Brain Capital is a newly appreciated asset which puts a premium on brain health and brain skills. Just as electricity revolutionized lives 100 years ago, Brain Capital is completely changing our lives today and is likely to tomorrow.

The ubiquity of Brain Capital in our lives makes it the new electricity. Just as electricity revolutionized society, optimized Brain Capital has the potential to take us to wide-spread flourishing, a state when people find fulfillment in their lives, social connectedness, prosperity, and accomplishing meaningful and worthwhile tasks.

Brain skills including emotional intelligence, resilience, critical thinking and creativity economies allow humans to…


Brain Capital is a novel concept that puts a premium on brain health and brain skills in our brain economy. Unfortunately — given a range of global challenges — Brain Capital is collapsing.

The impacts of adverse brain function have never been greater. Just consider the following effects on you, your friends and family, and the global society — the multi-trillion-dollar cost of mental disorders and dementia — which worsened during COVID-induced stress and isolation; the damaging effects of the COVID virus on our neurons — the full extent is yet to be realized; the mass psychological distress of fake…


A Brain Capital investment Plan has been launched through the unique collaboration of economics, finance, technology and neuroscience executives.

Brain capital is a novel asset which puts a premium on brain health and brain skills. Brain health includes emotional and cognitive health across an individual’s lifespan. Compromised brain health greatly increases the risk of disorders such as depression, anxiety, substance misuse, dementias. Such disorders cost the global economy more than US$3trn per year in lost productivity. Brain skills include self-control, emotional intelligence, creativity, compassion, altruism, systems thinking, and cognitive flexibility; all are critical in a digitized economy, and all are…


A team of global experts has published a roadmap for improving mental health by artfully combining various emerging, novel and proven technologies.

Many mental health disorders have multiple risk factors which need to be managed. For example, there are 12 modifiable risk factors for dementia, which include education, hypertension, hearing impairment, smoking, obesity, depression, physical inactivity, diabetes, low social contact, excessive alcohol consumption, traumatic brain injury, and air pollution. Therefore, therapies for these disorders need to address multiple issues. Unfortunately, these multiple risk factors are not all managed by individual clinical care solutions. This means individual tools and apps often…


We must cultivate a global ecosystem of new and effective mental health solutions. These solutions need to be culturally relevant, ethical, evidence-based, and their development must be globally applicable. Can you think of other entities for our mental health tech menagerie?

The mental health field is clearly in desperate need for new and improved solutions for a diverse set of problems. These solutions are essential to optimize access, screening, diagnosis, treatment and prevention and are required across the world in low-, middle- and high-income settings. …


The Great Reset

A recent Psychiatric Times article used the disaster response framework to map society’s unfolding psychological response to the COVID-19 crisis [1]. Accordingly, there are four main stages of society’s reaction: 1) the heroic phase; 2) the honeymoon phase; 3) the disillusionment phase; and 4) the reconstruction phase [1]. As society progresses through these stages, resiliency and responsivity are needed, especially as society enters the reconstruction phase. The reconstruction phase holds vast potential to be a beacon of progress and accelerated global change. During the changes wrought by the reconstruction stage, there will be greater responsibility and recovery…


Suffering from the misery of the COVID pandemic is widespread. A new brain-based approach to restructuring of the economy can address the global brain health emergency.

The COVID pandemic is causing global misery. Social and physical distancing causes isolation and reduced social support. The crisis accelerates digitalisation threatening jobs and livelihoods. Fragmented and inconsistent policy approaches exacerbate chronic stress and fear. Many have lost family and friends causing wide-spread bereavement. Those with existing brain health challenges, such as depression and anxiety, are having relapses. The COVID virus is causes direct damage to people’s brains, causing emotional disturbances and brain fog. Health systems are struggling to keep up with overwhelming mental health care demands. Economic challenges have meant wide-spread job losses. The impact of this misery has…


Brain health disorders cause trillions of dollars of economic losses in our society each year. The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these losses. Brain health is essential to ensure that people have the brain skills to flourish in the modern globalised and digitalised economy. Brain skills include self-control, emotional intelligence, creativity, compassion, altruism, systems thinking, collective intelligence and cognitive flexibility. Unfortunately, despite the critical role these skills play, we do not know enough about the impact of these brain health disorders on our workplaces, communities, economies and societies. How can we address this and effectively provide a…


Coordinated from the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Trinity College Dublin, a team of diverse experts from six countries and 23 institutions has developed ‘Brain Health Innovation Diplomacy’ (BIND), a novel form of diplomacy that aims to manage technological innovation on brain health.

In a paper that appears in International Psychogeriatrics, Dr Walter Dawson, DPhil; Dr Harris Eyre, MD, PhD; and others introduce BIND and consider the effects of ‘deep’ technologies — including infotech, biotech, genomics, and robotics — on brain health screening, prevention, diagnosis and management.

“The population of people living with illnesses affecting brain health is increasing rapidly around the world” said Dawson, an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at GBHI and Assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Science University. “The burden of dementia will be disproportionately experienced in low- and middle-income countries.”

To understand the benefits and drawbacks…


Coordinated between the Texas Medical Center (TMC) and Deakin University in Australia, a team of diverse experts, has developed an approach to driving the development of innovative mental health solutions during COVID. The team of scientists, clinicians and entrepreneurs highlight numerous issues in mental health that may benefit from technological innovation, such as access issues, subjective diagnostic systems and trial-and-error treatment approaches. They note prolonged confinement of long-duration spaceflight is akin to the COVID-19 pandemic social and physical distancing, hence the Space sector may provide learnings for us here on Earth.

This paper, Promoting Tech Transfer Between Space and Global…

Harris Eyre

Brain Health Executive and Brain Capital Builder

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