UCLA on Tuesday said it is launching a three-year study to better understand how factors such as sleep, physical activity, heart rate and daily routines impact symptoms of depression and anxiety.
UCLA is working with Apple to design the study, which will use data collected by the iPhone, Apple Watch and Beddit sleep-tracker … involves 150 participants recruited from among UCLA Health patients. From there, the next phases of the research will expand out to 3,000 participants from both the hospital and the student body. Study participants will download an app onto their iPhones, then receive a Beddit sleep monitor and an Apple Watch, which they can use throughout the study.
Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter!
1. Food for (nonpartisan) Thought: Should heads of state and candidates to high office pass a cognitive/ mental fitness test?
2. A school psychologist shares good tips to support our kids and, yes, manage our own stress. Three Ss to reduce the stress of “homeschooling” our kids: Simplify, Structure, Support.
4. Great partnership! Kaiser Permanente offers Calm mental fitness app at no cost to millions of members.
5. “Just as you can’t self-introspect to determine your cholesterol, much of the highest-value information about ourselves and each other sits outside our conscious awareness.” — Bryan Johnson, Founder and CEO of Kernel, as Kernel launches Neuroscience as a Service (NaaS) built on non-invasive brain recording technology.
6. Fascinating conversation on how and why “Practice actually changes the physicality of your brain” — Q&A with Rick Hanson on Neurodharma, brain science, personal practice and well-being
7. May this trend continue (and for better reasons): Growing interest in digital mental health among insurers and medical care providers.
8. Particularly promising for multiple sclerosis, ocular hypertension, diabetes, and traumatic brain injury: Portable brain assessment device by Headsafe secures 510(k) FDA clearance.
10. If not a limerick, perhaps a few brain teasers. Say the months of the year in alphabetical order. Too easy? Well, try doing so backwards, in reverse alphabetical order. Five quick brain teasers to flex those Attention and Working Memory mental muscles
11. You have been invited to a fundraising gala at your old college (via Zoom of course) and decide that this black-tie event demands a super white Italian shirt, like the one you bought years ago for your wedding. Ready for some quick math? Try this Brain Teaser: What shirt size you need?
Have a great month of June,
The SharpBrains Team
Mindstrong scores $100M to monitor wellness via smartphone behaviors (MobiHealth News):
This morning digital mental health platform Mindstrong scored a whopping $100 million in Series C funding.
While Mindstrong has a history of solid funding rounds, this amount will more than double its total funding. In 2017 it got its first $14 million cash infusion. That was followed by a $15 million Series B funding round in June of 2018, which got a $31 million add-on in January of 2019, bringing the company’s total funding to just under $60 million before this news.
The company was first founded in 2014, but it made a splash in 2017 when former NIMH director Dr. Thomas Insel left his position at Verily to take on the role as president at Mindstrong. Insel is still involved in the company today in an advisory role…The technology also has a digital biomarker component. This can track a patient’s smartphone behaviors. While the startup will not see what a patient is doing on their phone, it can monitor how a patient taps, scrolls and types. It can look for indicators of stress, depression or other mental health factors.
“Mindstrong Health, a healthcare innovation company dedicated to transforming mental health through innovations in digital measurement and virtual care models, today announced the addition of ten senior executives to its leadership team including CEO Daniel Graf, who joined the company in October 2019.”
On top of Mr. Graf, Mindstrong Health has also recruited: [Read more…] about Mindstrong Health recruits slew of Silicon Valley talent
We hope you enjoy this slidedeck supporting two sessions held at the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (March 7–9th). Full recordings are available for purchase here.
8–8.45am. Rethinking and Retooling Brain Health and Mental Health
- Dr. Tom Insel, Co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health and former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
9–10.30am. How to detect problems early: Examples in Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s, anxiety and PTSD
- Dr. Srijan Sen, Professor of Depression and Neurosciences at University of Michigan
- Jan Samzelius, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of NeuraMetrix
- Dr. Tony Chang, Associate at Merck Ventures
- Chaired by: Dr. Deanna Belsky, Associate at Dolby Family Ventures
We hope you enjoy this slidedeck supporting two great sessions held during the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5–7th, 2017). [Read more…] about Shaping the Future of Mental Health