How a new approach to funding Alzheimer’s research could pay off (MIT News):
“More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the affliction that erodes memory and other mental capacities, but no drugs targeting the disease have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 2003…Lo and three co-authors propose Read the rest of this entry »
Neuroscientists Join the Open-Source Hardware Movement (IEEE Spectrum):
“Graduate students Josh Siegle and Jakob Voigts were planning an ambitious series of experiments at their MIT neuroscience labs in 2011 when they ran into a problem. Read the rest of this entry »
A White House Call To Action to Advance the BRAIN Initiative (press release):
“Under this initiative, Federal agencies such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are supporting the development and application of innovative, new technologies that can create a dynamic understanding of brain function and its relationship to behavior Read the rest of this entry »
21 types of health apps the FDA could regulate but won’t (MobiHealthNews):
“The FDA final guidance finally published last week and it included very few surprises. One new section in the final guidelines — that was not included in the draft guidance — is a list of the types of apps that the FDA says will fall under its enforcement discretion. That means that these apps may meet the definition of a medical device, but Read the rest of this entry »
Over 30 speakers and 170 registered participants discussed the latest on brain research, health and innovation at the fourth annual SharpBrains Virtual Summit, held in September 2013. Here are some of the fascinating highlights* that can help identify emerging opportunities and prepare for significant changes likely to occur in the next 3–5 years.
What surprised/ impressed us the most (in brackets, the Speaker who prompted the highlight):
- How the Human Brain Project is building a comprehensive brain simulation web portal for hundreds of neuroscientists to find principles that can not only optimize brain health but also computing, manufacturing and IT networks. (Sean Hill)
- How different Brain Health will look in 2020. i.e. we may well see a “self-administered annual brain health check-up” (Alvaro Fernandez) building on current tablet-based cognitive baseline tests. (Joan Severson)
- Two billion people worldwide suffer from brain based health and productivity challenges, and many could benefit from evidence-based interventions delivered over the web via computers/ mobile. (Alvaro Fernandez)
- The increasing role positive psychology is playing in leadership and wellness initiatives of large organizations. Many companies are using meditation programs at work, helping place the human brain at the center of the human resources equation. (Hyong Un)
- How health providers can expand focus to include emotional and cognitive health. Kaiser Permanente’s simple and powerful posters are beautiful and inspiring. (Alexandra Morehouse) Read the rest of this entry »
Time for SharpBrains’ July 2013 e-newsletter, featuring a variety of resources and articles at the frontier of applied neuroplasticity and brain fitness. Enjoy the brain food!
Finally, please make sure to review the impressive Speaker Roster at the upcoming 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (Sept 19–20, held over the Internet so there is no need to travel). We hope you can join us!
Have a great summer.
First ADHD brain wave test approved by FDA (CBS News):
“Diagnosing someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often a tricky science because it relies heavily on psychiatric and behavioral examinations. For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a device that Read the rest of this entry »