How to detect brain health problems early: Examples in Alzheimer ’s Disease, Parkinson’s, anxiety and PTSD
? Rethinking and Retooling Brain Health and Mental Health from SharpBrains Hoping you enjoy this slidedeck supporting a great discussion held during the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (March 7–9th).  Full recordings are available for purchase here. 9–10.30am. How to detect problems early: Examples in Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s, anxiety and PTSD Dr. Srijan Sen, Professor of Depression and Neurosciences at University of Michigan Jan Samzelius, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of NeuraMetrix Dr. Tony Chang, Associate at Merck V...
Source: SharpBrains - July 17, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Alzheimer’s Disease anxiety brain health early detection Parkinsons PTSD Source Type: blogs

The Future of Brain Health & Wellness as seen by Joy Ventures, Total Brain, Vielight, Arrowsmith, Peak, CABHI and NeurotechX
__________ During Expo Day at the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (May 7–9th), selected Summit Sponsors and Partners had the opportunity to showcase their most promising brain health & wellness initiatives and solutions. We hope you enjoy their slidedecks below! (and please remember that the full recordings are available for purchase here) 8.30am. Dr. Hagit Alon, VP Scientific Affairs of Joy Ventures,  presented their “Neuro-Wellness” philosophy and approach to invest in scientific research and in entrepreneurs:  Update by Dr. Hagit Alon, VP Scientific Affairs of Joy Ventur...
Source: SharpBrains - July 16, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology Arrowsmith brain capacities brain health brain stimulation brain-aging brain-wellness CABHI digital thera Source Type: blogs

Rethinking and Retooling Brain Health and Mental Health
from SharpBrains We hope you enjoy this slidedeck supporting two sessions held during the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (March 7–9th).  Full recordings are available for purchase here. 8–8.45am. Rethinking and Retooling Brain Health and Mental Health   Dr. Tom Insel, Co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health and former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 9–10.30am. How to detect problems early: Examples in Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s, anxiety and PTSD Dr. Srijan Sen, Professor of Depressi...
Source: SharpBrains - July 12, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain health digital mental health Dolby Family Ventures Merck Ventures Mindstrong Health NeuraMetrix Rethinking retooling University-of-Michigan Source Type: blogs

Harnessing innovative neurotechnologies to provide better urgent care at Banner Health
_______________ For Banner Health, one of the largest non-profit health system in the United States, finding ways to make health care easier and better for our patients is at the root of everything we do. That’s why we are making significant investments into the digital health and neurotech space, trying to answer some common pain points. Let me give you an example. Last year, Banner Urgent Care turned to an innovative device, BrainScope One, to provide better care and to help save patients money and time, as it helps clinicians identify traumatic brain injuries and concussions. This is an area of growing concern. St...
Source: SharpBrains - July 11, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alexandra Morehouse Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology Banner Health Banner Urgent Care BrainScope BrainScope One computerized tomography concussions digital health electrical signals electrodes head trauma Source Type: blogs

Limitless evidenceless trend: The growth of nootropic supplements
_______ The all-too-understandable urge to buy a better brain (Vox): “… unfortunately, Bradley Cooper is partly to blame for the boom of the edible brain-improvement industry. In 2011, he starred in Limitless, a movie about a man who takes a special pill and becomes smarter and more capable than anyone else on Earth. I’m joking about the cultural significance of this movie, but I’m also not. It was a wild card and an unexpected hit, and it mainstreamed an idea that had already been taking hold among Silicon Valley biohackers and human optimization zealots. (TechCrunch called the prescription-only n...
Source: SharpBrains - July 9, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness brain brain health Brain-Fitness brain-improvement brain-improvement industry dietary supplements Limitless mental-fitness modafinil nootropics Source Type: blogs

New report: Empowering 8 Billion Minds via Ethical Development and Adoption of Neurotechnologies
? Empowering 8 Billion Minds: Enabling Better Mental Health for All via the Ethical Adoption of Technologies from WEF GFC on Neurotechnologies on Vimeo. A new report (opens PDF) created by the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Neurotechnologies, Empowering 8 Billion Minds: Enabling Better Mental Health for All via the Ethical Adoption of Technologies, proposes a framework to address privacy, trust and governance issues in the use of technologies for mental healthcare. Mental health disorders are among the leading causes of mortality and could cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030. By collecting and analy...
Source: SharpBrains - July 5, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology artificial intelligence governance mental health mental healthcare neurotechnologies Neurotechnology privacy smartphones trust wearable sensors Source Type: blogs

