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Dance training: The ultimate way to delay brain decline by combining physical, cognitive, and social engagement

Study: Danc­ing may off­set some effects of aging in the brain (CSU release):

A new study led by a Col­orado State Uni­ver­si­ty researcher shows that kick­ing up your heels can actu­al­ly be good for your nog­gin.

The research team demon­strat­ed for the first time that decline in the brain’s “white mat­ter” can be detect­ed over a peri­od of only six months in healthy aging adults Read the rest of this entry »

The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) launches Disruptive Technology Initiative to shape the future of Neuropsychology

aacn_box-logoTech­no­log­i­cal break­throughs are cre­at­ing enor­mous poten­tial for the future of neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy and trig­ger­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to cre­ate nov­el strate­gies for both assess­ment and inter­ven­tion. Cog­ni­tive fit­ness is grow­ing into a mul­ti-bil­lion dol­lar indus­try. Tar­gets have shift­ed from diag­no­sis and treat­ment of estab­lished dis­eases to ear­ly inter­ven­tion, pre­ven­tion, and cog­ni­tive enhance­ment. Ubiq­ui­tous mobile devices enable both active and pas­sive sens­ing of our cog­ni­tive and emo­tion­al states, and “the Inter­net of things” promis­es to 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 »

The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI) launches funding program to spark R&D and commercialization initiatives

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Up to $500,000 Avail­able Through Cana­di­an Cen­tre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation’s Spark Pro­gram to Fund New Inno­va­tions (Bay­crest press release):

The Cana­di­an Cen­tre for Aging and Brain Health Inno­va­tion (CC-ABHI) announced today the launch of its Spark Pro­gram, an ini­tia­tive designed to pro­vide point-of-care work­ers in the health­care deliv­ery or ser­vice indus­try in North Amer­i­ca with as much as Read the rest of this entry »

The billion dollar question: Under what conditions can brain training result in real-world benefits?

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Does any­one care if “brain games” actu­al­ly work? (For­tune):

The cog­ni­tive fit­ness mar­ket — loose­ly defined as non-inva­sive neu­rotech­nolo­gies that mon­i­tor or enhance cog­ni­tion — is booming…The “brain game” indus­try is already a bil­lion dol­lar mar­ket, and will reach the $6 bil­lion mark with­in the next five years says Sharp­Brains, a neu­ro-well­ness mar­ket research firm.

But key ques­tions remain: Do these pro­grams live up to the hype? Read the rest of this entry »

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