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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 »

Non-invasive neurotechnology: What’s next in research and clinical applications

Enjoy these great pre­sen­ta­tions on the future of non-invasive neurotech, deliv­ered at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit and featuring:

  • Dr. Bruce Cuth­bert, Direc­tor of Adult Trans­la­tional Research and Treat­ment Devel­op­ment at the NIMH
  • Charles Fisher, Pres­i­dent of Fisher Wal­lace Laboratories
  • Chair: James Cavuoto, Edi­tor and Pub­lisher at Neu­rotech Reports

Dr. Thomas Insel, NIMH Director, to speak @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Tom InselWe are proud to share that Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and neurotechnology visionary, will open the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit on Tuesday, October 28th.

Prior to this appoint­ment at NIMH, Dr. Insel was Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try at Emory Uni­ver­sity, where he was found­ing direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Behav­ioral Neu­ro­science. He has pub­lished over 250 sci­en­tific arti­cles and four books, served on numer­ous aca­d­e­mic, sci­en­tific, and pro­fes­sional com­mit­tees and boards, and is a recip­i­ent of sev­eral awards, includ­ing the Out­stand­ing Ser­vice Award from the U.S. Pub­lic Health Ser­vice. Dr. Insel grad­u­ated from the com­bined B.A.-M.D. pro­gram at Boston Uni­ver­sity, did his intern­ship at Berk­shire Med­ical Cen­ter, Mass­a­chu­setts, and his res­i­dency at the Lan­g­ley Porter Neu­ropsy­chi­atric Insti­tute at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Francisco.

–> Explore the Agenda at 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, and consider joining us October 28-30th!

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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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 »

Maximizing brain fitness and mental well-being improves both public health and individual quality of life

 We’re having a good conversation among SharpBrains Summit participants, prompted by the blog post Lifelong brain wellness and performance–not medical disease–drives growing demand for digital brain health solutions. In what is a beautiful example of the need to see both the forest and the trees Read the rest of this entry »

Transcript: Online Q&A on the Future of Brain Health with Alvaro Fernandez

Below you can find the full tran­script of our engag­ing Q&A ses­sion today, Friday March 16th, on brain sustainability, retooling brain health, and applied neuroplasticity, with Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains’ Co-Founder who’s just been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. You can learn more about the topic by reading this 2011 SharpBrains Summit Meeting Report and this Infographic.

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Great, we are ready to start!  Read the rest of this entry »

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