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Dr. Thomas Insel, NIMH Director, to speak @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Tom InselWe are proud to share that Dr. Thomas Insel, Direc­tor of the National Insti­tute of Men­tal Health and neu­rotech­nol­ogy vision­ary, will open the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit on Tues­day, Octo­ber 28th.

Prior to this appoint­ment at NIMH, Dr. Insel was Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try at Emory Uni­ver­sity, where he was found­ing direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Behav­ioral Neu­ro­science. He has pub­lished over 250 sci­en­tific arti­cles and four books, served on numer­ous aca­d­e­mic, sci­en­tific, and pro­fes­sional com­mit­tees and boards, and is a recip­i­ent of sev­eral awards, includ­ing the Out­stand­ing Ser­vice Award from the U.S. Pub­lic Health Ser­vice. Dr. Insel grad­u­ated from the com­bined B.A.-M.D. pro­gram at Boston Uni­ver­sity, did his intern­ship at Berk­shire Med­ical Cen­ter, Mass­a­chu­setts, and his res­i­dency at the Lan­g­ley Porter Neu­ropsy­chi­atric Insti­tute at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Francisco.

–> Explore the Agenda at 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, and con­sider join­ing us Octo­ber 28-30th!

Next: Neurotechnologies to visualize (and why not enhance) brain circuits

Credit: Vin­cent Pieri­bone, Ph.D., John B. Pierce Lab­o­ra­tory, Inc.

Obama’s Brain Project Backs Neu­rotech­nol­ogy (MIT Tech­nol­ogy Review):

…The White House had com­mit­ted to spend­ing $100 mil­lion this year on the project, which seeks to develop new tech­nolo­gies for study­ing the brain. As part of that, today the U.S. National Insti­tutes of Health announced Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa (Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation): “You’re not a prisoner of your DNA”

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.

What is your cur­rent job title and orga­ni­za­tion, and what excites you the most about work­ing there?
As the Found­ing Pres­i­dent and Med­ical Direc­tor at the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion for over 20 years, I am more excited than ever about the pos­si­bil­i­ties for enhanced men­tal per­for­mance and brain longevity for every­one. Read the rest of this entry »

To reduce ADHD epidemic, promote (concussion-free) sports and physical activity programs?

brainimaging_cognitivetasksExer­cise Is ADHD Med­ica­tion (The Atlantic): “This morn­ing the med­ical jour­nal Pedi­atrics pub­lished research that found kids who took part in a reg­u­lar phys­i­cal activ­ity pro­gram showed impor­tant enhance­ment of cog­ni­tive per­for­mance and brain func­tion. The findings…“demonstrate a causal effect of a phys­i­cal pro­gram on exec­u­tive con­trol, and pro­vide sup­port for phys­i­cal activ­ity for improv­ing child­hood cog­ni­tion Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Let’s transform brain health from “suffer-in-silence” to “let-me-take-control”

Summit Interviews

Time for our Sep­tem­ber 2014 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of insights  and inno­va­tions reports…including four thought-provoking inter­views with Spon­sors of the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th). Enjoy!

New per­spec­tives at the fron­tier of Brain, Health & Innovation:

New trends:

New stud­ies:

2014_SharpBrains_Virtual_Summit_Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain FitnessFinally, you may want to try this brain teaser to test your multi-tasking abil­i­ties…and, if you are inter­ested in all these top­ics for pro­fes­sional rea­sons, please con­sider join­ing us at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th) — you can reg­is­ter with a 10% dis­count using pro­mo­tional code: sharp2014

Have a great month of October!

Barbara Arrowsmith Young: Every kid should practice stress reduction and targeted cognitive exercises at school

Bar­bara Arrow­smith Young

What is your cur­rent job title and orga­ni­za­tion, and what excites you the most about work­ing there?
As dis­cussed in The Brain that Changes Itself and in my own book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, I launched the Arrow­smith Pro­gram, a suite of cog­ni­tive exercises–now in more that 60 schools–designed to strengthen weak cog­ni­tive areas that under­lie a num­ber of spe­cific learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and disabilities.

I did so based on my jour­ney to over­come my own severe spe­cific learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties Read the rest of this entry »

Michael Meagher (Cogniciti): Let’s transform brain health from “suffer-in-silence” to “let-me-take-control”

Michael Meagher

What is your cur­rent job title and orga­ni­za­tion, and what excites you the most about work­ing there?
As the Pres­i­dent of Cog­nic­iti, a spin-off from Bay­crest reseach cen­ter and hos­pi­tal, I am excited to help trans­form brain health from a reac­tive, “suffer-in-silence” space to a proac­tive, “let-me-take-control-of-my-health” space. Read the rest of this entry »

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