Virtual reality games and related neurotechnologies spark a new generation of dementia & cognitive tests
The Sea Hero Quest virtual reality game is played on a Samsung Gear VR headset. Source: Glitchers Ltd. __________ The Virtual Reality Game Gathering Data for Dementia Researchers (Bloomberg): “Navigating an ice-walled lake or scouring a swamp for a hidden monster may sound like a fun premise for a virtual-reality video game. But there’s a serious purpose behind the new game Sea Hero Quest VR: helping neuroscientists design a new test for dementia. London-based game design firm Glitchers worked with researchers from British and Swiss universities, as well as dementia and Alzheimer’s charities, to create Se...
Source: SharpBrains - September 13, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Cognitive-impairment Cognitive-tests dementia Dementia Test dementia tests dementia-research Facebook game Glitchers neurotechnologies Oculus Rift Samsung Sea Hero Quest S Source Type: blogs

Explore the Future of Public Health & Brain Health with David Bartr és-Faz, PI of the Barcelona Brain Health Initiative
We’re happy to announce that David Bartrés-Faz, Principal Investigator of the new Barcelona Brain Health Initiative, will be speaking at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th). The Barcelona Brain Health Initiative (BBHI) is a new research project promoted by the Institut Guttmann, with the support from members of Harvard Catalyst and Harvard Medical School, already recruiting over 3,000 healthy volunteers (without medical diagnosis of neurological disease or psychiatric condition) between 40 and 65 years old. During the next few years the BBHI study will study the specific st...
Source: SharpBrains - September 12, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology Barcelona Brain Health Initiative Brain-health David Bartrés-Faz Institut Guttmann neurological public-health Source Type: blogs

Reminder: Brain Longevity Therapy Training, by The  Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation, to take place October 19th-22nd
_______ The Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation (ARPF), a longstanding supporter of SharpBrains events and activities, will be conducting its first Brain Longevity Therapy Training — combining professional development with a certification process — during 4 days late October in Los Angeles, CA (also with a livestream option). And they are generously sharing discount codes for interested SharpBrains readers (see below) Description: ARPF’s Brain Longevity® Therapy Training is the first of its kind– offering participants new science-based knowledge and tools to enh...
Source: SharpBrains - September 11, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Professional Development aging Alzheimer's Research Prevention Foundation baby-boomers Brain Longevity Therapy Training brain-longevity older-adults successful agin Source Type: blogs

Bel én Guerra-Carrillo to speak about Cognition, Learning and How to Conduct a 200,000-participant Study at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit
Proud to confirm a new excellent Speaker @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th). Belén Guerra-Carrillo is an NSF fellow and a doctoral student at UC Berkeley in Prof. Silvia Bunge’s Building Blocks of Cognition Lab. She is particularly interested in the neural and cognitive mechanisms that give rise to changes that occur as a result of learning, and uses multiple methodologies–eye-tracking, neuroimaging, big data and more– to gain a richer picture of how and when these changes take place, as well as the factors that may influence individual learning trajectories, as evidenced ...
Source: SharpBrains - September 8, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Technology big data cognition eye-tracking Human Cognition Project Lumosity neural neuroimaging NSF NSF Fellow UC-Berkeley Source Type: blogs

Two Alvaros leading brain health @ BrainFutures 2017
— Álvaro Fernández Ibáñez (left) and Álvaro Pascual-Leone (right), speaking yesterday at BrainFutures 2017 Keynoting a fantastic conference, Álvaro Pascual-Leone presented an overview of Neuromodulation and Neurostimulation, and Álvaro Fernández Ibáñez discussed the future of Brain Health and Enhancement building on the slidedeck below. Exciting times! The Future of Brain Health and Enhancement from SharpBrains Hundreds of science labs and companies around the globe are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper...
Source: SharpBrains - September 7, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-enhancement Brain-health neuromodulation neurostimulation Source Type: blogs