Update: Common anticholinergic meds seen to increase dementia risk
________________ Dear reader, It’s time for SharpBrains e-newsletter discussing the latest research and innovations to help promote brain health, opening in this occasion with a large and worrying study tracking the long-term neural impact of commonly prescribed medications. New brain research: First, do no harm? Common anticholinergic meds seen to increase dementia risk …which is one of the many reasons why these 10 highlights from the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit are so important to shape a better system and future New study reinforces the importance of walking through forests for mental and general heal...
Source: SharpBrains - June 27, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Technology anticholinergic anticholinergic drugs brain health Brain-Fitness brain-teaser dementia dementia risk neural impact neurofitness neuroplasticity Neuropsychology neurotechnologies Source Type: blogs

First, do no harm? Common anticholinergic meds seen to increase dementia risk
Conclusions and Relevance: Exposure to several types of strong anticholinergic drugs is associated with an increased risk of dementia. These findings highlight the importance of reducing exposure to anticholinergic drugs in middle-aged and older people. The Study in Context: Study: 46.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease brain pathology today, so it’s urgent to prevent or at least delay progression to clinical disease From Anti-Alzheimer’s ‘Magic Bullets’ to True Brain Health Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases co...
Source: SharpBrains - June 26, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness anticholinergic anticholinergic drugs antipsychotics Benadryl dementi dementia risk diphenhydramine middle-aged older-people Parkinson's meds Source Type: blogs

Kindle Countdown Deal para leer este verano (y poner en practica!) un gran libro sobre la salud cerebral y mental
Buenas noticias: La edición kindle de Cómo invertir en su cerebro está disponible con un gran descuento desde ahora hasta el domingo 30 de Junio en las tiendas Amazon de EEUU y Reino Unido. Esperamos que esto le ayude a disfrutar un libro clave para entender nuestros cerebros y mentes y navegar las últimas investigaciones científicas. » Acceda a la promoción Aquí (EEUU) o Aquí (Reino Unido) “Una lectura estimulante y un reto al mismo tiempo, con información sólida y consejos prácticos  para mejorar la salud de nuestro cerebro...
Source: SharpBrains - June 25, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Cerebro libro salud salud cerebral salud mental verano Source Type: blogs

Kindle Countdown Deal to read over the summer (and apply!) a great book on brain health and brain fitness
Good news: The kindle edition of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness is available at a significant discount, in the US and UK Amazon stores, from now until Sunday, June 30th. We hope you enjoy the opportunity to access and read what has become a key book to navigate the latest in brain health and brain fitness! » Access the promotion HERE “Your brain is your most precious asset, and it is wise to invest in it … (This is) A stimulating, challenging resource, full of solid information and practical tips for improving brain health.” —Kirkus Reviews “A much-needed resource to help u...
Source: SharpBrains - June 24, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning book brain health Brain-Fitness Kindle Countdown Deal Source Type: blogs

The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) announces six new ONtrepreneurs working at the frontier of applied neurotech
__________ Ontario Brain Institute Delivers Significant Boost to Ontario’s Neurotech Sector (press release): As part of its 2019 NeuroTech Ontario Showcase, the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) today introduced the 2019 ONtrepreneurs – recipients of Canada’s single largest award for early-stage brain technology entrepreneurs … The successful 2019 ONtrepreneurs are: Israel Gasperin – Zentrela, Joshua Lobo – Stabilo Medical, Zachary McMahon – LUCID, Maryam Nabavi – Village Technologies, Michael Philips – Vena Medical, and Alexander Theodorou – Ocutherapy. Israel Gaspe...
Source: SharpBrains - June 21, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology AI applied neurotech biometrics brain technology entrepreneurs Ontario Ontario Brain Institute ONtrepreneurs Source Type: blogs

