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Rethinking Alzheimer’s research, beyond amyloid deposition, via new funding models

Alzheimer_Word_cloud_conceptHow 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 »

Is the future of brain sensors and signals open-source or commercial? (Hint: Probably both)

OpenEphysNeu­ro­sci­en­tists 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 »

BRAIN Initiative: New call to action amidst growing skepticism

humanconnectomeA 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 »

FDA guidelines for mobile health apps relevant to cognitive/ mental health

fda-logo21 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 »

Top 30 Highlights from the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The latest on Brain Research, Health and Innovation

2013 SharpBrains SummitOver 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):

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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 »

Update: The SharpBrains Guide, adopted as core reader in neuroscience and coaching course

brain booksTime 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!

New resources:

New sci­ence:

New tech­nol­ogy:

 

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.

FDA clears use of EEG-based ADHD test

human-brain-biometricsFirst 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 »

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