Brain Training: Scientific Commentary Statement
A Consensus on the Brain Training Industry from the Scientific Community Posted on the Stanford Center on Longevity website20 October 2014Read the statement hereThe authors and signatories may over-extend themselves in stating that they represent "the scientific community", but the points they raise are important to add to the conversation. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - October 22, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Brain Research Wins Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded for locating brain’s GPSJohn O’Keefe, May-Britt and Edvard Moser found how the brain creates a map to enable us to navigate our environmentThe Guardian06 October 2014 Read article here (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - October 6, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

"World Alzheimer Report 2014"
Released today from Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI):World Alzheimer Report 2014Access the report here (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - September 17, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer Disease: "Perhaps the Nose Knows: UPSIT and Alzheimer Disease"
My new column for NeurologyTimes.com: Perhaps the Nose Knows: UPSIT and Alzheimer DiseaseAnthony H. Risser, Ph.D.12 September 2014 Perhaps the Nose Knows (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - September 12, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Where is the Brain in the "Human Brain Project"? (Nature)
"Where is the brain in the Human Brain Project?"Nature03 September 2014 full text content here (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - September 5, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

"Modern and Contemporary American Poetry" (ModPo) Begins This Week - Join Us!
The Brain, within its GrooveRuns evenly--and true--But let a Splinter swerve--'Twere easier for You-- To put a Current back--When Floods have slit the Hills--And scooped a Turnpike for Themselves--And trodden out the Mills-- -Emily Dickinson In the world of MOOCs, few courses have shown the creativity of purpose and the dedicated following as has the course "Modern and Contemporary American Poetry" by Dr. Al Filreis of the University of Pennsylvania and Director of its wonderful Kelly Writers House. Few courses, in real life or online, have such a dedicated teacher as Al. The course, part of Al's regular teaching...
Source: BrainBlog - September 2, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Upcoming Event: BPS Division of Neuropsychology Annual Conference (November 2014, London)
The British Psychological Society Division of Neuropsychology will hold its annual conference on the 28th of November in London. Here is the conference webpage: webpagePrior to the conference, they will hold their first half-day pre-conference workshop. The workshop, about Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - will be held on the 27th. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - August 12, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Glasgow Coma Scale, 40 Years On
Dr. Graham Teasdale speaks with The Lancet about his Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) forty years after he and his colleagues introduced it. Available here at: Lancet podcast. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - August 8, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer Disease: Cogniciti - Another Free-Access Online Dementia Screening Instrument
This instrument was developed by neuropsychologists and others at Baycrest in Toronto. Its website is located at: cogniciti.com. I am looking forward to examining it.It looks like it was released last month. It has been getting some Canadian press this week. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - July 16, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer Disease: Targacept's Failed TC-1734 Phase 2b Trial
From a Targacept press release:Targacept Phase 2b Clinical Trial in Alzheimer’s Disease Does Not Show Superiority of TC-1734 Over Donepezil July 14, 2014 "Winston-Salem, NC – Targacept, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRGT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel NNR Therapeutics™, today announced top-line results from a Phase 2b monotherapy clinical trial of TC-1734 as a treatment for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. In the trial, TC-1734 did not meet the objective of showing superiority to donepezil, the marketed medication most often prescribed for Alzheimer’s disease, after 52...
Source: BrainBlog - July 15, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

"ACE mobile": An Application for Dementia Evaluations (...in Neuropsychology? ...in General Practice? ...?)
A curious development for those interested in neuropsychological assessment and in assessment related to dementia, as a not-for-profit company released on the 9th of July a free mobile application that is a version of Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination.Here is the press release: press release.The original examination was created by Dr. John Hodges, who is involved with the mobile application as well. The name derives from his time at Cambridge (he is currently a lead researcher at an Australian neuroscience institute).The website for the application is: acemobile.org.Whether or how this impacts a couple of mobile devices ...
Source: BrainBlog - July 10, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Forthcoming Event: Alzheimer's Association International Conference - AAIC 2014 (Copenhagen, 12-17 July)
This year's AAIC Conference begins on the 12th in Copenhagen. Here is the conference home page: available here. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - July 10, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

