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 2nd.

You can learn more about the first edition of the Brainnovations Pitch Contest and about the upcoming second Brainnovations editioncheck page for Guidelines, FAQs and Submission Form.

We’re looking forward to hearing about many innovative ideas, products and services!

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Learn More & Register:

2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (May 7–9th)

–-This will be the Brainnovations Judging Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”

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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 challenge to task. Across eight easy-to-read chapters, she illustrates how people, most likely younger users, “hack” technologies to foster connection, mindfulness, and well-being. The chapters are centered around a collection of personal narratives from people who personalized their digital devices and experience positive results. Morris records these stories with a gentle, engaging, and upbeat tone that requires no formal background in either mental health or technology … This book is a good read for today’s digital health initiatives and for clinicians hoping to keep up to date in current trends in mental health technology. It reminds us that putting a device in a patient’s hands will often lead to outcomes that we could never have imagined. It also pokes holes in the once reigning view that robotics and chatbots are dehumanizing and antisocial. If anything, the narratives suggest that technology can help patients monitor their emotional states and improve sharing and connections. The book underscores how useful it is to study how patients use apps in real-world settings and to learn from their lived experiences.

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El Cerebro que Cura: Descubre la mejor forma de mantener un cerebro sano como fuente de salud By: SharpBrains

Para tener una vida plena y feliz, lo más importante es tener un cerebro sano. Esta es la premisa que defienden los autores: cómo una mente sana puede dar lugar a un cuerpo igualmente saludable. Read the rest of this entry »

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What will neurotechnology look like in 10-20 years?

Credit: University of Nottingham

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Will it be about a new generation of portable brain scanners that can significantly lower the price of research, like the one being developed by researchers at the University of Nottingham and University College London in the UK?

Or will it be about sophisticated neural interfaces, like the ones the US military is working on, to change the ways our minds interact with the world around us?

Or, perhaps, will it be about inexpensive, data-rich approaches to detect patterns in your smartphone usage and detect mental health and brain disorders in their early stages — such as what MindStrong HealthNeuraMetrix and others are already doing?

–> Continue reading We need to rethink neuroscience. And you can help us, over at the World Economic Forum.

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Brain teaser to exercise those temporal lobes

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Language is processed in the temporal lobes, on the sides of your brain, next to you temples.

Different areas in the temporal lobes (mostly on the left side) deal with different aspects of language. For instance, the Wernicke area supports your ability to understand words. The Broca area, on the other hand, is the one that allows you to produce language or articulate words.

Let’s try a fun brain teaser to help exercise your brain’s language areas…are you ready to stimulate all those neurons in your temporal lobes?

Read each definition and try to find the corresponding word.

(Answers are below, but don’t check them until you have tried!)

Tease your brain:

_________________ = A plant having a permanently woody main stem, usually growing to a high height, and developing branches at some distance from the ground.

_________________ = A large, usually tawny-yellow cat, native to Africa and southern Asia, having a tufted tail.

_________________ = The nutritious, orange to yellow root of a plant of the parsley family.

_________________ = An article of furniture consisting of a flat top supported on one or more legs.

_________________ = An institution where instruction is given.

_________________ = A moving cage for carrying passengers from one level to another.

_________________ = A device for transmission of sound or speech to a distant point

_________________ = a body of water of considerable size, surrounded by land.

_________________ = A domestic fowl bred for its flesh, eggs, and feathers.

_________________ = A shallow, usually circular dish from which food is eaten.

_________________ = A precipitation in the form of ice crystals.

_________________ = Any circulating medium of exchange

 

 

Answers

Tree
Lion
Carrot
Table
School
Elevator
Telephone
Lake
Chicken
Plate
Snow
Money

 

For more cognitive stimulation, visit these Top 25 Brain Teasers for Teens and Adults, and explore What are Cognitive Abilities and Skills, and How to Boost Them?

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Have a Kindle? Order The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness at a sharp discount and help fight Alzheimer’s Disease

As you probably know September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and we’d like to help improve public knowledge about brain health and Alzheimer’s risk factors by making The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize your Brain Health and Performance at Any Age easier to access and read.

From Saturday, September 29th, until Monday, October 1st, we’ll be running a Kindle Countdown Deal via Amazon in which you can order the book with discounts of up to 90%.

We hope you enjoy the book and it helps you protect your most important asset: your amazing human brain.

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Imagine the future of Brain & Mental Health

Imagine a videogame cleared by the FDA to treat ADHD, depression, or substance abuse — how will doctors prescribe it, patients access it, and insurers pay for it?

Imagine a free “annual brain check-up” — what may it look like, and how can it lead into personalized interventions to improve function and prevent/ delay/ treat cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease?

Imagine being responsible for the health & wellness of a million people — how will you educate them to navigate most-likely-to-help interventions, such as breathing/ exercise/ meditation/ apps/ biofeedback/ tDCS to regulate stress?

Imagine investing $100 million in startups developing noninvasive, digital neurotechnologies — where, and how, will you find great opportunities to generate financial and social returns?

Learn more & Save the Date to participate @ 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Investing in Brain Health for All (December 4–6th)…

Additionally, given the success of the first Brainnovations Pitch Contest last year (details here), the 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will host a second Brainnovations edition, for 12 selected startups to pitch their innovative solutions to to all Summit participants and to our distinguished Judges:

  • Dr. Hagit Alon, VP Scientific Affairs at Joy Ventures
  • Dr. David Barash, Chief Medical Officer at the GE Foundation
  • Nichol Bradford, Co-Founder and ED of the Transformative Tech Lab
  • John Cammack, Angel Investor
  • Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evangelism Officer at InteraXon
  • Dr. Evian Gordon, Executive Chairman of Brain Resource
  • Dr. Adam Haim, Chief of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Kathleen Herath, Associate Vice President Health & Productivity at Nationwide Insurance
  • Christian Hernandez, Managing Partner at White Star Capital
  • Dr. Edward Kliphuis, Investment Director at Merck Ventures
  • Dr. Cori Lathan, Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Human Enhancement
  • Dr. Manuel López-Figueroa, Venture Partner at Bay City Capital
  • Zack Lynch, General Partner at JAZZ Venture Partners
  • Dr. Eddie Martucci, Co-Founder and CEO of Akili Interactive Labs
  • Dr. Karen Postal, President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN)
  • Yannick Roy, Co-Founder of NeuroTechX

We’ll announce more details by July 2nd, 2018. In the meantime you can learn more herehere and here.

–-This will be the Brainnovations Judging Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”

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