Dr. Tom Insel and 12 other world-class brain experts confirmed to Speak @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th, 2017)
_______ We are proud to share what’s already shaping up to be a quite spectacular and unique Speaking Roster at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, starting with Thomas R. lnsel, MD, a psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and currently a co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health. From 2002-2015, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) committed to research on mental disorders. Prior to serving as NIMH Director, Dr. lnsel was Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University where he was founding director of the Center for Be...
Source: SharpBrains - September 6, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology AARP Akili Interactive Labs Barcelona Brain Health Initiative Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Digital Cognition Technologies Global Council on Brain Health Interaxon Mindstrong H Source Type: blogs

October 19-22nd: First  Brain Longevity Therapy Training by The Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation
_______ Heads-up: The Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation (ARPF) will be conducting its first Brain Longevity Therapy Training — combining professional development with a certification process — during 4 days late October in Los Angeles, CA (also with a livestream option). Description: ARPF’s Brain Longevity® Therapy Training is the first of its kind– offering participants new science-based knowledge and tools to enhance their practice in a much needed field of successful aging. This training is for anyone who works with baby boomers and older adults, but in par...
Source: SharpBrains - September 1, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Professional Development aging Alzheimer's Research Prevention Foundation baby-boomers Brain Longevity Therapy Training brain-longevity older-adults successful agin Source Type: blogs

Update: The Neurotech Revolution Could Lead To ‘Frankenstein’ Brains. Here’s How We Avoid It
__________ Time for SharpBrains’ August e-newsletter, this time starting with a conversation whose time has come… New thinking: Year 2030, your college-age daughter, who has normal hearing, has been pounding on you to get the latest hearing aid that allows one to cancel out noise on demand, amplify selected ambient conversations at will, and can easily connect to the music store. Should you buy one for her? Maybe you should buy one not only for her, but also for you as you enter your 60s? Keep reading The Neurotech Revolution Could Lead To ‘Frankenstein’ Brains. Here’s How We Avoid ...
Source: SharpBrains - August 31, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology AARP adhd aging brain Brain-health cognitive-enhancement disease innovation neurotech Neurotechnology Source Type: blogs

$3 million available for innovative solutions aimed at older adults via The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)
_______ Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation announces up to $3 million in funding available to support industry innovations in the field of aging and brain health (press release): “The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) announced today the second round of funding available through its Industry Innovation Partnership Program (I2P2). This program is designed to enable successful applicant companies worldwide to accelerate the evaluation and adoption of their innovative products and services that can help to address the needs of aging adults. In total, up to $3 million CAD in funding will be avail...
Source: SharpBrains - August 30, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology aging Aging-in-Place Baycrest Baycrest Foundation brain health innovation Brain-health CABHI Canada caregiver support cognitive-health Cognitive-impairment mental well being Source Type: blogs

“We need to understand what stimuli and interventions can result in healthy fetus/ baby development” — Eduardo Briceño, CEO of Mindset Works
Question: Eduardo, please share 1-2 major brain health needs you observe right now whose solution demands a creative and significant tech-enabled innovation. Answer: We need to understand what stimuli and interventions can result in healthy fetus/ baby development, reducing the percentage of children developing significant brain deficiencies and providing means for pregnant women, parents, and health care providers to deliver those stimuli and interventions.   Question: And what advice would you give an entrepreneur launching an innovation to address those needs–for the approach to be successful and sustainable?...
Source: SharpBrains - August 29, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Technology baby brain development fetus growth-mindset Source Type: blogs

Reminder: The Future of Brain Health and Enhancement, September 6-7th in Washington, DC
_______ BrainFutures 2017 is a one-and-a-half-day conference featuring renowned leaders sharing research-to-practice innovation to optimize brain health and transform mental health care. Keynote speakers include Dr. Norman Doidge, Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Dr. John Ratey, Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Alvaro Fernandez, and more. The conference is certified to offer CEU and CME credits. Where: Gaylord National Resort (Washington, D.C.) When: September 6-7, 2017  Our very own CEO and Editor-in-Chief Alvaro Fernandez will deliver a keynote on The Future of Brain Health and Enhancement. Description: Hundreds of science labs a...
Source: SharpBrains - August 28, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology alvaro-fernandez brain-enhancement Brain-health BrainFutures mental health care Mental-Health sharpbrains Source Type: blogs

