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Good profile of pioneer Dr. Thomas Insel, NIMH Director

ThomasInselBlaz­ing Trails in Brain Sci­ence (The New York Times):

The pen­du­lum has swung so far toward drug ther­apy in recent years that it is hard to recap­ture how dis­rup­tive those 1980 stud­ies were. Dr. Insel’s work and that of many oth­ers, test­ing the effect of new med­ica­tions, would turn the field away from long-term talk­ing cures and increas­ingly toward med­ica­tion and short-term behav­ior ther­a­pies rooted in the same kind of ran­dom­ized, con­trolled tri­als con­ducted in other fields of medicine…Yet the over­all impact of this drug rev­o­lu­tion on pub­lic health has been mixed…”

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NIH Director’s Award Winner to speak at 2013 SharpBrains Summit

Bruce WexlerWe’re glad to announce one more excel­lent speak­er at the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, Sep­tem­ber 19-20th.

A Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try at Yale Uni­ver­sity, Dr. Bruce Wexler won the NIH Director’s Award for high impact, high inno­va­tion, par­a­digm chang­ing med­ical research, 2012–2016. Dr. Wexler is founder and chief sci­en­tist of C8 Sci­ences, Read the rest of this entry »

Update: A Fresh Look at Enhancing Brain & Mental Health Across the Lifespan

kid brainTime for Sharp­Brains’ May 2013 e-newsletter, which fea­tures a vari­ety of arti­cles offer­ing a more opti­mistic and evidence-based approach to brain and men­tal health than cur­rent practices.

First of all, let us high­light that Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can just pub­lished an excel­lent review of our new book. The author sums it up by say­ing that “…I wish I had read this awe­some guide when I was much younger…I find the emerg­ing field of neu­ro­plas­tic­ity immensely excit­ing, and guides like this one are both hope­ful and rea­son­able.” As a reader points out, the word “awe­some” does not appear often in science-oriented publications…so we are espe­cially proud to see the book merit such treatment.

New think­ing:

New sci­ence:

New tools:

That’s it for now. Have a stim­u­lat­ing June!

Time to revamp psychiatry and mental health in light of modern neuroscience?

mentalhealthpuzzleTrans­form­ing Diag­no­sis (arti­cle by Thomas Insel, Direc­tor of the NIMH): “In a few weeks, the Amer­i­can Psy­chi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion will release its new edi­tion of the Diag­nos­tic and Sta­tis­ti­cal Man­ual of Men­tal Dis­or­ders (DSM-5)…While DSM has been described as a “Bible” for the field, it is, at best, a dic­tio­nary, cre­at­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Mindfulness training for children with ADHD and their parents

MeditationMind­ful­ness train­ing is an approach for enhanc­ing men­tal health and alle­vi­at­ing men­tal health dif­fi­cul­ties that is based on east­ern med­i­ta­tion tech­niques. The focus of mind­ful­ness train­ing is to increase one’s aware­ness of the present moment, enhance the non-judgmental obser­va­tion of one’s sur­round­ings, and decrease impul­sive and Read the rest of this entry »

Using Your Head: What is the Future of Brain Health? (Interview Part 2)

Into_The_Future(Editor’s Note: this is Part 2 of the con­ver­sa­tion between David Coleiro and Alvaro Fer­nan­dez on the future of brain health. You can read Part 1 Here)

Non-invasive tech­nolo­gies
There is now a grow­ing toolkit of non-invasive tech­nolo­gies which can be used in brain train­ing. Exam­ples of these include: Read the rest of this entry »

Update: New brain science leads to new tools and to new thinking

We often view mem­ory, think­ing, emo­tions, as com­pletely sep­a­rate enti­ties, but they truly are part of the same process. So, if we want to improve brain health, we need to pay atten­tion to the “weak link” in that process. In today’s soci­ety, man­ag­ing stress and neg­a­tive emo­tions is often that weak link, as we dis­cuss dur­ing Octo­ber Q&A ses­sion with par­tic­i­pants in Sharp­Brains’ new e-course. Time now for Sharp­Brains’ Octo­ber 2012 eNewslet­ter, fea­tur­ing new sci­ence, new resources and new thinking.

New sci­ence:

New tools:

New think­ing:

That’s it for now. Have a Happy Halloween!

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