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Witnessing an explosion of consumer-facing neurotechnologies to (potentially) harness lifelong neuroplasticity

Last week I shared some key sci­en­tif­ic, tech­no­log­i­cal and invest­ment trends rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing Brain Health, based on my par­tic­i­pa­tion at the 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit, and promised a sec­ond arti­cle more focused on the tech­nol­o­gy side of things.

Here it is 🙂

Just a few weeks after the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit I also attend­ed CES 2017. While I enjoyed the myr­i­ad emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies –autonomous vehi­cles, robot­ics, drones, aug­ment­ed and vir­tu­al real­i­ty head­sets, voice acti­vat­ed every­thing– I was most­ly struck by a firm named Halo Neu­ro­science. They have a fas­ci­nat­ing wear­able prod­uct, Halo Sport, claim­ing to accel­er­ate gains in strength, explo­sive­ness, endurance, and mus­cle mem­o­ry, improv­ing the brain’s response to ath­let­ic train­ing. It uses tDCS (tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion), essen­tial­ly prim­ing move­ment-relat­ed cir­cuits of the brain to become more recep­tive to stim­uli, help­ing the brain wire in the prac­tice for improved future response.

The cutting edge of applied neuroplasticity

Both con­fer­ences allowed me to see the cut­ting edge of 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 »

New funding program announced to promote brain health innovation and collaboration

logo_cc-abhiCC-ABHI’s Indus­try Inno­va­tion Part­ner­ship Pro­gram helps com­pa­nies bring their inno­v­a­tive prod­ucts or ser­vices to mar­ket faster (press release):

CC-ABHI is pleased to announce the launch of its Indus­try Inno­va­tion Part­ner­ship Pro­gram (I2P2). This new ini­tia­tive is designed to enable suc­cess­ful appli­cant com­pa­nies world­wide, to work with an eli­gi­ble seniors’ care orga­ni­za­tion tri­al part­ner to test and val­i­date Read the rest of this entry »

Announcement: 12 new world-class Speakers confirmed @ 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 6–8th)

global_conversationWe’re hon­ored to announce 12 new world-class speak­ers at the upcom­ing 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Rein­vent­ing Brain Health in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 6–8th). More to come…this may well become the most diverse and stim­u­lat­ing brain­storm­ing on the present and future of brain health and enhance­ment!

We can’t wait to hear from:

  • Alexan­dra More­house, CMO at Ban­ner Health
  • Dr. Corey McCann, CEO of Pear Ther­a­peu­tics
  • Dr. Gahan Pan­d­i­na, Senior Direc­tor, Ven­ture Leader at Janssen Research & Devel­op­ment
  • Dr. Jud­son Brew­er, Founder & Research Lead of Clar­i­tas Mind­sciences
  • Dr. Lara Boyd, Direc­tor of the Brain Behav­ior Lab at the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia
  • Dr. Mar­garet Grabb, Chief of SBIR/STTR pro­grams at the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH)
  • Dr. Michael Merzenich, Win­ner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neu­ro­science
  • Nikhil Sri­ra­man, IP Ana­lyst at Sharp­Brains
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  • Richard Varn, Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Advanced Tech­nol­o­gy and Neu­ro­science at Edu­ca­tion­al Test­ing Ser­vice (ETS)
  • Ron Riesen­bach, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Cana­di­an Cen­tre for Aging and Brain Health Inno­va­tion (CC-ABHI)
  • Dr. San­dra Bond Chap­man, Founder and Direc­tor, Cen­ter for Brain­Health at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas at Dal­las
  • Tan Le, CEO of Emo­tiv

Update: New tools, research and thinking to promote Brain Health in the Digital Age

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The Times They Are a‑Changin.

In a recent sur­vey, 91% of those polled said that “Doc­tors should mon­i­tor cog­ni­tive health sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly, espe­cial­ly when pre­scrib­ing new medica­ments.

This is impor­tant news, as any­one who has expe­ri­enced neg­a­tive side-effects, cog­ni­tive or oth­er­wise, knows.

We need to upgrade our brain health sys­tem to reflect the real­i­ties, chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties in the 21st cen­tu­ry, in the midst of the Dig­i­tal Age we live in.

Where should we start? In this edi­tion of Sharp­Brains’ e‑newsletter, let’s take a look at some emerg­ing tools, sci­en­tif­ic stud­ies and fresh ideas. Hap­py read­ing, and have a great Fall:

New tools

New research

New thinking

 

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