Large study highlights the cognitive enhancement value of both higher education and lifelong learning
  Courtesy David Lee at The Daily Californian _______ UC Berkeley study links cognitive longevity to higher education (The Daily Californian): “A study led by campus researchers found that higher levels of education are linked to later ages of peak cognitive performance…The team was able to use anonymous data gathered from almost 200,000 subscribers to Lumosity, an online cognitive training program, whose users consented that their results could be used for scientific research. Lumosity became involved in the study through its Human Cognition Project, which aims to provide researchers with cognitive data ...
Source: SharpBrains - August 25, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Peak Performance Technology cognitive-domains cognitive-enhancement cognitive-functioning cognitive-performance Cognitive-Training educational attainment higher-education Human Cog Source Type: blogs

16 Finalists announced @ MIT Solve ’s Brain Health Challenge
_______ As SharpBrains readers know, MIT Solve issued a call for brain health innovators worldwide to propose non-invasive, non-pharmacological, scalable technology solutions that: Empower people to improve their overall brain health and fitness, mental well-being, and mental resiliency Enable earlier, more-accurate diagnosis of problems Increase access to and efficacy of treatments Help build a positive, stigma-free culture in which all people feel empowered to proactively seek better brain health and mental fitness As a Judge and member of the Brain Health Challenge’s Leadership Team, I’m proud to...
Source: SharpBrains - August 24, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Augmented Reality Neurorehabilitation Autism Detection at Birth Brain-health Coding Autism Communities of HEALing DCTclock innovation JOOL Learn to Care MemoryWell Mimerse - Sel Source Type: blogs

Preliminary Agenda announced @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age
Will we soon have an “annual brain check-up” — and what may it look like? Under what conditions may specific brain training/ enhancement methods work? How can we best harness both human neuroplasticity and artificial intelligence (AI) to thrive in the 21st Century? Which companies, technologies and solutions are gaining the most traction so far, and what are some best practices for appropriate use? –> Learn More and Reserve Your Spot Here (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - August 23, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology brain brain-enhancement digital age summit virtual summit Source Type: blogs

Studies reinforce the critical importance of ADHD treatment monitoring
In this study, nearly 600 7-10 year old children with the combined type of ADHD were randomly assigned to one of four treatment conditions: medication treatment, behavior therapy, combined treatment (medication + behavior therapy), or community care, i.e., treatment in the community. Children assigned to the first three groups received their treatment through the study. Those assigned to the community care group received whatever treatment their parents chose to pursue in the community; nearly two-thirds of the time this included medication treatment. Medication treatment in the MTA Study began with a rigorous titration tr...
Source: SharpBrains - August 22, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience ADHD monitoring ADHD treatment monitoring ADHD-Treatment behavior rating scales behavior-therapy dietary treatment hyperactivity impulsivity medication-treatment psychiatry Source Type: blogs

“We need people-centered wellness solutions that integrate brain health factors” — Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at the Bridge Builders Collaborative
Question: Charlie, please share 1-2 major brain health needs you observe right now whose solution demands a creative and significant tech-enabled innovation. Answer: I’d encourage people to remember that Brain Health is just part of overall Whole Person Health.  Brain health solutions may reduce some disease symptoms but not help achieve actual wellness.  We need people-centered wellness solutions that integrate brain health factors. What advice would you give an entrepreneur launching an innovation to address that? Think hard about the way to grow and through what distribution channel you want to bring you...
Source: SharpBrains - August 21, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Uncategorized Brain-health disease distribution channel mind training wellness Source Type: blogs

Debate: Would you –or should you–undergo medical treatments to improve your body and mind and your chances of employment?
The future of work is medically enhanced ‘elite super-workers,’ report says (Ladders): “In the future, we will be competing against medically-enhanced workers who can work longer and harder than us. Artificial intelligence will make it easier to monitor our every move in the office. This may sound like science fiction, but it’s a likely reality, according to a new report by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers…Seventy percent of the workers surveyed said that they would undergo treatments to improve their body and mind if it would improve their chances of employment. This could b...
Source: SharpBrains - August 18, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Professional Development Technology artificial intelligence brain-enhancement Human Enhancement microchip implants PricewaterhouseCoopers Source Type: blogs

Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (SIBET) to host “brain-imaging factory” enabling large-scale, standardized data generation
Reconstructed image showing how long-range neurons extend across a mouse brain. Luo Q. M./Sci Sin Vitae _______________________ China launches brain-imaging factory (Nature): “Neuroscientists who painstakingly map the twists and turns of neural circuitry through the brain are about to see their field expand to an industrial scale. A huge facility set to open in Suzhou, China, next month should transform high-resolution brain mapping, its developers say. Where typical laboratories might use one or two brain-imaging systems, the new facility boasts 50 automated machines that can rapidly slice up a mouse brain, snap hig...
Source: SharpBrains - August 16, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology Allen Institute for Brain Science brain mapping Brain-Imaging neural circuitry neuroscientists SIBET Suzhou Institute Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology Source Type: blogs

Study issues warning: Opioid inhibitor naltrexone (often used to treat addictions) can reduce feelings of social connection
_________ Science has long known that having positive social connection is important to a happy and healthy life. But less is understood about how our brains support and encourage connecting with others. While prior research has suggested oxytocin plays a role in nurturing and trusting others, thereby strengthening social bonds, many researchers also suspect that brain opioids are important to social connection. Opioids are naturally occurring brain chemicals—perhaps the most well-known being endorphins—that cause pleasurable sensations in the body and encourage us to enjoy whatever we are experiencing. It&rsqu...
Source: SharpBrains - August 15, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness drug addiction endorphins naltrexone neural-activity Neurochemical neuroimaging opioids oxytocin social-connection Source Type: blogs

Trend: Biopharma embraces digital cognitive assessments to identify behavioral health biomarkers
_______ The hunt for behavioral health biomarkers is harnessing digital health at the research stage (MedCity News): “Digital health companies are going through an interesting transformation as research institutions realize the benefit of their technology to collect and manage data for a host of studies. The biopharma industry’s embrace of some digital health tools to manage the costs of drug development has led to more frequent collaborations with research institutions, particularly in the behavioral health space…There’s also the great hunt for biomarkers and other clues that cognitive assessments...
Source: SharpBrains - August 14, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Behavioral Health Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center biomarkers biopharma brain testing app Brain-health cognitive-assessment depression digital health Mindstrong neurocogniti Source Type: blogs

AARP survey finds most common barrier for adults to add more mentally-stimulating activities: Knowing where to start
2017 AARP Cognitive Activity and Brain Health Survey (AARP Research): “AARP conducted a study of adults age 40+ to characterize participation in cognitively stimulating activities (CSAs)…Key findings include: Adults who self-report their cognitive functioning, health, and well-being higher: Engage in more cognitively stimulating activities (CSAs) per week. Have higher average mental well-being scores. Have a desire to do even more to improve their brain health. Over eight in 10 adults age 40+ said they are willing to participate in cognitive training and three-quarters are willing to spend 15-minutes or more...
Source: SharpBrains - August 11, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning AARP AARP research Brain-health cognitively stimulating activities Source Type: blogs

Kids for life? Pros and cons of lifelong neuroplasticity, as seen via our emotional development
— Windows of plasticity in brain development. Adapted from Hensch T.K. (2005). Critical period plasticity in local cortical circuits. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 6(11), 877-888 The Brain’s Emotional Development (Dana Foundation’s Cerebrum): “Humans are likely the most emotionally regulated creatures on earth. Compared to other animal species, we can modulate and modify emotional reactions and experiences, even very intense ones, through a large and sophisticated emotion regulation repertoire that includes skills of distraction, reappraisal, language, prediction, social interaction, suppression, and...
Source: SharpBrains - August 10, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning childhood emotion regulation emotional-development neural plasticity neuroplasticity prefrontal-cortex Source Type: blogs