My New CE Course: Memory
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Source: BrainBlog - July 9, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The current issue of the journal "Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation" has a six-article collection providing the so-called "INCOG Guidelines for Cognitive Rehabilitation Following Traumatic Brain Injury"Specific topics include: post-traumatic amnesia (PTA)/delirium, attention, memory, execution function, self-awareness, and communication. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - July 6, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Neuropsychology Abstract of the Day: Fatigue
Conclusion: Tests demanding executive or simultaneous processing of several neuropsychological functions seem most sensitive in order to capture cognitive fatigability. Clinical tests that can capture fatigability enable a deeper understanding of how fatigability might contribute to cognitive complaints and problems in maintaining daily activities. PMID: 24965830 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - July 4, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Informed Consent and Tainted Fruit
The masters of the universe at Facebook don't seem to have cared too much about Human Subjects Research Guidelines and Informed Consent, but if you are a psychology or a neuropsychology student then you should. You likely already possess more knowledge about it than they did.Know your professional guidelines for doing research. In the US, know your American Psychological Association guidelines. In the UK, know your British Psychological Society guidelines. Where ever you are, know the guidelines.More generally, there is The International Compilation of Human Research Standards - 2014, which "enumerates over 1,000 laws...
Source: BrainBlog - July 3, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Neuropsychology Abstract of the Day: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
CONCLUSION:: Cognitive rehabilitation should be offered to select individuals with traumatic brain injury. These guidelines provide assistance to clinicians who want to provide evidence-based care. PMID: 24984093 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - July 2, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Dr. Jennifer Groh's Duke Course "The Brain and Space" at Coursera
The course "The Brain and Space" has just completed its run at Coursera.Here is the course's description: click here.It is well worth your time on its next offering, so keep it in mind! (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - July 2, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

NIH Toolbox
From a PRweb press release: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society special series validates element of NIH Toolbox An eight-essay collection of articles in the Journal of the International Neuropsycholoigcal Society confirms the validity and reliability of the Cognition Battery element of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Toolbox for the Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function 27 June 2014 Read the press release here (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - July 1, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Neuropsychology Abstract of the Day: Parenting Stress
CONCLUSIONS: Although children demonstrated both neurocognitive deficits and functional impairments, results favor psychosocial factors, such as parental stress, as a predictor of overall functional impairment. The implications of this study suggest that late effects aggregate to impact day-to-day functioning in pediatric cancer survivor populations and parental stress may serve as a marker for heightened risk. The results suggest that broader functional domains, especially school and self-care domains, should be evaluated and considered when identifying potential targets for psychosocial interventions. Copyright © 20...
Source: BrainBlog - July 1, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Dr. Frances Kelsey
This Canada Day, celebrate the life of 99-year-old Dr. Frances Kelsey, originally from Vancouver Island. She said "NO" to pressure from pharma for the FDA to approve thalidomide in the early 1960s. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - July 1, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

"Memory in Everyday Life: Healthy or Defective?"
I am pleased to be providing certified continuing-education (CE) credit courses at HealthForumOnline. My first one, a 4-CE course, just went live several hours ago: "Memory in Everyday Life: Healthy or Defective? My next one, later this summer, addresses the assessment of language functioning. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - June 29, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report from the Alzheimer's Association
The "2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures" report from the Alzheimer's Association has been released. It is available as a .pdf document at Facts and Figures and has an accompanying YouTube video. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - March 19, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Neuropsychology Abstract of the Day
We report a case of probable Alzheimer's disease who presented with the unusual feature of disinhibited rhyming. Core language skills were largely intact but generative language was characterized by semantic-based associations, evident in tangential and associative content, and phonology-based associations, evident in rhyming, in the context of prominent executive dysfunction. We suggest this pattern is underpinned by a failure to terminate or inhibit verbal associations resulting in a 'loosening' of associations at the level of conceptual preparation for spoken language. © 2014 The British Psychological Society. PMID...
Source: BrainBlog - March 4, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's: "Still Alice" - The Movie!
I commonly use Lisa Genova's wonderful novel, "Still Alice" as a text in the courses I teach about Alzheimer's disease and dementia. If you are a fan of the work as I am, you will be perhaps interested to know that filming for the movie has entered production. Shooting is taking place in New York City. The film stars Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Bosworth, under the direction of Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Maria Shriver is the Executive Producer. Release date sometime in 2015. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - March 4, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Coursera Opens 2014 With Two Exceptional Neuroscience Offerings
Discussion Forums for both courses are extremely useful. Both courses are offered in English. English subtitles are available. It will be curious if additional subtitles from other languages are made available as Coursera as a platform becomes more comfortable with an international student body. In the first version of the courses, Dr. Lester's course had roughly 64,000 students registered during the final week of the course, of which roughly 9,100 logged in during a typical week in the second half of the course and, of whom, 4,450 students passed the course and received a Statement of Accomplishment. A little over 30% of ...
Source: BrainBlog - December 28, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Parkinson's Disease: Dr. Mahlon DeLong Awarded
An entry at the Dana Foundation Blog: Mahlon DeLong Wins Breakthrough Prize for Parkinson's Research16 December 2013 Read the blog entry (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - December 17, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

