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Next: Harnessing information and communications technology (ICT) to address mental health challenges affecting 700 million people today

Global mental healthMaking Mental Health a Global Priority (The Dana Foundation):

“Who hasn’t felt a sense of loss or detachment from our families, friends, and regular routines, or experienced nervousness and anxiety about changes in our personal and professional lives? Read the rest of this entry »

Is Mental Health ready to start transitioning towards measurable brain circuits, away from subjective symptoms?

mental-healthTo Diagnose Mental Illness, Read the Brain (Scientific American):

Although scientists have learned a lot about the brain in the last few decades, approaches to treating mental illnesses have not kept up. As neuroscientists learn more about brain circuits, Stanford psychiatrist Amit Etkin foresees a time when diagnoses will be based on brain scans rather than symptoms Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Michael Merzenich: To harness Neuroplasticity for cognitive enhancement, we need to think “Fitness” more than “Games”

KavliPrize-Neuro(Editor’s Note: In order to help readers familiarize themselves with the work and thinking of Dr. Michael Merzenich, one of the winners of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for groundbreaking work on neuroplasticity, we are condensing and republishing the comprehensive conversation that Dr. Merzenich and Alvaro Fernandez had in 2009, in preparation for the inaugural SharpBrains Virtual Summit.)

Dr. Michael Merzenich, Emeritus Professor at UCSF, is a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. In the late 1980s, Dr. Merzenich was on the team that invented the cochlear implant. In 1996, he was the founding CEO of Scientific Learning Corporation, and in 2004 became co-founder and Read the rest of this entry »

Book discount to honor Mental Health Awareness Month

BrainFitnessTrajectoryMay is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we would like to contribute to worldwide educational efforts.

SharpBrainsGuide_3DWe are offering the Kindle edition of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness at an 80% discount, from today until May 31st. If you still don’t have your copy, or know of someone else who would enjoy the book, please take a minute or two to learn more…

Wishing lifelong Brain and Mental Health to everyone,

The SharpBrains Team Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Dementia rates in the UK significantly lower than forecasted, highlighting the protective role of lifestyle and education

-- Incidence rate of dementia per 1,000 person years in CFAS I and CFAS II by age at baseline interview. Natural scale. Source: Study below

— Incidence rate of dementia per 1,000 person years in CFAS I (twenty years ago) and CFAS II (now) by age at baseline interview. Source: Study linked below.



Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ eNewsletter, full of fascinating brain studies and emerging thinking and tools for lifelong mental health and performance. Happy reading!

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Finally, thank you very much to the 191 registered participants in our very stimulating April 21st virtual lecture. You should already have received access to the full recording and other materials, but please contact us if you have any problem.

Have a great month of May!

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