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Focused ultrasound as emerging method of non-invasive neurotechnology

Brain_ultrasoundSound Waves Can Heal Brain Dis­or­ders (Sci­en­tific American):

…Physi­cians are also con­sid­er­ing high-intensity focused ultra­sound as an alter­na­tive to brain surgery. Patients with move­ment dis­or­ders such as Parkinson’s dis­ease and dys­to­nia are increas­ingly being treated with Read the rest of this entry »

AnthroTronix CEO Corinna Lathan to discuss 510(k) FDA clearance of its DANA neurocognitive test at 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Corinna_LathanHappy to share that Dr. Lathan, CEO of Anthro­Tronix, will dis­cuss the brand-new 510(k) FDA clear­ance of their DANA neu­rocog­ni­tive test at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th), dur­ing the ses­sion Best prac­tices to assess and enhance brain func­tion via mobile devices and wear­ables.

Dr. Corinna Lathan leads Anthro­Tronix, a bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing prod­uct devel­op­ment com­pany and pio­neer in mobile plat­form tech­nol­ogy. Their DANA™ prod­uct is Read the rest of this entry »

Elizabeth Frates, Director of Medical Student Education at the Institute of Life Medicine, to speak @ 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Summit

BethFratesWe are proud to announce that Dr. Eliz­a­beth Frates, Direc­tor of Med­ical Stu­dent Edu­ca­tion at the Insti­tute of Lifestyle Med­i­cine, will speak at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th) about How front-line pro­fes­sion­als can incor­po­rate the emerg­ing brain health toolkit to their prac­tices.

Dr. Eliz­a­beth (Beth) Frates is trained as a physi­a­trist as well as a health and well­ness coach. Read the rest of this entry »

2 Weeks to Go: Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain Fitness at the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

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Indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions world­wide are expected to spend over $1.3 bil­lion in 2014 in web-based, mobile and biometrics-based solu­tions to assess and enhance brain func­tion. Growth is poised to con­tinue, fueled by major gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives such as the White House BRAIN ini­tia­tive, emerg­ing mobile and non-invasive neu­rotech­nolo­gies, and by con­sumer and patient demands for self-driven, proac­tive brain care. For exam­ple, 83% of sur­veyed early-adopters agree that “adults of all ages should take charge of their own brain fit­ness, with­out wait­ing for their doc­tors to tell them to” and “would per­son­ally take a brief assess­ment every year as an annual men­tal check-up.”

How are inno­va­tors in sci­ence, indus­try and prac­tice har­ness­ing the oppor­tu­nity at hand and shap­ing the future of brain fit­ness for max­i­mum social benefit? 

–> Join 40+ Speak­ers and over two hun­dred par­tic­i­pants as we dis­cuss and advance the Agenda.

Out: crossword puzzles. In: digital cognitive assessments and training

brain_mindDo brain games work? (The Boston Globe):

There’s intense inter­est — and the poten­tial for big money — in the world of brain games. Lumosity…claims 60 mil­lion users…The mar­ket for Lumos­ity and com­peti­tors like Cogmed and Posit Sci­ence is grow­ing 25 per­cent a year, accord­ing to Sharp­Brains, a neuro-wellness research firm. Read the rest of this entry »

Start-up Thync raises $13 million to market transcranial stimulation via consumer wearable

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Thync gets $13 mil­lion to send elec­tric cur­rents to your brain (SFGate):

Thync, a Los Gatos startup, is work­ing on a wear­able that’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from most: it would send fine elec­tric cur­rents through the brain to alter users’ state of mind…some ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists are on-board with the unusual vision: on Wednes­day, it said it has raised $13 mil­lion from Khosla Ven­tures and other investors.

Thync says it has cre­ated the first wear­able that uses “neu­rosig­nal­ing algo­rithms” to Read the rest of this entry »

Next in mental health, substance abuse: Preventive interventions to strengthen working memory

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Strong work­ing mem­ory puts brakes on prob­lem­atic drug use (Med­ical Xpress):

Ado­les­cents with strong work­ing mem­ory are bet­ter equipped to escape early drug exper­i­men­ta­tion with­out pro­gress­ing into sub­stance abuse issues…Most impor­tant in the pic­ture is exec­u­tive atten­tion, a com­po­nent of work­ing mem­ory that involves a person’s abil­ity to Read the rest of this entry »

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