At the WPA Congress, as I listened to the many presentations from all over the world, I was impressed (as I often am) by the
exponential advances in our scientific technology and by the many ways in which our world is becoming interconnected. There
is clearly a worldwide spirit of collaboration and determination to eradicate stigma and to develop better understanding,
prevention, and treatment of brain disorders. The contrast is interesting, by the way, between this international teamwork
and the dissensions, wars, and political/cultural/religious animosities that scream from our headlines daily. That may be
a little unfair to say, since there are plenty of positive media reports about advances in medicine, but news about terrorism,
disasters, and tragedies (all too real, I acknowledge) seems to trump the good news about the growing international partnerships
that are making our world better.