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$3 million available for innovative solutions aimed at older adults via The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)

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Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation announces up to $3 million in funding available to support industry innovations in the field of aging and brain health (press release):

“The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) announced today the second round of funding available through its Industry Innovation Partnership Program (I2P2). This program is designed to enable Read the rest of this entry »

Final days to submit scalable & non-pharmacological Brain Health proposals to MIT Solve’s Brain Health Challenge

Insufficient brain healthcare is one of the most pervasive and multi-faceted problems our world faces today. From the young to the old, the rich to the poor, those living in dense cities to isolated farmlands, anyone can be affected by brain health problems. Yet, current solutions to this problem are limited. While some innovations have made significant strides towards improved brain health, there is a pressing need for stronger prioritization of cognitive healthcare and more proactive innovation towards preventative treatments. Read the rest of this entry »

Applying to MIT Solve? Here are 4 Ways, and 20 Resources, to Upgrade Brain Health in the Digital Age

Insufficient brain healthcare is one of the most pervasive and multi-faceted problems our world faces today. From the young to the old, the rich to the poor, those living in dense cities to isolated farmlands, anyone can be affected by brain health problems. Yet, current solutions to this problem are limited. While some innovations have made significant strides towards improved brain health, there is a pressing need for stronger prioritization of cognitive healthcare and more proactive innovation towards preventative treatments.

Here’s what the new MIT Solve 2017 Global Challenge says about brain health:

“Brain and mental well-being are critical to the health and happiness of the 7.5 billion people who inhabit our planet…shifting the conversation from treating brain diseases to improving well-being may begin to dissolve the cultural stigma that makes it difficult for many to seek help.”

Continue reading the article Four Ways to Upgrade Brain Health in the Digital Age, by SharpBrains’ Alvaro Fernandez, with guidelines and resources to:

  1. Prioritize scalable solutions for all
  2. Harness lifelong neuroplasticity
  3. Harness pervasive technologies and artificial intelligence (AI)
  4. Educate users and encourage human-centered innovation

The future of personalized brain stimulation via enhanced cognitive-emotive profiles: Key neurotechnology patent #31

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– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,460,903

Today we highlight a fascinating 2008 patent describing how to combine a number of neurotechnologies (EEG feedback, TMS brain stimulation, monitoring/ training software) to help “upgrade” one’s cognitive-emotive profile.

U.S. Patent No. 7,460,903: Method and system for a real time adaptive system for effecting changes in cognitive-emotive profiles

  • Inventor(s): Jaime A. Pineda, Brendan Z. Allison
  • Technology Category: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: December 2, 2008

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘903 patent describes coupling neuromonitoring with brain activity inducing technologies by combining techniques including EEG brainwaves, TMS devices, and a set of software tools to enhance brain functionality in adaptive and durable ways, via upgraded individual cognitive-emotive profiles. Read the rest of this entry »

The National Institute of Mental Health gives $2M grant to identify factors that make working memory training work (or not)

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Understanding Individual Differences: UC Riverside psychology professor receives $1.9 million grant to study memory training (press release):

“Aaron Seitz, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside and the director of the UCR Brain Game Center for mental fitness and wellbeing, and Susanne Jaeggi, an associate professor at the school of education at UC Irvine, have been awarded a $1.9 million grant to study memory training Read the rest of this entry »

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