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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 »

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 »

Thank You, Leading Sponsors @ 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Please join us in thank­ing these lead­ing orga­ni­za­tions for sup­port­ing the upcom­ing  2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Novem­ber 17-19th).

In alpha­bet­i­cal order, our heart­felt appre­ci­a­tion goes to the AAA Foun­da­tion for Traf­fic Safety, the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion, the Arrow­smith Pro­gram, Bay­crest, Brain­Base­line, Cog­niFit, Peak and Rosetta Stone (and more to fol­low). Thank you!

Gold Spon­sors


arpfThe Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF), estab­lished in 1993, is ded­i­cated to reduc­ing the inci­dence of Alzheimer’s dis­ease by con­duct­ing clin­i­cal research and pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tional outreach.

RosettaStoneRosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST) is ded­i­cated to chang­ing the way the world learns. The company’s inno­v­a­tive technology-driven lan­guage, read­ing and brain-fitness solu­tions are used by thou­sands of schools, busi­nesses, gov­ern­ment orga­ni­za­tions and mil­lions of indi­vid­u­als around the world.

Sil­ver Sponsors

AAAFoundationThe AAA Foun­da­tion for Traf­fic Safety was founded in 1947 by AAA to con­duct research to address grow­ing high­way safety issues. The organization’s mis­sion is to iden­tify traf­fic safety prob­lems, fos­ter research that seeks solu­tions and dis­sem­i­nate infor­ma­tion and edu­ca­tional materials.

Arrowsmith ProgramThe Arrow­smith Pro­gram, avail­able in pub­lic and pri­vate schools in the U.S., Canada, Aus­tralia and New Zealand is a com­pre­hen­sive suite of cog­ni­tive pro­grams for stu­dents with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties that tar­gets 19 areas of the brain that are most com­monly involved in learning.

baycrestBay­crest, fully affil­i­ated with the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto, is one of the world’s pre­mier aca­d­e­mic health sci­ences cen­ters focused on aging, and will host the new $100m+ Cana­dian Cen­tre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation.

Brain­Base­line is the first iPad appli­ca­tion for mea­sur­ing how well your brain works. Devel­oped by Dig­i­tal Arte­facts, a team of highly skilled com­puter sci­en­tists, artists, and engi­neers, it helps users under­stand how leisure activ­i­ties impact over­all brain health.

Bronze Spon­sors

Cog­niFit is a health­care com­pany spe­cial­ized in brain fit­ness soft­ware. We design and develop com­put­er­ized cog­ni­tive assess­ments and online brain train­ing applications.

Peak, lead by neu­ro­sci­en­tists and cog­ni­tive learn­ing experts, devel­ops mobile apps that enables users world­wide to improve their cog­ni­tive skills for a health­ier, sharper life.

Challenge: How to break our centuries-old love affair with opium and other narcotics


No End in Sight: The Abuse of Pre­scrip­tion Nar­cotics (Cerebrum):

For cen­turies upon cen­turies, peo­ple have used opium or its components—morphine and other sim­i­lar narcotics—to get “high” or feel mel­low. Opium is tied to ancient civ­i­liza­tions in Egypt, Per­sia, and China and such fig­ures as Alexan­der the Great, Hip­pocrates, John Keats, and John Jacob Astor. Paint­ings por­tray old Chi­nese men relax­ing and appar­ently deep in thought in rock­ing chairs, smok­ing pipes filled with opium, dried latex that comes from pop­pies grown in many regions in Asia. In coun­tries such as Afghanistan and Myan­mar, opium pro­duc­tion and expor­ta­tion is the basis of their economies.

While raw opium prod­ucts his­tor­i­cally have been highly prized mood-altering drugs, one of their main active com­po­nents, mor­phine, con­verts very eas­ily, with a sim­ple chem­i­cal step, to heroin. ” Keep read­ing arti­cle over at Cerebrum.

Register @ 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit at Early-Bird Rates

PervasiveNeurotechnology_imageHeads-up: You can now reg­is­ter @ 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit at reduced early-bird rates. Read the rest of this entry »

Mobile cognitive therapies gain traction as first-line mental health intervention

thoughtjournalMen­tal health apps let you access ther­apy from your smart­phone (New Scientist):

Lie down any­where that suits: the world is now your therapist’s couch. A wide range of apps now deliver mental-health care straight to your smartphone.

With PTSD Coach, users can dis­creetly screen them­selves and learn more about the dis­or­der. Mood­notes keeps track of Read the rest of this entry »


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