Thoughts on Memorial Day: Remembering and serving those who served2022-05-30

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear.

Mark Twain

On Memorial Day, we all need to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our country, and thank those who put their lives on the line so we, and others around the world, can lead freer and better lives.

It has been a signal honor of my career to work with Veterans for the last two decades, as a psychiatrist and researcher. Most of them carry physical and mental wounds from their service to our country, from PTSD to pain to anxiety and other mental health conditions, leading to tragic outcomes such as suicides, addictions, or lack of social reintegration.

Helping them “Live. Happier. Longer” is a long-term mission for myself and my teams. We are working hard on science and technology to help them. It starts with understanding their biological needs through biomarkers, so they can be assessed properly and objectively, without stigma, and put on the right treatments. Next is preventing suicidality, by doing a simple, comprehensive, and quantitative assessment of risk factors, which pivots to a personalized risk mitigation and life improvement plan. Finally, keeping track of how they feel and think at home with an app can provide crucial information for their clinicians, and can help individuals optimize their lives towards successful social reintegration and life satisfaction.

Live. Happier. Longer.

Alexander B. Niculescu, MD, PhD
Founder + CEO | MindX Sciences