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The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) launches Disruptive Technology Initiative to shape the future of Neuropsychology

aacn_box-logoTechnological breakthroughs are creating enormous potential for the future of neuropsychology and triggering opportunities to create novel strategies for both assessment and intervention. Cognitive fitness is growing into a multi-billion dollar industry. Targets have shifted from diagnosis and treatment of established diseases to early intervention, prevention, and cognitive enhancement. Ubiquitous mobile devices enable both active and passive sensing of our cognitive and emotional states, and “the Internet of things” promises to Read the rest of this entry »

New funding program announced to promote brain health innovation and collaboration

logo_cc-abhiCC-ABHI’s Industry Innovation Partnership Program helps companies bring their innovative products or services to market faster (press release):

“CC-ABHI is pleased to announce the launch of its Industry Innovation Partnership Program (I2P2). This new initiative is designed to enable successful applicant companies worldwide, to work with an eligible seniors’ care organization trial partner to test and validate Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

The billion dollar question: Under what conditions can brain training result in real-world benefits?

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Does anyone care if “brain games” actually work? (Fortune):

“The cognitive fitness market — loosely defined as non-invasive neurotechnologies that monitor or enhance cognition — is booming…The “brain game” industry is already a billion dollar market, and will reach the $6 billion mark within the next five years says SharpBrains, a neuro-wellness market research firm.

But key questions remain: Do these programs live up to the hype? Read the rest of this entry »

Learning a second language, at any age, leads to better cognitive abilities

HolaLearning second language ‘slows brain ageing’ (BBC):

“Learning a second language can have a positive effect on the brain, even if it is taken up in adulthood, a University of Edinburgh study suggests…Using data from intelligence tests on 262 Edinburgh-born individuals at the age of 11, the study looked at how their cognitive abilities had changed when they were tested again in their seventies Read the rest of this entry »

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