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Just announced: Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 6th, 2017, featuring a stellar “Sharp Tank”

 

In order to fos­ter inno­v­a­tive bridges and prob­lem-solv­ing between sci­en­tists, prac­ti­tion­ers, tech­nol­o­gists and entre­pre­neurs, the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 5–7th) will host a Brainnova­tions Pitch Con­test on Decem­ber 6th. Ear­ly-stage star­tups will sub­mit their ele­va­tor pitch and 1–2 page busi­ness plan, and up to 16 select­ed Final­ists will get to pitch their idea to the Judges and to all Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants in one of 4 cat­e­gories: Health­care, Work­place, Edu­ca­tion, and Qual­i­ty of Life. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Disruptions in brain connectivity may explain TBI-related cognitive deficits

Drs. Dan Krawczyk and Kihwan Han review MRI scans. Credit: Center for BrainHealth, Randy Anderson

– Drs. Dan Kraw­czyk and Kih­wan Han review MRI scans. Cred­it: Cen­ter for Brain­Health, Randy Ander­son

Brain con­nec­tiv­i­ty dis­rup­tions may explain cog­ni­tive deficits in peo­ple with brain injury (UT-Dal­las release):

Cog­ni­tive impair­ment fol­low­ing a trau­mat­ic brain injury (TBI) is com­mon, often adverse­ly affect­ing qual­i­ty of life for those 1.7 mil­lion Amer­i­cans who expe­ri­ence a TBI each year. Researchers at Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Cognitive deficits continue long term in cancer survivors in domains important for social and executive functioning

elderly_senior_memory_loss_confusionCog­ni­tive Deficits Con­tin­ue Long Term in Can­cer Sur­vivors (Med­scape):

Although can­cer patients fre­quent­ly expe­ri­ence short-term cog­ni­tive deficits, lit­tle is known about how long these deficits last or whether they wors­en over time. Now, data from a large nation­al sam­ple sug­gest that cog­ni­tive deficits may per­sist long term. Read the rest of this entry »

Report: Revolutions in neurotechnology will soon influence every aspect of human life

Trends in Neurotechnology August 2015Cen­ter for Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy Stud­ies Announces Release of Trends in Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy August 2015 (Potomac Insti­tute for Pol­i­cy Stud­ies):

Rev­o­lu­tions in neu­rotech­nol­o­gy will soon influ­ence every aspect of human life. Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy can be used to fur­ther under­stand the nat­ur­al process­es of the brain, study and treat neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders and injuries, and enhance neur­al capa­bil­i­ties, result­ing in increased human intel­li­gence and effi­cien­cy. Out­side of the realm of health, it can be used in social con­texts to improve over­all qual­i­ty of life.”

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Alzheimer’s: Non-drug Interventions to Improve Quality of Life

It is not easy to take care of some­one suf­fer­ing from Alzheimer’s Dis­ease. Qual­i­ty of life for both patients and care­givers usu­al­ly dete­ri­o­rate as the dis­ease pro­gress­es. This issue also has an eco­nom­ic side: the care pro­vid­ed by fam­i­ly mem­bers is val­ued at near­ly $144 bil­lion. What would hap­pen if care­givers could not car­ry on any­more? As this arti­cle from the Huff­in­g­ton post reminds us, there is no pill to help fam­i­lies stay togeth­er longer, and have hap­pi­er lives. How­ev­er there are a grow­ing num­ber of non-phar­ma­co­log­ic inter­ven­tions that could achieve this. Read the rest of this entry »

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