Davos 2015 Wrap-Up: Get Ready for Breakthroughs About the Brain

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos is over for another year. Amazingly, most of what was discussed this year had not been on the radar a year ago. A year ago there was no discussion of oil prices dropping to, say, $50; the acronym “ISIS” was never mentioned; conflict over the Ukraine or any other state conflicts were not mentioned; and the mood was generally optimistic — for example, Europe was heartily on the mend.

Welcome to the volatile, unpredictable world. No one knows what tumultuous new developments might shake the world over the next year. But one thing is for sure: Planet Earth is a troubled place. It’s too conflicted, too unsustainable, too unequal, and as evidenced by the growing problem of structural unemployment, the digital revolution is clearly disrupting the global economy — mainly in ways that are problematic.

Interestingly, and on a cheerier note, one of the biggest themes programmed into the Davos agenda this January was a series of events on the new scientific developments about the brain.

My wife, Ana Lopes, Chair of the Canadian Center for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMHF), attended most of these sessions. We heard from her about fascinating new insights —> Read More Here


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