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Cogniciti and Johnson & Johnson Innovation partner to improve cognitive screenings for early identification of dementia

holdingbrainCog­nic­iti Announces Col­lab­o­ra­tion with John­son & John­son Inno­va­tion to Eval­u­ate Online Cog­ni­tive Screen­ing to Iden­tify Indi­vid­u­als at Risk for Demen­tia (Bay­crest press release):

Cog­nic­iti Inc., the Toronto-based devel­oper of a 20-minute online cog­ni­tive test for adults con­cerned about mem­ory changes, today announced a col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment with Janssen Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, Inc. to eval­u­ate online screen­ing strate­gies for early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of dementia.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion, facil­i­tated by John­son & John­son Inno­va­tion, will explore the poten­tial for Read the rest of this entry »

Would Warren Buffett be a highly viable Presidential candidate?


My col­league Dr. Murali Doraiswamy just wrote an excel­lent opin­ion piece for The New York Times: With Age Comes Wis­dom, and Some Con­cerns For Can­di­dates.

He ends it up say­ing that, “As Henry Ford noted, “Any­one who stops learn­ing is old, whether at 20 or 80. Any­one who keeps learn­ing stays young.” We should shift the debate away from wor­ry­ing about the age of our can­di­dates and focus instead on their cog­ni­tive skill set and prac­ti­cal wisdom.”

I couldn’t agree more with those wise words.

warren-buffetBut, I do dis­agree with the words just pre­ced­ing them: “War­ren Buf­fett, at the age of 85, would still be a highly viable can­di­date, should he choose to run.”

To see why I disagree–and why it matters–let me syn­the­size some recent research on brain health, cog­ni­tion and aging. Read the rest of this entry »

August e-newsletter: Inside Out, Coffee, Stress, Poverty, Exercise, Brain Training, and more SharpBrains News


Time for Sharp­Brains’ August e-newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key brain-related news and stud­ies, and fea­tur­ing Four “Inside Out” insights to dis­cuss and improve our kids’ emo­tional lives (and our own).

New stud­ies:

New think­ing:

New tools:

Finally, a reminder to Save the Date for 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Novem­ber 17-19th), where lead­ing experts will dis­cuss Mon­i­tor­ing Enhanc­ing Brain Health in the Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Era.

To reg­is­ter with 10% dis­count, use this code: sharp2015.

Have a great month of September.

Occupational therapy study: Improving processing speed seen as key target to help patients with multiple sclerosis


Decreased Activ­ity Lev­els in MS Patients Linked To Cog­ni­tive Impair­ment (Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis News):

A new study pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Occu­pa­tional Ther­apy assessed the cog­ni­tive fac­tors affected in mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis patients con­cern­ing their activ­ity and par­tic­i­pa­tion in every­day life Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome Fitness mózgu: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness, now in Polish!



It is a plea­sure to announce the pub­li­ca­tion of the Pol­ish edi­tion of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, by Pol­ish Sci­en­tific Pub­lish­ers (PWN), and with a beau­ti­ful and pow­er­ful cover! Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Latest thinking and neuro-tools to promote lifelong brain health



Time for Sharp­Brains’ June e-newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key news and insights around brain health innovation.

New think­ing to pro­mote life­long brain health

Emerg­ing non-invasive neurotechnologies


Have a great, and sharp, month of July!

New report by the Institute of Medicine on cognitive health promotion

Title: Cog­ni­tive Aging: Progress in Under­stand­ing and Oppor­tu­ni­ties for Action

Report brief (opens PDF)

Read full report online

Descrip­tion: Peo­ple for­get things—a name, where they put their keys, a phone number—and yet what is dis­missed as a minor incon­ve­nience at 25 years of age, can evolve into a momen­tary anx­i­ety at 35, and a major source of per­sonal worry at ages 55 or 60. For­get­ful­ness at older ages is often equated with a decline in Read the rest of this entry »


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