“A five-year, $2.35 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research will allow researchers from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University to study how brain activity motivates the chronically ill to manage their illnesses [Read more…] about The “Holy Grail”: How to drive behavior change by harnessing neuroplasticity and emotions
Over 50 insightful and fun members of the worldwide SharpBrains community had the opportunity to gather in DC, New York and San Francisco last month in order to meet in person ‑often for the first time!- and to discuss next steps to drive meaningful innovation in the brain health and fitness space.
It is our pleasure to invite SharpBrains Summit participants to contribute to, and to learn from, this growing network, by asking them to please: [Read more…] about Invitation for SharpBrains Summit Participants to Comment on Meeting Report and Join Council
We are honored to announce the following Sponsors and Partners of the upcoming 2011 SharpBrains Summit: Retooling Brain Health for the 21st Century (March 30th — April 1st, 2011). And we are looking for more, so please contact us if interested! [Read more…] about Announcing Sponsors and Partners: 2011 SharpBrains Summit
Welcome to the XL edition of Scientia Pro Publica (or, since we are trying to speak English, the 40th edition of “Science for the People”), the rotating blog carnival that showcases the finest science, medical and environment writing published in the blogosphere.
Quick now — ask a question, any question, that comes to mind. Chances are someone in this excellent roster of science bloggers has anticipated it and provided an answer below. Enjoy!
- Why do I feel better after I exercise (pic: brainblogger)
- Can thoughtful blogging and reading build brain reserve and delay dementia
- What’s the borderline between high and low functioning — autism research examples
- Can we learn to multi-task more effectively
- Should you mind your brain
We often hear interest from people of all ages in being participants in the cognitive research we are doing in our UCSF lab. However, all of our experiments to date have been focused on under 20 year olds and the over 60 age group, and many people fall in between. Well, we have just launched our first experiment aimed at exploring the impact of distraction and multitasking on performance across the lifespan, with a large enough number of participants to allow for gender comparisons. So, we are reaching to people of all ages with the opportunity to be participate in this cool new experiment.
This is a behavioral study using a video game that we created and developed to evaluate these skills. It sets the stage for both a brain training and brain recording experiment to follow. Taking part requires an approximately two-hour study at our lab at the UCSF Mission Bay campus (multiple days/times available for the testing). We are looking for right handed individuals that are not colorblind, and not on any medication for a neurological/psychiatric disorder. [Read more…] about UCSF study looks for Bay Area participants
via Press release:
The Research Partnership in Cognitive Aging, a public-private effort to promote the study of brain function with age, will award up to $28 million over five years to 17 research grants to examine the neural and behavioral profiles of healthy cognitive aging and explore interventions that may prevent, reduce or reverse cognitive decline in older people.
The partnership, led by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF), is seeking ways to maintain cognitive health — the ability to think, learn and remember — into old age.
Hodes pointed out that emerging evidence suggests that certain interventions — such as exercise, environmental enrichment, diet, social engagement, cognitive training and stress reduction — should be studied more intensively to determine if they might prevent or reduce declines in cognitive health.
All the studies are fascinating, and a few of them may have significant impact in the near-term given market trends:
- Ellen F. Binder, M.D., and Mark A. McDaniel, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis: Combining Exercise and Cognitive Training to Improve Everyday Function. A pilot trial in 90 older adults will evaluate whether cognition improves when aerobic exercise is combined with cognitive enrichment provided by a specific research-based video game. The randomized trial is aimed at finding an intervention to improve day-to-day cognitive function.
- Mark D’Esposito, M.D., University of California, Berkeley: A Brain-Based Approach to Enhancing Executive Control Functions in Healthy Aging
- Patricia A. Boyle, Ph.D., Rush University Medical Center, Chicago: Characterizing the Behavior Profile of Healthy Cognitive Aging
- Randy L. Buckner, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston: Neural Processes Underlying Cognitive Aging
- Joe Z. Tsien, Ph.D., Medical College of Georgia, Augusta: Hippocampal Network Profiles of Memory Aging.
- Yaakov Stern, Ph.D., Columbia University, New York: Combined Exercise and Cognitive Training Intervention in Normal Aging
For more information
My two cents:
- Why $28 million and not, say, $300m (one dollar per living American who tomorrow will be one day older than he or she is today)?
- Why the main emphasis on “prevent, reduce or reverse decline” and not on “develop, build, maintain functionality”?