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Indeed, the vision and support of theNorlien Foundation is transforminghow we (as researchers, health–careproviders, caregivers, academics,government and individuals) lookat and discuss early childhood andbrain development, mental health andaddiction in Alberta. The goal of thisissue of Apple is to share this knowledgewith all Albertans.
Simply said, a growing body ofevidence is giving us a more coherentview of how the brain develops. Perhapsmost importantly, new evidence is alsohelping us to understand the plasticityof the brain, which continues to growand develop well into adulthood and isresponsive to healing interventions.
These and other concepts are
helping us understand overall healthy
development. This new knowledge is
also woven into components of Creating
Connections: Alberta’s Addiction and
Mental Health Strategy, which was
announced in September 2011.
We’re building on a strongfoundation: for decades our communityagencies and health–care system havehad committed people giving verygood care based on sound knowledge.The openness and enthusiasm of ourclinicians—as well as people in ourchildcare, education, legal and justicesystems—to weave new knowledge intotheir practices reflects a passion to bringthe very latest research and ingenuity toAlbertans.
More than ever in Alberta, people areworking from the same knowledge baseand using the same vocabulary to movein the same direction, healthier familiesand healthier communities.
In 1986, Isaac Asimov wrote“the human brain, then, is the mostcomplicated organization of matter thatwe know” in the foreword to The Three–Pound Universe.
Although the brain remains ascomplicated as ever, in the past threedecades we’ve learned a great dealmore about it. The more we learnabout the human brain, the greater ourunderstanding of how it affects ourhealth, our abilities and our aspirations.
We’re pleased to share some ofthe emerging evidence about brainscience, particularly as it relates toearly childhood development, mentalhealth and addiction. With the help ofthe Norlien Foundation and its AlbertaFamily Wellness Initiative (AFWI), wehave worked very hard to connect whatwe’ve learned from science with what weunderstand about living, and to put ourknowledge into meaningful stories.