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The Future of Brain Health & Wellness as seen by Joy Ventures, Total Brain, Vielight, Arrowsmith, Peak, CABHI and NeurotechX

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Dur­ing Expo Day at the 2019 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (May 7–9th), select­ed Sum­mit Spon­sors and Part­ners had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to show­case their most promis­ing brain health & well­ness ini­tia­tives and solu­tions. We hope you enjoy their slid­edecks below! (and please remem­ber that the full record­ings are avail­able for pur­chase here)

8.30am. Dr. Hag­it Alon, VP Sci­en­tif­ic Affairs of Joy Ven­tures,  pre­sent­ed their “Neu­ro-Well­ness” phi­los­o­phy and approach to invest in sci­en­tif­ic research and in entre­pre­neurs: 

 

9.15am. Mar­cel Legrand, Chief Rev­enue Offi­cer of Total Brain, pro­vid­ed an overview of their new plat­form to bet­ter assess, under­stand and improve brain capac­i­ties:

 

10am. Dr. Lew Lim, Founder & CEO of Vielight, explored the lat­est on pho­to­bio­mod­u­la­tion and brain stim­u­la­tion: 

 

11am. Deb­bie Gilmore, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of The Arrow­smith Pro­gram, dis­cussed plans to bet­ter equip 100+ schools help­ing stu­dents with spe­cial needs: 

 

11.45am. Xavier Louis, CEO of Peak, out­lined their plans to bring to mar­ket engag­ing, self-serve and evi­dence-based dig­i­tal ther­a­peu­tics:

 

12.30pm. Mel Barsky, Direc­tor at Cen­tre for Aging + Brain Health Inno­va­tion (CABHI), announced a new call for inno­va­tion where CABHI will be fund­ing nov­el ideas from point-of-care work­ers that can help to improve brain health in old­er adults:

 

1.15pm. Syd­ney Swaine-Simon, Co-Founder of Neu­rotechX, intro­duced new learn­ing resources and their grow­ing com­mu­ni­ty of neu­rotech experts, entre­pre­neurs, and enthu­si­asts: 

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Top 10 moments from the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit/ Slidedecks & Recordings are Available

Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants @ 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 5–7th, 2017)

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Whew.

What a rich and diverse 3‑day con­ver­sa­tion on the future of brain health and brain enhance­ment among 50+ Speak­ers and 200+ par­tic­i­pants in 24 coun­tries.

From the dozens of fas­ci­nat­ing insights and moments, here are some our favorites:

(Note: slid­edecks are now freely avail­able; ses­sion record­ings require reg­is­tra­tion and login cre­den­tials)

1. That mas­ter­ful 40-minute overview by Dr. Tom Insel on the past, present and future of men­tal health (view slid­edeck Here)

2. Dis­cussing with Akili’s Eddie Mar­tuc­ci the FDA impli­ca­tions from the sig­nif­i­cant research find­ings released just the day before (view slid­edeck Here)

3. Explor­ing the rev­o­lu­tion in brain health assess­ments (view slid­edeck Here), as cov­ered in the arti­cle Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health at Web­MD

4. Dis­cov­er­ing the lat­est in EEG, vir­tu­al reality/ aug­ment­ed real­i­ty, and pho­to­bio­mod­u­la­tion with experts at UCSF, Emo­tiv, Stan­ford, AUG­MEN­Tx ad VieLight ((view main slid­edeck Here)

5. Pre­view­ing why Lumos­i­ty is get­ting into Mind­ful­ness (view slid­edeck Here; final pre­sen­ta­tion)

6. Con­sid­er­ing the ethics of dif­fer­ent meth­ods of cog­ni­tive enhance­ment, includ­ing the grow­ing use of con­sumer-dri­ven brain stim­u­la­tion (view slid­edeck Here)

7. Learn­ing about the largest new Ran­dom­ized Con­trolled Tri­al on the impact of lifestyle fac­tors such as exer­cise and nutri­tion on healthy brain aging (view slid­edeck Here)

