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Elizabeth Frates, Director of Medical Student Education at the Institute of Life Medicine, to speak @ 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Summit

BethFratesWe are proud to announce that Dr. Eliz­a­beth Frates, Direc­tor of Med­ical Stu­dent Edu­ca­tion at the Insti­tute of Lifestyle Med­i­cine, will speak at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th) about How front-line pro­fes­sion­als can incor­po­rate the emerg­ing brain health toolkit to their prac­tices.

Dr. Eliz­a­beth (Beth) Frates is trained as a physi­a­trist as well as a health and well­ness coach. Read the rest of this entry »

2 Weeks to Go: Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain Fitness at the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

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Indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions world­wide are expected to spend over $1.3 bil­lion in 2014 in web-based, mobile and biometrics-based solu­tions to assess and enhance brain func­tion. Growth is poised to con­tinue, fueled by major gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives such as the White House BRAIN ini­tia­tive, emerg­ing mobile and non-invasive neu­rotech­nolo­gies, and by con­sumer and patient demands for self-driven, proac­tive brain care. For exam­ple, 83% of sur­veyed early-adopters agree that “adults of all ages should take charge of their own brain fit­ness, with­out wait­ing for their doc­tors to tell them to” and “would per­son­ally take a brief assess­ment every year as an annual men­tal check-up.”

How are inno­va­tors in sci­ence, indus­try and prac­tice har­ness­ing the oppor­tu­nity at hand and shap­ing the future of brain fit­ness for max­i­mum social benefit? 

–> Join 40+ Speak­ers and over two hun­dred par­tic­i­pants as we dis­cuss and advance the Agenda.

Out: crossword puzzles. In: digital cognitive assessments and training

brain_mindDo brain games work? (The Boston Globe):

There’s intense inter­est — and the poten­tial for big money — in the world of brain games. Lumosity…claims 60 mil­lion users…The mar­ket for Lumos­ity and com­peti­tors like Cogmed and Posit Sci­ence is grow­ing 25 per­cent a year, accord­ing to Sharp­Brains, a neuro-wellness research firm. Read the rest of this entry »

Start-up Thync raises $13 million to market transcranial stimulation via consumer wearable

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Thync gets $13 mil­lion to send elec­tric cur­rents to your brain (SFGate):

Thync, a Los Gatos startup, is work­ing on a wear­able that’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from most: it would send fine elec­tric cur­rents through the brain to alter users’ state of mind…some ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists are on-board with the unusual vision: on Wednes­day, it said it has raised $13 mil­lion from Khosla Ven­tures and other investors.

Thync says it has cre­ated the first wear­able that uses “neu­rosig­nal­ing algo­rithms” to Read the rest of this entry »

Next in mental health, substance abuse: Preventive interventions to strengthen working memory

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Strong work­ing mem­ory puts brakes on prob­lem­atic drug use (Med­ical Xpress):

Ado­les­cents with strong work­ing mem­ory are bet­ter equipped to escape early drug exper­i­men­ta­tion with­out pro­gress­ing into sub­stance abuse issues…Most impor­tant in the pic­ture is exec­u­tive atten­tion, a com­po­nent of work­ing mem­ory that involves a person’s abil­ity to Read the rest of this entry »

New Summit Speakers: Thomas Insel (NIMH), Catherine Madison (CPMC), Rajiv Pant (NYT), and Mark Baxter (Rosetta Stone)

We are proud to announce four excel­lent addi­tions to the quite stel­lar Speaker ros­ter at the upcom­ing 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th):

  • Dr. Thomas Insel, Direc­tor of the National Insti­tute for Men­tal Health, will share his vision for a bet­ter brain health &  men­tal health sys­tem, and issue a call to action and inno­va­tion to get there
  • Dr. Cather­ine Madi­son, Direc­tor of the new Ray Dolby Brain Health Cen­ter, will dis­cuss how front-line pro­fes­sion­als can improve stan­dards of cog­ni­tive care today
  • Rajiv Pant, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Offi­cer at The New York Times, will chair a fas­ci­nat­ing ses­sion on how to scale up med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness via well­ness pro­grams and biofeed­back sensors
  • Mark Bax­ter, Head of Prod­uct (Fit­Brains) at Rosetta Stone, will show how big data and videogames can help detect sub­tle changes in cog­ni­tion and per­son­al­ize cog­ni­tive stimulation

2014_SharpBrains_Virtual_Summit_Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain Fitness—> Learn more about the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th). You can reg­is­ter with a 10% dis­count using pro­mo­tional code: sharp2014. Please join us!

Dr. Catherine Madison, Director of the new Ray Dolby Brain Health Center at CPMC, to speak @ 2014 SharpBrains Summit

DrCatherineMadisonWe are proud to share that Dr. Cather­ine Madi­son, Direc­tor of the new Ray Dolby Brain Health Cen­ter at Cal­i­for­nia Pacific Med­ical Cen­ter, will speak at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit on Wednes­day, Octo­ber 29th.

Dr. Cather­ine Madi­son, who will dis­cuss how front-line pro­fes­sion­als can incor­po­rate emerg­ing brain health toolkit to their prac­tices, com­pleted her med­ical school train­ing at St. Louis Uni­ver­sity in Mis­souri, and her neu­rol­ogy res­i­dency at Read the rest of this entry »

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