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UT Dallas researcher secures $2.7m grant to better monitor and address TBI-related cognitive and functional deficits

-- Drs. Dan Krawczyk and Kihwan Han review MRI scans. Credit: Center for BrainHealth, Randy Anderson

– Drs. Dan Kraw­czyk and Kih­wan Han review MRI scans. Cred­it: Cen­ter for Brain­Health, Randy Ander­son

Sci­en­tist Gets Grant for Study of Vet­er­ans with Trau­mat­ic Brain Injuries (UT Dal­las release):

A researcher from the Cen­ter for Brain­Health at UT Dal­las has been award­ed a $2.7 mil­lion grant from the Depart­ment of Defense (DoD) under the Joint Warfight­er Med­ical Research Pro­gram.

The grant, award­ed to Dr. Daniel Kraw­czyk, deputy direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Brain­Health, will fund research, via a vir­tu­al tech­nol­o­gy plat­form, to improve cog­ni­tive and func­tion­al deficits for Read the rest of this entry »

Does brain training work = Does it improve cognitive performance in a sustained manner?

BrainFitnessTrajectoryBrain Train­ing – Can We Real­ly Enhance Our Cog­ni­tive Skills? (Brain­Blog­ger):

Under what con­di­tions does brain train­ing work?” was the ques­tion posed at one of the ses­sions of the Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit, Mon­i­tor­ing and Enhanc­ing Brain Health in the Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy, an event that brought togeth­er over 30 of the world’s top experts on brain health enhance­ment through emerg­ing neu­rotech­no­log­i­cal inter­ven­tions…

As Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO and Co-Founder of Sharp­Brains, high­light­ed, one thing needs to be cleared before enter­ing this dis­cus­sion: how do we define that a brain train­ing inter­ven­tion is “work­ing”? Read the rest of this entry »

To maintain lifelong mental acuity, avoid early retirement and repetitive jobs

retirement_roadThis is your brain on retire­ment — not near­ly as sharp, stud­ies are find­ing (The Wash­ing­ton Post):

Retir­ing at 55 and spend­ing the rest of your life relax­ing on the front porch may sound appeal­ing, but if you want your brain to keep work­ing, it’s prob­a­bly not a good idea. Mount­ing evi­dence shows that stay­ing in the work­force into old age is good not only for our bank accounts, but also for our health and men­tal acu­ity Read the rest of this entry »

Neuroimaging studies: In soccer, over one thousand “headers” per year can lead to brain injury and cognitive impairment

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Study indi­cates there may be a head­ing thresh­old above which the risk for brain dam­age increas­es sig­nif­i­cant­ly: An Inter­view with Michael L. Lip­ton (Dana Foun­da­tion):

Dr. Lip­ton pio­neered the use of MRI tech­nol­o­gy to detect mild trau­mat­ic brain injuries (mTBI) from con­cus­sions. Such injuries, which may bring cog­ni­tive and behav­ioral impair­ment and even neu­rode­gen­er­a­tion lat­er in life in some indi­vid­u­als, is increas­ing­ly seen as a major pub­lic health prob­lem Read the rest of this entry »

Growing awareness of the opportunities and risks posed by pharmacological cognitive enhancement (aka “smart drugs”)

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More research need­ed on use of ‘smart drugs’ by healthy peo­ple (Med­ical News):

Drugs such as methylphenidate and modafinil, mar­ket­ed as Rital­in and Provig­il respec­tive­ly, are used by some healthy indi­vid­u­als in order to boost their cog­ni­tive per­for­mance, despite a gen­er­al lack of knowl­edge about Read the rest of this entry »

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