8. Dis­cussing the upbeat find­ings about edu­ca­tion and cog­ni­tive train­ing from a just-pub­lished study involv­ing 200,000+ peo­ple! (view slid­edeck Here)

– Judg­ing Pan­el for the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test

9. Explor­ing the next 80 years of brain enhance­ment and Human Com­put­er Inter­faces with neu­ro­engi­neer Ran­dal Koene (view slid­edeck for all pm ses­sions Here)

10. Hear­ing the great ques­tions and feed­back by Judges dur­ing the Brainnova­tions pitch con­tests to mea­sure brain health and to improve it, to har­ness Big Data, to boost work­place pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and resilience (view slid­edecks Here, Here, Here and Here)

 

In sum­ma­ry, Brain Health and Men­tal Health will look very dif­fer­ent in 2020 than they do today. And not a minute too soon, since the needs and the gaps are so large.

Hap­py Hol­i­days, Hap­py Hanukkah, Mer­ry Christ­mas, and Hap­py and Pros­per­ous 2018  to you and to your fam­i­ly at home and at work,

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez on behalf of the Sharp­Brains Team

 

PS1: Sum­mit Par­tic­i­pants already have full access to all record­ings click­ing above or HERE (one-year access to 50+ Speak­ers, 15+ Hours), using same log-in cre­den­tials pro­vid­ed dur­ing the Sum­mit.

PS2: If you didn’t par­tic­i­pate in the Sum­mit but want access all record­ings, they are avail­able for pur­chase HERE ($150; 10%-off dis­count-code: sharp2018)

10 favorite moments from the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit/ Recordings are Available

Whew.

What a rich and cut­ting-edge 3‑day con­ver­sa­tion last week on the future of brain health and brain enhance­ment.

We enjoyed dozens of fas­ci­nat­ing insights and moments — here’s a sam­ple of our favorites:

1. That mas­ter­ful 40-minute overview by Dr. Tom Insel on the past, present and future of men­tal health

2. Dis­cussing with Akil­i’s Eddie Mar­tuc­ci the FDA impli­ca­tions from the sig­nif­i­cant research find­ings released just the day before

3. Explor­ing the rev­o­lu­tion in brain health assess­ments, as cov­ered in the arti­cle Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health at Web­MD

4. Dis­cov­er­ing the lat­est in EEG, vir­tu­al reality/ aug­ment­ed real­i­ty, and pho­to­bio­mod­u­la­tion with experts at UCSF, Emo­tiv, Stan­ford, AUG­MEN­Tx ad VieLight

5. Pre­view­ing why Lumos­i­ty is get­ting into Mind­ful­ness  Read the rest of this entry »

Study: SOME brain training may work to promote healthy brain aging

Keep read­ing arti­cle Study Debunks 4 Com­mon Myths about Brain Train­ing and Life­long Cog­ni­tive Enhance­ment, over at The Cre­ativ­i­ty Post.

Study debunks 4 common myths about brain training and lifelong cognitive enhancement

If the media is your main source of infor­ma­tion about brain train­ing and cog­ni­tive enhance­ment, you will prob­a­bly believe the fol­low­ing:

1) All brain train­ing is the same…

2) …and it sim­ply does­n’t work.

3) Com­mer­cial brain train­ing pro­grams, espe­cial­ly, don’t work.

4) How could they work? Genet­ics is des­tiny, aging is a pre­de­ter­mined process…so by age 60 or 70 or 80, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

If you tracked and ana­lyzed the sci­en­tif­ic lit­er­a­ture around cog­ni­tive train­ing, cog­ni­tive ther­a­pies, biofeed­back, med­i­ta­tion, brain reserve and neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty in gen­er­al, you’d know those 4 beliefs are wrong. They are myths that pre­vent a more nuanced con­ver­sa­tion about brain-enhanc­ing lifestyles and about the emerg­ing brain train­ing and neu­rotech­nol­o­gy toolk­it.

Good news is, a just-pub­lished study should help debunk those myths–especially with regards to com­put­er­ized cog­ni­tive training–and pro­vide a bet­ter Read the rest of this entry »

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