STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday April 8, 2014

Today's Focus:

Brain Health Consortium

What is it?

The Brain Health Consortium brings together military, academia and researchers in neurology, neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology, and other clinical and public health experts for challenging, spirited discussions on ways to improve Brain Health for Soldiers and the Army family.

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, the Army Surgeon General and commanding general, HQ, U.S. Army Medical Command, will host the inaugural Brain Health Consortium, 10-11 April 2014, at Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Va.

The theme for the two-day event is Brain Health: Partnering to Explore the New Frontier. Topics and panel discussions the consortium will explore include: Performance Triad (Sleep, Activity and Nutrition) and Brain Health, Readiness and Resiliency, Cognitive Performance, Neuroplasticity, Mindfulness Training, the Human Dimension Program and more.

What has the Army done?

Army Medicine is transforming from a provider of healthcare services to an integrated system for health. The Army is working outside of the brick and mortar facilities to engage all sectors of the community to build health into every aspect of the Soldier's lives.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Health is more than simply the absence of disease or injury. It's a state of complete social, mental, spiritual and physical well-being. Brain plasticity is the brain's unique ability to constantly change, grow and remap itself over the course of a lifetime. The April Brain Health Consortium is the Army's first step towards building enduring partnerships with academia, industry and other experts to foster continued understanding of brain health.

Why is this important to the Army?

The brain is the most important part of the human body. The Brain Health Consortium helps the Army to initiate national dialogue to optimize health for the entire Army family. Outcomes of the April Brain Health Consortium will help shape the future direction of Brain Health for the Army, and be leveraged to strengthen the readiness and resilience of the Soldiers, families, and retirees.


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Focus Quote for the Day

Brain health is the new frontier ... We are on the precipice of a major transformation in how we attain and sustain optimum health, performance and well-being. A major part of the transformation has to do with the brain, the mind, and how we think and how the brain influences behavior.

- Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, the Army surgeon general and commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Command

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