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The Luria Neuroscience Institute announces new webinar series on Executive Functions, Dementia, TBI, Creativity and more

Happy to share that the Luria Neuroscience Institute, an esteemed Partner of the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, is hosting a new webinar series aimed at better equipping professionals helping those with mental health and with brain and brain disorders.

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UT Dallas, October 19th: Public grand opening of the new Brain Performance Institute by the Center for BrainHealth

New Brain Performance Institute at UT Dallas (Photo by Albert Vacerka, Esto Photographics)

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We are happy to announce that the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas, an esteemed Partner of the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, is opening a fantastic new home for its Brain Performance Institute.

Leanne Young, executive director of the Brain Performance Institute, makes one crucial point about their mission and vision: Read the rest of this entry »

Virtual reality games and related neurotechnologies spark a new generation of dementia & cognitive tests

The Sea Hero Quest virtual reality game is played on a Samsung Gear VR headset. Source: Glitchers Ltd.

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The Virtual Reality Game Gathering Data for Dementia Researchers (Bloomberg):

“Navigating an ice-walled lake or scouring a swamp for a hidden monster may sound like a fun premise for a virtual-reality video game. But there’s a serious purpose behind the new game Sea Hero Quest VR: helping neuroscientists design a new test for dementia. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors

Time for SharpBrains’ July e-newsletter, featuring fascinating scientific findings, emerging brain health practices and insights…and some fun teasers.

New research

Let’s start with the key take-aways from a new and very insightful evidence review which found nine modifiable risk factors for dementia — accounting for 35% of all cases:
— Education by age 15 (during early life)
— Hypertension; Obesity; Hearing loss (in mid-life)
— Depression; Diabetes; Physical inactivity; Smoking; Low social contact (in later life)

New thinking

Upcoming events

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Finally, you may want to Test your Brain and Mind with these 9 Classic Optical Illusions 🙂

 

Have a great August!

The SharpBrains Team

Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors

The Lancet Commission: One Third of Dementia May Be Preventable (Lancet report release):

“Today’s findings are extremely hopeful,” said Maria Carrillo, PhD, chief science officer at the Alzheimer’s Association. “At an individual level, many people have the potential to reduce their risk of cognitive decline, and perhaps dementia, through simple, healthful behavior changes. At a public health level, interventions based on this evidence could be extremely powerful in managing the global human and economic costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.” Read the rest of this entry »

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