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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 »

Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health

“How consistently you type on a keyboard and the way you use your smartphone may one day tell your doctor — or someone else, like your employer — if your brain is ailing.

Right now, doctors generally rely on questionnaires about a person’s symptoms and written challenges like drawing a clock to begin to home in on brain diseases like depression and dementia. New technologies would replace these with passive monitoring of things like computer or smartphone use, or even changes to a person’s brain waves, to detect brain changes consistent with diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, PTSD, depression, and injuries like a concussion.” Keep reading article over at WebMD

News in context

Great moments @ just ended 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th)

Thank you everyone involved in creating a very fun and valuable event: Speakers, Judges, Pitch Finalists and Winners (congrats again), Sponsors, Partners and of course all Participants!

Enjoy below (and please share) some great insights tweeted over the last three days.

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