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Update: Study finds continued birth of new neurons (neurogenesis) well into our 70s

New research:

New tools:

New thinking:

 

Final­ly, please Save the Date for the sec­ond edi­tion of the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test on Decem­ber 5th, 2018. Giv­en the suc­cess of the inau­gur­al event last year (details here), the 2018 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit will host a sec­ond con­test for 12 star­tups to pitch their inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to all Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants and to dis­tin­guished Judges –our very own “Sharp Tank.”

Have a great month of May,

The Sharp­Brains Team

–- Mem­bers of the Brain­no­va­tions Judg­ing Pan­el

Study combines MRI brain scans with statistics to better predict cognitive problems after stroke

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New ‘brain health index’ can pre­dict how well patients will do after stroke (Sci­enceDai­ly):

A new com­put­er pro­gramme devel­oped by sci­en­tists at the Uni­ver­si­ties of Edin­burgh and Glas­gow can assess whole brain dete­ri­o­ra­tion and help pre­dict cog­ni­tive func­tion after stroke up to ten times more accu­rate­ly than cur­rent meth­ods.

The new approach, pub­lished today in the Inter­na­tion­al Jour­nal of Stroke, can quan­ti­fy vis­i­ble brain injury from cere­bral small ves­sel dis­ease (SVD) and brain atro­phy by Read the rest of this entry »

May 30th: The Future of Mental Health & Brain Enhancement @ Imperial College, London

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Heads-up: the Impe­r­i­al Col­lege Cen­tre for Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy will host a keynote by Alvaro Fer­nan­dez on Wednes­day, May 30th, titled Why the Future of Brain Enhance­ment & Men­tal Health is Dig­i­tal & Per­va­sive.

Descrip­tion:

As seen in patent and invest­ment trends, research find­ings and consumer/patient behav­iors, Men­tal Health and Brain Enhance­ment are rapid­ly evolv­ing in trans­for­ma­tion­al ways which Read the rest of this entry »

Save the Date for Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 5th

Giv­en the suc­cess of the first Brainnova­tions Pitch Con­test last year (details here), the 2018 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit will host a sec­ond Brainnova­tions edi­tion, for 12 select­ed star­tups to pitch their inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to to all Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants and to our dis­tin­guished Judges –our very own “Sharp Tank”:

  • Dr. Hag­it Alon, VP Sci­en­tif­ic Affairs at Joy Ven­tures
  • Dr. David Barash, Chief Med­ical Offi­cer at the GE Foun­da­tion
  • Nichol Brad­ford, Co-Founder and ED of the Trans­for­ma­tive Tech Lab
  • John Cam­mack, Angel Investor
  • Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evan­ge­lism Offi­cer at Inter­aX­on
  • Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain Resource
  • Dr. Adam Haim, Chief of the Small Busi­ness Inno­va­tion Research (SBIR) and Small Busi­ness Tech­nol­o­gy Trans­fer (STTR) Pro­grams at the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH)
  • Kath­leen Herath, Asso­ciate Vice Pres­i­dent Health & Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty at Nation­wide Insur­ance
  • Chris­t­ian Her­nan­dez, Man­ag­ing Part­ner at White Star Cap­i­tal
  • Dr. Edward Kli­phuis, Invest­ment Direc­tor at Mer­ck Ven­tures
  • Dr. Cori Lath­an, Co-Chair of the World Eco­nom­ic Forum’s Coun­cil on the Future of Human Enhance­ment
  • Dr. Manuel López-Figueroa, Ven­ture Part­ner at Bay City Cap­i­tal
  • Zack Lynch, Gen­er­al Part­ner at JAZZ Ven­ture Part­ners
  • Dr. Eddie Mar­tuc­ci, Co-Founder and CEO of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Dr. Karen Postal, Pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy (AACN)
  • Yan­nick Roy, Co-Founder of Neu­roTechX

We’ll announce more details by July 2nd, 2018. In the mean­time you can learn more herehere and here.

–-This will be the Brain­no­va­tions Judg­ing Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”

The more hours you sit per day, the smaller your medial temporal lobe (MTL) seems to become, brain scans show

—– In the study, both (A) Total medi­al tem­po­ral lobe (MTL) and (B) parahip­pocam­pal thick­ness cor­re­lat­ed inverse­ly with hours of sitting/day, con­trol­ling for age. Ref­er­ence: Sid­darth P et al (2018), Seden­tary behav­ior asso­ci­at­ed with reduced medi­al tem­po­ral lobe thick­ness in mid­dle-aged and old­er adults. PLOS ONE 13(4): e0195549.

Sit­ting is bad for your brain — not just your metab­o­lism or heart (UCLA release):

UCLA researchers recruit­ed 35 peo­ple ages 45 to 75 and asked about their phys­i­cal activ­i­ty lev­els and the aver­age num­ber of hours per day they spent sit­ting over the pre­vi­ous week. Each per­son had a high-res­o­lu­tion MRI scan, which pro­vides a detailed look at the medi­al tem­po­ral lobe, or MTL, a brain region involved in the for­ma­tion of new mem­o­ries.

The researchers found that seden­tary behav­ior is a sig­nif­i­cant pre­dic­tor of thin­ning of the MTL and Read the rest of this entry »

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