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The NIH starts spending $1.5 billion in new Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neuro-technologies (BRAIN) projects


NIH Starts to Spend $4.8 Bil­lion in “Extra” Cures Drug Research Mon­ey (P&T Com­mu­ni­ty):

The Nation­al Insti­tutes of Health (NIH) launched 110 new brain research projects in the fis­cal year end­ing last Sep­tem­ber (2017) with the first por­tion of the $1.5 bil­lion over 10 years it will hope­ful­ly receive from the 21st Cen­tu­ry Cures Act, which spread a total of $4.8 bil­lion over four NIH pro­grams. That is mon­ey over and above the NIH annu­al appro­pri­a­tion from Con­gress. The oth­er three “Inno­va­tion Funds” are: Pre­ci­sion Med­i­cine, Can­cer Moon­shot, and Regen­er­a­tive Med­i­cine.

The $1.5 bil­lion in new Brain Research through Advanc­ing Inno­v­a­tive Neu­ro-tech­nolo­gies (BRAIN) research mon­ey seems par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant giv­en the announce­ment in Jan­u­ary that Pfiz­er was end­ing its Alzheimer’s research pro­gram Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s improve Brain Health Literacy during Brain Awareness Week 2018


Please join us in get­ting ready to cel­e­brate Brain Aware­ness Week 2018 (March 12–18th), the annu­al glob­al cam­paign orga­nized by the Dana Foun­da­tion to increase pub­lic aware­ness about the progress and ben­e­fits of brain research.

To learn about activ­i­ties in your area, please vis­it BAW’s Inter­na­tion­al Cal­en­dar of events.

And remem­ber you don’t need to trav­el any­where to improve your brain health lit­er­a­cy and to adopt smarter, brain-friend­ly habits. Here are ten use­ful facts and tips com­ing from the hun­dreds of sci­en­tif­ic stud­ies ana­lyzed to pre­pare the book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Improve Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age:

1. Genes do not deter­mine the fate of our brains. As evi­denced by life­long neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty, our lifestyles are even more impor­tant than our genes in shap­ing how our brains grow and our minds evolve. Read the rest of this entry »

Top Brainnovations harnessing Big Data: WEKIT, Sapien Labs, MyndYou

Top Brain­no­va­tion har­ness­ing Big Data (full record­ing requires reg­is­tra­tion; view slid­edeck above or Here)The three Final­ists were:

  • WEKIT — Wear­able Expe­ri­ence for Knowl­edge Inten­sive Train­ing – pitch by Paul Lefrere, Inno­va­tion Lead
  • Sapi­en Labs (WINNER) – pitch by Tara Thi­a­gara­jan, Founder & Chief Sci­en­tist
  • Myn­dY­ou – pitch by Shi­ra Yama Nir, Project Man­ag­er
  • Judged by: Bill Tuck­er, Senior Advi­sor to the K12 Edu­ca­tion Pro­gram at the Bill & Melin­da Gates Foun­da­tion; Eduar­do Briceño, CEO and Co-founder of Mind­set Works; John Cam­mack, Angel Investor; Neil Alli­son, Direc­tor of Busi­ness Mod­el Inno­va­tion at Pear­son North Amer­i­ca

This slid­edeck sup­port­ed the ses­sion held dur­ing the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Brain Health & Enhance­ment in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 5–7th). All ses­sion record­ings avail­able for pur­chase (50+ Speak­ers, 15+ Hours, $150).

Tara Thiagarajan, Founder of Brainnovations Winner Sapien Labs, on building a global platform for brain research that truly captures the diversity of humanity


What sur­prised you the most from the Judges’ ques­tions and feed­back dur­ing the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test?

I was pleas­ant­ly sur­prised to see the sig­nif­i­cant range and depth of knowl­edge shown by the judg­ing pan­el, lead­ing to very spe­cif­ic and use­ful ques­tions around the key chal­lenges to build our glob­al research plat­form.

In a nut­shell, what is the core idea behind Sapi­en Labs?

The core idea is to fur­ther our under­stand­ing of the large dif­fer­ences between indi­vid­ual brains in order to man­age our brain health and brain states bet­ter. Read the rest of this entry »

Discuss: Should financial advisors help detect and address their clients’ cognitive decline? And, if so, how?


What Your Finan­cial Choic­es Say About Your Brain (Finan­cial Advi­sor):

…finan­cial advi­sors have to be in the fore­front of the fight against cog­ni­tive decline, which can lead to the finan­cial exploita­tion of the elder­ly,” added Philip Mar­shall, an advo­cate for elder jus­tice. Read the rest of this entry »

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