Heads-up: You can now watch all Recordings (40+ Speakers, 12+ Hours) from the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit
The 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (May 7–9th, 2019)  featured over forty of the world’s top experts and innovators working to improve brain health for all in light of growing neuroscience and digital tech. You can read some of the main highlights here. Additionally the Summit hosted the second edition of the Brainnovations Pitch Contest to highlight ways in which emerging scientific findings are being translated into practical and scalable brain health assessments, therapies, platforms and solutions.   How to Access the Recordings A) Registered Participants:&...
Source: SharpBrains - June 20, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain health innovation mental health Neurotechnology sharpbrains Source Type: blogs

July 9th in Toronto, Canada: Latest research findings on Neuroplasticity, Brain Connectivity and Neuropsychological Measures
_______ Event description: Join Barbara Arrowsmith Young as Dr Greg Rose presents his latest research findings about the Arrowsmith Program. Dr Rose at Southern Illinois University is currently undertaking three research studies on the Arrowsmith Program and also involved in an international systematic research effort to understand how the Arrowsmith Program changes brain functioning and how this translates into improved cognitive behaviour. *This event is free and open to the public. All who are interested in learning more about this research are encouraged to attend. Date: Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 Time: 6:30pm ...
Source: SharpBrains - June 18, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Uncategorized Arrowsmith Program Barbara Arrowsmith-Young brain connectivity brain-functioning cognitive behaviour Greg Rose neuroplasticity Neuropsychology Source Type: blogs

AARP: A majority of Americans believe dietary supplements improve brain health, despite the lack of evidence
_____ New Report Discourages Adults From Using Brain Health Supplements (Prevention): “This morning, the Global Counsel on Brain Health released a report concluding that dietary supplements do not improve brain health or prevent cognitive decline, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease. The report, released by the AARP, flatly recommends that most consumers do not take supplements for this purpose. “The GCBH reviewed the scientific evidence on various supplements and determined it could not endorse any ingredient, production, or formulation designed for brain health,” the AARP said in a press release. Thi...
Source: SharpBrains - June 14, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Alzheimer’s Disease brain health cognitive decline dementia dietary supplements improve-brain-health prevent-cognitive-decline Vitamins Source Type: blogs

New study reinforces the importance of walking through forests for mental and general health
This study aimed to clarify the psychological benefits of brief walks through forest areas. In addition, we aimed to examine the associations between psychological responses and trait anxiety levels. Five-hundred-and-eighty-five participants (mean age, 21.7 ± 1.6 years) were instructed to walk predetermined courses through forest (test) and city (control) areas for 15 min. The Profile of Mood State (POMS) questionnaire and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory were used to assess participants’ psychological responses and trait anxiety levels, respectively. The results revealed that walking through forest areas decreas...
Source: SharpBrains - June 11, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance brief walks forest therapy forests general health individual difference mental health profile of mood state psychological relaxation shinrin-yoku trait anxiety Source Type: blogs

Next: Monitoring the body ’s electrical signalling to enhance brain health
Researchers are seeking to record and interpret the body’s electrical signals. Picture: ZEISS Microscopy/Flickr _______ READING THE BODY’S ELECTRICAL SIGNALS TO TREAT ILLNESS (University of Melbourne): “Chemical electricity is how we move, think, and remember. And increasingly, as technology miniaturises and computer power multiplies, it’s how we are treating chronic illness. Since the fully implantable pacemaker was developed in the 1950s to keep a patient’s heart beating in rhythm using electrical impulses, engineers have now gone on to develop devices that can be implanted directly in the b...
Source: SharpBrains - June 6, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology brain chronic-illness electrical-impulses epilepsy mental illnesses Source Type: blogs

Fun brain teaser for the weekend: What do you see?
– Courtesy Matt Lieberman What do you see first, animals or people? And, if you try hard, and try different … can you see both animals AND people?    For more visual illusions and brain teasers: Test your Brain with these 10 Visual Illusions Test your stress level Top Brain Teasers, Games and Illusions, for Teens and Adults of Any Age For more about Dr. Lieberman’s work: Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect   (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - May 31, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience brain teaser adults brain-teaser mind-teasers Visual-Illusion what do you see Source Type: blogs

