As an active participant in the OpenViBE project (a software platform to design, test and use Brain-Computer Interfaces), in scientific as well as technical capacities, I have long been focused on ways to process, analyze and put brain signals to practical use. When I started reading on the subject of brain fitness a few years ago, I recognized the potential to enhance a variety of brain training approaches, from meditation to cognitive training, by deploying [Read more…] about Brain fitness meets HRV and EEG biometrics and neuroinformatics
New Sponsors @ 2012 SharpBrains Summit: AboutMyBrain, Advanced Brain Technologies, UnitedBioSource Corporation
We are proud to announce three new Sponsors @ 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Optimizing Health through Neuroplasticity, Innovation and Data (June 7–14th, 2012): [Read more…] about New Sponsors @ 2012 SharpBrains Summit: AboutMyBrain, Advanced Brain Technologies, UnitedBioSource Corporation
Invitation to Sponsor/ Exhibit @ 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (June 7–14th)
We invite organizations shaping the future of brain health and health overall to become Sponsors or Exhibitors @ 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Optimizing Health through Neuroplasticity, Innovation and Data (June 7–14th, 2012), in order to expand a critical conversation, engage an influencial community of early-adopters and decision-makers, and showcase innovative research, solutions, and services during the Summit Expo (June 12–13th).
You can learn more via this Sponsorship Brochure (opens PDF), and also consult this Sample of Participants in 2010/ 2011 SharpBrains Summits (opens PDF). Participants in previous SharpBrains Virtual Summits include: [Read more…] about Invitation to Sponsor/ Exhibit @ 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (June 7–14th)
Brain Resource to Sponsor 2012 SharpBrains Summit; announces Aetna initiative
Brain Resource has agreed to become a Gold Sponsor @ 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (June 7–14th): Optimizing Health through Neuroplasticity, Innovation and Data. Thank you!
Brain Resource brings new insights and new efficiencies to managing brain health. Its proprietary platforms are used to predict who will best respond to what drug, and develop new drugs, to provide objective reports from on-line assessments of brain health across the lifespan (including ADHD, Depression, Anxiety and Schizophrenia), and to match individualized profiles with brain training exercises & interactive videos to optimize wellness & brain function.
The company just announced a very interesting initiative: Aetna Rolls Out MyBrainSolutions Wellness Site (Occupational Health and Safety).
Pooling data to accelerate Alzheimer’s research
Very interesting article in the New York Times on the reasons behind growing research of how to detect Alzheimer’s Disease: Rare Sharing of Data Leads to Progress on Alzheimer’s (New York Times)
(Situation before) Scientists were looking for biomarkers, but they were not getting very far. “The problem in the field was that you had many different scientists in many different universities doing their own research with their own patients and with their own methods,” said Dr. Michael W. Weiner of the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs, who directs ADNI. “Different people using different methods on different subjects in different places were getting different results, which is not surprising. What was needed was to get everyone together and to get a common data set.”
(Situation now) Companies as well as academic researchers are using the data. There have been more than 3,200 downloads of the entire massive data set and almost a million downloads of the data sets containing images from brain scans.
Comment: as discussed in our recent market report, we’ll probably see sooner rather than later a comparable effort aimed at finding the biological and or cognitive markers for the Cognitive Reserve, the emerging cornerstone for a lifelong mental wellness (vs. a disease-specific) approach. For more on the need to standardize data and care, read interview with Patrick Donohue on Reinventing Brain Care through Policy, Standards, Technology. For more on the Cognitive Reserve, read interview with Dr. Yaakov Stern.