“We need low-cost monitoring technologies to track cognitive processes and capabilities at an individual level” — Danny Dankner, CEO and co-founder of Applied Cognitive Engineering
Danny Dankner Question: Danny, please share 1-2 major brain health needs you observe right now whose solution demands a creative and significant tech-enabled innovation. Answer: We need low-cost monitoring technologies to track cognitive processes and capabilities at an individual level. This would be critical to trace and diagnose deteriorating processes, especially among the “worried well” and older adults. What advice would you give an entrepreneur launching an innovation to address that? The same advice I’d give any entrepreneur: make sure you address a real need, be focused, shorten development cycle...
Source: SharpBrains - August 9, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Peak Performance Technology brain cognition cognitive-simulation health innovation sports sports cognition Source Type: blogs

Executive Functions in Health and Disease: New book to help integrate Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology
__________ Neuroscience used to be the monopoly of a few elite universities located in a handful of countries. Neuropsychology used to be a quaint niche discipline relatively unconnected to the larger world of neuroscience and content in its methods with paper-and-pencil tests. Neuroscience itself was relatively unconcerned with higher-order cognition, and the very term “cognitive neuroscience” was often met with rolled eyes by scientists working in more established areas of brain research (a personal observation made in the 1980s and even 1990s on more than one occasion). And the ...
Source: SharpBrains - August 8, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Alexander-Luria clinical psychologists cognition cognitive-psychologists disease Executive-Functions frontal-lobe medical neurologists neuropsychologists Neuropsyc Source Type: blogs

Harnessing neurotech for actual Human Enhancement — i.e., how to prevent ‘Frankenstein’ Brains
___ The Neurotech Revolution Could Lead To ‘Frankenstein’ Brains. Here’s How We Avoid It (Forbes): “Year 2030, your college-age daughter, who has normal hearing, has been pounding on you to get the latest hearing aid that allows one to cancel out noise on demand, amplify selected ambient conversations at will, and can easily connect to the music store. Should you buy one for her? Maybe you should buy one not only for her, but also for you as you enter your 60s? Would you still be interested if this device had to be implanted in your cochlea via surgery? What if this device is now augmented with some...
Source: SharpBrains - August 7, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology artificial intelligence hearing Human Enhancement neurotech surgery Source Type: blogs

Will we soon have an “annual brain check-up” — and what may it look like?
Will we soon have an “annual brain check-up” — and what may it look like? Under what conditions may specific brain training/ enhancement methods work? How can we best harness both human neuroplasticity and artificial intelligence (AI) to thrive in the 21st Century? Which companies, technologies and solutions are gaining the most traction so far, and what are some best practices for appropriate use? The 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th, 2017) will feature over thirty of the world’s top experts and innovators working on ways to enhance our brain health and performan...
Source: SharpBrains - August 3, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology artificial intelligence brain check-up brain-enhancement Brain-health Brain-Training neuroplasticity Source Type: blogs

Final 24 Hours to Register @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit at Super Saver Rates
Will we soon have an “annual brain check-up” — and what may it look like? Under what conditions may specific brain training/ enhancement methods work? How can we best harness both human neuroplasticity and artificial intelligence (AI) to thrive in the 21st Century? Which companies, technologies and solutions are gaining the most traction so far, and what are some best practices for appropriate use? The 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th, 2017) will feature over thirty of the world’s top experts and innovators working on ways to enhance our brain health and performan...
Source: SharpBrains - August 3, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology artificial intelligence brain check-up brain-enhancement Brain-health Brain-Training neuroplasticity Source Type: blogs

What a brain, what a life: Marian Diamond, neuroplasticity pioneer, dies at 90
___ Marian Diamond, neuroscientist who gave new meaning to ‘use it or lose it,’ dies at 90 (The Washington Post): “Marian Diamond, a pathbreaking neuroscientist whose research — including a study of Albert Einstein’s preserved brain — showed that the body’s three-pound seat of consciousness was a dynamic structure of beautiful complexity, capable of development even in old age, died July 25 at an assisted-living community in Oakland, Calif. She was 90… Dr. Diamond, a professor emerita of integrative biology at the University of California at Berkeley, was for decades known o...
Source: SharpBrains - August 3, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain Brain-Plasticity human-brain neuroscientist Use-It-or-Lose-It Source Type: blogs