Study: Few wearable neurotechnologies have been directly tested by high-quality, peer-reviewed research
_____ Wearable brain devices sold with questionable claims (Computer World): “Wearable ‘neurotechnology’ devices have in recent years hit the mainstream market; pitched to consumers as a way to improve memory and attention, boost brain fitness and control games and objects with the power of the mind. An analysis of commercially available wearable ‘neurodevices’ published this week in journal Neuron has cast doubt on whether their makers can back up such claims. A team of researchers at University of British Columbia in Vancouver identified 41 devices for sale, of which 22 were recording device...
Source: SharpBrains - May 28, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-activity Brain-Fitness claims Direct-to-Consumer EEG neurodevices Neuroethics Neurotechnology neurotechnology claims Source Type: blogs

Trend: Consumers spend significantly more on digital brain health and neurotechnology apps
_____ People spent $1.9 billion last year on apps to keep their brains sharp as they age — here’s what actually works (MarketWatch): “With an aging population worried about cognitive decline and dementia, such training programs have seen a burst in popularity in recent years. Consumers spent an estimated $1.9 billion on digital brain health and neurotechnology apps in 2018, a fourfold increase from $475 million in 2012, according to global data from SharpBrains, an independent market-research firm. But despite the rising interest in cognitive training, evidence of its benefits is still a mixed bag, expert...
Source: SharpBrains - May 24, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Technology aging-population Brain-Fitness cognitive-function Cognitive-Training diet digital brain health exercise Neurotechnology vascular monitoring Source Type: blogs

Six DARPA-funded research teams aim at revolutionizing noninvasive brain-machine interfaces
_______ DARPA Funds Ambitious Brain-Machine Interface Program (IEEE Spectrum): “DARPA’s Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program has awarded funding to six groups attempting to build brain-machine interfaces that match the performance of implanted electrodes but with no surgery whatsoever. By simply popping on a helmet or headset, soldiers could conceivably command control centers without touching a keyboard; fly drones intuitively with a thought; even feel intrusions into a secure network. While the tech sounds futuristic, DARPA wants to get it done in four years … The N3 program fi...
Source: SharpBrains - May 22, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology brain training brain-machine interfaces DARPA N3 neurotechnologies Neurotechnology noninvasive noninvasive neurotechnologies Source Type: blogs

Why we need to extend our mental lifespans to match our physical ones
_________ ‘Beep!’ This is one of the most maddening computer games I’ve ever played. I’m tracking a flock of birds, and when I hit the right one, it explodes with a satisfying ‘phutt’. But as I get better at spotting them, the birds scatter ever more wildly across the screen, and I hear that unforgiving ‘beep’: you missed. Frankly, I feel like giving up. But many players don’t dare. For this is HawkEye, a brain-training program that claims it can sharpen my brain beyond simply getting faster at mouse-clicking. Trials have found that older people who play enough hours of...
Source: SharpBrains - May 20, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Peak Performance brain training brain-training-program dementia HawkEye mental lifespan mental lifespans neuroplasticity Source Type: blogs

10 Highlights from the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit to shape the Future of Brain & Mental Health
_____ Wow. Fascinating three days last week. Some of our favorite moments and take-aways… 1. Dr. Tom Insel provided a spectacular overview of the digital revolution in brain health and mental health. While we have historically failed to bend the curve as well as in other areas of health, since “you can’t manage what you can’t measure”, new digital and neurological monitoring technologies are finally allowing us to remedy that fundamental issue, identify problems early and intervene early. Multiple Speakers during the Summit like Dr. Srijan Sen, Jan Samzelius and Louis Gagnon built upon Insel&...
Source: SharpBrains - May 16, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Peak Performance Professional Development Technology brain capacities brain health brain stimulation digital revolution digital therapeutics mental health neuro-wellness neuromod Source Type: blogs

FDA clears Trigeminal nerve stimulation (TNS) as ADHD treatment
_____ Although stimulant medications are generally considered to be a safe and effective treatment for ADHD, not all children benefit from this approach. Many parents are reluctant to begin their child on medication and some children experience unacceptable side affects. For these reasons, developing safe and effective alternative treatments for ADHD remains a priority. Trigeminal nerve stimulation (TNS) is an alternative approach that was recently tested in a double-blind, sham-controlled study. The Study: TNS is a noninvasive, mininmal-risk neuromodulation procedure that has been previously approved in Canada and Europe ...
Source: SharpBrains - May 14, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology ADHD-Treatment behavioral-treatment brainwave activity medication neuromodulation QEEG TNS Trigeminal nerve stimulation Source Type: blogs

