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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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Jan Samzelius, CEO of Brainnovations Winner NeuraMetrix, encourages pioneers to focus on “simple, elegant solutions to big problems”

What surprised you the most from the Judges’ questions and feedback during the Brainnovations Pitch Contest last month?

Even with only a brief presentation the judges immediately got the potential impact of our technology to measure and monitor brain health and began to think about other applications for us – several we had not thought about. That was fun.

In a nutshell, what is the core idea behind NeuraMetrix?

Typing Cadence is among the strongest habit we have. If the brain is attacked by a disease, the habit will begin to break – very slowly and in very small increments. Our way of measuring is so sensitive that we can pick up changes at the level of 1/100th of second – many orders of magnitude better than today’s tools.

When and how did the idea come to you?

Coming from data security, our first idea was to use typing cadence for authentication, and then were alerted to the brain health application by an outsider. Read the rest of this entry »

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Top 10 moments from the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Whew.

What a rich and diverse 3-day conversation on the future of brain health and brain enhancement among 50+ Speakers and 200+ participants in 24 countries.

From the dozens of fascinating insights and moments, here are some our favorites:

(Note: slidedecks are now freely available; session recordings require registration and login credentials)

1. That masterful 40-minute overview by Dr. Tom Insel on the past, present and future of mental health (view slidedeck Here)

2. Discussing with Akili’s Eddie Martucci the FDA implications from the significant research findings released just the day before (view slidedeck Here)

3. Exploring the revolution in brain health assessments (view slidedeck Here), as covered in the article Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health at WebMD

4. Discovering the latest in EEG, virtual reality/ augmented reality, and photobiomodulation with experts at UCSF, Emotiv, Stanford, AUGMENTx ad VieLight ((view main slidedeck Here)

5. Previewing why Lumosity is getting into Mindfulness (view slidedeck Here; final presentation)

6. Considering the ethics of different methods of cognitive enhancement, including the growing use of consumer-driven brain stimulation (view slidedeck Here)

7. Learning about the largest new Randomized Controlled Trial on the impact of lifestyle factors such as exercise and nutrition on healthy brain aging (view slidedeck Here)

8. Discussing the upbeat findings about education and cognitive training from a just-published study involving 200,000+ people! (view slidedeck Here)

– Judging Panel for the Brainnovations Pitch Contest

9. Exploring the next 80 years of brain enhancement and Human Computer Interfaces with neuroengineer Randal Koene (view slidedeck for all pm sessions Here)

10. Hearing the great questions and feedback by Judges during the Brainnovations pitch contests to measure brain health and to improve it, to harness Big Data, to boost workplace productivity and resilience (view slidedecks HereHereHere and Here)

 

In summary, Brain Health and Mental Health will look very different in 2020 than they do today. And not a minute too soon, since the needs and the gaps are so large.

Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy and Prosperous 2018  to you and to your family at home and at work,

Alvaro Fernandez on behalf of the SharpBrains Team

 

PS1: Summit Participants already have full access to all recordings clicking above or HERE (one-year access to 50+ Speakers, 15+ Hours), using same log-in credentials provided during the Summit.

PS2: If you didn’t participate in the Summit but want access all recordings, they are available for purchase HERE ($150; 10%-off discount-code: sharp2018)

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Congratulations to Brainnovations Winners: NeuraMetrix, AUGMENTx, Sapien Labs, and The Touchpoint Solution

Proud to announce the Winners of the Brainnovations Pitch Contest that took place during the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit last week. What a fascinating discussion and learning experience for everyone involved, already resulting in great media coverage such as Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health (WebMD)!

Please join us in celebrating their work so far and in wishing them all the best forward!

Winner — Top Brainnovation to measure Brain Health & Performance

NeuraMetrix: “NeuraMetrix measures brain health using a digital bio-marker based on consistency of typing cadence. It is passive, independent of language, culture and education and does not require tests or special equipment, sensors, gross motor skills or physician interaction.”

Winner — Top Brainnovation to improve Brain Health & Performance

AUGMENTx: “AUGMENTx’s augmented reality enabled neuromodulatory rehabilitation therapy aims to accelerate neurological recovery from stroke and traumatic limb amputations. The team’s vision is to make the therapy available to all stroke and limb amputation patients around the world at an affordable cost.”

Winner –Top Brainnovation harnessing Big Data

Sapien Labs: “Sapien Labs is a non profit that seeks to accelerate solutions for brain health by building the largest globally representative open access database and research platform for human EEG with stringent data standards to enable large scale analysis of the human brain.”

Winner — Top Brainnovation to boost Workplace Productivity & Resilience

The Touchpoint Solution: “What if you could lower stress by 71% in 30 seconds anytime, anywhere? Cost-effective, non-invasive TouchPoints neuroscience wearables represent next-gen life enhancement…improve focus, performance, calm, sensory integration, and onset of sleep with BLAST technology and live your best life.”

This was the Brainnovations Judging Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”

 

 

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Thank you, Summit Sponsors @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, for helping shape Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age!

Thank you very much, great Summit Sponsors, for supporting the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit taking place next week (Dec. 5-7th) and gathering 50+ Speakers and 200+ participants to working on ways to enhance brain health and performance in the digital age!

Gold Sponsors

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families. Its Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), founded in collaboration with Age UK, is an independent collaborative created to provide trusted information on how to maintain and improve brain health.brain

VieLight has a mission to engineer and commercialize non-invasive devices based on photobiomodulation that are safe and effective, easy to use and affordable – all to truly help improve one’s quality of life. It focuses on developing new-generation home-use brain stimulation devices that are enjoying a growing reputation to be helpful for mental acuity in various presentations. Its products are used by both practitioners and consumers all over the world.