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds Neurotechnology Hubs and innovative tools to advance research on Brain & Behavior
  — Cornell University neuroscientist Chris Xu will study how brains produce behavior in species across a range of sizes. NSF issues awards to advance a national research infrastructure for neuroscience (press release by the National Science Foundation): “The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made 17 Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex) awards to aid the research community as it pursues one of its grandest challenges: understanding the brain. These projects will support the development of innovative, accessible and shared capabilities and resources, as well as theoretical frameworks and...
Source: SharpBrains - August 2, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology behavior brain innovative National Science Foundation neural circuits neural-activity NeuroNex neurotechnologies Neurotechnology NSF Source Type: blogs

Brainy Innovation Tips from Edward Kliphuis, Investment Director with Merck Ventures
Edward Kliphuis Question: Edward, please share 1-2 major brain health needs you observe right now whose solution demands a creative and significant tech-enabled innovation. Answer: We need to target depression, stress and fatigue in a quantifiable manner (ie. no wellness-like claims, but real data supporting an improvement in the aforementioned indications). Treatments and early detection too. Also, ways  to monitor longitudinal cognitive abilities (ie. person-specific brain function over the course of a number of years). Done on a wider population this could provide insights into the impact of certain external factor...
Source: SharpBrains - August 1, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain conference Brain-health brain-performance cognitive-abilities depression entrepreneur fatigue innovation Merck Merck Ventures Stress Source Type: blogs

Final 48 Hours to Register @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age at Super Saver Rates
— Brainnovations Judging Panel Heads-up: The 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th, 2017) will feature over thirty of the world’s top experts and innovators working on ways to enhance our brain health and performance in light of emerging neuroscience and digital technologies. Additionally, and for the first time, it will host a Brainnovations Pitch Contest to foster collaborative problem-solving between scientists, practitioners, technologists and entrepreneurs. Early-stage startups will submit their elevator pitch and 1-2 page business plan, and up to 16 selected Finalists will get to pitch their id...
Source: SharpBrains - July 31, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology brain-enhancement Brainnovations digital digital age Pitch Contest Source Type: blogs

Final days to submit scalable & non-pharmacological Brain Health proposals to MIT Solve ’s Brain Health Challenge
Insufficient brain healthcare is one of the most pervasive and multi-faceted problems our world faces today. From the young to the old, the rich to the poor, those living in dense cities to isolated farmlands, anyone can be affected by brain health problems. Yet, current solutions to this problem are limited. While some innovations have made significant strides towards improved brain health, there is a pressing need for stronger prioritization of cognitive healthcare and more proactive innovation towards preventative treatments. As a Judge and member of the Brain Health Challenge’s Leadership Team, let me share ...
Source: SharpBrains - July 28, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology artificial intelligence brain diseases Brain Health Challenge brain healthcare Brain-health cognitive healthcare innovation mental well being MIT Solve neuroplasticity pervasive preventative pr Source Type: blogs

Update: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors
Time for SharpBrains’ July e-newsletter, featuring fascinating scientific findings, emerging brain health practices and insights…and some fun teasers. New research Let’s start with the key take-aways from a new and very insightful evidence review which found nine modifiable risk factors for dementia — accounting for 35% of all cases: — Education by age 15 (during early life) — Hypertension; Obesity; Hearing loss (in mid-life) — Depression; Diabetes; Physical inactivity; Smoking; Low social contact (in later life) Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by ...
Source: SharpBrains - July 27, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Technology Alzheimers-disease behavior changes cognitive-decline cognitive-symptoms dementia dementia care dementia prevention dementia risk factors depression diabetes hearing Source Type: blogs

Reminder (and Discount code): BrainFutures 2017 to take place September 6-7th in Washington, DC
— BrainFutures 2017 is a one-and-a-half-day conference featuring renowned leaders sharing research-to-practice innovation to optimize brain health and transform mental health care. Keynote speakers include Dr. Norman Doidge, Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Dr. John Ratey, Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Alvaro Fernandez, and more. The conference is certified to offer CEU and CME credits. Where: Gaylord National Resort (Washington, D.C.) When: September 6-7, 2017  Description: Until recently, scientists believed that brain development came to a halt during adulthood. Today we know that our brains are constantly changing throughou...
Source: SharpBrains - July 26, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology alvaro-fernandez brain brain-development Brain-health BrainFutures Dr. Adam Gazzaley Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone Dr. John Ratey Dr. Norman Doidge mental health care Mental-Health mindfulness Source Type: blogs

Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors
The Lancet Commission: One Third of Dementia May Be Preventable (Lancet report release): “Today’s findings are extremely hopeful,” said Maria Carrillo, PhD, chief science officer at the Alzheimer’s Association. “At an individual level, many people have the potential to reduce their risk of cognitive decline, and perhaps dementia, through simple, healthful behavior changes. At a public health level, interventions based on this evidence could be extremely powerful in managing the global human and economic costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.” …The Lancet Commissio...
Source: SharpBrains - July 25, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Alzheimers-disease behavior changes cognitive-decline cognitive-symptoms dementia dementia care dementia prevention dementia risk factors depression diabetes Source Type: blogs

Save the Date for 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017)
The 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th, 2017) will feature over thirty of the world’s top experts and innovators working on ways to reinvent Brain Enhancement in light of emerging Neuroscience and Digital Technologies. Click HERE to learn more and reserve your spot. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - July 21, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology 2017 sharpbrains SharpBrains Summit virtual summit Source Type: blogs

What does the future of brain health look like?
Expo Day: Bridge Builders Collaborative, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, and Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation from SharpBrains This presentation took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 6-8th, 2016). –> Learn more about the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017). The 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will feature over thirty of the world’s top experts and innovators working on ways to enhance our brain health and performance in light of emerging neuroscience and digital...
Source: SharpBrains - July 20, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology aging brain Brain-health innovation Source Type: blogs

The challenge ahead: How to develop, validate and bring to market neuroscience-based innovation
Best practices to fund, develop and commercialize evidence-based innovation from SharpBrains This presentation took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 6-8th, 2016). –> Learn more about the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017).  (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - July 19, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience innovation Source Type: blogs

“The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed” — William Gibson
Expo Day: MindMaze, SharpBrains, Watson Centre for Brain Health from SharpBrains –> Learn more about the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017). The 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will feature over thirty of the world’s top experts and innovators working on ways to enhance our brain health and performance in light of emerging neuroscience and digital technologies. Additionally, and for the first time, it will host a Brainnovations Pitch Contest to foster collaborative problem-solving between scientists, practi...
Source: SharpBrains - July 18, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience brain future Source Type: blogs

Let ’s upgrade education with lifelong brain development in mind
Upgrade education with lifelong brain development in mind from SharpBrains This presentation took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 6-8th, 2016). –> Learn more about the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017).  (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - July 17, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain-development Source Type: blogs

Guidelines to harness digital platforms to accelerate innovation and drive proper adoption of digital brain health tools
Harness digital platforms to accelerate R&D and drive proper adoption from SharpBrains This presentation took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 6-8th, 2016). –> Learn more about the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017). The 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will feature over thirty of the world’s top experts and innovators working on ways to enhance our brain health and performance in light of emerging neuroscience and digital technologies. Additionally, and for the first time, it will host a&nbs...
Source: SharpBrains - July 14, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology digital health R&D Source Type: blogs

Emerging best practices to personalize brain health via new imaging methods and human/ artificial intelligence
Personalize brain health and enhancement combining new imaging methods and human/ artificial intelligence from SharpBrains This presentation took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 6-8th, 2016). –> Learn more about the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017). (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - July 13, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience artificial artificial intelligence Brain-health enhancement personalize Source Type: blogs

How can we empower communities via better brain health tools and literacy?
Empower communities with better brain health tools and literacy from SharpBrains This presentation took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 6-8th, 2016). –> Learn more about the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017). The 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will feature over thirty of the world’s top experts and innovators working on ways to enhance our brain health and performance in light of emerging neuroscience and digital technologies. Additionally, and for the first time, it will host a Brainnov...
Source: SharpBrains - July 12, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain health literacy Brain-health Source Type: blogs

Let ’s master the digital toolkit to harness lifelong neuroplasticity
Master the digital toolkit to harness lifelong neuroplasticity from SharpBrains This presentation took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 6-8th, 2016). –> Learn more about the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017). (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - July 11, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Lifelong Neuroplasticity Source Type: blogs

