August 4th, 2014
Editor’s Note: Emmy-award winning journalist Vicki Mabrey is the host of Healthy Minds, a new digital news program about brain health from Janssen Research & Development, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson Company.
Recently, it was my pleasure to learn more about the brain and disorders of the brain when I interviewed Janssen’s Global Therapeutic Area Head for Neuroscience, Dr. Husseini Manji. Dr. Manji shared his knowledge with me for the new Healthy Minds video series, which is launching this week on the Johnson & Johnson You Tube channel. It will cover general brain health, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. Working on the Healthy Minds series helped me to better understand the complexities of the brain and gain insights into diseases we hear about every day because our mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and neighbors are suffering from them.
Throughout the world, about 450 million people suffer from a brain disorder, and in the US about one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. That calculates to almost 60 million people. Despite the prevalence and impact of these illnesses, nearly 60 percent of those affected do not consult medical professionals for treatment.