By: David Coleiro
Much of healthcare delivery has traditionally been set-up to deal with a ‘brainless body’; yet we consistently complain that we cannot change patient and consumer behaviours and maintain adherence to treatment programmes. Healthcare systems are now recognising the limits of this model and that there are major benefits to better comprehending and engaging cognitive function Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
Here’s the lightly edited transcript of the January 4th online Q&A session with Dr. Sandra Chapman, Director of the Center for BrainHealth at UT-Dallas and author of the new book Make Your Brain Smarter (Free Press; January 2013). Enjoy!
AlvaroF: You can start writing questions so we have a few to choose from as we start in a couple of minutes. Thank you!
AlvaroF: Just one second and we’ll be ready. Already getting great questions!
AlvaroF: Let me first thank Dr. Sandra Chapman for being with us today. She was one of the best speakers at our 2012 Summit, and since then we wanted to share her research and thinking with all SharpBrains readers. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Dr. Philip Toman
In June of this year, SharpBrains hosted its third annual online “virtual summit” on our evolving understanding of how the human brain works, and how it can be made to work better. As readers of this blog know, SharpBrains is a US-based market research firm and think tank dedicated to studying the scientific, social, and business trends associated with brain health and performance. As always, the summit featured a range of contributions from scientists and business leaders whose common interest is in gathering, compiling and applying knowledge about the brain.
The foundational conviction of the summit organizers and attendees is that Read the rest of this entry »
Dr. Bayer will discuss Adding Brain to Behavioral Healthcare, as part of the session Where will neuroplasticity-based interventions be accessed, and how will they be regulated and paid for? at the upcoming 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (June 7-14th, 2012).
Gregory Bayer, new CEO of Brain Resource’s US operations, served most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions, a division of UnitedHealth Group Read the rest of this entry »
Infographic based on 2011 SharpBrains Summit’s Meeting Report
Alvaro Fernandez, co-founder and CEO of SharpBrains, has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, an honor recognizing the most distinguished leaders under age 40 from around the world.
Mr. Fernandez will discuss “How to Retool Brain Health for the 21st Century” via a one-hour virtual Q&A session hosted live at SharpBrains.com on Friday, March 16 from 10 to 11a.m. US Eastern Time. The conversation will be based on the Meeting Report from the 2011 SharpBrains Summit, which gathered 250+ innovators worldwide.
“The way we do brain health is essentially broken,” he said. “We need a new culture and toolkit to empower sharp brains of all ages to take more proactive care of their brain.” Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
The recent discovery that experience can change brain structure and function at any age has sparked numerous health, education, and productivity applications whose value and limitations we are only starting to grasp.
Brain fitness has quickly become a mainstream aspiration among baby boomers and elders, primarily in North America. It has fueled a growing interest in brain fitness classes, brain fitness centers, and brain fitness programs, along with attendant opportunities and challenges. An increasing number of adults want useful tools to protect cognitive health and performance—not necessarily to reverse aging—and what they are finding is an expanding and noisy marketplace where they (and also professionals) need to carefully evaluate their own needs and the available options (Fernandez and Goldberg, 2009). Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
An impressive recent reference book on the future of brain care is Integrative Neuroscience and Personalized Medicine, edited by Evian Gordon and Stephen H. Koslow (Oxford University Press; $89.95).
Book description: This book takes an in depth and hard look at the current status and future direction of treatment predictive markers in Personalized Medicine for the brain from the perspectives of the researchers on the cutting edge and those involved in healthcare implementation. The contents provide a comprehensive text suitable as both a pithy introduction to and a clear summary of the “science to solutions” continuum in this developing field of Personalized Medicine and Integrative Neuroscience. The science includes both measures of genes using whole genome approaches and SNIPS as well as BRAINmarkers of direct brain function such as brain imaging, biophysical changes and objective cognitive and behavioral measurements. More information below.
Dr. Evian Gordon will speak at the upcoming 2011 SharpBrains Summit: Retooling Brain Health for the 21st Century (March 30th — April 1st) and his firm, Brain Resource, is among Summit Sponsors. Thanks to his support, we are pleased to announce the following offer: TEN professionals who register to attend the 2011 SharpBrains Summit over the next 36 hours, from now until Friday March 4th, 7pm US Pacific Time, will each receive a complimentary hardcopy of the book Integrative Neuroscience and Personalized Medicine. If more than ten people register by then, we will select ten names at random.
We are also pleased to announce the addition of 12 new Speakers and Moderators to the 2011 SharpBrains Summit — the resulting agenda is turning out to be nothing short of spectacular (in our, yes, a bit biased judgment):
- Alexandra Morehouse, CMO, AAA North California
- Dr. Evian Gordon, CEO, Brain Resource
- Kathleen Herath, Asst Vice President, Nationwide Insurance
- Dr. David Tal, Director, A.G.E. Matters Clinic
- Paula Psyllakis, Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation
- Veronika Litinski, Advisor, MaRS Life Sciences and Health Care
- Dr. Joshua Steinerman, Assistant Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Dr. Jeffrey Kaye, Director, NIA — ORCATECH
- Dr. John Reppas, Policy Director, Neurotechnology Industry Organization
- Dr. Justin Marley, Chair Mental Health Informatics Group, UK Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Dr. David Darby, Chief Medical Officer, Cogstate
- Dr. John Hart, Medical Science Director, Center for Brain Health at UT-Dallas
-> Learn More and Register to Participate in the Summit Here, and get a chance at getting a complimentary copy of the book Integrative Neuroscience and Personalized Medicine!
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