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Witnessing an explosion of consumer-facing neurotechnologies to (potentially) harness lifelong neuroplasticity

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Last week I shared some key scientific, technological and investment trends revolutionizing Brain Health, based on my participation at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, and promised a second article more focused on the technology side of things.

Here it is 🙂

Just a few weeks after the SharpBrains Summit I also attended CES 2017. While I enjoyed the myriad emerging technologies –autonomous vehicles, robotics, drones, augmented and virtual reality headsets, voice activated everything– I was mostly struck by a firm named Halo Neuroscience. They have a fascinating wearable product, Halo Sport, claiming to accelerate gains in strength, explosiveness, endurance, and muscle memory, improving the brain’s response to athletic training. It uses tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation), essentially priming movement-related circuits of the brain to become more receptive to stimuli, helping the brain wire in the practice for improved future response.

The cutting edge of applied neuroplasticity

Both conferences allowed me to see the cutting edge of Read the rest of this entry »

Explore the latest in cognitive remediation and addressing learning disabilities

During Expo Day selected Summit Partners and Sponsors showcased their latest initiatives and solutions.

  • Franck Tarpin-Bernard, Managing Director of Scientific Brain Training (SBT), discussed new partnerships following their ISO 13485 certification for medical devices — cognitive remediation.
  • Jessica Poulin, Strategic Operations Manager at the Arrowsmith Program, presented plans to better equip 100+ schools helping students with special needs.

These presentations took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age (December 6-8th, 2016).

Upgrading education with lifelong brain development in mind

Two researcher/ practitioners, involved in special and lifelong learning, explore emerging best practices to help schools, educators, parents, and older adults navigate and apply core findings from cognitive and affective neuroscience.

  • Chair: Alvaro Fernandez, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of SharpBrains
  • Debbie Gilmore, Executive Director of the Arrowsmith Program
  • Susan Hoffman, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley

These presentations took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age (December 6-8th, 2016).

Meet these generous Sponsors of the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit — Thank you!

These are the world-class organizations whose support made the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit possible — Please join us in thanking them for their work and great contributions to brain health and innovation!

arpfThe Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) is dedicated to reducing the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease by conducting clinical research and providing educational outreach. Established in 1993, its mission is to make available information to empower people to build healthy brains based on lifestyle tools such as yoga, meditation and nutrition.

Arrowsmith ProgramThe Arrowsmith Program, available in public and private schools in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand is a comprehensive suite of cognitive programs for students with learning disabilities that targets 19 areas of the brain that are most commonly involved in learning.

Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the USA, employing more than 50,000 dedicated and caring staff members in 29 hospitals and other settings, including home care and hospice, research facilities, long-term care, nursing registries, surgery centers, physician clinics and practices, laboratories and rehabilitation services.

baycrestBaycrest, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, is one of the world’s premier academic health sciences centers focused on aging. Baycrest is using the power of inquiry and discovery to improve the health of tomorrow’s elderly while at the same time care for and enhance the quality of life of the elderly today.

BrainBaseline is the first iPad application for measuring how well your brain works. Developed by Digital Artefacts, it helps users worldwide understand how demographic factors and leisure activities impact overall brain health. Its new BrainBaseline Lab helps accelerate cognitive research. The apps, which includes dozens of tests, can be downloaded free on the iTunes store.

The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI) is a solution accelerator for the aging and brain health sector. Its focus is to facilitate the improvement of the patient experience for older adults living with dementia by fostering ground-breaking collaborations among leading global innovators and seniors’ care organizations in North America and around the world, by providing funding support to leading global innovators and seniors’ care organizations.

EMOTIV is a bioinformatics company advancing understanding of the human brain using electroencephalography (EEG). Our mission is to empower individuals to understand their own brain and accelerate brain research globally.

MindMaze has developed a breakthrough platform to build intuitive human machine interfaces combining virtual reality (VR), computer graphics, brain imaging & neuroscience, enabling exciting new applications in gaming, brain machine control, and healthcare.

Scientific Brain Training (SBT), is a leading group combining cognitive sciences and new technologies to serve organizations and individuals. Their solutions include tools for health care professionals to facilitate rehabilitation and cognitive stimulation programs for large insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

The Watson Centre for Brain Health has a mission to improve the lives of people who have suffered traumatic or acquired brain injury, or concussions. Therapies involved include a combination of the world-renowned Arrowsmith Program, mindfulness, and meditation to help clients increase brain function.

–> To learn more about the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, and to access slidedecks and recordings, please click Here.

Expo Day this Thursday, December 8th to showcase latest brain health innovation by leading developers, universities, and practitioners

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Heads-up: During Expo Day (this Thursday, December 8th) several great Partners and Sponsors of the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will showcase their latest initiatives and solutions.

This is the schedule of activities–we hope you can join us!

8.30-9am. Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at The Bridge Builders Collaborative, will present an Overview of the Mind Training Space.

9-9.30am. Dr. Bob Bilder, Chief of Medical Psychology & Neuropsychology at UCLA, will announce the Disruptive Technology Initiative by the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN).

9.30-10am. Ron Riesenbach, Managing Director of the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI), will present Spark and three other new funding programs.

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