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Cori Lathan: It’s time for an annual brain check-up, a “brain thermometer”

Corinna E. Lathan, PhD

Corinna E. Lathan, PhD

What is your current job title and organization, and what excites you the most about working there?
As Founder and CEO of AnthroTronix, a firm committed to advancing human-inspired technologies that have a global impact, I am fortunate to direct the vision and work of a very talented team while collaborating with fascinating scientists and technologists worldwide.

Please tell us about your interest in applied brain science. What areas are you most interested in? What motivated you to pursue work in your field?  
Optimizing the human-technology interface requires an intelligent application of brain science, technical literacy, and a big dose of entrepreneurial innovation. All three of these things, by definition, are moving targets and require me and our team to be constantly learning and applying what we learn to new problems to solve. I love this work.

What is one important thing you are working on now, and where can people learn more about it?
The Defense Automated Behavioral Assessment (DANA) is a mobile software program that measures cognitive efficiency.  It was developed for the DoD (Department of Defense) for use in determining cognitive changes after a blast or injury.  A commercial version of DANA will soon be available and marketed to the healthcare, sports, and education markets.

What are 1-2 key things you’d like every person to understand regarding his/ her own brain and mind, that you think is commonly misrepresented or not addressed in the popular media? 
I think the common misconception in the media is that we do not know anything about the brain.  While there is much to learn, we do know that we can actively influence brain health through activities, monitoring, and healthy lifestyle.

Where do you see clear “low-hanging fruit” to enhance behavioral and brain health based on neuroscience and innovation?
An annual brain check-up or “brain thermometer” that tracks cognitive health the way we currently track many other health indications like weight and blood pressure.

What would you like the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit to accomplish? 
Like last year, provide a stimulating forum for discussion about the future of innovation, technology, and brain health.

Finally, what do YOU do to stay sharp?

2013 SharpBrains SummitThis conversation is part of a new interview series with Speakers and Participants in the upcoming 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (September 19-20th). You can register with a 20% discount using promotional code: sharp2020

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