Brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies are no longer hypothetical, yet there are fundamental aspects of the technology that remain unaddressed by both ethicists and policy-makers. Two new papers address these issues by outlining the outstanding ethical issues, offering guidance for addressing those issues, and offering particular insight into the field of BCI tech for cognitive enhancement. [Read more…] about Studies identify key ethical concerns raised by invasive and non-invasive neurotechnologies
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“Promising to lift brain fog or improve memory, brain-boosting supplements have joined sexual-enhancement and weight-loss remedies in the lightly regulated world of dietary supplements. These products may be sold legally with broad-brush come-ons like these, as long as they don’t make specific claims about treating a disease — or contain actual drugs.
New research led by Dr. Pieter Cohen of Harvard Medical School documents five supplement brands for sale in the U.S. that contain various amounts of piracetam [Read more…] about Study: Some “brain-boosting” supplements sold in the US contain not-approved drugs at supratherapeutic doses, exposing users to unknown side effects
We hope you enjoy this slidedeck supporting a great session at the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (March 7–9th). Full recordings are available for purchase here.
1–2.30pm. How to address privacy, ethical and regulatory issues: Examples in cognitive enhancement, depression and ADHD
- Dr. Karen Rommelfanger, Director of the Neuroethics Program at Emory University
- Dr. Anna Wexler, Assistant Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at UPenn
- Jacqueline Studer, Senior VP and General Counsel of Akili Interactive Labs
- Chaired by: Keith Epstein, Healthcare Practice Leader at Blue Heron
Time for SharpBrains monthly e‑newsletter, discussing latest thinking, research and tools for lifelong brain health and mental health.
- Study finds clear–yet surprisingly different–benefits in 3 types of meditation-based mental training
- Technology and the Cognition Crisis
- Think twice before taking Aderall for cognitive enhancement: It may actually impair working memory and other cognitive abilities
- Practice effect due to repeated testing can delay detection of cognitive impairment and dementia
- Meta-analysis finds sustained benefits of neurofeedback for kids with ADHD
- One in eight children in India aged 2–9 may have neurodevelopmental disorders
- Perspective: How brain training games could help patients with Huntington’s disease
- Sanofi Ventures leads $17M investment in Click Therapeutics, finalist @ 2017 Brainnovations Pitch Contest
- Save the Date for 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Investing in Brain Health for All (December 4–6th)
Last but not least, we invite you try these 25 brain teasers and games when you have some downtime during the summer — fascinating, aren’t they?
Have a great month of August,
The SharpBrains Team
Last December 7th selected Summit Sponsors and Partners showcased their most promising brain health & enhancement initiatives and solutions.
From tomorrow’s neuroengineering to today’s brain health (view slidedeck for all pm sessions Here)
- Dr. Randal Koene, Lead Scientist at Kernel, discusses future directions of neuroenginnering and human computer interfaces.
- Dr. Leanne Young, Executive Director of the Brain Performance Institute at UT-Dallas Center for BrainHealth presents the new 62,000-square-foot Brain Performance Institute.
Debbie Gilmore, Executive Director of The Arrowsmith Program, will present plans to better equip 100+ schools helping students with special needs.
Dr. Chris Walling, Chairman of the Educational Advisory Committee at The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF), will present the new Brain Longevity Therapy Training.
Slidedeck supporting 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).