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DARPA invests in nonsurgical neurotechnologies for eventual use in healthy human subjects

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Non­sur­gi­cal Neur­al Inter­faces Could Sig­nif­i­cant­ly Expand Use of Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy (DARPA News):

Over the past two decades, the inter­na­tion­al bio­med­ical research com­mu­ni­ty has demon­strat­ed increas­ing­ly sophis­ti­cat­ed ways to allow a person’s brain to com­mu­ni­cate with a device, allow­ing break­throughs aimed at improv­ing qual­i­ty of life, such as access to com­put­ers and the inter­net, and more recent­ly con­trol of a pros­thet­ic limb.

The state of the art in brain-sys­tem com­mu­ni­ca­tions has employed inva­sive tech­niques that allow pre­cise, high-qual­i­ty con­nec­tions to spe­cif­ic neu­rons or groups of neu­rons. These tech­niques have helped patients with brain injury and oth­er ill­ness­es. How­ev­er, these tech­niques are not appro­pri­ate for able-bod­ied peo­ple. DARPA now seeks to achieve high lev­els of brain-sys­tem com­mu­ni­ca­tions with­out surgery, in its new pro­gram, Next-Gen­er­a­tion Non­sur­gi­cal Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy (N3). Read the rest of this entry »

Tara Thiagarajan, Founder of Brainnovations Winner Sapien Labs, on building a global platform for brain research that truly captures the diversity of humanity

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What sur­prised you the most from the Judges’ ques­tions and feed­back dur­ing the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test?

I was pleas­ant­ly sur­prised to see the sig­nif­i­cant range and depth of knowl­edge shown by the judg­ing pan­el, lead­ing to very spe­cif­ic and use­ful ques­tions around the key chal­lenges to build our glob­al research plat­form.

In a nut­shell, what is the core idea behind Sapi­en Labs?

The core idea is to fur­ther our under­stand­ing of the large dif­fer­ences between indi­vid­ual brains in order to man­age our brain health and brain states bet­ter. Read the rest of this entry »

Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge funds program testing neurofeedback-based brain training to reduce cravings and battle opioid addiction

Soft­ware engi­neer Kel­ly Cash­ion (right) adjusts a wire­less EEG head­set on research engi­neer Nilesh Powar. Cred­it: The Uni­ver­si­ty of Day­ton Research Insti­tute

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Bat­tling Addic­tion With Brain­pow­er (Uni­ver­si­ty of Day­ton press release):

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Day­ton Research Insti­tute has won a $10,000 Ohio Opi­oid Tech­nol­o­gy Chal­lenge award for a pro­gram that will teach peo­ple with opi­oid addic­tions how to reduce their crav­ings by regain­ing con­trol of their brains.

Using neu­ro­feed­back, we’ll work with our vol­un­teers to help them learn to reg­u­late activ­i­ty in the part of their brain asso­ci­at­ed with crav­ings and rewire some of those path­ways, allow­ing them to reduce their crav­ings and expe­ri­ence a more ‘nor­mal’ state even with­out opi­oids.” Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 moments from the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit/ Slidedecks & Recordings are Available

Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants @ 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 5–7th, 2017)

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Whew.

What a rich and diverse 3-day con­ver­sa­tion on the future of brain health and brain enhance­ment among 50+ Speak­ers and 200+ par­tic­i­pants in 24 coun­tries.

From the dozens of fas­ci­nat­ing insights and moments, here are some our favorites:

(Note: slid­edecks are now freely avail­able; ses­sion record­ings require reg­is­tra­tion and login cre­den­tials)

1. That mas­ter­ful 40-minute overview by Dr. Tom Insel on the past, present and future of men­tal health (view slid­edeck Here)

2. Dis­cussing with Akili’s Eddie Mar­tuc­ci the FDA impli­ca­tions from the sig­nif­i­cant research find­ings released just the day before (view slid­edeck Here)

3. Explor­ing the rev­o­lu­tion in brain health assess­ments (view slid­edeck Here), as cov­ered in the arti­cle Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health at Web­MD

4. Dis­cov­er­ing the lat­est in EEG, vir­tu­al reality/ aug­ment­ed real­i­ty, and pho­to­bio­mod­u­la­tion with experts at UCSF, Emo­tiv, Stan­ford, AUG­MEN­Tx ad VieLight ((view main slid­edeck Here)

5. Pre­view­ing why Lumos­i­ty is get­ting into Mind­ful­ness (view slid­edeck Here; final pre­sen­ta­tion)

6. Con­sid­er­ing the ethics of dif­fer­ent meth­ods of cog­ni­tive enhance­ment, includ­ing the grow­ing use of con­sumer-dri­ven brain stim­u­la­tion (view slid­edeck Here)

7. Learn­ing about the largest new Ran­dom­ized Con­trolled Tri­al on the impact of lifestyle fac­tors such as exer­cise and nutri­tion on healthy brain aging (view slid­edeck Here)

8. Dis­cussing the upbeat find­ings about edu­ca­tion and cog­ni­tive train­ing from a just-pub­lished study involv­ing 200,000+ peo­ple! (view slid­edeck Here)

– Judg­ing Pan­el for the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test

9. Explor­ing the next 80 years of brain enhance­ment and Human Com­put­er Inter­faces with neu­ro­engi­neer Ran­dal Koene (view slid­edeck for all pm ses­sions Here)

10. Hear­ing the great ques­tions and feed­back by Judges dur­ing the Brainnova­tions pitch con­tests to mea­sure brain health and to improve it, to har­ness Big Data, to boost work­place pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and resilience (view slid­edecks Here, Here, Here and Here)

 

In sum­ma­ry, Brain Health and Men­tal Health will look very dif­fer­ent in 2020 than they do today. And not a minute too soon, since the needs and the gaps are so large.

Hap­py Hol­i­days, Hap­py Hanukkah, Mer­ry Christ­mas, and Hap­py and Pros­per­ous 2018  to you and to your fam­i­ly at home and at work,

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez on behalf of the Sharp­Brains Team

 

PS1: Sum­mit Par­tic­i­pants already have full access to all record­ings click­ing above or HERE (one-year access to 50+ Speak­ers, 15+ Hours), using same log-in cre­den­tials pro­vid­ed dur­ing the Sum­mit.

PS2: If you didn’t par­tic­i­pate in the Sum­mit but want access all record­ings, they are avail­able for pur­chase HERE ($150; 10%-off dis­count-code: sharp2018)

10 favorite moments from the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit/ Recordings are Available

Whew.

What a rich and cut­ting-edge 3-day con­ver­sa­tion last week on the future of brain health and brain enhance­ment.

We enjoyed dozens of fas­ci­nat­ing insights and moments — here’s a sam­ple of our favorites:

1. That mas­ter­ful 40-minute overview by Dr. Tom Insel on the past, present and future of men­tal health

2. Dis­cussing with Akili’s Eddie Mar­tuc­ci the FDA impli­ca­tions from the sig­nif­i­cant research find­ings released just the day before

3. Explor­ing the rev­o­lu­tion in brain health assess­ments, as cov­ered in the arti­cle Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health at Web­MD

4. Dis­cov­er­ing the lat­est in EEG, vir­tu­al reality/ aug­ment­ed real­i­ty, and pho­to­bio­mod­u­la­tion with experts at UCSF, Emo­tiv, Stan­ford, AUG­MEN­Tx ad VieLight

5. Pre­view­ing why Lumos­i­ty is get­ting into Mind­ful­ness  Read the rest of this entry »

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