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ANNOUNCEMENT: Initial Speakers for 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (Dec. 6-8th) — Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age

2016sharpbrainssummit_logoWe’re thrilled to announce the first round of speakers at the upcoming 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 6-8th). More to come…stay tuned! (and register soon to benefit from early-bird rates)

We can’t wait to discuss the latest work and insights from…

  • Dr. Alison Fenney, Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization
  • Alvaro Fernandez, CEO of SharpBrains
  • Dr. Bob Bilder, Chief of Medical Psychology & Neuropsychology at UCLA
  • Dr. Brian Iacoviello, Director of Scientific Affairs at Click Therapeutics
  • Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at The Bridge Builders Collaborative
  • Derek Luke, CEO of InteraXon
  • Dr. Eddie Martucci, CEO of Akili Interactive Labs
  • Dr. Elizabeth Zelinski, Director of the Center for Digital Aging at the Davis School of Gerontology
  • Jessica Poulin, Managing Director of the Arrowsmith Program
  • Dr. Kenneth Kosik, Co-Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute at UC-Santa Barbara
  • Margaret Moore, Co-Founder of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital
  • Michael Meagher, President of Cogniciti
  • Dr. Peter Whitehouse, Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University
  • Rita Carter, Science writer and BBC Contributor
  • Ruth Poliakine Baruchi, CEO of MyndYou
  • Dr. Sarah Banks, Head of Neuropsychology at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
  • Dr. Tej Tadi, CEO of MindMaze

Good news: Apparently neither Google nor smartphones are frying our brains

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Researchers look at how brain power is affected by digital technologies (CBC News):

“…how much is our reliance on smartphones as memory aides affecting the way our brains work?

Two psychologists from the University of Waterloo — Evan Risko and Sam Gilbert — looked at the research that has been done in the field of “cognitive offloading” Read the rest of this entry »

The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI) launches funding program to spark R&D and commercialization initiatives

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Up to $500,000 Available Through Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation’s Spark Program to Fund New Innovations (Baycrest press release):

The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI) announced today the launch of its Spark Program, an initiative designed to provide point-of-care workers in the healthcare delivery or service industry in North America with as much as Read the rest of this entry »

BRAIN initiative: Translating brain research into valuable neurotechnologies (and vice versa)

neurotechnologyNeurotechnology: A Look Back at President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative (PLOS Blogs):

“In 2012, my former research mentor and principal investigator Rafael Yuste published a paper with his colleagues proposing the Brain Activity Map (BAM) Project. Little did we know that Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Mastering a new language can promote neural flexibility and increase learning speed

language learningEEG recordings prove learning foreign languages can sharpen our minds (Science Daily):

“Scientists from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) together with colleagues from the University of Helsinki have discovered that learning foreign languages enhances the our brain’s elasticity and its ability to code information Read the rest of this entry »

Review finds mixed results on the effectiveness and safety of brain and memory supplements

Omega 3 supplementsNatural Supplements and Vitamins for Treatment and Prevention of Dementia and Cognitive Decline (Psychiatric Times):

“Dementia, also referred to as major neurocognitive disorder (including Alzheimer disease [AD]), is a growing problem because of increased lifespan. There is no known cure. Several drugs are Read the rest of this entry »

Scientists call for regulations for brain stimulation devices sold directly to consumers

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Brain-Zapping Gadgets Need Regulation, Say Scientists and (Some) Manufacturers (IEEE Spectrum):

“Just a few years ago, the idea of electrically stimulating your brain in the comfort of your own home would have sounded pretty weird, and probably like a bad idea.

But the practice of brain-zapping—in particular, an easy-to-pull-off technique called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) Read the rest of this entry »

Learn more & Register today at early-bird rates

2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age

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