Sana Health wins the 2019 Brainnovations Pitch Contest
Pleased to announce the Winner of the Brainnovations Pitch Contest held yesterday, during Day 2 of the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, after a fascinating session with our “Sharp Tank” and a very close vote. Let’s congratulate Richard Hanbury and Sana Health! And thank you very much to the Judges for your great questions and comments and feedback to the Finalists! Winner: Sana Health Summary pitch: Sana is a neuromodulation device for pain, addiction and anxiety. The device uses pulses of light and sound to guide the user into a deep state of relaxation, and increase neuroplasticity. We have completed s...
Source: SharpBrains - May 9, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology Source Type: blogs

Day 2 @ 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit is about to start
Quick heads-up: The Virtual Summit will continue today at 8am US Pacific Time/ 11am US Eastern Time. Registered participants have received an email with instructions to join. If you didn’t register, just come visit us next week to discuss the main take-aways from the event. Please check out this incredible Agenda thanks to these amazing Speakers. Looking forward to a great Day 2! Twitter: #sharpbrains _______ Learn More: 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (May 7–9th) (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - May 8, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology Source Type: blogs

The 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health has started!
Quick heads-up: The Virtual Summit has started! Registered participants have received via email instructions to join. If you didn’t register, just come visit us next week to discuss the main take-aways from the event. Please check out this incredible Agenda thanks to these amazing Speakers. Looking forward to a great event! Twitter: #sharpbrains _______ Learn More: 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (May 7–9th) (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - May 6, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology Brain-health future sharpbrains Source Type: blogs

Final Hours to Register @ 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (May 7 –9th)
Quick heads-up: Registration will close on Tuesday, May 7th, at 5am US Pacific Time. Please check out this incredible Agenda thanks to these amazing Speakers and join us if you can Twitter: #sharpbrains _______ Learn More & Register: 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (May 7–9th) (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - May 6, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology Brain-health future sharpbrains Source Type: blogs

Final 12 Hours to Register @ 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (May 7 –9th)
Quick heads-up: Registration will close today at 6pm US Pacific Time. Please check out this incredible Agenda thanks to these amazing Speakers and join us if you can Twitter: #sharpbrains _______ Learn More & Register: 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (May 7–9th) (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - May 6, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology Brain-health future sharpbrains Source Type: blogs

Finalists named to take part in the Brainnovations Pitch Contest next week
Excited to announce the three groundbreaking startups that will get to pitch their idea and solutions at the Brainnovations Pitch Contest on May 8th, during Day 2 of the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (May 7–9th). These are the selected Finalists, together with their summary elevator pitch. Please join us in celebrating their work so far and in wishing them all the best at the pitch contest! Finalist: eQuility Elevator pitch: Our vision is to develop digital therapies healing mind and body, leveraging innovation in consumer technology to deliver advanced, non-drug clinical interventions for a wide range of conditio...
Source: SharpBrains - May 3, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology BrainPatch digital therapeutics eQuility neuromodulation neuroplasticity Sana Health Source Type: blogs

Five Essential Guidelines to Improve Brain Health for All
Since 2010, the SharpBrains Virtual Summit has been bringing together neuroscientists, entrepreneurs, and practitioners with a mission to improve mental healthcare, brain performance and general well-being. As we get ready to host our next collective brainstorming next week, let us share some key themes from our last Summit, as they helped shape the Agenda for this next one. In 2017, the gathering’s tone was generally optimistic–given the explosion of scientific and technological breakthroughs, start-ups and investments–but important ethical concerns were also widely discussed. 1. The Need is Very Real, V...
Source: SharpBrains - May 3, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology aging brain health brain-performance digital medicine digital phenotyping entrepreneurs healthcare innovati Source Type: blogs

Final 24 Hours for Brain Health Start-ups to Submit Pitches @ 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit
Heads-up: The Brainnovations Pitch Contest, to be hosted at the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, will highlight 8 startups worldwide working on ways to harness brain research and emerging technologies to help every person thrive in the digital age. Startups submit their ideas and solutions to pitch in front of our expert Judges and Summit participants for a chance to get feedback, boost industry recognition and win a prize package that could give a boost to their venture and solution. The period for submissions is open till Thursday, May 2nd, and the Finalists will be announced on Friday, May 3rd. ...
Source: SharpBrains - May 1, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain health Brainnovations Source Type: blogs

