Twenty years ago it was a commonly held view that brain growth was rapid during childhood and complete by the time we reached adulthood. Although neuroplasticity was explored nearly half a century ago, it wasn’t until Eric Kandel received the Nobel Prize in 2000 for neuroplastic discovery that a pivotal turning point in brain science occurred.

Today it is common knowledge that our brains can and do change throughout our lives. Neuroscience has never been hotter, and a crowded and confusing brain health marketplace is growing exponentially with an ever-expanding array of novel technologies, practices and products promising to help us optimize our thinking, preserve our cognition as we age and treat troubling mental health conditions.

To all who wonder:

  • What exactly does brain fitness mean?
  • What is neurofeedback?
  • How do sleep, nutrition, hydration and exercise play a role in my brain health?
  • Is electrical and magnetic brain stimulation effective and safe?
  • Do computer brain games work?
  • What does science tell us about meditation, mindfulness and healthy brains?

BrainFutures is here to help.

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