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10 favorite moments from the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit/ Recordings are Available

Whew.

What a rich and cut­ting-edge 3-day con­ver­sa­tion last week on the future of brain health and brain enhance­ment.

We enjoyed dozens of fas­ci­nat­ing insights and moments — here’s a sam­ple of our favorites:

1. That mas­ter­ful 40-minute overview by Dr. Tom Insel on the past, present and future of men­tal health

2. Dis­cussing with Akili’s Eddie Mar­tuc­ci the FDA impli­ca­tions from the sig­nif­i­cant research find­ings released just the day before

3. Explor­ing the rev­o­lu­tion in brain health assess­ments, as cov­ered in the arti­cle Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health at Web­MD

4. Dis­cov­er­ing the lat­est in EEG, vir­tu­al reality/ aug­ment­ed real­i­ty, and pho­to­bio­mod­u­la­tion with experts at UCSF, Emo­tiv, Stan­ford, AUG­MEN­Tx ad VieLight

5. Pre­view­ing why Lumos­i­ty is get­ting into Mind­ful­ness  Read the rest of this entry »

Study suggests canola oil is not as beneficial as advertised; sustained use may cause memory problems and brain damage

Canola oil could cause weight gain and mem­o­ry loss (Los Ange­les Times):

Accord­ing to a recent study con­duct­ed on mice, just two table­spoons of canola oil per day can cause weight gain and severe pro­gres­sion of Alzheimer’s dis­ease. The new results are call­ing into ques­tion pre­vi­ous rec­om­men­da­tions of canola oil as a health­ful alter­na­tive to sat­u­rat­ed fats.

Canola oil is appeal­ing because it is less expen­sive than oth­er veg­etable oils, and it is adver­tised as being healthy,” said lead researcher Domeni­co Prat­icò, M.D. “Very few stud­ies, how­ev­er, have exam­ined that claim, espe­cial­ly in terms of the brain.” Read the rest of this entry »

Enhancing brains the tried-and-true way: 50 Finalists shortlisted for the $1M Global Teacher Prize

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Top 50 2018 Final­ists!

Now in its fourth year, the US $1 mil­lion Glob­al Teacher Prize award is the largest prize of its kind, and was set up to rec­og­nize one excep­tion­al teacher who has made an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­fes­sion as well as to shine a spot­light on the impor­tant role teach­ers play in soci­ety. Read the rest of this entry »

Pending FDA review and approval, research findings pave way for Akili’s EVO to become first brain training platform prescribed for ADHD

Akili Achieves Pri­ma­ry Effi­ca­cy End­point in ADHD Tri­al (MD mag­a­zine):

Boston-based Akili Inter­ac­tive has announced top-line results from the STARS-ADHD piv­otal study of its inves­ti­ga­tion­al dig­i­tal ther­a­peu­tic med­i­cine AKL-T01, in treat­ment of pedi­atric atten­tion-deficit/hy­per­ac­tiv­i­ty dis­or­der (ADHD)…The dig­i­tal med­i­cine, AKL-T01, is a video game for patients to play on tablet devices. It uses the same sto­ry­telling and reward mech­a­nisms as stan­dard videogames; how­ev­er, it fea­tures mech­a­nisms to act on neur­al sys­tems and algo­rithms that dial the lev­el of stim­u­lus up or down, meet­ing the needs of the patient. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: 46.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease brain pathology today, so it’s urgent to prevent or at least delay progression to clinical disease

– In the Alzheimer’s affect­ed brain, abnor­mal lev­els of the beta-amy­loid pro­tein clump togeth­er to form plaques (seen in brown) that col­lect between neu­rons and dis­rupt cell func­tion. Abnor­mal col­lec­tions of the tau pro­tein accu­mu­late and form tan­gles (seen in blue) with­in neu­rons, harm­ing synap­tic com­mu­ni­ca­tion between nerve cells. Source: NIA

New fore­cast shows 6 mil­lion with Alzheimer’s dis­ease, cog­ni­tive impair­ment; The num­bers will more than dou­ble to 15 mil­lion by 2060 (NIH news):

Using new method­ol­o­gy, sci­en­tists cal­cu­late that approx­i­mate­ly 6 mil­lion Amer­i­can adults have Alzheimer’s dis­ease or mild cog­ni­tive impair­ment, which can some­times be a pre­cur­sor to the dis­ease. The esti­mate, fund­ed by the Nation­al Insti­tutes of Health, also fore­casts that these num­bers will more than dou­ble to 15 mil­lion by 2060, as the pop­u­la­tion ages Read the rest of this entry »

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