Final 24 Hours for Brain Health Start-ups to Submit Pitches @ 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit
Heads-up: The Brainnovations Pitch Contest, to be hosted at the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, will highlight 8 startups worldwide working on ways to harness brain research and emerging technologies to help every person thrive in the digital age. Startups submit their ideas and solutions to pitch in front of our expert Judges and Summit participants for a chance to get feedback, boost industry recognition and win a prize package that could give a boost to their venture and solution. The period for submissions is open till Tuesday, April 30th, and the 8 Finalists will be announced on Thursday, May...
Source: SharpBrains - April 29, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain health Brainnovations Source Type: blogs

Thank You, brain health pioneers & Summit Sponsors!
We’d like to recognize these great organizations for helping make it possible to hold this comprehensive 3-day brainstorming on the future of brain health, in just ten days! THANK YOU, and looking forward to a great virtual summit!   The Arrowsmith Program, available in 80+ schools in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, is a comprehensive suite of cognitive programs for students with learning disabilities to train key brain functions involved in learning.   Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the USA, employing more than 50,000 staff members in 29 hospitals and other set...
Source: SharpBrains - April 26, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Arrowsmith Banner Health Baycrest brain health brainstorming CABHI Joy Ventures Photobiomodulation Total Brain VieLight Source Type: blogs

Let ’s discuss how to Outsmart Smart Technology to Reclaim our Health and Focus
I’m excited to share that the upcoming 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will feature, on May 8th, a fascinating presentation and discussion with Dr. Margaret Morris, who spent 13 years as a researcher at Intel and recently wrote a very timely book — Left to Our Own Devices: Outsmarting Smart Technology to Reclaim Our Relationships, Health, and Focus (MIT Press, 2018). Please learn more about the fantastic Summit Agenda and consider joining us! To better understand Dr. Morris’ work and insights you can read this great book review over at Psychiatric Times: Morris is a skillful storyteller and takes that cha...
Source: SharpBrains - April 23, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Professional Development Technology chatbot devices digital health focus Intel Margaret Morris mental health mindfulness outsmart Psychiatric Times well-being Source Type: blogs

Have a good Good Friday & Passover & egg hunt!
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Source: SharpBrains - April 19, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Agenda and 20 Speakers unveiled @ 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (May 7 –9th)
? ____________________________________________________________________________________ We are pleased to announce the preliminary Agenda for the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (May 7–9th), including the first 20 confirmed Speakers. Please consider joining us — the more the merrier to explore emerging best practices and to Shape the future of Brain Health! Also, a quick reminder that the Brainnovations Pitch Contest is open for submissions till Friday, April 26th. If your company was founded no earlier than 2013, please learn more and submit an entry. Given the great set of innovations discussed during the firs...
Source: SharpBrains - April 17, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology Source Type: blogs

Trend: Consumers increasingly taking care of their behavioral health via DIY tools like these
_______ 8 consumer-friendly digital tools to support behavioral health (mobihealth news): “From virtual therapy to mindfulness and meditation aids, there’s little shortage of digital tools catching investors’ eyes and breaking into the crowded behavioral health market. Although a number of these services are positioning their business to focus on payers and employers, many others are taking their products directly to consumers via monthly subscriptions, one-time retail purchases or outright free downloads. Of course, having a wealth of options and varying quality of evidence can make selecting the most ef...
Source: SharpBrains - April 16, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness AbleTo Basis Behavioral Health Calm DIY Headspace meditation Muse Simple Habit Vida Health virtual therapy Woebot Source Type: blogs

The FDA warns consumers not to use unapproved apps and devices to diagnose concussion
_______ FDA warns public not to use unapproved or uncleared medical devices to help assess or diagnose a concussion (news release): Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public not to use medical devices marketed to consumers that claim to help assess, diagnose or manage head injury, including concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or mild TBI. In a new safety communication, the FDA warned that such tools — such as apps on a smartphone marketed to coaches or parents for use during sporting events — have not been reviewed by the FDA for safety and efficacy and could result in an incorrect...
Source: SharpBrains - April 12, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology concussion FDA head-injury medical devices TBI Traumatic-Brain-Injury Source Type: blogs

