Transforming 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 »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
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 »
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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By: Dr. Evian Gordon
(Editor’s Note: this is Part 2 of the new 3-part series written by Dr. Evian Gordon drawing from his participation at the Personalized Medicine World Congress on January, 23, 2012 at Stanford University.)
Most Personalized Medicine research in Psychiatry using molecular measures alone have failed to replicate. Whilst disappointing, this is not surprising, since 80% of human 25,000 genes have some effect on the brain.
There are therefore growing efforts expanding Genomic Biomarkers in Psychiatry to Neuroimaging (all Brain-based biological and cognitive measures). Some approaches target Read the rest of this entry »
We just came accross an excellent article by Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), titled An Emerging Era of Big Data. The article is brief and worth reading. Here are two quotes:
- “Every era has its technological icons. In the early 20th century, it was the airplane and the automobile. In the mid-20th century, it was the television and the telephone. Now in the early 21st century, the smart phone and social networking appear to be the defining technologies. And increasingly, the current era is beginning to look like the era of “big data” — a term that Read the rest of this entry »
Thinking globally to improve mental health: NIH announces international research initiative (press release):
- “The Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health Initiative, led by the National Institutes of Health and the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, has identified the top 40 barriers to better mental health around the world. Similar to past grand challenges, which Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
An impressive recent reference book on the future of brain care is Integrative Neuroscience and Personalized Medicine, edited by Evian Gordon and Stephen H. Koslow (Oxford University Press; $89.95).
Book description: This book takes an in depth and hard look at the current status and future direction of treatment predictive markers in Personalized Medicine for the brain from the perspectives of the researchers on the cutting edge and those involved in healthcare implementation. The contents provide a comprehensive text suitable as both a pithy introduction to and a clear summary of the “science to solutions” continuum in this developing field of Personalized Medicine and Integrative Neuroscience. The science includes both measures of genes using whole genome approaches and SNIPS as well as BRAINmarkers of direct brain function such as brain imaging, biophysical changes and objective cognitive and behavioral measurements. More information below.
Dr. Evian Gordon will speak at the upcoming 2011 SharpBrains Summit: Retooling Brain Health for the 21st Century (March 30th — April 1st) and his firm, Brain Resource, is among Summit Sponsors. Thanks to his support, we are pleased to announce the following offer: TEN professionals who register to attend the 2011 SharpBrains Summit over the next 36 hours, from now until Friday March 4th, 7pm US Pacific Time, will each receive a complimentary hardcopy of the book Integrative Neuroscience and Personalized Medicine. If more than ten people register by then, we will select ten names at random.
We are also pleased to announce the addition of 12 new Speakers and Moderators to the 2011 SharpBrains Summit — the resulting agenda is turning out to be nothing short of spectacular (in our, yes, a bit biased judgment):
- Alexandra Morehouse, CMO, AAA North California
- Dr. Evian Gordon, CEO, Brain Resource
- Kathleen Herath, Asst Vice President, Nationwide Insurance
- Dr. David Tal, Director, A.G.E. Matters Clinic
- Paula Psyllakis, Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation
- Veronika Litinski, Advisor, MaRS Life Sciences and Health Care
- Dr. Joshua Steinerman, Assistant Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Dr. Jeffrey Kaye, Director, NIA — ORCATECH
- Dr. John Reppas, Policy Director, Neurotechnology Industry Organization
- Dr. Justin Marley, Chair Mental Health Informatics Group, UK Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Dr. David Darby, Chief Medical Officer, Cogstate
- Dr. John Hart, Medical Science Director, Center for Brain Health at UT-Dallas
-> Learn More and Register to Participate in the Summit Here, and get a chance at getting a complimentary copy of the book Integrative Neuroscience and Personalized Medicine!
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