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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!

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AlvaroF: You can start writ­ing ques­tions so we have a few to choose from as we start in a cou­ple of min­utes. Thank you!

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AlvaroF: Just one sec­ond and we’ll be ready. Already get­ting great questions!

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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 »

Dr. Gregory Bayer on Adding Brain to Behavioral Healthcare

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 forat 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 »

Upcoming Q&A on the Future of Brain Health to celebrate Brain Awareness Week

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 »

The Business and Ethics of the Brain Fitness Boom — Part 1: The Business

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 »

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