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Announcing new Sponsor & Partners to support the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5–7th)

Proud to announce a new Sum­mit Spon­sor and two new Sum­mit Part­ners help­ing make the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit a great suc­cess!

New Silver Sponsor

EMOTIV is a bioin­for­mat­ics com­pa­ny advanc­ing under­stand­ing of the human brain using elec­troen­cephalog­ra­phy (EEG) with a mis­sion to empow­er indi­vid­u­als and accel­er­ate brain research glob­al­ly. Dur­ing Expo Day, the com­pa­ny will present new appli­ca­tions of their EEG-based solu­tions.

New Partners

The Ontario Brain Insti­tute is a provin­cial­ly-fund­ed, not-for-prof­it research cen­tre max­i­miz­ing the impact of neu­ro­science and estab­lish­ing Ontario as a world leader in brain research, com­mer­cial­iza­tion and care.

Neu­roTechX is a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion with a mis­sion to build a strong neu­rotech­nol­o­gy com­mu­ni­ty by pro­vid­ing key resources and learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties.

 

About the Summit

– Brain­no­va­tions Judg­ing Pan­el

The 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 5–7th, 2017) will fea­ture over forty of the world’s top experts and inno­va­tors work­ing on ways to enhance our brain health and per­for­mance in light of emerg­ing neu­ro­science and dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies, and fea­ture a fun Brainnova­tions Pitch Con­test. To Learn More & Reg­is­ter, please click HERE.

Neurotech gone pervasive

This Is Your Brain on Busi­ness (For­tune):

…here’s a sign of how quick­ly things move in neu­ro­science: Ear­li­er this year, anoth­er para­plegic man, Rodri­go Hüb­n­er Mendes, became the first per­son to dri­ve a race car sole­ly with his mind.

Some might even argue that mind con­trolled dri­ving is not as impres­sive as mak­ing par­a­lyzed peo­ple move their limbs—since for neu­ro­sci­en­tists, con­trol­ling objects thanks to cut­ting-edge brain-com­put­er inter­faces has become quite com­mon. What is note­wor­thy in Hüb­n­er Mendes’ dri­ving per­for­mance is that Read the rest of this entry »

Witnessing an explosion of consumer-facing neurotechnologies to (potentially) harness lifelong neuroplasticity

Last week I shared some key sci­en­tif­ic, tech­no­log­i­cal and invest­ment trends rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing Brain Health, based on my par­tic­i­pa­tion at the 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit, and promised a sec­ond arti­cle more focused on the tech­nol­o­gy side of things.

Here it is 🙂

Just a few weeks after the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit I also attend­ed CES 2017. While I enjoyed the myr­i­ad emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies –autonomous vehi­cles, robot­ics, drones, aug­ment­ed and vir­tu­al real­i­ty head­sets, voice acti­vat­ed every­thing– I was most­ly struck by a firm named Halo Neu­ro­science. They have a fas­ci­nat­ing wear­able prod­uct, Halo Sport, claim­ing to accel­er­ate gains in strength, explo­sive­ness, endurance, and mus­cle mem­o­ry, improv­ing the brain’s response to ath­let­ic train­ing. It uses tDCS (tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion), essen­tial­ly prim­ing move­ment-relat­ed cir­cuits of the brain to become more recep­tive to stim­uli, help­ing the brain wire in the prac­tice for improved future response.

The cutting edge of applied neuroplasticity

Both con­fer­ences allowed me to see the cut­ting edge of Read the rest of this entry »

Meet these generous Sponsors of the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit — Thank you!

These are the world-class orga­ni­za­tions whose sup­port made the 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit pos­si­ble — Please join us in thank­ing them for their work and great con­tri­bu­tions to brain health and inno­va­tion!

arpfThe Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF) is ded­i­cat­ed to reduc­ing the inci­dence of Alzheimer’s dis­ease by con­duct­ing clin­i­cal research and pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tion­al out­reach. Estab­lished in 1993, its mis­sion is to make avail­able infor­ma­tion to empow­er peo­ple to build healthy brains based on lifestyle tools such as yoga, med­i­ta­tion and nutri­tion.

Arrowsmith ProgramThe Arrow­smith Pro­gram, avail­able in pub­lic and pri­vate schools in the U.S., Cana­da, Aus­tralia and New Zealand is a com­pre­hen­sive suite of cog­ni­tive pro­grams for stu­dents with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties that tar­gets 19 areas of the brain that are most com­mon­ly involved in learn­ing.

