In 2018, psychiatrist Oleguer Plana-Ripoll was wrestling with a puzzling fact about mental disorders. He knew that many individuals have multiple conditions — anxiety and depression, say, or schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He wanted to know how common it was to have more than one diagnosis, so he got his hands on a database containing the medical details of around 5.9 million Danish citizens.
He was taken aback by what he found. Every single mental disorder predisposed the patient to every other mental disorder — no matter how distinct the symptoms. “We knew that comorbidity was important, but we didn’t expect to find associations for all pairs,” says Plana-Ripoll, who is based at Aarhus University in Denmark.
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 more…] about Witnessing an explosion of consumer-facing neurotechnologies to (potentially) harness lifelong neuroplasticity
In this session we discuss key lessons learned for scientists and start-ups to successfully bring to market evidence-based innovative solutions. We will present non-dilutive funding opportunities and commercialization resources offered through the US small business research programs, and a scientist and inventor turned serial entrepreneur wrap-ups the day sharing insights from his previous venture–funded by the NIMH and sold to McKesson–and his current strategy and vision.
- Chair: Dr. Alison Fenney, Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization
- Dr. Margaret Grabb, SBIR/STTR Program Director at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
- Dr. Rex Jakobovits, Founder of Vivalog Technologies and Experiad
These presentations took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age (December 6–8th, 2016).
We are looking forward to the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit starting tomorrow, Tuesday December 6th!
40 amazing speakers, 10+ sessions including the critical and often overlooked need to Empower communities with better brain health tools and literacy – What role should community and caregivers play in brain health and mental health, and how can technology aid their efforts–for example in sharing relevant data with/ from doctors? How are we going to educate and empower everyone with essential knowledge and best practices?
- Chair: Dr. Peter Whitehouse, Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University
- Dr. Elizabeth Zelinski, Director of the Center for Digital Aging at the Davis School of Gerontology
- Michael Meagher, President of Cogniciti
- Dr. Jenni Pacheco, Scientific Program Manager at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
- Dr. Neal Cohen, clinical psychologist at The Synapse System
Learn more & Register Here (registration will close in just a few hours, so please hurry up if interested)
We’re honored to announce 12 new world-class speakers at the upcoming 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age (December 6–8th). More to come…this may well become the most diverse and stimulating brainstorming on the present and future of brain health and enhancement!
We can’t wait to hear from:
- Alexandra Morehouse, CMO at Banner Health
- Dr. Corey McCann, CEO of Pear Therapeutics
- Dr. Gahan Pandina, Senior Director, Venture Leader at Janssen Research & Development
- Dr. Judson Brewer, Founder & Research Lead of Claritas Mindsciences
- Dr. Lara Boyd, Director of the Brain Behavior Lab at the University of British Columbia
- Dr. Margaret Grabb, Chief of SBIR/STTR programs at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
- Dr. Michael Merzenich, Winner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience
- Nikhil Sriraman, IP Analyst at SharpBrains
- Richard Varn, Director of the Center for Advanced Technology and Neuroscience at Educational Testing Service (ETS)
- Ron Riesenbach, Managing Director of the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI)
- Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, Founder and Director, Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas
- Tan Le, CEO of Emotiv
We are proud to share that Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and neurotechnology visionary, will open the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit on Tuesday, October 28th.
Prior to this appointment at NIMH, Dr. Insel was Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University, where he was founding director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience. He has published over 250 scientific articles and four books, served on numerous academic, scientific, and professional committees and boards, and is a recipient of several awards, including the Outstanding Service Award from the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Insel graduated from the combined B.A.-M.D. program at Boston University, did his internship at Berkshire Medical Center, Massachusetts, and his residency at the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California, San Francisco.
–> Explore the Agenda at 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, and consider joining us October 28–30th!