Silver Sponsors

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The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation(ARPF) has a mission to empower people to build healthy brains and reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease by conducting clinical research and providing educational and professional development outreach. For 20 years, the ARPF has been on the leading edge by researching, advocating, and educating for an integrative approach to preventing memory loss and Alzheimer’s.

Arrowsmith Program

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, based in Phoenix, Arizona, is one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the USA, employing more than 50,000 staff members in 29 hospitals and other settings ranging from home care and long-term care, to laboratories and rehabilitation services.

EMOTIV is a bioinformatics company advancing understanding of the human brain using electroencephalography (EEG) with a mission to empower individuals and accelerate brain research globally.

Lumosity

Lumosity was founded to help people keep their brains challenged thanks to a simple online tool allowing anyone to train core cognitive abilities. From neuroscience to visual art, they combine diverse disciplines to create engaging brain training programs and, through the Human Cognition Project, they collaborate with over 100 leading researchers, clinicians and teachers from institutions around the world.

MindMaze has developed a breakthrough platform to build intuitive human machine interfaces combining virtual reality (VR), computer graphics, brain imaging & neuroscience, enabling exciting new applications in gaming, brain machine control, and healthcare.

During Expo Day–Thursday, December 7th–selected Summit Sponsors and Partners will showcase their most promising brain health & enhancement initiatives and solutions. All times below reflect US Pacific Time.

8.30-9am. Adam GazzaleyUCSF Professor of Neurology, will present Neuroscape.

9-9.30am. Dr. Walter Greenleaf, Medical VR/ AR Expert at Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab, will provide an overview of health applications of virtual & augmented reality (VR/AR).

9.30-10am. Dr. Lew Lim, Founder & CEO of Vielight, will discuss photobiomodulation as a new way to enhance brain function.

10.30-11am. Dr. Bob Schafer, Director of Research at Lumos Labs, will present their expanding vision for brain training, including mindfulness.

11am-Noon. Lunch break

Noon-12.30pm. Dr. Chris Walling, Chairman of the Educational Advisory Committee at
The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF), will present the new Brain Longevity Therapy Training.

12.30-1pm. Dr. Leanne Young, Executive Director of the Brain Performance Institute at UT-Dallas Center for BrainHealth will present the new 62,000-square-foot Brain Performance Institute.

1-1.30pm. Debbie Gilmore, Executive Director of The Arrowsmith Program, will present plans to better equip 100+ schools helping students with special needs.

1.30-2pm. Dr. Randal Koene, Lead Scientist at Kernel, will discuss future directions of neuroenginnering and human computer interfaces.

 

Looking forward to a great virtual summit!

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Learn more & Reserve your Spot HERE

(10%-off promo code for SharpBrains readers: sharp2017)

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The landscape of digital brain health & enhancement: 177 experts and pioneers in 23 countries (and counting)

Registrants for the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th) as of November 23rd, 2017

Quick update on how registration stands for the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th) — THANK YOU to everyone who has registered already 🙂

We are pleased to report that so far 177 experts, pioneers and practitioners are registered to participate. 130 seem to be based in the US and 47 abroad (based on IP address during registration), with the following country breakdown: 

  • United States 130
  • Australia 7
  • Canada 7
  • Israel 5
  • United Kingdom 5
  • France 3
  • Italy 2
  • Norway 2
  • Spain 2
  • Sweden 1
  • Portugal 1
  • Singapore 1
  • Taiwan 1
  • South Korea 1
  • Japan 1
  • Estonia 1
  • India 1
  • Ireland 1
  • Brazil 1
  • Argentina 1
  • United Arab Emirates 1
  • South Africa 1
  • Brunei  1

 

 

THANK YOU also to the 14 just confirmed excellent additions to the stellar Speaker Roster.

As director of the Infancy Studies Laboratory at the Rutgers Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience,  Dr. April Benasich’s research focuses on brain development in infancy and early childhood, specifically the neural processes necessary for normal language and cognitive development. She uses a mix of cutting-edge technologies, including measurement of auditory evoked brain potentials (EEG/ERPs) and naturally sleeping MRI/fMRI, that add converging noninvasive physiological measures to her lab’s extensive behavioral battery.

Dr. Olivier Oullier, just appointed as the new President of EMOTIV, is a neuroscientist, strategist, and contributor to Fortune Magazine, He is the former Head of Strategy in Global Health and Healthcare and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum, where he was in charge of an international project on value-based care involving more than 50 global companies and organizations. Olivier is a Full Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Aix-Marseille University and taught at the Universities of Oxford and Geneva’s executive education programs.

And, pitching the latest thinking and solutions for brain health and performance, during the Brainnovations Pitch Contest we will see:

Dr. Albert Kwon, Co-Founder & CEO of AUGMENTx

Dr. Amy Serin, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer at The Touchpoint Solution

Bill Wisialowski, COO of NeuraMetrix

David Klein, Co-Founder & CEO of Click Therapeutics

Greg Wong, VP Product Management at Savonix

Ignacio de Ramon, Co-Founder & CEO of Sincrolab

Jafar Sabbah, Founder & CEO of Beam Riders

Martina Ratto, Cognitive Scientist at MyCognition

Paul Lefrere, Innovation Lead at WEKIT — Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training

Ruth Poliakine Baruchi, Founder & CEO of MyndYou

Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, President & Chief Scientific Officer of HealthTech Connex

Tara Thiagarajan, Founder and Chief Scientist at Sapien Labs

 

Looking forward to a great conference!

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Please join us to explore the latest brain science, tech tools and market trends, and to help shape Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age.

Learn more & Reserve your Spot HERE

(10%-off promo code for SharpBrains readers: sharp2017)

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