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Enabling deep, focused transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Key neurotechnology patent #34

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– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,520,848

Today we are sharing a key 2009 patent, assigned to Stanford University, that enables the stimulation of deeper structures of the brain without overwhelming superficial structures that are not the focus of treatment. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,520,848: Robotic apparatus for targeting and producing deep, focused transcranial magnetic stimulation

  • Assignee(s): Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
  • Inventor(s): M. Bret Schneider, David J. Mishelevich
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: April 21, 2009

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘848 patent discloses techniques for stimulating deeper structures of the brain without overwhelming superficial structures that are not the focus of treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

Registration is now closed @ Pervasive Neurotech Webinar, where the Digital Revolution meets the Human Brain

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Heads-up: Registration just closed for our webi­nar on how the Digital Revolution is meeting the Human Brain, building on the new report Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­ogy: A Ground­break­ing Analy­sis of 10,000+ Patent Fil­ings Trans­form­ing Med­i­cine, Health, Enter­tain­ment and Busi­ness.

–> To learn more about the webinar and report, click HERE. Registered participants so far include innovators at IBM, Medtronic, Samsung, CNS Response, UCSF, Stanford, Intellectual Ventures, Neuroverse, Brain Resource, AARP, and more!

127 scientists challenge the purported brain training “consensus” released by the Stanford Center for Longevity


Scientists to Stanford: Research Shows Brain Exercises Can Work (Press release):

“A group of 127 scientists sent an “open letter” to the Stanford Center for Longevity, today, in reaction to a recent statement by the center that was highly critical of the emerging science of brain training and derogated the efficacy of all brain exercises…The letter is signed by 127 doctors and scientists, many of whom are luminaries in the field of neuroplasticity – the discipline that examines the brain’s ability to change. Signatories include members of the National Academy of Sciences, members of the Institute of Medicine, Read the rest of this entry »

Coral Gables, Miami, Friday/ Viernes: Cómo invertir en su cerebro (Spanish book launch)

books-and-booksEscuche a uno de los más notables expertos sobre la relación entre el cerebro, la mente y la vida. Nuestro orador nos pondrá al día acerca de las últimas investigaciones sobre cómo funciona el cerebro y cómo invertir en él para mejorar su salud y rendimiento, basado en el nuevo libro Cómo invertir en su cerebro: Una guía SharpBrains para mejorar su mente y su vida  ¿Cuál es la conexión entre la salud cerebral, la capacidad para Read the rest of this entry »

Meet the 16 Judges of the 2010 Brain Fitness Innovation Awards

We are honored to count on such a distinguished, interdisciplinary and forward-looking Innovation Awards Judging Panel (please judge for yourself!), thanks to the participation of:

shiv-babaBaba Shiv, Professor at Stanford Business School, conducts research on consumer decision making and decision neuroscience, with specific emphasis on the neurological underpinnings of emotion and motivation in decision making. His recent work examines the potential for nonconscious placebo effects related to pricing. He is currently the editor of the Journal of Consumer Research and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Consumer Psychology and the Journal of Marketing Research.

Bill0828Bill Tucker, Managing Director at Education Sector, is a social entrepreneur who has founded and led both nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Education Sector, and also leads policy work focused on technology and innovation. His involvement in education dates to early in his career, when he managed a middle/high school student volunteer and service learning program, working with 22 schools and over 75 nonprofit organizations, and served as a community organizer for an adult literacy program. He is a graduate of Duke University and has both an MBA and a Master’s of Education from Stanford University.

murphyBrian Murphy, President of De Anza College, has led De Anza College since 2004 with a key focus on the preparation of students to be active, involved citizens committed to transforming their communities. Previously, President Murphy served for 12 years as executive director of the San Francisco Urban Institute at San Francisco State University, and was chief consultant to the California State Legislature’s reviews of the Master Plan for Higher Education and the community college reform process in the late 1980s. He has taught political theory and American government at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University and San Francisco State University.

jenningsCharles Jennings, Director of the McGovern Institute Neurotechnology Program, MIT, became an editor with the scientific journal Nature following postdoctoral studies in developmental biology at Harvard and MIT. He was the founding editor of Nature Neuroscience, widely considered a leading journal in its field. More recently, he was the first executive director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and he continues to serve as an advisor to the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Program.

house_for-webChuck House, Executive Director of Stanford Media X, leads Stanford University’s Industry Affiliate research program on media and technology, and is a senior research scholar in the Human Sciences and Technology Advanced Research division at Stanford. Previously, he was the director of Societal Impact of Technology for Intel Corporation, and the first Director of Intel’s Virtual Research Collaboratory. He recently co-authored The HP Phenomenon: Innovation and Business Transformation (Stanford University Press, October 2009).

colinmilnerColin Milner, Founder and CEO of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), is one of the world’s visionaries on the health and well-being of the older adult. Milner is a member of the Global Agenda Councils initiative run by the World Economic Forum, the active-aging spokesperson for the Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals, and the resident industry expert on aging for the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association. An award-winning writer, Milner has authored more than 200 articles on aging-related issues.

elizabeth_edgerly-head-shot-1Elizabeth Edgerly, National Spokesperson for Alzheimer’s Association “Maintain Your Brain”, is the Chief Program Officer for the Alzheimer’s Association and national spokesperson for the Association’s Maintain Your Brain program. She oversees the many programs of the Association for patients, families and health care professionals. In addition, she staffs the Medical Scientific Advisory Council of the Alzheimer’s Association – Northern California. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the State University of New York and specialized in geropsychology and neuropsychology. Dr. Edgerly joined the Alzheimer’s Association after completing a fellowship in clinical geropsychology at the Palo Alto VA Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

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