NIH "BRAIN Initiative" Funding Opportunities
From the NIH: NIH announces six funding opportunities for the BRAIN Initiative in fiscal 201417 December 2013 Opportunities focus on developing tools and technologies for advancing our understanding of brain circuitry Read the press release (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - December 17, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

The Selling of ADHD
The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorderby Alan SchwarzThe New York Times15 December 2013 Read the full article (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - December 14, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Disease: Genomic Data
Press release from the NIH: NIH deposits first batch of genomic data for Alzheimer’s diseaseResearchers gain rapid access to first set of raw human genome sequence02 December 2013 [snip] "Researchers can now freely access the first batch of genome sequence data from the Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today. The ADSP is one of the first projects undertaken under an intensified national program of research to prevent or effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease. "The first data release includes data from 410 individuals in 89 families. ...
Source: BrainBlog - December 2, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Congratulations, Dr. Nancy Helm-Estabrooks (Dr. Edith Kaplan Award)
WCU’s Helm-Estabrooks is honored by Massachusetts Neuropsychology SocietyThe Sylva Herald26 November 2013 Read article (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - December 1, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

TED Talk: Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel - 86 Billion Neurons and Cooking!
A fine TED Talk made available today, from June of this year: "What is so special about the human brain?" (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - November 26, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Epilepsy: FDA Approves Aptiom (eslicarbazepine acetate) to Treat Seizures in Adults
From the FDA: FDA approves Aptiom to treat seizures in adults08 November 2013 "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Aptiom (eslicarbazepine acetate) as an add-on medication to treat seizures associated with epilepsy." Read the news release (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - November 11, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

About Poet Susan Schultz and Her Work "Dementia Blog"
From the Jacket2: Poemtalk website: "Loss in Reverse (PoemTalk #40)"Read and listen (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - November 5, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

FDA: Approval of Alzheimer's Neuroimaging Diagnostic Drug, Vizamyl (flutemetamol F 18 injection)
From the FDA on the 25th of October, quoting the press release: FDA approves second brain imaging drug to help evaluate patients for Alzheimer’s disease, dementia The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Vizamyl (flutemetamol F 18 injection), a radioactive diagnostic drug for use with positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of the brain in adults being evaluated for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and dementia. Dementia is associated with diminishing brain functions such as memory, judgment, language and complex motor skills. The dementia caused by AD is associated with the accumulation in the brain of an abn...
Source: BrainBlog - October 31, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Disease: New Risk Genes Discovered
From Cardiff University News Centre: New Alzheimer’s risk genes discovered in record study27 October 2013 "In the largest ever study of its kind, an international collaboration of scientists, jointly led by Cardiff, has uncovered 11 new susceptibility genes linked with Alzheimer’s disease. "This major breakthrough will significantly advance scientists’ knowledge of Alzheimer’s. It throws open new research avenues and enables a better understanding of the disease’s disordered functional processes." Read the full press release here. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - October 28, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

