By: Alvaro Fernandez
Heads up: these are some of my upcoming talks, starting tomorrow with a brief insight blast on Upgrading education and health with the brain in mind at the World Economic Forum on Latin America. If you’re a SharpBrains friend and speaking at/ attending any, please let me know so we can connect.
- April 23–25, Lima, Peru: Upgrading education and health with the brain in mind, at the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2013
- May 1–2, San Francisco: Think, Think, Think: Cognitive Gaming Platforms, at Neurogaming
- May 15–16, Toronto: The Web as a Gym for the Brain, at mesh13
- May 20, Washington, DC: Innovating for the 50+, at Aging 2.0
- June 12, Victoria, BC, Canada: How Can We Invest In Our Brains To Boost Innovation and Resilience, at the Conference Board of Canada’s Annual Council of Human Resource Executives
By: Dr. Pascale Michelon
Physical exercise and mental exercise are both beneficial for the brain. Each can improve brain functions and decrease risks of cognitive decline over time. This raises the question of their comparative and combined effects: Is one better than the other? Are their benefits additive (1 + 1 =2) or perhaps even synergistic (1 + 1 =3)? Read the rest of this entry »
Mental exercises may prevent mental decline in seniors (CBC News): “A review released by the Canadian Medical Association Journal on the prevention of cognitive decline said that medicinal and non-medicinal products, and physical exercise did nothing to prevent the decline in healthy seniors, but mental exercises Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
I love reading the New Yorker. I have written before about bogus brain games, and about bogus brain training claims. We have published a 10-question checklist to help consumers make informed decisions.
All this is to say I was surprised to read a recent New Yorker blog article titled “Brain games are bogus.” If you are going to make such strong claims, you need to back them up with serious due diligence and analysis, and explain to readers what Read the rest of this entry »
The 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will feature nearly 40 of the world’s top scientists, innovators and decision-makers addressing the central theme of “How Can Neuroscience-based Innovation Enhance Behavioral and Brain Health?”
The two-day virtual summit will include eight to ten panel discussions chaired by some of the world’s most accomplished and inspiring young trailblazers, recognized as Young Global Leaders (YGLs) by the World Economic Forum. The seven YGLs who have joined the Summit’s Steering Group are:
- Alvaro Fernandez, CEO of SharpBrains (YGL Class of 2012);
- Andrew Lee, VP of Emerging Business at Aetna (YGL Class of 2011);
- Corinna Lathan, CEO of AnthroTronix (YGL Class of 2006);
- Hilal Lashuel, Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University (YGL Class of 2012);
- Jayne Plunkett, Head of Casualty Reinsurance at Swiss Re (YGL Class of 2010);
- Olivier Oullier, Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at France’s Aix-Marseille University (YGL Class of 2011); and
- Tan Le, CEO of Emotiv Lifesciences (YGL Class of 2009).
To Learn More and Register, visit 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: How Can Neuroscience-based Innovation Enhance Behavioral and Brain Health?
War on Drugs (OpEd at the NYT):
“LAST year, more active-duty soldiers committed suicide than died in battle… Worse, according to data not reported on until now, the military evidently responded to stress that afflicts soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan primarily by drugging soldiers on the front lines…The trouble is that we have no idea whether it’s effective — or safe — to use antipsychotic drugs on a continuing basis to treat war-related stress or to numb or sedate those affected by it…The medical, military and civilian population share an interest in knowing about patient-level prescription trends, medical indications for use, effectiveness of conventional as well as off-label treatments, and longitudinal follow-up of those soldiers receiving psychotropic drugs.”
Related article: Misuse & Abuse of ADHD Meds among college students
Brain Health And Wellness Innovation Drives New Digital Health Market, Social Change (Young Upstarts):
“Technology has completely changed the practice of medicine, providing incredible imaging techniques and data that now play a key role in treating injuries and illnesses. Sophisticated tools give researchers amazing new insights that advance our understanding of human anatomy, including the brain. Standard treatments for virtually every serious injury and illness have been utterly transformed over the past 50 years due to technical advances. However, these advances have added greatly to the cost of research and treatment, and that’s particularly true when it comes to the brain… One solution to this challenge lies in technology that is already globally pervasive and relatively inexpensive to deploy: the Internet. Read article »