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Cred­it: Vin­cent Pieri­bone, Ph.D., John B. Pierce Lab­o­ra­to­ry, Inc.

Obama’s Brain Project Backs Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy (MIT Tech­nol­o­gy Review):

…The White House had com­mit­ted to spend­ing $100 mil­lion this year on the project, which seeks to devel­op new tech­nolo­gies for study­ing the brain. As part of that, today the U.S. Nation­al Insti­tutes of Health announced Read the rest of this entry »

News: Launch of Brain Start-up Challenge on August 1st

brain_innovationDear Sharp­Brains com­mu­ni­ty,

We have read Alvaro Fernandez’s pub­li­ca­tion regard­ing the BRAIN Ini­tia­tive in Ven­ture Beat and thought our first-of-a-kind Brain Start-up Chal­lenge would be of inter­est to many of you.

To pro­vide some back­ground, the Nation­al Insti­tutes of Health, Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, Cen­ter for Advanc­ing Inno­va­tion and the Her­itage Provider Net­work, have part­nered to cre­ate a “first of a kind” Brain Chal­lenge. The Chal­lenge will fea­ture 20 rig­or­ous­ly select­ed brain relat­ed inven­tions that have com­mer­cial via­bil­i­ty and are impor­tant to pub­lic health. Read the rest of this entry »

(Some) New Yorker articles are bogus

Scarecrow-or-strawmanI love read­ing the New York­er. I have writ­ten before about bogus brain games, and about bogus brain train­ing claims. We have pub­lished a 10-ques­tion check­list to help con­sumers make informed deci­sions.

All this is to say I was sur­prised to read a recent New York­er blog arti­cle titled “Brain games are bogus.” If you are going to make such strong claims, you need to back them up with seri­ous due dili­gence and analy­sis, and explain to read­ers what Read the rest of this entry »

The Future of Preventive Brain Medicine: Breaking Down the Cognition & Alzheimer’s Disease Alphabet Soup

As the pres­i­dent and med­ical direc­tor of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF), it’s my job to stay on top of advances in the field of Alzheimer’s research. Recent­ly, a num­ber of arti­cles in the med­ical lit­er­a­ture have caught my atten­tion. They are focused on a par­tic­u­lar ques­tion that con­cerns most Baby Boomers like me: “Is mem­o­ry loss just a nor­mal part of aging?” Read the rest of this entry »

Thinking globally to improve mental health: New NIH initiative

Think­ing glob­al­ly to improve men­tal health: NIH announces inter­na­tion­al research ini­tia­tive (press release):

- “The Grand Chal­lenges in Glob­al Men­tal Health Ini­tia­tive, led by the Nation­al Insti­tutes of Health and the Glob­al Alliance for Chron­ic Dis­eases, has iden­ti­fied the top 40 bar­ri­ers to bet­ter men­tal health around the world. Sim­i­lar to past grand chal­lenges, which Read the rest of this entry »

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