How can we take cognitive and emotional health interventions –both assessments and therapies–to scale?
Taking cognitive/ emotional assessments and therapies to scale from SharpBrains This presentation took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 6-8th, 2016). –> Learn more about the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017). The 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will feature over thirty of the world’s top experts and innovators working on ways to enhance our brain health and performance in light of emerging neuroscience and digital technologies. Additionally, and for the first time, it will host a Brainnovat...
Source: SharpBrains - July 10, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology assessments emotional therapies Source Type: blogs

“Our health starts and ends with brain health” — Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit
Improve education, productivity and health via brain enhancement from SharpBrains Experts at the leading edge of brain science and technology shared best practices to link brain health and mental health with wider priorities such as educational outcomes, workplace performance and resilience, lifelong learning, general happiness and well-being. Chair: Alexan­dra More­house, Chief Marketing Officer of Banner Health Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas Scott Pawson, Sr. Product Manager, New Product Lead at Pearson Clinical Assessment Dr...
Source: SharpBrains - July 7, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Banner Health Brain-health brain-science Lifelong-learning Mental-Health Pearson Pearson Clinical Assessment resilience UC Santa Barbara University of Texas at Dallas well-being Source Type: blogs

Just announced: Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 6th, 2017, featuring a stellar “Sharp Tank”
  In order to foster innovative bridges and problem-solving between scientists, practitioners, technologists and entrepreneurs, the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th) will host a Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 6th. Early-stage startups will submit their elevator pitch and 1-2 page business plan, and up to 16 selected Finalists will get to pitch their idea to the Judges and to all Summit participants in one of 4 categories: Healthcare, Workplace, Education, and Quality of Life. Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains‘ CEO, and Dr. Bob Bilder, Director of the UCLA Tennenbaum Cente...
Source: SharpBrains - July 6, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology brain-enhancement Brain-health Brainnovations healthcare Pitch Contest quality-of-life Sharp Tank workplace Source Type: blogs

Study shows how practicing gratitude can help train your brain and improve mental health over time
— With the rise of managed health care, which emphasizes cost-efficiency and brevity, mental health professionals have had to confront this burning question: How can they help clients derive the greatest possible benefit from treatment in the shortest amount of time? Recent evidence suggests that a promising approach is to complement psychological counseling with additional activities that are not too taxing for clients but yield high results. In our own research, we have zeroed in on one such activity: the practice of gratitude. Indeed, many studies over the past decade have found that people who consciously count t...
Source: SharpBrains - July 5, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness anxiety college students counseling depression fMRI fMRI scanner Gratitude healthcare managed health care Mental-Health Positive-Psychology Psychotherapy Source Type: blogs

Just in: Call for nominations and applications @ Global Teacher Prize 2018
—– Please join me and the Global Teacher Prize in celebrating teachers and the amazing things they do. Recognize the teachers who have changed your life, and/ or the lives of others around you, by nominating them for a Global Teacher Prize HERE before October 8th, 2017. Description: The Global Teacher Prize is a US $1 million award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession. The prize serves to underline the importance of educators and the fact that, throughout the world, their efforts deserve to be recognised and celebrated. It ...
Source: SharpBrains - June 30, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Global Teacher Prize teachers Varkey Foundation Source Type: blogs

Applying to MIT Solve? Here are 4 Ways, and 20 Resources, to Upgrade Brain Health in the Digital Age
Insufficient brain healthcare is one of the most pervasive and multi-faceted problems our world faces today. From the young to the old, the rich to the poor, those living in dense cities to isolated farmlands, anyone can be affected by brain health problems. Yet, current solutions to this problem are limited. While some innovations have made significant strides towards improved brain health, there is a pressing need for stronger prioritization of cognitive healthcare and more proactive innovation towards preventative treatments. Here’s what the new MIT Solve 2017 Global Challenge says about brain health: &l...
Source: SharpBrains - June 29, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Professional Development Technology artificial intelligence brain diseases Brain Health Challenge brain healthcare Brain-health cognitive healthcare innovation mental well being MIT Solve neuroplasticity pe Source Type: blogs