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“We need low-cost monitoring technologies to track cognitive processes and capabilities at an individual level” — Danny Dankner, CEO and co-founder of Applied Cognitive Engineering

Danny Dankner

Question: Danny, please share 1-2 major brain health needs you observe right now whose solution demands a creative and significant tech-enabled innovation.

Answer: We need low-cost monitoring technologies to track cognitive processes and capabilities at an individual level. This would be critical to trace and diagnose deteriorating processes, especially among the “worried well” and older adults.

What advice would you give an entrepreneur launching an innovation to address that?

The same advice I’d give any entrepreneur: make sure you address a real need, be focused, shorten development cycles and work as close as possible to prospective customers. Of course you also need to assemble a group of capable and connected people which you are comfortable working with.

Finally, please share something exciting you’re working on.

We have been developing cognitive simulation systems to train and improve on-field decision-making performance  among competitive football (“soccer” in the US) players, and it’s exciting to start to see tangible results. For example, the Cologne Sport University just released this fascinating study about the efficacy of the Football IntelliGym, led by Prof. Daniel Memmert–the head of the sports cognition department there.

— Danny Dankner, a serial entrepreneur, is the CEO and co-founder of Applied Cognitive Engineering Ltd (ACE), a leader in the field of cognitive training for competitive athletes. Previously he was on the founding team of Kinetica Internetting Solutions, and led strategic initiatives at MobileSpear and Scepia Internet Solutions. Danny is a founding member of Tel Aviv University’s entrepreneurship forum and serves as board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network Israel. He will serve as a Judge in the first Brainnovations Pitch Contest hosted by the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017).

— Brainnovations Judging Panel

What a brain, what a life: Marian Diamond, neuroplasticity pioneer, dies at 90

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Marian Diamond, neuroscientist who gave new meaning to ‘use it or lose it,’ dies at 90 (The Washington Post):

“Marian Diamond, a pathbreaking neuroscientist whose research — including a study of Albert Einstein’s preserved brain — showed that the body’s three-pound seat of consciousness was a dynamic structure of beautiful complexity, capable of development even in old age, died July 25 at an assisted-living community in Oakland, Calif. She was 90 Read the rest of this entry »

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds Neurotechnology Hubs and innovative tools to advance research on Brain & Behavior

 

— Cornell University neuroscientist Chris Xu will study how brains produce behavior in species across a range of sizes.

NSF issues awards to advance a national research infrastructure for neuroscience (press release by the National Science Foundation):

“The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made 17 Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex) awards to aid the research community as it pursues one of its grandest challenges: understanding the brain.

These projects will support the development of innovative, accessible and shared capabilities and resources, as well as theoretical frameworks and computational modeling to advance neuroscience research Read the rest of this entry »

Reminder (and Discount code): BrainFutures 2017 to take place September 6-7th in Washington, DC

BrainFutures 2017 is a one-and-a-half-day conference featuring renowned leaders sharing research-to-practice innovation to optimize brain health and transform mental health care. Keynote speakers include Dr. Norman Doidge, Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Dr. John Ratey, Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Alvaro Fernandez, and more. The conference is certified to offer CEU and CME credits.

What does the future of brain health look like?

This presentation took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 6-8th, 2016).

–> Learn more about the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017). The 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will feature over thirty of the world’s top experts and innovators working on ways to enhance our brain health and performance in light of emerging neuroscience and digital technologies. Additionally, and for the first time, it will host a Brainnovations Pitch Contest to foster collaborative problem-solving between scientists, practitioners, technologists and entrepreneurs.

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