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An amazing ecosystem for brain health & enhancement: Announcing 12 Sponsors and Partners @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

With 12 weeks to go, we’re excited to announce some incredible sponsors and partners fully on board to support and ensure an excellent 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th).

Let’s give a major shout-out and huge thank you to the following 2017 Sponsors and Partners:

Gold Sponsors

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families. Its Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), founded in collaboration with Age UK, is an independent collaborative created to provide trusted information on how to maintain and improve brain health.

VieLight has a mission to engineer and commercialize non-invasive devices harnessing photobiomodulation that are safe and effective, easy to use and affordable – all to truly help improve one’s quality of life. Officially incorporated in Canada in 2011, Vielight’s footprint currently covers North America, Europe, Australia and more.

Silver Sponsors

arpf

The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) is dedicated to reducing the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease by conducting clinical research and providing educational outreach. Established in 1993, its mission is to make available information to empower people to build healthy brains, including its new Brain Longevity Therapy Training.

Arrowsmith Program

The Arrowsmith Program, available in public and private schools in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand is a comprehensive suite of cognitive programs for students with learning disabilities that targets 19 areas of the brain that are most commonly involved in learning.

Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the USA, employing more than 50,000 dedicated and caring staff members in 29 hospitals and other settings, including home care and hospice, research facilities, long-term care, nursing registries, surgery centers, physician clinics and practices, laboratories and rehabilitation services.

Lumosity

Lumosity was founded to help people keep their brains challenged thanks to a simple online tool allowing anyone to train core cognitive abilities. From neuroscience to visual art, they combine diverse disciplines to create engaging brain training programs and, through the Human Cognition Project, they collaborate with over 100 leading researchers, clinicians and teachers from institutions around the world.

Partners

If your organization would like to get involved as a Summit Sponsor or Partner, there’s still time and a few opportunities remaining! Please check details here and contact us.

–> To Learn More about the Summit & Register, please click here.

10 Solvers selected @ MIT Solve’s Brain Health Challenge

Winners of the 2017 Brain Health Challenge by MIT Solve, selected on September 17th, 2017

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Yesterday, after a day of great pitches and tough decisions, the Judges @ MIT Solve’s Brain Health Challenge selected 10 Winners (called “Solvers”) developing non-invasive, non-pharmacological, scalable technology solutions that Read the rest of this entry »

FDA clears first CBT-based digital therapeutic to treat substance abuse disorders

reSET® for Substance Use Disorder. Image Credit: Pear Therapeutics

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The FDA just approved the first app for treating substance abuse (CNBC):

“The app, developed by a start-up called Pear Therapeutics, is designed to be prescribed by clinician and used alongside counseling.

Pear’s technology digitizes a form of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, which focuses on “examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors”, Read the rest of this entry »

Study shows how online mindfulness interventions can reduce work-related rumination and fatigue, and improve sleep quality

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Work these days often comes with long hours, emotionally draining colleagues, and complex problems that require an enormous amount of mental energy. So it’s no surprise that many of us have a hard time leaving work-related thoughts at the office.

“Surveys have shown that between 16 and 25 percent of the workforce have regular issues of not being able to switch off and are upset or distressed by work-related thoughts,” says Mark Cropley, a professor of health psychology at the University of Surrey. That can lead to a host of mental and physical health issues, including difficulty focusing and depression. Read the rest of this entry »

Virtual reality games and related neurotechnologies spark a new generation of dementia & cognitive tests

The Sea Hero Quest virtual reality game is played on a Samsung Gear VR headset. Source: Glitchers Ltd.

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The Virtual Reality Game Gathering Data for Dementia Researchers (Bloomberg):

“Navigating an ice-walled lake or scouring a swamp for a hidden monster may sound like a fun premise for a virtual-reality video game. But there’s a serious purpose behind the new game Sea Hero Quest VR: helping neuroscientists design a new test for dementia. Read the rest of this entry »

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