MOOCs: HarvardX "Fundamentals of Clinical Trials"
The HarvardX edX course "Fundamentals of Clinical Trials" started yesterday. Here is some information about the course [click here]. The content for Week One is quite good and presented well by the course faculty. From the course information page: [snip] "This course will provide an introduction to the scientific, statistical, and ethical aspects of clinical trials research. Topics include the design, implementation, and analysis of trials, including first-in-human studies (dose-finding, safety, proof of concept, and Phase I), Phase II, Phase III, and Phase IV studies. All aspects of the development of a stu...
Source: BrainBlog - October 15, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Lewy Body Dementia
Last week, The Dana Foundation offered online this general overview to Lewy Body Dementia: Lewy Body Dementia: The Under-Recognized but Common FoeBy Meera Balasubramaniam and James E. GalvinOctober 02, 2013 Read the article (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - October 11, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Upcoming Event (Alzheimer's Disease): 7th Canadian Conference on Dementia (This Week, Vancouver, BC)
The conference website homepage is canadianconferenceondementia.com (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - October 1, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Disease: Amyvid News
One of the number of media reports about today's Amyvid news: Lilly fails to persuade Medicare to pay for Alzheimer's imaging drugSeptember 30, 2013By Tracy StatonFiercePharmaRead article [snippet] "The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has handed down its final decision on Eli Lilly's Alzheimer's imaging agent Amyvid. The final answer, after appeals from Lilly and patient groups? No. Medicare won't pay for Amyvid-aided brain scans, not outside of clinical trials." [snippet] (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - October 1, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Today's TED Talk: Dr. James Flynn of "The Flynn Effect"
Watch his TED talk here. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - September 27, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

OBIT: Dr. David Hubel
From The Washington Post: David H. Hubel, Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist, dies at 8723 September 2013 Read the article Here is a link to his Nobel Prize lecture: link (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - September 24, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

"Dementia Management" MOOC Coming This Autumn
At Coursera, Dr. Nancy Hodgson and Dr. Laura N. Gitlin, who is Director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Johns Hopkins University, will offer her MOOC this autumn. Here is a story on the MOOC from The New York Times "The New Old Age" blog: "Online Lessons in Dementia Management" (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - September 16, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Disease: Jeanne Murray Walker Interview on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show
The author speaks about her new book "The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage Through Alzheimer's" The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC06 September 2013Listen to the interview (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - September 12, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

"The Brain, Within its Groove" by Emily Dickinson
The Brain, within its Groove Runs evenly--and true-- But let a Splinter swerve-- 'Twere easier for You-- To put a Current back-- When Floods have slit the Hills-- And scooped a Turnpike for Themselves-- And trodden out the Mills-- -Emily Dickinson In the world of MOOCs, few courses have had the creativity and success as the course about "Modern and Contemporary American Poetry" by Dr. Al Filreis of the University of Pennsylvania and Director of its wonderful Kelly Writers House. Few courses, in real life or online, have such a dedicated teacher as Al. The course, part of Al's regular teaching at UPenn in its Engl...
Source: BrainBlog - September 9, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

OBIT: Dr. Peter Huttenlocher
Peter Huttenlocher, Explorer of the Brain, Dies at 82By WILLIAM YARDLEYThe New York TimesAugust 26, 2013 Read here (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - September 1, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's Disease: The ADAMS Study
Information about The ADAMS study:click here for homepage (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - September 1, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Location: Pacific Northwest Udall Center (PANUC) in Seattle, Washington
Visit the website of the Pacific Northwest Udall Center (PANUC). This is the location for today's Neuropsychology Abstract of the Day. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - August 16, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Neuropsychology Abstract of the Day: Parkinson's Disease
Cholerton BA, Zabetian CP, Quinn JF, Chung KA, Peterson A, Espay AJ, Revilla FJ, Devoto J, Watson GS, Hu SC, Edwards KL, Montine TJ, & Leverenz JB. (2013). Pacific northwest udall center of excellence clinical consortium: study design and baseline cohort characteristics. Journal of Parkinsons Disease, 3(2), 205-214. doi: 10.3233/JPD-130189. Geriatric Research, Education, & Clinical Center, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA, USA Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA. Background: The substantial proportion of individ...
Source: BrainBlog - August 16, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Neuropsychology Abstract of the Day: Apathy in Traumatic Brain Injury
A Multidimensional Approach to Apathy after Traumatic Brain Injury.Neuropsycholology Review 2013 Aug 7;Arnould A, Rochat L, Azouvi P, & Van der Linden MAbstractApathy is commonly described following traumatic brain injury (TBI) and is associated with serious consequences, notably for patients' participation in rehabilitation, family life and later social reintegration. There is strong evidence in the literature of the multidimensional nature of apathy (behavioural, cognitive and emotional), but the processes underlying each dimension are still unclear. The purpose of this article is first, to provide a critical review ...
Source: BrainBlog - August 9, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs