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Update: Trained older brains can outperform untrained younger ones at demanding cognitive tasks

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Time for Sharp­Brains e‑newsletter, fea­tur­ing the lat­est research, tools and think­ing for life­long brain health and men­tal well-being — and a cou­ple fun brain teasers 🙂

New brain research:

New neurotech and digital health:

New thinking on brain and mind:

And a couple fun brain teasers:

 

Have a great month of Sep­tem­ber,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

Harnessing innovative neurotechnologies to provide better urgent care at Banner Health

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For Ban­ner Health, one of the largest non-prof­it health sys­tem in the Unit­ed States, find­ing ways to make health care eas­i­er and bet­ter for our patients is at the root of every­thing we do. That’s why we are mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant invest­ments into the dig­i­tal health and neu­rotech space, try­ing to answer some com­mon pain points.

Let me give you an exam­ple. Read the rest of this entry »

Thank You, brain health pioneers & Summit Sponsors!

We’d like to rec­og­nize these great orga­ni­za­tions for help­ing make it pos­si­ble to hold this com­pre­hen­sive 3‑day brain­storm­ing on the future of brain health, in just ten days!

THANK YOU, and look­ing for­ward to a great vir­tu­al sum­mit!

 

Arrowsmith Program

The Arrow­smith Pro­gram, avail­able in 80+ schools in the US, Cana­da, Aus­tralia and New Zealand, is a com­pre­hen­sive suite of cog­ni­tive pro­grams for stu­dents with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties to train key brain func­tions involved in learn­ing.

 

Ban­ner Health is one of the largest non­prof­it health sys­tems in the USA, employ­ing more than 50,000 staff mem­bers in 29 hos­pi­tals and oth­er set­tings rang­ing from home care and long-term care, to lab­o­ra­to­ries and reha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices.

 

The Cen­tre for Aging + Brain Health Inno­va­tion (CABHI), led by Bay­crest, helps inno­va­tors devel­op, dis­sem­i­nate, scale, and pro­mote adop­tion of promis­ing inno­va­tions in the aging and brain health sec­tor.

 

Joy Ven­tures is a pri­vate­ly fund­ed invest­ment com­pa­ny found­ed by Corun­dum Open Inno­va­tion and ded­i­cat­ed to spear­head­ing the Neu­ro-Well­ness are­na by sup­port­ing break­through sci­en­tif­ic research through grants and invest­ing in star­tups and entre­pre­neurs which bring inno­v­a­tive prod­ucts to con­sumers in ways that are fun and easy to use.

 

Total Brain is a ful­ly owned sub­sidiary of Brain Resource Lim­it­ed (ASX:BRC), at the fore­front of apply­ing clin­i­cal­ly val­i­dat­ed brain assess­ment and brain train­ing to improve behav­ioral health out­comes. For­mer­ly called MyBrain­So­lu­tions, Total Brain is the world’s first brain per­for­mance mon­i­tor­ing and train­ing plat­form pow­ered by the largest stan­dard­ized brain data­base.

 

VieLight has a mis­sion to engi­neer and com­mer­cial­ize non-inva­sive devices based on pho­to­bio­mod­u­la­tion that are safe and effec­tive, easy to use and afford­able. It focus­es on devel­op­ing new-gen­er­a­tion home-use brain stim­u­la­tion devices that are enjoy­ing a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion to be help­ful for men­tal acu­ity in var­i­ous pre­sen­ta­tions.

 

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Learn More & Register:

2019 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: The Future of Brain Health (May 7–9th)

Thank you, Sponsors @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, for helping shape Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age!

Thank you very much, great Sum­mit Spon­sors, for sup­port­ing the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit tak­ing place next week (Dec. 5–7th) and gath­er­ing 50+ Speak­ers and 200+ par­tic­i­pants work­ing on ways to enhance brain health and per­for­mance in the dig­i­tal age!

