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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 »

Next: Wider use of EEG measurements in emergency care

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New EEG elec­trode set for fast and easy mea­sure­ment of brain func­tion abnor­mal­i­ties (press release):

A new, easy-to-use EEG elec­trode set for the mea­sure­ment of the elec­tri­cal activ­ity of the brain was devel­oped in a recent study com­pleted at the Uni­ver­sity of East­ern Finland…make it pos­si­ble to attach the elec­trode set on the patient quickly Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Thomas Insel, NIMH Director, to speak @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Tom InselWe are proud to share that Dr. Thomas Insel, Direc­tor of the National Insti­tute of Men­tal Health and neu­rotech­nol­ogy vision­ary, will open the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit on Tues­day, Octo­ber 28th.

Prior to this appoint­ment at NIMH, Dr. Insel was Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try at Emory Uni­ver­sity, where he was found­ing direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Behav­ioral Neu­ro­science. He has pub­lished over 250 sci­en­tific arti­cles and four books, served on numer­ous aca­d­e­mic, sci­en­tific, and pro­fes­sional com­mit­tees and boards, and is a recip­i­ent of sev­eral awards, includ­ing the Out­stand­ing Ser­vice Award from the U.S. Pub­lic Health Ser­vice. Dr. Insel grad­u­ated from the com­bined B.A.-M.D. pro­gram at Boston Uni­ver­sity, did his intern­ship at Berk­shire Med­ical Cen­ter, Mass­a­chu­setts, and his res­i­dency at the Lan­g­ley Porter Neu­ropsy­chi­atric Insti­tute at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Francisco.

–> Explore the Agenda at 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, and con­sider join­ing us Octo­ber 28-30th!

Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa (Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation): “You’re not a prisoner of your DNA”

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.

What is your cur­rent job title and orga­ni­za­tion, and what excites you the most about work­ing there?
As the Found­ing Pres­i­dent and Med­ical Direc­tor at the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion for over 20 years, I am more excited than ever about the pos­si­bil­i­ties for enhanced men­tal per­for­mance and brain longevity for every­one. Read the rest of this entry »

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