Ban­ner Health is one of the largest non­prof­it health sys­tems in the USA, employ­ing more than 50,000 ded­i­cat­ed and car­ing staff mem­bers in 29 hos­pi­tals and oth­er set­tings, includ­ing home care and hos­pice, research facil­i­ties, long-term care, nurs­ing reg­istries, surgery cen­ters, physi­cian clin­ics and prac­tices, lab­o­ra­to­ries and reha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices.

baycrestBay­crest, ful­ly affil­i­at­ed with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, is one of the world’s pre­mier aca­d­e­m­ic health sci­ences cen­ters focused on aging. Bay­crest is using the pow­er of inquiry and dis­cov­ery to improve the health of tomorrow’s elder­ly while at the same time care for and enhance the qual­i­ty of life of the elder­ly today.

Brain­Base­line is the first iPad appli­ca­tion for mea­sur­ing how well your brain works. Devel­oped by Dig­i­tal Arte­facts, it helps users world­wide under­stand how demo­graph­ic fac­tors and leisure activ­i­ties impact over­all brain health. Its new Brain­Base­line Lab helps accel­er­ate cog­ni­tive research. The apps, which includes dozens of tests, can be down­loaded free on the iTunes store.

The Cana­di­an Cen­tre for Aging and Brain Health Inno­va­tion (CC-ABHI) is a solu­tion accel­er­a­tor for the aging and brain health sec­tor. Its focus is to facil­i­tate the improve­ment of the patient expe­ri­ence for old­er adults liv­ing with demen­tia by fos­ter­ing ground-break­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions among lead­ing glob­al inno­va­tors and seniors’ care orga­ni­za­tions in North Amer­i­ca and around the world, by pro­vid­ing fund­ing sup­port to lead­ing glob­al inno­va­tors and seniors’ care orga­ni­za­tions.

EMOTIV is a bioin­for­mat­ics com­pa­ny advanc­ing under­stand­ing of the human brain using elec­troen­cephalog­ra­phy (EEG). Our mis­sion is to empow­er indi­vid­u­als to under­stand their own brain and accel­er­ate brain research glob­al­ly.

Mind­Maze has devel­oped a break­through plat­form to build intu­itive human machine inter­faces com­bin­ing vir­tu­al real­i­ty (VR), com­put­er graph­ics, brain imag­ing & neu­ro­science, enabling excit­ing new appli­ca­tions in gam­ing, brain machine con­trol, and health­care.

Sci­en­tif­ic Brain Train­ing (SBT), is a lead­ing group com­bin­ing cog­ni­tive sci­ences and new tech­nolo­gies to serve orga­ni­za­tions and indi­vid­u­als. Their solu­tions include tools for health care pro­fes­sion­als to facil­i­tate reha­bil­i­ta­tion and cog­ni­tive stim­u­la­tion pro­grams for large insur­ance and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies.

The Wat­son Cen­tre for Brain Health has a mis­sion to improve the lives of peo­ple who have suf­fered trau­mat­ic or acquired brain injury, or con­cus­sions. Ther­a­pies involved include a com­bi­na­tion of the world-renowned Arrow­smith Pro­gram, mind­ful­ness, and med­i­ta­tion to help clients increase brain func­tion.

–> To learn more about the 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit, and to access slid­edecks and record­ings, please click Here.

Mastering the digital toolkit to harness lifelong neuroplasticity: Cognitive training, mindfulness apps, EEG and virtual/ augmented reality

Mas­ter the dig­i­tal toolk­it to har­ness life­long neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty from Sharp­Brains

Four lead­ing pio­neers of applied neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty helped us nav­i­gate best prac­tices to har­ness most promis­ing non-inva­sive neu­rotech­nolo­gies, such as cog­ni­tive train­ing, mind­ful­ness apps, EEG and virtual/ aug­ment­ed real­i­ty.

  • Chair: Lin­da Raines, CEO of the Men­tal Health Asso­ci­a­tion of Mary­land
  • Dr. Michael Merzenich, win­ner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neu­ro­science
  • Dr. Jud­son Brew­er, Founder & Research Lead of Clar­i­tas Mind­sciences
  • Tan Le, CEO of Emo­tiv
  • Dr. Andrea Seri­no, Head of Neu­ro­science at Mind­Maze

This pre­sen­ta­tion took place at the 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Rein­vent­ing Brain Health in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 6–8th, 2016).

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