Gold Sponsors

AARP is a non­prof­it, non­par­ti­san, social wel­fare orga­ni­za­tion with a mem­ber­ship of near­ly 38 mil­lion that helps peo­ple turn their goals and dreams into real pos­si­bil­i­ties, strength­ens com­mu­ni­ties and fights for the issues that mat­ter most to fam­i­lies. Its Glob­al Coun­cil on Brain Health (GCBH), found­ed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Age UK, is an inde­pen­dent col­lab­o­ra­tive cre­at­ed to pro­vide trust­ed infor­ma­tion on how to main­tain and improve brain health.brain

VieLight has a mis­sion to engi­neer and com­mer­cial­ize non-inva­sive devices based on pho­to­bio­mod­u­la­tion that are safe and effec­tive, easy to use and afford­able – all to tru­ly help improve one’s qual­i­ty of life. It focus­es on devel­op­ing new-gen­er­a­tion home-use brain stim­u­la­tion devices that are enjoy­ing a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion to be help­ful for men­tal acu­ity in var­i­ous pre­sen­ta­tions. Its prod­ucts are used by both prac­ti­tion­ers and con­sumers all over the world.

Silver Sponsors

arpf

The Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion(ARPF) has a mis­sion to empow­er peo­ple to build healthy brains and reduce the inci­dence of Alzheimer’s Dis­ease by con­duct­ing clin­i­cal research and pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tion­al and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment out­reach. For 20 years, the ARPF has been on the lead­ing edge by research­ing, advo­cat­ing, and edu­cat­ing for an inte­gra­tive approach to pre­vent­ing mem­o­ry loss and Alzheimer’s.

Arrowsmith Program

The Arrow­smith Pro­gram, avail­able in 80+ schools in the US, Cana­da, Aus­tralia and New Zealand, is a com­pre­hen­sive suite of cog­ni­tive pro­grams for stu­dents with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties to train key brain func­tions involved in learn­ing.

Ban­ner Health, based in Phoenix, Ari­zona, is one of the largest non­prof­it health sys­tems in the USA, employ­ing more than 50,000 staff mem­bers in 29 hos­pi­tals and oth­er set­tings rang­ing from home care and long-term care, to lab­o­ra­to­ries and reha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices.

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

Lumosity

Lumos­i­ty was found­ed to help peo­ple keep their brains chal­lenged thanks to a sim­ple online tool allow­ing any­one to train core cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties. From neu­ro­science to visu­al art, they com­bine diverse dis­ci­plines to cre­ate engag­ing brain train­ing pro­grams and, through the Human Cog­ni­tion Project, they col­lab­o­rate with over 100 lead­ing researchers, clin­i­cians and teach­ers from insti­tu­tions around the world.

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.

Dur­ing Expo Day–Thursday, Decem­ber 7th–selected Sum­mit Spon­sors and Part­ners will show­case their most promis­ing brain health & enhance­ment ini­tia­tives and solu­tions. All times below reflect US Pacif­ic Time.

8.30–9am. Adam Gaz­za­ley, UCSF Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­o­gy, will present Neu­roscape.

9–9.30am. Dr. Wal­ter Green­leaf, Med­ical VR/ AR Expert at Stan­ford Vir­tu­al Human Inter­ac­tion Lab, will pro­vide an overview of health appli­ca­tions of vir­tu­al & aug­ment­ed real­i­ty (VR/AR).

9.30–10am. Dr. Lew Lim, Founder & CEO of Vielight, will dis­cuss pho­to­bio­mod­u­la­tion as a new way to enhance brain func­tion.

10.30–11am. Dr. Bob Schafer, Direc­tor of Research at Lumos Labs, will present their expand­ing vision for brain train­ing, includ­ing mind­ful­ness.

11am-Noon. Lunch break

Noon-12.30pm. Dr. Chris Walling, Chair­man of the Edu­ca­tion­al Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee at
The Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF), will present the new Brain Longevi­ty Ther­a­py Train­ing.

12.30–1pm. Dr. Leanne Young, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Brain Per­for­mance Insti­tute at UT-Dal­las Cen­ter for Brain­Health will present the new 62,000-square-foot Brain Per­for­mance Insti­tute.

