A recent study shows that work plays an active role in keeping our brains healthy. “We have demonstrated the role of working activity on cognitive performance”. Professor Raffaella Rumiati says … “Many studies have been focused on the factors influencing our brain aging and differences in cognitive decline have been often observed in association with education or other related to quality of life. From our analysis it emerges that the type of work activity also contributes to the differences in normal and pathological cognitive aging”. [Read more…] about Complex occupations help protect our brains from aging-related cognitive decline
Worrying and the Aging Brain (Dana Foundation):
Over the past decade, scientists and clinicians have noted a significant association between common mental health conditions and accelerated brain aging—the changes to brain structure, physiology, and function that are thought to lead to later cognitive decline. Both depression and anxiety disorders, for example, are strongly correlated with the development of dementias including Alzheimer’s disease later in life, yet it has been unclear why. Neuroscientists and gerontologists around the globe have diligently worked to investigate which particular symptoms might contribute to age-related cognitive decline. [Read more…] about Don’t worry, be happy: How excessive worrying may influence the rate of neurodegeneration
Super-Agers Show Resistance to Tau and Amyloid Accumulation, Maintain High Cognitive Function (Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging press release):
Super-agers, or individuals whose cognitive skills are above the norm even at an advanced age, have been found to have increased resistance to tau and amyloid proteins, according to research presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) 2020 Annual Meeting. An analysis of positron emission tomography (PET) scans has shown that compared to normal-agers and those with mild cognitive impairment, super-agers have a lower burden of tau and amyloid pathology associated with neurodegeneration, which probably allows them to maintain their cognitive performance. An image showing the comparison of tau and amyloid distribution patterns in these different cognitive aging trajectories has been selected as SNMMI’s 2020 Image of the Year. [Read more…] about Brain scans show lower accumulation of tau and amyloid pathology among cognitive “super-agers”
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:
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)
2. Discussing with Akili’s Eddie Martucci the FDA implications from the significant research findings released just the day before (view slidedeck Here)
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)
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)
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)
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
4. Discovering the latest in EEG, virtual reality/ augmented reality, and photobiomodulation with experts at UCSF, Emotiv, Stanford, AUGMENTx ad VieLight