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September update: Revolutions in neurotechnology will soon influence every aspect of human life

headspaceTime for Sharp­Brains’ September e-newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key brain-related news.

Our brain is at the core of every­thing we do, from the every-day deci­sions we make to the epic emo­tions we feel when we fall in love. And neurotechnologies–especially those that, being dig­i­tal, are emi­nently scal­able, and that, being non-invasive, pose few if any neg­a­tive side-effects–are poised to become ubiq­ui­tous, per­va­sive…Keep reading the Preliminary Agenda of the 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (November 17-19th), which features 32 confirmed, stellar speakers so far!

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Finally, a reminder to Save Your Spot for 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Novem­ber 17-19th) —  10% dis­count code: sharp2015

Have a great month of October!

The SharpBrains Team

Smart brains in action: 17 Sustainable Develoment Goals (SDGs) To Build A Better World

SDGsYou may have already seen in the news that the U.N. Dreams Big: 17 Huge New Goals To Build A Better World (NPR):

“At the United Nations General Assembly this weekend in New York, U.N. member states are set to adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals. The goals are meant to guide development priorities around the globe over the next 15 years Read the rest of this entry »

Digital brain health firm Headspace raises $34 million to scale up meditation service and transform mind health

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Jared Leto, Ryan Seacrest, Jessica Alba Invest in Headspace With the Chernin Group (The Wrap):

“Headspace, a leading digital health and wellness media brand, has closed a significant financing round (Editor’s note: $34m) to expand its award-winning meditation, mindfulness and health-related media platform Read the rest of this entry »

Google gets serious about brain & mental health innovation and hires NIMH Director Tom Insel

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NIH Director’s Statement Regarding Dr. Thomas Insel’s Departure:

“After serving 13 years as Director for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Thomas R. Insel, M.D., will step down effective November 1, 2015…he is definitely not retiring. He is planning to join the Google Life Sciences Read the rest of this entry »

Mobile cognitive therapies gain traction as first-line mental health intervention

thoughtjournalMental health apps let you access therapy from your smartphone (New Scientist):

“Lie down anywhere that suits: the world is now your therapist’s couch. A wide range of apps now deliver mental-health care straight to your smartphone.

With PTSD Coach, users can discreetly screen themselves and learn more about the disorder. Moodnotes keeps track of Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge: How to spur meaningful, targeted & safe adoption of emerging neurotechnologies

neuroelectrics_capA cap that treats depression? Check the science before getting excited (The Guardian):

“Yesterday, an article in the Entrepreneurs section of the Guardian purported to reveal a “cloth cap that could help treat depression”. This claim has caused some alarm in the neuroscience and mental health fields, so it’s important to look a little more closely at what the manufacturers are actually claiming. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: With exceptions, moderate coffee drinking may help protect against mild cognitive impairment

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Coffee habits linked to memory, brain health in seniors (CBS News):

“In the study, a team led by Dr. Vincenzo Solfrizzi of the University of Bari Aldo Moro, looked at the coffee consumption of 1,445 Italians aged 65 to 84. The participants’ mental health was also tracked for a median of three-and-a-half years Read the rest of this entry »

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