1–1.30pm. Deb­bie Gilmore, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of The Arrow­smith Pro­gram, will present plans to bet­ter equip 100+ schools help­ing stu­dents with spe­cial needs.

1.30–2pm. Dr. Ran­dal Koene, Lead Sci­en­tist at Ker­nel, will dis­cuss future direc­tions of neu­ro­engin­ner­ing and human com­put­er inter­faces.

 

Look­ing for­ward to a great vir­tu­al sum­mit!

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Learn more & Reserve your Spot HERE

(10%-off pro­mo code for Sharp­Brains read­ers: sharp2017)

Meet 40 Experts and Innovators shaping Brain Health & Enhancement on December 5–7th, at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

We are proud to announce these 40 con­firmed Sum­mit Speak­ers, Chairs and Judges at the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit on Decem­ber 5–7th. What an incred­i­ble brain trust shap­ing the future of brain health and enhance­ment!

Here are just a few:

Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Professor of Neurology and Founding Director of Neuroscape at UCSF

Dr. Gaz­za­ley is a fac­ul­ty mem­ber in the Neu­rol­o­gy, Phys­i­ol­o­gy and Psy­chi­a­try depart­ments, and Direc­tor of a cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science lab­o­ra­to­ry con­duct­ing research on the neur­al mech­a­nisms of atten­tion and mem­o­ry. Dr. Gaz­za­ley is also co-founder and Chief Sci­ence Advi­sor of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs, a com­pa­ny devel­op­ing ther­a­peu­tic video games, and co-founder and Chief Sci­en­tist of JAZZ Ven­ture Part­ners, a ven­ture cap­i­tal firm invest­ing in expe­ri­en­tial tech­nol­o­gy to improve human per­for­mance.

Dr. Adam Haim, Chief of the Clinical Trials Operations and
Biostatistics Branch at the NIMH

Dr. Haim over­sees the Small Busi­ness Inno­va­tion Research (SBIR) and Small Busi­ness Tech­nol­o­gy Trans­fer (STTR) Pro­grams at the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH). Both pro­grams help small busi­ness­es fund R&D with strong poten­tial for tech­nol­o­gy com­mer­cial­iza­tion, and a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of their cur­rent grant port­fo­lio is focused on the devel­op­ment and eval­u­a­tion of mHealth inter­ven­tions and dig­i­tal health tech­nol­o­gy.

Alexandra Morehouse

Alexandra Morehouse, CMO of Banner Health

Alexan­dra M. More­house is Senior Vice Pres­i­dent & Chief Mar­ket­ing Offi­cer for Ban­ner Health, one of the nation’s largest non­prof­it health sys­tems. Pri­or to Ban­ner Health, she was the Vice Pres­i­dent of Brand Man­age­ment at Kaiser Per­ma­nente, and CMO of AAA. She has served on the boards of the Har­vard Busi­ness School Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ners, Snap­Fish, Yer­ba Bue­na Cen­ter for the Arts, ODC Dance, and UC Davis.

Dr. Alison Fenney, Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO)

Dr. Fen­ney runs the Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy Indus­try Orga­ni­za­tion, a glob­al trade asso­ci­a­tion rep­re­sent­ing com­pa­nies involved in neu­ro­science, brain research insti­tutes and patient advo­ca­cy groups. Pri­or to NIO, Ali­son was Man­ag­er of Indus­try Rela­tions at the Ontario Brain Insti­tute (OBI) in Cana­da, and also worked in Equi­ty Research at Bloom Bur­ton & Co.

Álvaro Fernández, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of SharpBrains

Álvaro Fer­nán­dez, a mem­ber of the World Eco­nom­ic Forum’s Coun­cil on the Future of Human Enhance­ment, runs Sharp­Brains, an inde­pen­dent mar­ket research firm track­ing health and per­for­mance appli­ca­tions of brain sci­ence. Mr. Fer­nan­dez is the co-author of “The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age”, and the Edi­tor-in-chief of Sharp­Brains’ mar­ket report on Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy.

 

For more, here you can Meet 40 Experts and Inno­va­tors at the fron­tier of Brain Health & Enhance­ment.

 

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