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Douglas Ziedonis (UMass­ Med­ical School) to speak on scaling up meditation and mindfulness

Douglas ZiedonisExcited to announce that Dr. Dou­glas Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at at the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Med­ical School, will share his work and insights on Scal­ing up med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness via well­ness pro­grams and biofeed­back sen­sors, at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th).

Dr. Ziedo­nis is also Pres­i­dent of UMass Memo­r­ial Behav­ioral Health Ser­vices. He is inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized for his research and lead­er­ship in address­ing co-occurring addic­tion and men­tal ill­ness, in par­tic­u­lar tobacco and also food addic­tion. He is Direc­tor of the UMass Cen­ter of Excel­lence (COE) in Addic­tions and Co-Director of the UMass COE in Neu­ro­sciences. Read the rest of this entry »

How can front-line professionals incorporate the emerging brain health toolkit to their practices?

BrainDon’t miss the ses­sion How can front-line pro­fes­sion­als incor­po­rate the emerg­ing brain health toolkit to their prac­tices at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit next week, featuring:

  • Eliz­a­beth Frates, Direc­tor of Med­ical Stu­dent Edu­ca­tion at the Insti­tute of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Dr. Cather­ine Madi­son, Direc­tor of the Ray Dolby Brain Health Cen­ter at Cal­i­for­nia Pacific Med­ical Center
  • Bar­bara Van Amburg, Chief Nurs­ing Offi­cer at Kaiser Per­ma­nente Red­wood City
  • Kate Sul­li­van, Direc­tor of the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter at Wal­ter Reed National Mil­i­tary Med­ical Center
  • Chair: Dr. Michael O’Donnell, Editor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Promotion

We are look­ing for­ward to it!

–> Explore the Agenda @ 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, and join­ us Octo­ber 28-30th! (10%-off pro­mo­tional code: sharp2014)

10 Ways To Improve Health & Well-being Based On Latest Non-Invasive Neurotechnologies

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Last month I had the for­tune to join over 1,900 pio­neers from 90 coun­tries at the World Eco­nomic Forum’s Annual Meet­ing in Tian­jin, China, to dis­cuss how inno­va­tion can improve the state of the world.

Through­out hun­dreds of pan­els, work­shops, pri­vate meet­ings and social gath­er­ings, we exam­ined how to deal with cli­mate change, how to invest in pub­lic infra­struc­ture, how to bet­ter reg­u­late finan­cial ser­vices, and dozens of other press­ing top­ics. In address­ing these issues, every­one — inde­pen­dent of nation­al­ity or dis­ci­pline – brought to the table our most pre­cious asset: the amaz­ing Human Brain.

Dur­ing stim­u­lat­ing and cap­ti­vat­ing ses­sions we explored Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge: Helping consumers separate brain training wheat from brain games chaff

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Brain-Training Com­pa­nies Get Advice From Some Aca­d­e­mics, Crit­i­cism From Oth­ers (The Chron­i­cle of Higher Education):

…brain-game com­pa­nies entice peo­ple to buy sub­scrip­tions to their online train­ing pro­grams, many of which promise to increase cus­tomers’ “neu­ro­plas­tic­ity,” “fluid intel­li­gence,” and work­ing mem­ory capac­ity. They even claim to help stave off the effects of aging.

Lead­ing sci­en­tists have crit­i­cized those promises Read the rest of this entry »

Best practices to assess and enhance brain functions via mobile devices and wearables

2014_SharpBrains_Virtual_Summit_Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain FitnessDon’t miss the ses­sion Best prac­tices to assess and enhance brain func­tion via mobile devices and wear­ables at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit next week, featuring:

  • Corinna E. Lathan, Founder and CEO of Anthro­Tronix (just received FDA clear­ance)
  • Eddie Mar­tucci, VP Research & Devel­op­ment at Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Alex Doman, Co-Founder of Sleep Genius
  • Joan Sev­er­son, Pres­i­dent of Dig­i­tal Arte­facts (devel­oper of BrainBaseline)
  • Chair: Jayne Plun­kett, Mem­ber of the Group Man­age­ment Board for Swiss Re

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Adam Gazzaley, Director of UCSF Neuroimaging Center & Akili co-founder, to speak at 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

adam gazzaleyHappy to share that Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of UCSF Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter and Co-founder of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs, will share his work and insights on Improv­ing brain & men­tal health via dig­i­tal plat­forms, neu­ro­plas­tic­ity research and the White House BRAIN ini­tia­tive, at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th).

Dr. Gaz­za­ley is a fac­ulty mem­ber in the Read the rest of this entry »

Hábitos para una vida laboral más próspera

profesional_siestaDormir la siesta te hace mejor pro­fe­sional (Expansión):

El español Álvaro Fer­nán­dez Ibáñez dirige Sharp­Brains, una empresa esta­dounidense que inves­tiga cómo mejo­rar la salud, la edu­cación y la for­ma­ción a través de la cien­cia del cere­bro y la inno­vación, y es coau­tor de Cómo inver­tir en su cere­bro, pub­li­cado en castel­lano el pasado febrero. “No hay que esperar a tener un prob­lema médico para cuidar tu cere­bro. Cuanto más lo ejercites, más rendirás en el tra­bajo, mejo­rarás tu estado de ánimo y ayu­darás a pre­venir enfer­medades”, explica Fer­nán­dez Ibáñez.”

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