El Cerebro Que Cura is a bestseller for the third week in Catalonia, Spain
From the official list in el Periódico for the week March 11–17th: NO FICCIÓN CASTELLANO 1-‘Cómo hacer que te pasen cosas buenas’.  Marian Rojas.  Espasa.  Un llibre que vol ajudar a millorar les nostres vides.  200 pàgines.  12 setmana.  19,90 euros. 2-‘Una historia de España’.  Arturo Pérez-Reverte.  Alfaguara. Pérez-Reverte ofereix la seva visió de la història d’Espanya.  256 pàgines.  1 setmana.  ...
Source: SharpBrains - April 9, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness bestseller book Catalonia Cerebro cerebro que cura libro Source Type: blogs

Trend: Going on a brain health vacation
_____ A Look at Luxury Resorts That Now Offer Brain Health Programs (Next Avenue): “Like any self-disrespecting woman, I’ve spent a lifetime of mirror scrutiny (and cash) on my thighs, hips, heart, back, post-baby belly, even my eyebrows. For all this investment, I’ve paid scant attention to the one irreplaceable body part that keeps everything else running: my brain. Why not learn how to show it some love, then, in the nicest possible way — by taking it on a brain vacation? Gray matter is the latest twist in the red-hot wellness tourism category, which is growing by 7.5% a year, according to the Gl...
Source: SharpBrains - April 5, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Boost Your Brain brain health brain health program brain vacation Brain-Fitness epigenetics gray-matter Source Type: blogs

3 ways to manage smartphone use and improve quality of life
_____ As psychologist Chris Willard often says, our phones can be our greatest enemy or greatest friend. While they can save us time and energy, educate and entertain us, and keep us safe in emergencies, they can also distract us from the things we need in life to stay happy and healthy. And that distraction is often more than a casual annoyance. That’s because everything from our newsfeeds to our cell phone’s notification style follows proven algorithms that aim to keep us attached. As with slot machines, our phones train us to crave the next exciting, momentary distraction, and get sucked into checking every ...
Source: SharpBrains - April 2, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness attention exercise healthy-living quality-of-life relationships sleep smartphones Source Type: blogs

Lack of sleep seen to cause sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) in adolescents with attention deficits
This study provides clear experimental evidence that how much teens with ADHD sleep has a significant impact on their attention and behavior. An additional 1.6 hours per night — the average difference in sleep during restriction and extension weeks — had impacts that were discernible to parents and, for some outcomes, to teens themselves. The fact that these results are not surprising does not diminish their potential significance. Increasing sleep is a safe, free, intervention that can make a meaningful difference. What is surprising, however, is that that assessing sleep and intervening where indicated is not...
Source: SharpBrains - March 27, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness actigraph adolescents behavior children cognitive tempo sleep problems Source Type: blogs

Study finds lifelong neurogenesis in the hippocampus, but rates decline with age and, especially, Alzheimer ’s disease
Recent, immature neurons (in red) and older, mature neurons (in blue) in the hippocampus of a 68-year-old’s brain. Credit: CSIC ___ Old brains still make neurons, study finds, offering a possible way to protect against Alzheimer’s (STAT): “Reports of old brains’ decrepitude have been greatly exaggerated, scientists reported on Monday, unveiling results that contradict a much-discussed 2018 study and instead support the idea that human gray matter is capable of generating new neurons up to the ninth decade of life. The research, published in Nature Medicine, also found that old brains from people wit...
Source: SharpBrains - March 25, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness adult hippocampal neurogenesis age Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s Disease dementia hippocampus Neurons Source Type: blogs

Trend: The more prostheses the higher the need for intuitive interfaces and design
___ CDT-Neuro student leads team to win £10K Robotics & Innovation prize (Imperial College London): “Irene Mendez Guerra (CDT Neurotechnology), Ben Lakey (Mitt and Imperial alumni), Ivan Vujaklija (Prof. Aalto University and former Imperial associate) and Dario Farina (Chair Neurorehabilitation Engineering, Imperial) have created Naviga, which is developing intuitive, user friendly controls for prostheses … Naviga’s control system eliminates the long training sessions and improves the current control approaches to increase the acceptance, usage, and functionality of current prostheses.” T...
Source: SharpBrains - March 22, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology Imperial College London innovation neurorehabilitation prostheses robotics Source Type: blogs

