Posts Tagged Brain health

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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News: 12 Finalists named to take part in the Brainnovations Pitch Contest (December 6th, 2017)

We are proud and excited to announce the 12 groundbreaking startups that will get to pitch their idea and solutions at the Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 6th, hosted during Day 2 of the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th).

These are the 12 selected Finalists, together with their summary elevator pitch: AUGMENTx, Beam Riders, Click Therapeutics, HealthTech Connex, MyCognition, MyndYou, NeuraMetrix, Sapien Labs, Savonix, Sincrolab, The Touchpoint Solution, WEKIT.

Please join us in celebrating their work so far and in wishing them all the best at the pitch contest!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Are you familiar with these research findings and neurotechnologies revolutionizing Brain & Mental Health?

Try adding 3 and 8 in your head.

That was easy. Now, trying adding 33 and 88. That was probably more difficult. Finally, try adding 333 and 888.

Time for SharpBrains’ October e-newsletter, this time discussing a range of research findings and technologies revolutionizing brain and mental health.

New thinking about cognition, brain and mind:

Emerging toolkit for brain health & enhancement:

News about the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th):

And finally, a couple of fun brain teasers to start the week of the right foot:

 

Have a great month of November!

The SharpBrains Team

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Meet 40 Experts and Innovators shaping Brain Health & Enhancement on December 5-7th, at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

We are proud to announce these 40 confirmed Summit Speakers, Chairs and Judges at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit on December 5-7th. What an incredible brain trust shaping the future of brain health and enhancement!

Here are just a few:

Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Professor of Neurology and Founding Director of Neuroscape at UCSF

Dr. Gazzaley is a faculty member in the Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry departments, and Director of a cognitive neuroscience laboratory conducting research on the neural mechanisms of attention and memory. Dr. Gazzaley is also co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive Labs, a company developing therapeutic video games, and co-founder and Chief Scientist of JAZZ Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in experiential technology to improve human performance.

Dr. Adam Haim, Chief of the Clinical Trials Operations and
Biostatistics Branch at the NIMH

Dr. Haim oversees the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Both programs help small businesses fund R&D with strong potential for technology commercialization, and a significant portion of their current grant portfolio is focused on the development and evaluation of mHealth interventions and digital health technology.

Alexandra Morehouse

Alexandra Morehouse, CMO of Banner Health

Alexandra M. Morehouse is Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for Banner Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems. Prior to Banner Health, she was the Vice President of Brand Management at Kaiser Permanente, and CMO of AAA. She has served on the boards of the Harvard Business School Community Partners, SnapFish, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC Dance, and UC Davis.

Dr. Alison Fenney, Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO)

Dr. Fenney runs the Neurotechnology Industry Organization, a global trade association representing companies involved in neuroscience, brain research institutes and patient advocacy groups. Prior to NIO, Alison was Manager of Industry Relations at the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) in Canada, and also worked in Equity Research at Bloom Burton & Co.

Álvaro Fernández, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of SharpBrains

Álvaro Fernández, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Human Enhancement, runs SharpBrains, an independent market research firm tracking health and performance applications of brain science. Mr. Fernandez is the co-author of “The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age”, and the Editor-in-chief of SharpBrains’ market report on Pervasive Neurotechnology.

 

For more, here you can Meet 40 Experts and Innovators at the frontier of Brain Health & Enhancement.

 

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In honor of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, let’s discuss 10 Key Facts To Harness Brain Plasticity And Prolong Brain Health

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, so let me share 10 Key Facts to harness brain plasticity & prolong brain health that come from the hundreds of scientific and medical studies we analyzed to prepare the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Improve Brain Health and Performance at Any Age:

  • 1. Genes do not determine the fate of our brains (not even the infamous APOE4). Thanks to lifelong neuroplasticity, our lifestyles are as important as our genes-if not even more important- in determining how our brains grow and our minds evolve.
  • 2. There is more than one “It” in “Use It or Lose It” — our performance depends on a variety of brain functions and cognitive skills, not just one (be it “attention” or “memory” or any other).
  • 3. Physical exercise and increased fitness promote brain functioning through a variety of mechanisms, such as increased brain volume, blood supply and growth hormone levels. In particular, cardiovascular exercise seems to bring the greatest brain benefits.
  • 4. Mental stimulation strengthens the connections between neurons (synapses), improving neuron survival and cognitive functioning and building your cognitive reserve–which helps your brain better cope with normal aging and Alzheimer’s pathology in the long-term.
  • 5. The only leisure activity that has been associated with reduced cognitive function is watching television. What could explain that? Well, routine, passive activities do not challenge the brain. Keeping up the challenge requires going to the next level of difficulty, trying something new, generating new thoughts and strategies and lessons learned.
  • 6. The Mediterranean Diet, supplemented with olive oil and nuts, is associated with decreased risk of cognitive decline.
  • 7. Moderate doses of caffeine increase alertness but there is no clear sustained lifetime health benefit (or harm).
  • 8. Taking “brain supplements”  does not seem to boost cognitive function or reduce risks of cognitive decline or dementia, unless directed to address an identified deficiency.
  • 9. Chronic stress reduces and can even inhibit neurogenesis. Memory and general mental flexibility are impaired by chronic stress…so it’s good to see the growing evidence that meditation and biofeedback can successfully teach users to self-regulate physiological stress.
  • 10. No size fits all…so, to improve and prolong brain function, it’s critical to understand and address individual needs and starting point.

What counts in terms of neuroplasticity and brain health is not reading this article–or any other–but practicing healthy behaviors every day. Please revisit the fact above that really grabbed your attention–ideally one that you may have overlooked and therefore may bring most “bang for the buck” now–and make a decision to try something new this summer.

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May e-newsletter: MIT Solve launches Brain Health Challenge, asking “How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience?”

New thinking

New research

New tools

 

 

Have a great month of June and, for those based in the US, a great Memorial Day weekend,

 

The SharpBrains Team

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