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Neuroimaging study finds significant changes in brain structure during long-duration space flight

Before (Panel A) and After (Panel B) long term space flight. Credit: The New England Journal of Medicine.


MRI reveals brain changes during space missions (Medical Physics):

“Astronauts living and working in space will experience the detrimental effects of microgravity on the human body. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station, for example, have experienced altered vision and increased pressure inside their heads, symptoms termed as Read the rest of this entry »

News: 12 Finalists named to take part in the Brainnovations Pitch Contest (December 6th, 2017)

Proud and excited to announce the 12 groundbreaking startups that will get to pitch their idea and solutions at the Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 6th, hosted during Day 2 of the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th).

These are the 12 selected Finalists, together with their summary elevator pitch. Please join us in celebrating their work so far and in wishing them all the best at the pitch contest!

Finalists for Top Brainnovation to measure Brain Health & Performance

  • Savonix (USA): “The Savonix Mobile platform has truly revolutionized access to cognitive data and is poised to transform how the medical community will use mobile platforms and technology to generate critical insights into the cognitive status of each individual in the future.”
  • HealthTech Connex (Canada): “What if the world had a brain vital sign? HealthTech Connex has developed and validated the world’s first objective, physiological brain vital sign technology, NeuroCatchTM, making it possible to translate complex brain waves into readily available and easily understandable markers of brain health.”
  • NeuraMetrix (USA): “NeuraMetrix measures brain health using a digital bio-marker based on consistency of typing cadence. It is passive, independent of language, culture and education and does not require tests or special equipment, sensors, gross motor skills or physician interaction.”

Finalists for Top Brainnovation to improve Brain Health & Performance

  • Click Therapeutics (USA): “ClickEFMT is a digital program for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. The program is dosed 3x a week over the course of 6 weeks, and has shown ~45% reduction in MDD symptoms in two peer-reviewed randomized, controlled trials against an active control which showed a ~25% reduction.”
  • AUGMENTx (USA): “AUGMENTx’s augmented reality enabled neuromodulatory rehabilitation therapy aims to accelerate neurological recovery from stroke and traumatic limb amputations. The team’s vision is to make the therapy available to all stroke and limb amputation patients around the world at an affordable cost.”
  • Sincrolab (Spain): “Sincrolab is an eHealth company that develops Smart Cognitive Solutions to monitor and design Personalized Cognitive Trainings through Mobile Applications for patients with cognitive impairments. Sincrolab is based on the specific cognitive profile of each Patient, adapting to them daily.”

Finalists for Top Brainnovation harnessing Big Data

  • MyndYou (Israel): “MyndYou optimizes care for seniors with mild cognitive impairment by aiding clinicians in tracking and addressing Alzheimer’s and other types of Dementia. MyndYou combines remote interaction, a seamless monitoring app, analytics, and AI to individualize care based on definitive and objective data.”
  • WEKIT — Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training (6 EU countries): “We pioneer using AR & wearables to augment human performance & to capture/refine/share knowledge & experiences. We try out knowledge-intensive training using HoloLens. Larger AR markets (eg iPhone X) are coming. Also AI & brain health markets (eg ways to compensate for failing memories & skills.”
  • Sapien Labs (USA): “Sapien Labs is a non profit that seeks to accelerate solutions for brain health by building the largest globally representative open access database and research platform for human EEG with stringent data standards to enable large scale analysis of the human brain.”

Finalists for Top Brainnovation to boost Workplace Productivity & Resilience

  • Beam Riders (USA): “Beams is the world’s first dedicated mobile cross-platform app designed by Beam Riders to help corporations boost their employees’ innovation and creative thinking skills through fun games and quizzes based on neurocognitive research.”
  • MyCognition (UK): “Poor cognition is a major predictor of mental illness, main cause of absenteeism in the workplace. MyCognition PRO is the only app for employees allowing to understand, measure, monitor and improve cognitive fitness in an engaging and personalised way with a self-administered, blended programme.”
  • The Touchpoint Solution (USA): “What if you could lower stress by 71% in 30 seconds anytime, anywhere? Cost-effective, non-invasive TouchPoints neuroscience wearables represent next-gen life enhancement…improve focus, performance, calm, sensory integration, and onset of sleep with BLAST technology and live your best life.”

— This is the Brainnovations Judging Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”

On December 6th, 2017, each Finalist will have 10 minutes to pitch and 5 minutes for Q&A from the Judges and other Summit participants.

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Required: Deep partnerships between industry and academia to upgrade healthcare and biomedical research via Big Data

Join the disruptors of health science (Nature):

Thomas R. Insel’s biggest lesson from his shift from NIMH director to Silicon Valley entrepreneur: academic and technology company researchers should partner up.

“In early 2015, I testified with several other National Institutes of Health (NIH) directors at an annual hearing held by the US Senate. It was my 13th and final year as director of the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland. What struck me most was how Read the rest of this entry »

Ethical issues raised around deep brain stimulation (DBS) research

Researchers grapple with the ethics of testing brain implants (Science):

“In 2003, neurologist Helen Mayberg of Emory University in Atlanta began to test a bold, experimental treatment for people with severe depression, which involved implanting metal electrodes deep in the brain in a region called area 25. The initial data were promising; eventually, they convinced a device company, St. Jude Medical in Saint Paul, to sponsor a 200-person clinical trial dubbed BROADEN.

This month, however, Read the rest of this entry »

Reminder: Last 12 hours to submit pitches to the Brainnovations Pitch Contest!

This is the Brainnovations Judging Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”


A quick reminder that the Brainnovations Pitch Contest is accepting submissions until today, October 31st, 11 PM US Pacific Standard Time. We are looking for startups worldwide, founded no earlier than 2012, for-profit or non-profit, working on ways to harness brain research and emerging technologies to help every person thrive in the digital age. Read the rest of this entry »

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