Every March, Brain Awareness Week (BAW) unites hundreds of organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Activities typically include open days at neuroscience labs, exhibitions about the brain, lectures on brain-related topics, displays at libraries and community centers, classroom workshops, and more.
Brain Awareness Week 2020 starts today, Monday March 16th.
To contribute to such a global educational campaign, especially now that many physical events have been cancelled, we are offering our best educational and professional resources at a 90% discount from today till Sunday, March 22th.
–> To benefit from this opportunity, use this discount code: BrainWeek
Stay Healthy, Stay Warm, let’s Harness this opportunity to Sharpen our Minds and Explore the latest on brain health and neurotechnology!
Our core educational and professional resources offered at a 90% discount this week:
1) Full Recordings from the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (12+ hours, 40+ experts):
The 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (May 7–9th, 2019) featured over forty of the world’s top experts and innovators working to improve brain health for all in light of growing neuroscience and digital tech. Below are some of our favorite moments and take-aways, so that you know what to expect from the 12+ hours of recordings with 40+ experts (purchase gives 1‑year online access to all recordings; the corresponding presentation slides are free and available to all):
1. Dr. Tom Insel –former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) turned Google executive turned entrepreneur turned current “mental health czar” of California– provided a spectacular overview of the digital revolution in brain health and mental health. While we have historically failed to bend the curve as well as in other areas of health, since “you can’t manage what you can’t measure”, new digital and neurological monitoring technologies are finally allowing us to remedy that fundamental issue so we can identify problems early and intervene early. Multiple Speakers during the Summit like Dr. Srijan Sen, Jan Samzelius and Louis Gagnon built upon Insel’s remarks with much research, tech and examples.
2. Richard Hanbury won the 2019 Brainnovations Pitch Contest by presenting a novel combination of audio-visual stimulation and neurofeedback training to alleviate chronic pain–his company Sana Health later raised $3.6 million and gained much media attention. Our “Sharp Tank” Judges were very impressed by Kate Sharadin work too, who came in as close second thanks to her digital therapeutics startup.
3. Dr. Anna Wexler, Dr. Karen Rommelfanger and Jacqueline Studer shared fascinating insights on privacy, ethics, and industry standards for neurotechnology, discussing key ongoing initiatives to anticipate and address the challenges and encouraging us all to be aspirational rather than “legalistic” — we can enable beneficial innovation in ways that regulation alone, as important as it is, probably cannot if we consider cross-sector perspectives, strive for the widest benefit with the minimum risks, and educate users. You can check our their slides here:
4. Several presenters including Dr. Lew Lim, Ana Maiques and Nickolai Vysokov discussed the growing field of adaptive and personalized neuromodulation methods. This emerging technology class deserves attention and research, as it could mean a non-invasive, non-pharmacologic treatment for a variety of conditions.
5. The theme of personalization was also discussed by presenters working on an array of brain-based and cognitive therapies in schools, the workplace and consumer tech. Speakers like David Klein, Ariel Garten, and Dr. Gregory Rose discussed emerging findings and best practices in the “real word” outside of research labs and clinical settings.
6. Exploring the frontiers of research, Dr. Nir Grossman and Dr. Reza Zomorrodi unveiled exciting advances in non-invasive brain stimulation while Dr. Peter Whitehouse reminded us of the critical importance of societal factors which impact the individual brain and of community-based interventions that can help promote brain health. Dr. Hagit Alon discussed funding opportunities to advance the “Neuro-Wellness” field.
7. Dr. Deanna Belsky, Dr. Tony Chang, Avery Bedows, Elan Tye and other venture investors throughout the Summit discussed the opportunities and challenges for a successful marriage of research and commercialization, navigating the combination of reliable science and tech, feasibility, and market need.
8. Dr. Margie Morris presented Left to Our Own Devices (MIT Press; 2018), a great book providing multiple stories and examples on how to outsmart our smartphones, and Alvaro Fernandez presented his latest book El Cerebro Que Cura (“The Brain That Heals;” Plataforma Editorial; 2019), co-authored with Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, which proposes a simple but revolutionary idea — a healthy mind/brain is both the product and the driver of overall physical health.
2) Market Report on Pervasive Neurotechnology: A Groundbreaking Analysis of 10,000+ Patent Filings Transforming Medicine, Health, Entertainment and Business
This first-of-a-kind 206-page market report, published in 2015 and very relevant today given recent major investments, FDA clearances and business partnerships, explores in detail key trends and key players and their emerging and future offerings in the growing space of non-invasive, pervasive neurotechnology.
3) Consumer guide to navigate latest brain health research and advice
Modern life places extraordinary demands on our brains. Not only do we live longer than ever before, but we must constantly adapt to complex and rapidly evolving personal and professional realities. Yet, we often ignore our most precious resource to do so: our brain.
The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness cuts through the clutter of misconceptions, superficial and conflicting media coverage, and aggressive marketing claims, to help readers discover what really works, and what doesn’t, to improve brain health and performance at any age, to delay or prevent cognitive decline, and become smarter consumers of both media coverage and scientific research in the process.
- 284 pages. Discussion Guide (opens PDF)
- Language: English. Other editions: Español, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese
4) Fun brain teasers for teens and adults of any age (free):
Finally, we can also celebrate Brain Awareness Week this week by challenging our minds safely at home or at a sanitized office with one brain teaser per day or, why not, trying them all at once ?
Here’s a selection of seven fun brain teasers, puzzles & games that SharpBrains readers (primarily adults, but younger minds too) have enjoyed the most since 2010:
Stay Healthy, Mindful and Vigilant until this health crisis is over, please.