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Q: What do people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety have in common? A: A brain with similar gray-matter loss



Dif­fer­ent men­tal dis­or­ders cause same brain-matter loss, study finds (press release):

A meta-analysis of 193 brain-imaging stud­ies shows sim­i­lar gray-matter loss in the brains of peo­ple with diag­noses as dif­fer­ent as schiz­o­phre­nia, depres­sion and addiction…The find­ings call into ques­tion a long­stand­ing ten­dency to dis­tin­guish psy­chi­atric dis­or­ders chiefly by their symp­toms rather than their under­ly­ing brain pathol­ogy. Read the rest of this entry »

Why “disorders of the brain” deserve at least equal attention as cardiovascular diseases and cancer

brain-femaleprofileG20 World Brain Map­ping and Ther­a­peu­tics Ini­tia­tive Part­ners with EU Human Brain Project (DD&D):

Accord­ing to the World Health Organization’s large-scale stud­ies, about a third of the adult world­wide pop­u­la­tion suf­fer from a men­tal dis­or­der such as depres­sion, anx­i­ety and schiz­o­phre­nia. If also taken together with neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders, such as demen­tia and stroke, these “dis­or­ders of the brain” account for Read the rest of this entry »

Study: For cognitive training to work, it must induce neuroplasticity in brain regions that matter

connectomeOver the last sev­eral years, cog­ni­tive train­ing has received large amounts of pub­lic inter­est and sup­port because reli­ably improv­ing cog­ni­tive per­for­mance would have wide reach­ing appli­ca­tions in clin­i­cal pop­u­la­tions, older adults, and the pub­lic at large. For exam­ple, cog­ni­tive train­ing could Read the rest of this entry »

BrainTech: Six Take-aways on Neuroplasticity and Cognitive training

braintechIsrael’s first inter­na­tional Brain­Tech con­fer­ence took place this week, on Octo­ber 14 and 15th. It was orga­nized by Israel Brain Tech­nolo­gies (IBT), a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to posi­tion Israel as a global brain tech­nol­ogy and research cen­ter. The con­fer­ence included talks rep­re­sent­ing mul­ti­ple stake­hold­ers in the neu­rotech­nol­ogy sec­tor world­wide – patients, clin­i­cians, aca­d­e­mic lead­ers, pub­lic offi­cials, entre­pre­neurs and indus­try exec­u­tives. An impor­tant ses­sion in the con­fer­ence was the Brain­Blitz — a round­table ses­sion where dif­fer­ent brain tech­nol­ogy top­ics were dis­cussed in smaller inter­est groups.

Our table, devoted to Neu­ro­plas­tic­ity and Cog­ni­tive train­ing, Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

New market report analyzing the growing Digital Brain Health market 2012–2020

We are proud to release today what we believe is our best mar­ket intel­li­gence report so far, track­ing how fully auto­mated appli­ca­tions designed to assess, mon­i­tor and/ or enhance cog­ni­tion and brain func­tion­ing are trans­form­ing brain health, and health overall.

Here are a few exam­ples of what we mean by Dig­i­tal Brain Health, selected from among the 5 Mar­ket Lead­ers and 10 Com­pa­nies to Watch in 2013/2014 iden­ti­fied through our com­pre­hen­sive analysis.

  • A 30-minute online brain health assess­ment and per­son­al­ized brain fit­ness pro­gram used by large com­pa­nies like Nation­wide Insur­ance and Accen­ture to improve employee’s pro­duc­tiv­ity and men­tal wellness
  • An online cog­ni­tive train­ing pro­gram offered by sev­eral large AAA chap­ters to mem­bers age 50+ to improve dri­ving safety
  • A com­put­er­ized cog­ni­tive behav­ioral ther­apy offered by the NHS in the UK as a first-line inter­ven­tion for anx­i­ety and depression
  • A fully dig­i­tal head­set and plat­form that mea­sures basic brain states (such as level of atten­tion) and is being used to help peo­ple med­i­tate bet­ter and reduce ADHD symptoms
  • An iPad-based assess­ment that tracks cog­ni­tive per­for­mance over time to help detect con­cus­sions among football/ hockey play­ers and mil­i­tary per­son­nel 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.

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

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