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The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI) launches funding program to spark R&D and commercialization initiatives

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Up to $500,000 Available Through Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation’s Spark Program to Fund New Innovations (Baycrest press release):

The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI) announced today the launch of its Spark Program, an initiative designed to provide point-of-care workers in the healthcare delivery or service industry in North America with as much as Read the rest of this entry »

Review finds mixed results on the effectiveness and safety of brain and memory supplements

Omega 3 supplementsNatural Supplements and Vitamins for Treatment and Prevention of Dementia and Cognitive Decline (Psychiatric Times):

“Dementia, also referred to as major neurocognitive disorder (including Alzheimer disease [AD]), is a growing problem because of increased lifespan. There is no known cure. Several drugs are Read the rest of this entry »

New book on how to practice mindfulness meditation with humor and playfulness

JoyonDemandFrom the outside, meditation appears to be a thoroughly serious endeavor. You have to sit down, dutifully count your breaths and rein in your wandering mind, and practice this every day whether it’s fun or not.

But that isn’t Chade-Meng Tan’s approach to mindfulness. The founding chair of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, which started as a mindfulness class at Google and now trains employees around the world, Tan lives by the motto that “life is too important to be taken seriously.” And he adopts the same attitude toward cultivating mindfulness—outlined in his new book, Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within.

While Tan acknowledges that there are other routes to mastering meditation (including sheer discipline and will), his focus is on joy. The book Read the rest of this entry »

Not every brain is or needs exactly the same: A sur­vey of pri­or­i­ties across geog­ra­phy and age


Beyond the US col­lege student’s brain: A sur­vey of pri­or­i­ties across geog­ra­phy and age from SharpBrains

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FDA clears two computerized cognitive tests to assist in medical evaluations following brain injury or concussion

impact testingFDA allows marketing of first-of-kind computerized cognitive tests to help assess cognitive skills after a head injury (FDA news release):

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today permitted marketing of two new devices to assess a patient’s cognitive function immediately after a suspected brain injury or concussion. The Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) and ImPACT Pediatric are the first medical devices permitted Read the rest of this entry »

Three pioneers of neuroplasticity research discuss the present and future of rewiring the brain

neuroplasticity-A DISCUSSION WITH EVE MARDER, MICHAEL MERZENICH AND CARLA SHATZ (2016 KAVLI PRIZE IN NEUROSCIENCE):

“Our view of the brain as something constantly shaped by thought and experience is only a few decades old, yet it has profoundly influenced how we teach and treat, raise our young and care for the old.

Eve Marder, Michael Merzenich and Carla Shatz are three researchers who, in very different ways, have revealed that the brain is highly changeable, or plastic. Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Harnessing information and communications technology (ICT) to address mental health challenges affecting 700 million people today

Global mental healthMaking Mental Health a Global Priority (The Dana Foundation):

“Who hasn’t felt a sense of loss or detachment from our families, friends, and regular routines, or experienced nervousness and anxiety about changes in our personal and professional lives? Read the rest of this entry »

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