Using specific frequencies of flashing lights and sounds to stimulate the brain’s electrical activity, Cognito Therapeutics believes it can help treat Alzheimer’s disease by energizing neurons and reactivating the immune system.
Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter.
#1. First of all, it’s not all bad news this month. Study finds that moderate lifetime drinking may lead to lower Alzheimer-related beta amyloid deposits in the brain
#2. And, talk about personalized medicine! This fascinating study showing how brain imaging (fMRI) + machine learning + intensive, non-invasive neurostimulation = targeted treatments that can maximize efficacy and minimize side effects: Reinventing depression treatment via transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (TMS)
#3. Also, not a minute too soon … Meditation apps have gone mainstream in the covid-19 era and Digital health start-ups raised a record $3.1 billion in Q1; focus will likely evolve from providers to consumers and employers
#4. Fyi, a very timely virtual event coming Tuesday April 28th, online: Explore strategies and tools to boost mental wellbeing during (and after) Covid-19
#5. Now, “While Pear has an advantage over the competition in that its products are backed by randomized clinical trials, physicians and health plans are still working out how to prescribe and pay for digital therapeutics.” The FDA clears Somryst, Pear’s digital therapeutic to treat chronic insomnia
#6. Net net, now is the time for individual and collective action to shift to a healthier “new normal” for all: 3 ways to protect your mental health during –and after– COVID-19 (in Spanish: Tres hábitos de higiene mental para vencer al COVID-19 y crear un futuro más saludable). Want more? Enjoy these Three tips for wise minds to calm coronavirus anxiety
#7. A small but important study for that hopeful near future when universities and colleges reopen their doors: Study finds mixed results of Adderall as cognitive enhancer (seems to boost emotion more than cognition)
#8. But, first things first. “The Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive” reached #1 on the pop charts in 1977. Maybe it was the beat, maybe it was John Travolta’s dancing. Or maybe it’s that the Gibb brothers’ central lyric is quite literally always playing in our head. Keeping us safe —that is, “stayin’ alive ”— is the primary mission of the brain”
- Exploring the human brain and how it responds to stress (1/3)
- On World Health Day 2020, let’s discuss the stress response and the General Adaptation Syndrome (2/3)
- The frontal lobes, the little brain down under and “Stayin’ Alive” (3/3)
Enough with coronavirus outbreak. Anything else going on? Yes!
#9. The Right to Personal Identity. The Right to Free Will. The Right to Mental Privacy. The Right to Equal Access to Mental Augmentation. The Right to Protection from Algorithmic Bias. Will these five NeuroRights help harness emerging neurotechnologies for the common good?
#10. “Today, the scientific investigation of transcendent experiences is, in my view, one of the most exciting frontiers in the science of well-being.” Transcending Maslow’s famous “hierarchy of needs” through Maslow’s own research on Peak Experiences
#11. You CAN have your cake and eat it too: Here’s a brain teaser to stimulate your mental imagery, spatial rotation … and appetite
#12. Question: My first thought after congratulating myself on being so clever about something? Tease your brain with these eight fun riddles…
Wishing you and yours a great month of May,
The SharpBrains Team
Halo Neuroscience raises $13m in Series B (Mass Device):
“Neurostimulation device maker Halo Neuroscience said today it raised $13 million in a Series B round of financing to support its Halo Sport neurostim headset designed to improve muscle memory acquisition from athletic training. [Read more…] about Halo Neuroscience raises $13M to further develop and commercialize neuromodulation headset aimed at inducing “hyperplasticity”
Keynoting a fantastic conference, Álvaro Pascual-Leone presented an overview of Neuromodulation and Neurostimulation, and Álvaro Fernández Ibáñez discussed the future of Brain Health and Enhancement building on the slidedeck below.
Hundreds of science labs and companies around the globe are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper and healthier. What explains this flurry of activity, and where may it be headed? Which companies, technologies and solutions are gaining the most traction so far, and what are some of the best practices for appropriate use?
“The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working with seven U.S. universities and elements of the Air Force and Army on research that seeks to stimulate the brain in a non-invasive way to speed up learning.
DARPA announced the Targeted Neuroplasticity Training, or TNT, program [Read more…] about Eight research teams working with DARPA to discover best ways to activate neuroplasticity and accelerate learning
Time for SharpBrains’ April e‑newsletter, featuring what’s new in brain health and cognitive performance. Quite stimulating reading 🙂
- Why Untrained Brains Are A Bit Like Puppies, And How To Put Together the Building Blocks of a Smarter, Happier Mind
- Making Stress Work for You, Instead of Against You
- 5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution
- Special Offer: Learn from 100+ Brain Experts, Watch 40+ Hours at the Leading Edge (10%-off discount code: sharp2017)
- Dance training: The ultimate way to delay brain decline by combining physical, cognitive, and social engagement
- Helping bridge neuroscience and education: 30+ experts debunk the theory of fixed, rigid “learning styles”
- Parents’ educational and income levels (not breastfeeding per se) account for the brain development gains in breastfed children
- Brain stimulation can work–if properly timed
- The US Navy tests neuro-priming and other non-pharmacological aids to boost cognition and performance
- Fully concentrated on task at hand? Then your computer won’t distract you
- Augmenting physiotherapy via neurofeedback and neurostimulation: Key neurotechnology patent #43
- Elon Musk to pioneer new Inner Space Frontier via Neuralink “neural lace” technology
- In the field of neurostimulation, what comes first, Published Research or Patents?
- Enhancing cognition via brain training with a visual emphasis: Key neurotechnology patent #38
Finally, here you have 5 quick brain teasers to sharpen two key cognitive skills: attention and working memory.
Have a great month of May,
The SharpBrains Team