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Preliminary Agenda Announced @ 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (November 17-19th)

PervasiveNeurotechnology_imageOur brain is at the core of every­thing we do, from the every-day deci­sions we make to the epic emo­tions we feel when we fall in love. And neurotechnologies–especially those that, being dig­i­tal, are emi­nently scal­able, and that, being non-invasive, pose few if any neg­a­tive side-effects–are poised to become ubiq­ui­tous, per­va­sive. It shouldn’t be a sur­prise that indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions world­wide are spend­ing over $1.5 bil­lion a year in web-based, mobile and biometrics-based brain health solu­tions, or that non-invasive neu­rotech patent fil­ings are soar­ing in num­ber — from 800 in 2010 to 1,600 in 2014—showing vari­ety of appli­ca­tions, from car-based sen­sors detect­ing and min­i­miz­ing inat­ten­tive dri­ving, to vir­tual real­ity sys­tems dis­cern­ing consumer’s cog­ni­tive and emo­tional responses, to audio head­sets that can detect one’s mood and adjust music accordingly.

How can we har­ness the oppor­tu­nity to bet­ter mon­i­tor and enhance our most pre­cious asset–our brains and minds—and to improve our lives? Keep explor­ing the Sum­mit Agenda

Digital brain health firm Headspace raises $34 million to scale up meditation service and transform mind health



Jared Leto, Ryan Seacrest, Jes­sica Alba Invest in Head­space With the Chernin Group (The Wrap):

Head­space, a lead­ing dig­i­tal health and well­ness media brand, has closed a sig­nif­i­cant financ­ing round (Editor’s note: $34m) to expand its award-winning med­i­ta­tion, mind­ful­ness and health-related media plat­form Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Neonatal MRI scans of preterm children can help predict cognitive and academic problems, and guide early interventions

Localized brain regions associated with early mathematics

Pre­dict­ing future cog­ni­tion in preterm chil­dren with MRI (Oxford Uni­ver­sity Press blog):

In the wake of the devel­op­ment of advanced neona­tal inten­sive med­ical care, more and more chil­dren born preterm man­age to beat the pre­vi­ously tough odds…While this is one of the suc­cess sto­ries of mod­ern med­i­cine, long-term follow-up of premature-born pedi­atric cohorts show that…Many chil­dren will expe­ri­ence cog­ni­tive prob­lems that will Read the rest of this entry »

25 Confirmed Speakers @ 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (and more to come!)

2015SharpBrainsVirtualSummitWe are pleased to announce the first 25 con­firmed Speak­ers in what’s going to be a fan­tas­tic Speaker Ros­ter at the upcom­ing 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Novem­ber 17-19th). Look­ing for­ward to a great event!

  • Álvaro Fer­nán­dez, CEO of SharpBrains
  • Anu Acharya, Founder and CEO of Map My Genome
  • Dr. Bill Reich­man, Pres­i­dent of Baycrest
  • Chris Berka, CEO and Co-Founder of Advanced Brain Mon­i­tor­ing (ABM)
  • Danny Dankner, CEO of Applied Cog­ni­tive Engi­neer­ing (ACE)
  • Debra Gilmore, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of The Arrow­smith Program
  • Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, Pres­i­dent of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation
  • Dr. Dou­glas Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Med­ical School
  • Dr. Jen­nifer Buss, Assis­tant Vice Pres­i­dent of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy at the Potomac Insti­tute for Pol­icy Studies

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Cogniciti and Johnson & Johnson Innovation partner to improve cognitive screenings for early identification of dementia

holdingbrainCog­nic­iti Announces Col­lab­o­ra­tion with John­son & John­son Inno­va­tion to Eval­u­ate Online Cog­ni­tive Screen­ing to Iden­tify Indi­vid­u­als at Risk for Demen­tia (Bay­crest press release):

Cog­nic­iti Inc., the Toronto-based devel­oper of a 20-minute online cog­ni­tive test for adults con­cerned about mem­ory changes, today announced a col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment with Janssen Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, Inc. to eval­u­ate online screen­ing strate­gies for early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of dementia.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion, facil­i­tated by John­son & John­son Inno­va­tion, will explore the poten­tial for Read the rest of this entry »

Google gets serious about brain & mental health innovation and hires NIMH Director Tom Insel



NIH Director’s State­ment Regard­ing Dr. Thomas Insel’s Depar­ture:

After serv­ing 13 years as Direc­tor for the National Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH), Thomas R. Insel, M.D., will step down effec­tive Novem­ber 1, 2015…he is def­i­nitely not retir­ing. He is plan­ning to join the Google Life Sci­ences Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming seminar about The Neurotechnology Revolution in Washington, DC (September 29th)



The Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Revolution

Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 29, 2015   12–1.30pm

A col­lab­o­ra­tion between

Potomac Insti­tute for Pol­icy Stud­ies and SharpBrains


Rev­o­lu­tions in neu­rotech­nol­ogy will soon influ­ence every aspect of human life. Neu­rotech­nol­ogy can be used to fur­ther under­stand the nat­ural processes of the brain, study and treat neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders and injuries, and enhance neural capa­bil­i­ties, result­ing in increased human intel­li­gence and effi­ciency. Out­side of the realm of health, it can be used in social con­texts to improve over­all qual­ity of life. Read the rest of this entry »


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