Origin rainforests. Ocean depths. Outer space. These still are, to a large extent, our frontiers of exploration. Yet our greatest frontier, in which there are profound mysteries, abundant possibilities and killer threats – is the human brain. How we understand better the ways the brain works will lead us ideally to more discoveries, encouraging brain health and extend the promise of longevity.
In recent posts, I presented examples of how much global research on aging is taking place, which covers a multitude of factors, not the least of which is brain research. I also have had the good fortune of working with Dr. Adolfo Cotter of NeuroImage Inc., who specializes in brain imaging research, and heard his passion for creativity projects for enhancing “brain power”.
My own experience with EEGs, an MRI and visits with a neurologist has certainly elevated my interest in this area. Mental illness, dementia, Alzheimer’s, concussions, epilepsy – all these matters and more are central to the brain health and aging discussion.
While the time is ripe, I feel like giving a mention of merit this week to the Baycrest Centre in Toronto. Over the last month or so, if you haven’t seen it, one of the best creative commercials ever has been airing on TV and You Tube.
Achieving a healthy longevity depends on a number of elements, some well out of our control. And the one frontier closest to home yet still so enigmatic, is the one inside our heads.