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Upcoming neurogaming conference in San Francisco

NeuroGamingQuick heads-up: Early-bird registration to the first Neurogaming conference expires on April 1st, 2013. Check out the agenda now and see if you want to join a great roster of industry speakers. I’ll be running this session on May 1st:

Think, Think, Think: Cog­ni­tive Gam­ing Plat­forms. This panel will dis­cuss how break­through tech­nolo­gies like tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion, ultra­sonic brain stim­u­la­tion, eye track­ing, and Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Health centers adding cognitive coaching services

Brain Health Center expands services (San Francisco Chronicle):

“…Now, the services the medical team provides will be expanded at the new Brain Health Center, which opened last month at CPMC’s Davies campus in San Francisco. The center, made possible by an anonymous $21 million donation that established an endowment, offers Read the rest of this entry »

Invitation for SharpBrains Summit Participants to Comment on Meeting Report and Join Council

Over 50 insightful and fun members of the worldwide SharpBrains community had the opportunity to gather in DC, New York and San Francisco last month in order to meet in person -often for the first time!- and to discuss next steps to drive meaningful innovation in the brain health and fitness space.

It is our pleasure to invite SharpBrains Summit participants to contribute to, and to learn from, this growing network, by asking them to please: Read the rest of this entry »

Intel Corporation and Lumos Labs Become Gold Sponsors of 2011 SharpBrains Summit

We are pleased to make eleven important announcements about the upcoming 2011 SharpBrains Virtual Summit…eleven additional reasons to consider registering and joining our event and community next week.

  1. Intel Corporation, the “Sponsors of Tomorrow™”, and Lumos Labs have become Summit Gold Sponsors.
  2. SharpBrains will issue a Certificate of Attendance to participants (20 hours of continuing education).
  3. Jamie Wilson shares 20 reasons why virtual conferences are the future.
  4. NIH/ NIA Program Chief Molly Wagster will discuss the new NIH Tool­box for Assess­ment of Neu­ro­log­i­cal and Behav­ioral Func­tion.
  5. Yaakov Stern (Columbia), David Darby (CogState), Keith Wesnes (United BioSource) and Jef­frey Kaye (Orcatech) will explore The Role of Cog­ni­tive Health Mon­i­tor­ing Sys­tems.
  6. Alvaro Fernandez (SharpBrains) and Muki Hansteen-Izora (Intel Corporation) will analyze The State of Innovation and Emerging Marketplace.
  7. You can still Register and obtain a complimentary copy of SharpBrains’ market report The State of the Brain Fitness Market 2010 (which includes market data, vendor analysis, innovation case studies, research briefs, and more.)
  8. Michael Merzenich (UCSF), Alvaro Pascual-Leone (Harvard), Walter Greenleaf (VirtuallyBetter) and Kate Sullivan (Walter Reed) will discuss how Innovation gets From Lab to Marketplace.
  9. Lumos Labs, Brain Resource, Cogmed, Baycrest, CogniFit, and Posit Science will present their latest tools and solutions during Expo Day.
  10. A total of 19 excellent Summit Partners help us expand Summit’s reach and influence.
  11. We are planning April/ May social gatherings for Summit participants in 5 cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, NYC, and Toronto, and will help facilitate gatherings in any city/ region with at least 10 Summit participants.

Please visit the 2011 SharpBrains Summit website to Learn More and Register.

Also, please follow us via Twitter and spread the word about the Summit using hashtag #svs11

We look forward to “meeting” many of you next week! Please remember you can enter discount code sharp2011 in order to get 15% off registration fees.

UCSF study looks for Bay Area participants

We often hear interest from people of all ages in being participants in the cognitive research we are doing in our UCSF lab. However, all of our experiments to date have been focused on under 20 year olds and the over 60 age group, and many people fall in between. Well, we have just launched our first experiment aimed at exploring the impact of distraction and multitasking on performance across the lifespan, with a large enough number of participants to allow for gender comparisons. So, we are reaching to people of all ages with the opportunity to be participate in this cool new experiment.

This is a behavioral study using a video game that we created and developed to evaluate these skills. It sets the stage for both a brain training and brain recording experiment to follow. Taking part requires an approximately two-hour study at our lab at the UCSF Mission Bay campus (multiple days/times available for the testing). We are looking for right handed individuals that are not colorblind, and not on any medication for a neurological/psychiatric disorder. Read the rest of this entry »

Alzheimer’s Disease: is our Healthcare System Ready?