Study finds promise in smell training to harness neuroplasticity and improve brain health in older adults
___ An impaired sense of smell can signal cognitive decline, but ‘smell training’ could help (The Conversation): “As we age, we often have problems with our ability to smell (called olfactory dysfunction). Older people might not be able to identify an odour or differentiate one odour from another. In some cases they might not be able to detect an odour at all. Odour identification difficulties are common in people with neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease … But there is emerging evidence that olfactory or “smell training” can improve ability to smell. Neu...
Source: SharpBrains - March 18, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness anosmia brain health brain training cognitive-tasks dementia neurodegenerative neuroplasticity nose older-adults regeneration rhinology smell therapy Source Type: blogs

New book suggest ways to understand behavior and boost happiness in light of human evolution
We humans evolved to be social creatures. By gaining the skills to cooperate with others, we were able to stave off predators, eat more consistently, and care for each other’s young, allowing our genes to carry forward. So, why do we still struggle at times to get along—even to the extent that we war on one another? And how can understanding our evolutionary heritage help us have better relationships and more happiness today? There are the kinds of questions pondered in psychologist William Von Hippel’s book The Social Leap. Von Hippel explains that while evolution has shaped us to work together coop...
Source: SharpBrains - March 15, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning development evolution happiness neurological prosocial social leap well-being Source Type: blogs

For the second week, El Cerebro Que Cura is a bestseller in Catalonia, Spain
From the official list in el Periódico for the week March 4–10th: NO FICCIÓN CASTELLANO 1-‘Cómo hacer que te pasen cosas buenas’.  Marian Rojas.  Espasa.  Un libro que quiere ayudar a mejorar nuestras vidas.  200 páginas.  11 semanas.  19,90 euros. 2-‘Come comida real’. Carlos Ríos.  Paidós. Una guía para transformar nuestra salud comiendo saludablemente.  304 páginas.  1 semana.  17 euros. 3-‘Diccionario de las co...
Source: SharpBrains - March 12, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness bestseller Catalonia Cerebro cerebro que cura Source Type: blogs

Shaping the Future of Mental Health
Digital Mental Health: the Hurt, the Hype, the Hope + Brainnovations Session 1 from SharpBrains We hope you enjoy this slidedeck supporting two great sessions held during the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5–7th, 2017). Digital Mental Health: the Hurt, the Hype, the Hope Dr. Tom Insel, President and Co-Founder of Mindstrong Health Top Brainnovation to measure Brain Health & Performance. The three Finalists were: Savonix— pitch by Greg Wong, VP Product Management HealthTech Connex — pitch by Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, President & Chief Sc...
Source: SharpBrains - March 8, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology future HealthTech Connex innovation mental health Mindstrong Health NeuraMetrix Savonix Source Type: blogs

Next week is Brain Awareness Week!
We’re getting ready to celebrate our amazing human brains and minds next week. Please join us and many others around the globe! Every March, Brain Awareness Week (BAW) unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Activities are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations and include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on brain-related topics; social media campaigns; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and more. When: March 11–17th, 2019 Learn more HERE about the man...
Source: SharpBrains - March 5, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain Brain Teasers brain-awareness-week Brain-games Source Type: blogs

Mens sana in corpore sano …and vice versa (interview in Spanish)
___ “La soledad es tan perjudicial para la salud como fumar 15 cigarrillos al día” (La Vanguardia): “Respecto al peso total del cuerpo, más bien pesa poco. Unos 1.400 gramos. Y sus dimensiones tampoco son para tirar cohetes: ronda los 1.300 centímetros cúbicos. Pero a pesar de su reducido tamaño, su repercusión sobre el ser humano es incalculable. En él reside, ni más ni menos, que la mente y la conciencia del individuo. Sí, hablamos del cerebro, objeto de estudio de muchos científicos y que a día de hoy sigue escondiendo infinid...
Source: SharpBrains - March 4, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Alvaro Pascual-Leone Barcelona Brain Health Initiative Cerebro cerebro que cura enfermedad Institut Guttmann La Caixa mente salud Source Type: blogs