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How can front-line professionals incorporate brain health innovation to their practices

Enjoy these great pre­sen­ta­tions, deliv­ered at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit and 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
  • Dr. Wendy Law, Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist at Wal­ter Reed National Mil­i­tary Med­ical Center
  • Chair: Dr. Michael O’Donnell, Editor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Promotion

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) as depression treatment: much promise, some DIY risks

For people with severe depression, incorrect application can worsen their condition or cause memory loss. Nathan O'Nions/Flickr, CC BY-NC

—For peo­ple with severe depres­sion, incor­rect appli­ca­tion can worsen their con­di­tion or cause mem­ory loss. Nathan O’Nions/Flickr, CC BY-NC

Around 350 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide have depres­sion. Anti­de­pres­sant med­ica­tions are often pre­scribed to treat the con­di­tion, along­side talk­ing ther­a­pies and lifestyle changes such as reg­u­lar exercise.

But a sub­stan­tial pro­por­tion of peo­ple either don’t respond to anti­de­pres­sants, or expe­ri­ence such sig­nif­i­cant side effects that they’d pre­fer not to take them.

In search of Read the rest of this entry »

Innovative partnerships to improve lifelong brain health and customer/ patient satisfaction

Enjoy these great pre­sen­ta­tions, deliv­ered at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit and featuring:

  • Bill Pren­ovitz, Global Prod­uct and Ser­vice Man­age­ment at Philips Healthcare’s Aging-in-Place Program
  • Dr. Michael Weiner, Lead Sci­en­tific Inves­ti­ga­tor of the Brain Health Registry
  • Tommy Sagroun, CEO of CogniFit
  • Chair: Rita Carter, Author, Broad­caster and BBC Contributor

Study: Internet-based screening can help detect aging-related cognitive deficits

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We just came across a new and fas­ci­nat­ing sci­en­tific paper, titled Devel­op­ment and eval­u­a­tion of a self-administered on-line test of mem­ory and atten­tion for middle-aged and older adults, and pub­lished at Fron­tiers in Aging Neu­ro­science. Here is the very read­able abstract:

There is a need for rapid and reli­able Internet-based screen­ing tools for cog­ni­tive assess­ment in middle-aged and older adults. We report the psy­cho­me­t­ric prop­er­ties of an on-line tool designed to screen for cog­ni­tive deficits that Read the rest of this entry »

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

Enjoy this great ses­sion held at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, fea­tur­ing:

  • Corinna E. Lathan, Founder and CEO of AnthroTronix
  • Eddie Mar­tucci, VP Research & Devel­op­ment at Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Alex Doman, Co-Founder of Sleep Genius
  • Joan Sev­er­son, Pres­i­dent of Dig­i­tal Artefacts
  • Chair: Keith Epstein, Senior Strate­gic Advi­sor at AARP

Trend: Directly addressing (not just accommodating) learning disabilities

brain_constructionNew take on learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties: change the brain (Komo News):

A new school in Red­mond might change the way we think about learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties. Instead of teach­ing kids how to accom­mo­date a dif­fi­culty, the school hopes to actu­ally change the brains of stu­dents, elim­i­nat­ing the dis­abil­ity alto­gether. Read the rest of this entry »

Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via wellness programs and biofeedback sensors

Enjoy this great ses­sion held at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, fea­tur­ing:

  • Dr. Dou­glass Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at UMass Med­ical School
  • Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, Pres­i­dent of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation
  • Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon
  • Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain Resource
  • Chair: Rajiv Pant, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Offi­cer of The New York Times

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