December 5th, 2011

Healthy Minds: Unlocking the Secrets of the Brain


From Husseini K. Manji, M.D., Global Therapeutic Area Head for Neuroscience, Janssen Research & Development, LLC.

We’re on the cusp of a golden age for neuroscience. We’re probing deeper into the intricacies of the brain and beginning to see novel ideas translate into better lives for millions of people.

But to discover the next revolutionary idea, we need to come together as a field – government, academia and industry – and share knowledge, buy cheap cialis super force online data, tools and models to enhance our understanding of disease biology, identify new treatment targets, develop new diagnostics and improve outcomes for patients with disease.

I’ve been involved in neuroscience research for more than 18 years, first at the National Institutes of Health and now at J&J, and I have experienced firsthand the decline in federal and industry support and the fragmentation of research between industry and academia, both of which have slowed the pace of progress. Order eriacta in our online pharmacy without a prescription The science continues to be complicated and difficult, and navigating the road to solutions will require greater collaboration and cooperation. What is clear is that no single entity can get to the next great breakthrough working alone.

Fortunately, several recent initiatives are helping to advance funding and more effective methods for working together.

Earlier this month, both houses of Congress approved with bipartisan support an initiative developed by Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) that will make neuroscience research a top federal priority.

Also this month, the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced the launch of Healthy Minds, a significant new commitment to neuroscience-focused organizations, collaborative research initiatives and public new inexpensive drug against female sexual dysfunction education and awareness-building activities. Healthy Minds represents how strongly we believe that the solutions to disorders of the brain can be found through science if we continue to invest in new research and partnerships, all while working together more effectively.

Healthy Minds’ flagship commitment is the contribution of up to $3 million to the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO) (, to support One Mind for Research (, a program of IMHRO committed to creating a united effort to advance translational research for mental health. One Mind for Research is strongly aligned with our vision that collaborative innovation and public private partnership is the most effective way to speed development of new approaches to preventing and treating disorders of the brain.

Through Healthy Minds, our goal is to leverage our 50+ year heritage in neuroscience research through innovative partnerships that help to develop new research programs, expand data sharing among scientists and physicians Intagra tablets for sale at a reasonable and competitive price focused on the brain or central nervous system, break down barriers to understanding the molecular and cellular origins of mental and neurologic disorders, and help combat the stigma faced by those affected by brain diseases.

And it’s just the beginning. The human mind is vastly and minutely complex, and we understand only a fraction of how the brain works with its web of neurons and neurotransmitters, how to achieve complete brain health or what goes wrong when disease manifests. What we know is that the brain is the command center for the entire human body, the locus of “the mind” and the place where everything that makes humans unique is found. Get guaranteed erection with Kamagra 100mg Sildenafil Citrate In some ways, our very existence and that of our children and grandchildren are dependent on solving the mysteries of the brain. What better investment could there be? Investing in the brain is an investment in humanity and ultimately, in our future.

For more information about our Healthy Minds initiative, I invite you to review today’s article in The Washington Post that discusses Healthy Minds and our contribution to improving mental health for soldiers and veterans or watch our video that illustrates what this initiative is all about.


2 Responses to “Healthy Minds: Unlocking the Secrets of the Brain”

  1. Brandon Staglin says

    Thanks so much for spreading the word about our partnership. Your perspective on the importance of scientific collaboration to solve the growing societal issues related to brain disease is spot on. All of us at IMHRO and One Mind deeply appreciate the contributions of Johnson & Johnson to the initiative. We are excited to be working with you!

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