In the midst of much healthcare reform talk, not Alzheimer's Disease reportenough attention seems focused on ensuring healthcare systems’ preparedness to deal with cognitive health issues -with Alzheimer’s Disease as the most dramatic example- which are predicted to grow given aging population trends.

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day, and the USA Today comments on a new report that makes stark predictions:
Global Alzheimer’s cases expected to rise sharply (USA Today)

– “The 2009 World Alzheimer’s Report, released today, estimates 35 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The figure is a 10% increase over 2005 numbers.”

– “The number of people affected by Alzheimer’s is growing at a rapid rate, and the increasing personal costs will have significant impact on the world’s economies and health care systems,” said Harry Johns, President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association. “We must make the fight against Alzheimer’s a priority here in the United States and worldwide,” he said.

– “The report by London-based nonprofit Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), an international federation of 71 national Alzheimer organizations (including the Alzheimer’s Association), indicates that the number of people with dementia is expected to grow sharply to 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050.”

Link to report: Here

The Alzheimer’s Association is organizing multiple Memory Walks to raise awareness and funds. You can learn more and join Here. (Perhaps a good opportunity to organize a “walking book group” as Arthur Kramer suggested in the SharpBrains Guide?)

The City of San Francisco, led by its Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), convened since san francisco2008 an Alzheimer’s/ Dementia Expert Panel to identify gaps and issue recommendations to address the growing crisis in dementia care at the city level, and is about to release a pioneering plan that may well influence public health initiatives in other cities and states. An interim document can be found here: 2020 Foresight-Strategy For Excellence in Dementia Care (pdf)

One of the major areas of focus for that strategy was Education & Prevention, and below we can share a summary of the preliminary findings and recommendations. We will highlight the final report when ready.

ALZHEIMER’S/DEMENTIA EXPERT PANEL

EDUCATION AND PREVENTION SUBCOMMITTEE

FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The subcommittee’s charge was to consider how best to educate the San Francisco community about Alzheimer’s and related dementias to change attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, standards of practice, and outcomes associated with the disease.

Specific topics addressed include:
· Protective factors relating to dementia, including risk factors and brain health
· Early identification of dementia
· Early access to services
· Community education
· Education of professionals and nonprofessionals, including physicians, psychiatrists and psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other caregivers, both paid caregivers and informal caregivers such as family and friends
· Ethical issues
· Policy issues

The dissemination of accurate information about Alzheimer’s and related dementias can play an important role in Read the rest of this entry »

Reminder: ASA Brain Health Day in Oakland, CA

We have two excellent new speakers, Anne Hinton and Steve DeMello, to add to the excellent roster during the ASA Brain Health Day to take place on Friday, September 11th, 2009, at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Anne Hinton San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult ServicesAnne Hinton is Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services. In this capacity she has responsibility for In-Home Supportive Services, Adult Protective Services, Public Guardian, Public Conservator, Public Administrator, Representative Payee, Veterans Services, Information and Referral, and the Partnership for Community Based Care and Support. In addition the Department funds 45 community service providers for programs such as congregate meals, senior centers, home delivered meals, case management, family caregiving, etc.

Her career spans more than 25 years including positions as the Director of Home Care, Care Management and Fiduciary Services Department for the Institute on Aging, the Director of Aging Services for San Francisco Catholic Charities and Director of the South San Francisco Senior Services. Ms. Hinton has experience as a lecturer/teacher in the field of Gerontology.

Steven DeMello Public Health InstituteSteven DeMello has over 30 years of experience in research, hospital operations, strategic planning, systems management and consulting. He is currently a Research Program Director at the Public Health Institute. His most recent position wass as Executive Director and Senior Advisor of the Health Technology Center (HealthTech), a non-profit research group and expert network based in San Francisco. Prior to HealthTech he served as chief operating officer of ezboard, Inc. a large first-generation consumer social networking company. His previous positions include serving as Senior Vice President California Healthcare System, President and COO of Alliance Home Care Management, Inc., and Principal at the global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. He received a BA in Economics from Claremont McKenna College, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Registration fees are still $150, but will increase to $190 by August 29th. More information at ASA Brain Health Day. If you are planning to attend…hurry!

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