First Public Member Elected Chair of American Brain Foundation
Past Chair John C. Mazziotta, MD, PhD, FAAN, said Goodno will help the foundation move toward its new goals. “With the impact of chronic neurologic disease reaching a crisis, the foundation board decided it could no longer afford to rely solely upon the generosity of the professional neurology community to sustain vital funding. Rather, it was decided that the foundation must shift its appeal to the broader public, seeking growth in funding to invest in innovative, higher-risk medical research to bring breakthroughs in curing a large constellation of related brain diseases closer to reality.”
Goodno said the foundation also aims to help the public make the connection between seemingly unconnected diseases and rally around the vision to “cure brain disease.”
“The American public understands ‘cancer’ as a
singular medical challenge, while at the same time understanding that there are
many different forms of cancer,” he said. “The American Brain Foundation needs
to elevate public consciousness to see brain disease as a singular medical
challenge that comes in many related forms, ranging from Alzheimer’s to autism, from Parkinson's to ALS and beyond."