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Study: Psychedelics can promote neural plasticity in the prefrontal cortex and expand pathways for mental health

– Cred­it: Cell Reports 2018 23, 3170–3182DOI: (10.1016/j.celrep.2018.05.022). Copy­right © 2018 The Authors

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Psy­che­delics in Neu­rol­o­gy: Poten­tial for Improv­ing Neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty (Neu­rol­o­gy­Times):

Back in the 1950s, research was prov­ing that psy­che­del­ic agents could be effec­tive in the treat­ment of var­i­ous neu­ropsy­chi­atric dis­or­ders. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, just as sci­ence was explor­ing their ben­e­fi­cial effects, the coun­ter­cul­ture was explor­ing and embrac­ing their effects. Slow­ly but sure­ly, psy­che­delics were asso­ci­at­ed with rebel­lious youth and the tumul­tuous anti-war move­ment. As a result, the gov­ern­ment shut down most of the research.

The 1990s saw renewed inter­est in psy­che­del­ic com­pounds as a means to address neu­ropsy­chi­atric dis­or­ders. Research explored the ben­e­fits of MDMA and ket­a­mine to treat mood dis­or­ders and post­trau­mat­ic stress dis­or­der. Now, a new study sheds even more light on the promise these agents might pro­vide. Read the rest of this entry »

Save the Date for the 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: December 4–6th

Imag­ine a free “annu­al brain check-up” — what may it look like, and how can it lead into per­son­al­ized inter­ven­tions to improve func­tion and prevent/ delay/ treat cog­ni­tive decline and Alzheimer’s Dis­ease?

Imag­ine a videogame cleared by the FDA to treat ADHD, depres­sion, or sub­stance abuse — how will doc­tors pre­scribe it, patients access it, and insur­ers pay for it?

Imag­ine being respon­si­ble for the health & well­ness of a mil­lion peo­ple — how will you edu­cate them to nav­i­gate most-like­ly-to-help inter­ven­tions, such as breathing/ exercise/ meditation/ apps/ biofeedback/ tDCS to reg­u­late stress?


The 2018 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 4–6th, 2018)  will fea­ture over forty of the world’s top experts, inno­va­tors and investors aim­ing to improve brain health and per­for­mance for all in light of grow­ing neu­ro­science and dig­i­tal tech.

Learn More and Reserve your Spot HERE

Report finds only 35% of Canadian youth get the physical activity recommended for brain health

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Get­ting kids out­side and active could help with brain health: Par­tic­i­paction report (The Globe and Mail):

The phys­i­cal ben­e­fits of kids lead­ing an active lifestyle, includ­ing bet­ter heart health and a decreased risk of devel­op­ing Type 2 dia­betes, are well known. But a grow­ing body of research sug­gests there are sig­nif­i­cant men­tal ben­e­fits as well, whether it’s low­er­ing stress lev­els or help­ing to treat anx­i­ety and depres­sion. A new report released by Par­tic­i­paction on Tues­day draws atten­tion to this link, Read the rest of this entry »

When Healthcare ignores Mental Health: 200 common prescription medications increase depression risk

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Many Amer­i­cans tak­ing com­mon meds that may cause depres­sion, study finds (CBS News):

More than one-third of U.S. adults are tak­ing pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tions that may lead to depres­sion, new research finds. The study, pub­lished in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion, warns that depres­sion is a poten­tial side effect of more than 200 com­mon­ly pre­scribed med­ica­tions, Read the rest of this entry »

Learn More and Save the Date for the 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 4–6th)

Imag­ine a videogame cleared by the FDA to treat ADHD, depres­sion, or sub­stance abuse — how will doc­tors pre­scribe it, patients access it, and insur­ers pay for it?

Imag­ine a free “annu­al brain check-up” — what may it look like, and how can it lead into per­son­al­ized inter­ven­tions to improve func­tion and prevent/ delay/ treat cog­ni­tive decline and Alzheimer’s Dis­ease?

Imag­ine being respon­si­ble for the health & well­ness of a mil­lion peo­ple — how will you edu­cate them to nav­i­gate most-like­ly-to-help inter­ven­tions, such as breathing/ exercise/ meditation/ apps/ biofeedback/ tDCS to reg­u­late stress?

Imag­ine invest­ing $100 mil­lion in star­tups devel­op­ing non­in­va­sive, dig­i­tal neu­rotech­nolo­gies — where, and how, will you find great oppor­tu­ni­ties to gen­er­ate finan­cial and social returns?


The 2018 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 4–6th, 2018)  will fea­ture over forty of the world’s top experts, inno­va­tors and investors aim­ing to improve brain health and per­for­mance for all in light of grow­ing neu­ro­science and dig­i­tal tech.

Learn More and Reserve your Spot HERE

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