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NIH outlines global research agenda to tackle brain disorders–from cognitive impairments to depression and dementia

BrainDisordersLifespanHeads-up: There’s an excellent–and open-access– research sup­ple­ment in Nature, result of an NIH-led effort to advance the global brain dis­or­ders research agenda.

Descrip­tion: Infants are starved of oxy­gen dur­ing dif­fi­cult births. Children’s cog­ni­tive func­tion is per­ma­nently dam­aged due to mal­nu­tri­tion or expo­sure to infec­tions or tox­ins. Adults suf­fer from Read the rest of this entry »

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



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 »

BRAIN Initiative: New call to action amidst growing skepticism

humanconnectomeA White House Call To Action to Advance the BRAIN Ini­tia­tive (press release):

Under this ini­tia­tive, Fed­eral agen­cies such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Insti­tutes of Health (NIH), the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion (NSF), and the Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion (FDA) are sup­port­ing the devel­op­ment and appli­ca­tion of inno­v­a­tive, new tech­nolo­gies that can cre­ate a dynamic under­stand­ing of brain func­tion and its rela­tion­ship to behav­ior Read the rest of this entry »

2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit to continue at 8.30am US Pacific Time

Day 2 of the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit will start today, Sept 20th, at 8.30am US Pacific Time/ 11.30am US East­ern Time.   Read the rest of this entry »

The NIH Toolbox –First Comprehensive & Standardized Tests of Brain Function– To Be Released Next Week

Neu­ro­science Just Got Faster, Cheaper and Eas­ier (press release):

On Sept. 10 and 11, Ger­shon will intro­duce the new NIH Tool­box for Assess­ment of Behav­ioral and Neu­ro­log­i­cal Func­tion to hun­dreds of researchers at a spe­cial National Insti­tutes of Health (NIH) con­fer­ence in Bethesda, Mary­land. At the end of Sep­tem­ber, the resource will be made fully avail­able to the research com­mu­nity and clin­i­cians. Read the rest of this entry »

NFL donates $30 million to improve concussion & brain injury care

NFL donates $30 mil­lion to National Insti­tutes of Health (press release):

The National Foot­ball League will pro­vide $30 mil­lion in fund­ing for med­ical research to the Foun­da­tion for the National Insti­tutes of Health (FNIH), NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell announced today Read the rest of this entry »

28 Confirmed Speakers: Optimizing Health through Neuroplasticity & Digital Innovation

The 2012 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (June 7-8th 2012, no travel required since event takes place fully online) is plung­ing ahead, with 28 Con­firmed Speak­ers so far:

  • Dr. Tracy Alloway, Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­sity of North Florida; author of AWMA assessment
  • Dr. Gre­gory Bayer, CEO, Brain Resource
  • Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psychology-Neuropsychology, UCLA Semel Insti­tute for Neuroscience
  • Nolan Bush­nell, Founder, Atari Read the rest of this entry »

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