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How to mea­sure and improve brain-based out­comes that mat­ter in health care


Please con­sider join­ing us at Sharp­Brains’ upcom­ing vir­tual con­fer­ence (Novem­ber 17-19th), which will include this fan­tas­tic session:

Tues­day Novem­ber 17th, 10.00 — 11.30am. How to mea­sure and improve brain-based out­comes that mat­ter in health care.

Pio­neers advanc­ing health research, pre­ven­tion and treat­ment will help us under­stand emerg­ing best prac­tices where tar­geted assess­ments and inter­ven­tions can trans­fer into sig­nif­i­cant health­ and qual­ity of life outcomes.

  • Chair: Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, Pres­i­dent of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation
  • Dr. Madeleine S Good­kind, staff psy­chol­o­gist at New Mex­ico VA Health Care System
  • Michael Meagher, Pres­i­dent of Cogniciti
  • Chris Berka, CEO and Co-Founder of Advanced Brain Mon­i­tor­ing (ABM)
  • Dr Tej Tadi, Founder and CEO of MindMaze

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Study: Brain imaging not accurate or sensitive enough (yet) to detect Alzheimer’s disease in primary care settings

dementia_pet_imagingAccu­racy of demen­tia brain imag­ing must improve (Uni­ver­sity of East Anglia release):

A report pub­lished today in The Lancet Neu­rol­ogy eval­u­ates for the first time how well dif­fer­ent types of brain imag­ing tests work to detect Alzheimer’s and pre­dict how the dis­ease will progress.

The results show that the accu­racy of brain imag­ing must be improved before it can be rolled out Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Taking health (and brain health) care “beyond the pill”

Medical touchscreen


How Device Mak­ers Can Take Health­care “Beyond the Pill” (Med­ical Device and Diag­nos­tic Industry):

One thing is clear: Pharma’s com­mit­ment to “beyond the pill” has never been so apparent.

Each and every pharma com­pany seems to have formed a divi­sion or a strate­gic team to explore new ser­vices around patient com­pli­ance, pop­u­la­tion health data and fur­ther­ing con­nec­tiv­ity for improv­ing patient man­age­ment… Read the rest of this entry »

NSF Smart and Connected Health Program Director to speak at 2013 SharpBrains Summit

Misha_Pavel_BWMisha Pavel, PhD, is the Pro­gram Direc­tor in charge of the National Sci­ence Foundation’s Smart and Con­nected Health port­fo­lio, designed to accel­er­ate the devel­op­ment and use of inno­v­a­tive health­care approaches that are pre­ven­tive, proac­tive, evidence-based, person-centered and focused on well-being rather than dis­ease. Con­cur­rently, he has an appoint­ment as a Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Bio­med­ical Engi­neer­ing, and a joint appoint­ment in the Depart­ment of Med­ical Infor­mat­ics and Clin­i­cal Epi­demi­ol­ogy, at Ore­gon Health and Sci­ence Uni­ver­sity. Prior to his aca­d­e­mic career, he was a mem­ber of the tech­ni­cal staff at Bell Lab­o­ra­to­ries, where his research included net­work analy­sis and mod­el­ing. Misha Pavel is a Senior Mem­ber of IEEE.

–> To Learn More and Reg­is­ter, click on 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit: Sep­tem­ber 19-20th, 2013

Syn­op­sis of the Smart and Con­nected Health Pro­gram: Read the rest of this entry »

Using Your Head: What is the Future of Brain Health? (Interview Part 1)

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 »

Dr. Chapman Q&A Transcript: Best Brain Health Fitness Tip? “Never let status quo be an option”

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 »

Does Brain Fitness Require Medicalization? Insights @ 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

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 »

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