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5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution

Hundreds of companies around the globe, now including Elon Musk’s Neuralink and even Facebook,  are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier.

What explains this flurry of activity? Where may it be headed?

To help you understand what’s going on, let me highlight five key facts that emerged from the recent SharpBrains Virtual Summit.

 

Fact 1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, and everyone needs help

Consider all unmet needs derived from the traditional pharma-exclusive approach to brain health.

Learning and cognitive disabilities in children are growing significantly, from ADHD and OCD, to autism. The related emotional and economic burden is substantial — yet, over 60-70% of those with treatment have poor outcomes, and many who need help don’t get any.

Globally, around 350 million people suffer from depression. Add to that substance abuse, and we are talking hundreds of millions of people without proper care and very high relapse rates for the lucky ones getting help.

Concussions and brain impairments pervade through millions of veterans and high-contact sports practitioners, yet diagnosis and treatments are elusive.

And let’s not forget the perfectly healthy. Read the rest of this entry »

Four reasons the future of brain health is digital, pervasive and bright

Hundreds of companies and science labs around the globe are researching the inner workings of the human brain and mind, and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier for longer.

What explains this flurry of activity? Read the rest of this entry »

Survey of key scientific, technological and investment trends revolutionizing Brain Health in our Digital Age

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Last year I got very interested in the functioning of the human brain and the science behind mindfulness and learning [1], so was quite excited  to attend the SharpBrains Virtual Summit [2] in December, indulging in the latest trends in applied neuroscience and digital innovation.

The Summit focused on the theme of reinventing brain health in the digital age, and brought together leading researchers, entrepreneurs, financiers and policymakers passionate with the mission of moving neuroscience and cognitive research from science labs towards applications in Health, Wellness and Education. Here’s a summary of the many things I discovered. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI) launches funding program to spark R&D and commercialization initiatives

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Up to $500,000 Available Through Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation’s Spark Program to Fund New Innovations (Baycrest press release):

The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI) announced today the launch of its Spark Program, an initiative designed to provide point-of-care workers in the healthcare delivery or service industry in North America with as much as Read the rest of this entry »

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