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Dr. Albert Kwon, CEO of Brainnovations Winner AUGMENTx, wants to harness Augmented Reality to significantly ease access to Neurological Rehabilitation Therapies

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Albert, what sur­prised you the most from the Judges’ ques­tions and feed­back dur­ing the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test?

It was a pleas­ant sur­prise to receive so many votes and such great feed­back, which solid­i­fied my con­vic­tion that there is a great need to cre­ate new ther­a­py options for stroke patients and oth­er neu­ro­log­i­cal injuries, espe­cial­ly giv­en our aging pop­u­la­tion.  Med­ical sys­tems world­wide will strug­gle to han­dle the grow­ing bur­den of chron­ic ill­ness­es unless we start act­ing soon.

In a nut­shell, what is the core idea behind AUG­MEN­Tx?

The core idea is to lever­age visu­al-cog­ni­tive and visu­al-motor/sen­so­ry con­nec­tions of the brain to enhance per­for­mance in dis­ease states.  For exam­ple, mir­ror ther­a­py takes advan­tage of the mir­ror neu­ron path­way to improve post-stroke motor recov­ery and to alle­vi­ate phan­tom limb pain in limb amputees.  And we believe that these ther­a­pies can be deliv­ered on dig­i­tized AR plat­forms, instead of being always con­fined to few spe­cial­ized phys­i­cal reha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ters.  Why not have them be acces­si­ble from the patient’s home Read the rest of this entry »

Please help us spread the word about neuroplasticity & brain health innovation

Hun­dreds of com­pa­nies around the globe–now includ­ing Elon Musk’s Neu­ralink and even Facebook–are research­ing and devel­op­ing new ways to help brain own­ers be smarter, sharp­er, and health­i­er.

What explains this flur­ry of activ­i­ty? Where may it be head­ed?

To help you under­stand what’s going on, let me high­light five key facts that emerged from the recent Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit:

Fact 1. There are 7.5 bil­lion human brains out there, and every­one needs help
Fact 2. Life­long neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty means all those brains can “sculpt” them­selves
Fact 3. Mobile, sens­ing, wear­able tech­nolo­gies, cou­pled with AI, pro­vide a new plat­form to har­ness that neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty for good
Fact 4. Entre­pre­neur­ship and invest­ments are fuel­ing accel­er­at­ed growth
Fact 5. Pro­fes­sion­als are step­ping up to help edu­cate con­sumers and patients

 

The future is already here — it’s just not very even­ly dis­trib­uted” — essay­ist William Gib­son.

 

Well, then why don’t we take on that dis­tri­b­u­tion chal­lenge and appro­pri­ate­ly spread the knowl­edge and the tools 🙂

Please read the arti­cle 5 Facts You Need To Know To Under­stand, Nav­i­gate And Enjoy The Dig­i­tal Brain Health Rev­o­lu­tion in your favorite com­mu­ni­ty, and please share the arti­cle with your friends and col­leagues!

 

Also, if you want to go much deep­er into these facts and what they mean for the future of brain health and brain enhance­ment, please Reg­is­ter soon to Access 40+ Hours of Ses­sion Record­ings from 100+ Brain Experts (offer expires on May 1st; 10%-off dis­count code: sharp2017)

Kind regards,

The Sharp­Brains Team

Next: Harnessing information and communications technology (ICT) to address mental health challenges affecting 700 million people today

Global mental healthMak­ing Men­tal Health a Glob­al Pri­or­i­ty (The Dana Foun­da­tion):

Who hasn’t felt a sense of loss or detach­ment from our fam­i­lies, friends, and reg­u­lar rou­tines, or expe­ri­enced ner­vous­ness and anx­i­ety about changes in our per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al lives? Read the rest of this entry »

Best practices to assess and enhance brain functions via mobile devices and wearables

2014_SharpBrains_Virtual_Summit_Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain FitnessDon’t miss the ses­sion Best prac­tices to assess and enhance brain func­tion via mobile devices and wear­ables at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit next week, fea­tur­ing:

  • Corin­na E. Lath­an, Founder and CEO of Anthro­Tron­ix (just received FDA clear­ance)
  • Eddie Mar­tucci, VP Research & Devel­op­ment at Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Alex Doman, Co-Founder of Sleep Genius
  • Joan Sev­er­son, Pres­i­dent of Dig­i­tal Arte­facts (devel­op­er of Brain­Base­line)
  • Chair: Jayne Plun­kett, Mem­ber of the Group Man­age­ment Board for Swiss Re

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Training our brains’ executive control to reduce rumination and improve mood

happybrainIsraeli com­put­er ‘game’ teach­es brain to be hap­pi­er (Haaretz):

There are peo­ple who think dwelling on their emo­tions is help­ful, view­ing it as a kind of wrestling match with their inner demons. But accord­ing to psy­chol­o­gists, it’s Read the rest of this entry »

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