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Witnessing an explosion of consumer-facing neurotechnologies to (potentially) harness lifelong neuroplasticity

Last week I shared some key sci­en­tif­ic, tech­no­log­i­cal and invest­ment trends rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing Brain Health, based on my par­tic­i­pa­tion at the 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit, and promised a sec­ond arti­cle more focused on the tech­nol­o­gy side of things.

Here it is 🙂

Just a few weeks after the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit I also attend­ed CES 2017. While I enjoyed the myr­i­ad emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies –autonomous vehi­cles, robot­ics, drones, aug­ment­ed and vir­tu­al real­i­ty head­sets, voice acti­vat­ed every­thing– I was most­ly struck by a firm named Halo Neu­ro­science. They have a fas­ci­nat­ing wear­able prod­uct, Halo Sport, claim­ing to accel­er­ate gains in strength, explo­sive­ness, endurance, and mus­cle mem­o­ry, improv­ing the brain’s response to ath­let­ic train­ing. It uses tDCS (tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion), essen­tial­ly prim­ing move­ment-relat­ed cir­cuits of the brain to become more recep­tive to stim­uli, help­ing the brain wire in the prac­tice for improved future response.

The cutting edge of applied neuroplasticity

Both con­fer­ences allowed me to see the cut­ting edge of Read the rest of this entry »

Expo Day this Thursday, December 8th to showcase latest brain health innovation by leading developers, universities, and practitioners

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Heads-up: Dur­ing Expo Day (this Thurs­day, Decem­ber 8th) sev­er­al great Part­ners and Spon­sors of the 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit will show­case their lat­est ini­tia­tives and solu­tions.

This is the sched­ule of activities–we hope you can join us!

8.30–9am. Char­lie Hartwell, Oper­at­ing Part­ner at The Bridge Builders Col­lab­o­ra­tive, will present an Overview of the Mind Train­ing Space.

9–9.30am. Dr. Bob Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psy­chol­o­gy & Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy at UCLA, will announce the Dis­rup­tive Tech­nol­o­gy Ini­tia­tive by the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy (AACN).

9.30–10am. Ron Riesen­bach, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Cana­di­an Cen­tre for Aging and Brain Health Inno­va­tion (CC-ABHI), will present Spark and three oth­er new fund­ing pro­grams.

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Announcement: Nine new excellent Speakers @ 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

We are delight­ed to announce nine new excel­lent Speak­ers at the upcom­ing 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Rein­vent­ing Brain Health in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 6–8, 2016):

  • Dr. Corey McCann, CEO of Pear Ther­a­peu­tics
  • Debra Gilmore, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of The Arrow­smith Pro­gram
  • Edward Kli­phuis, Invest­ment Direc­tor at Mer­ck Ven­tures
  • Eri­ka Jack­son, VP of Train­ing and Oper­a­tions for Well­coach­es
  • Franck Tarpin-Bernard, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Sci­en­tif­ic Brain Train­ing (SBT)
  • Mark Wat­son, Co-Direc­tor of the Wat­son Cen­tre for Brain Health
  • Ron Ober­leit­ner, CEO of Behav­ior Imag­ing Solu­tions
  • Susan Hoff­man, Direc­tor of the Osh­er Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute at UC-Berke­ley
  • Dr. Uma Vaidyanathan, Sci­en­tif­ic Pro­gram Man­ag­er at the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH)

You can explore the Sum­mit Agen­da here, Speak­ers’ bios here, and Reg­is­ter here. Look­ing for­ward to a great event!

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