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Preliminary Agenda announced @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:52:19 +0000

Will we soon have an “annual brain check-up” — and what may it look like? Under what conditions may specific brain training/ enhancement methods work? How can we best harness both human neuroplasticity and artificial intelligence (AI) to thrive in the 21st Century? Which companies, technologies and solutions are gaining the most traction so far, […]

Studies reinforce the critical importance of ADHD treatment monitoring

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:58:30 +0000

__________ As the new school year approaches, let me highlight the essential value of ADHD treatment monitoring. Even when a child’s treatment has been going well, response to treatment can change over time. This is true for medication treatment, or any other treatment a child is receiving. By regularly monitoring how a child is doing […]

“We need people-centered wellness solutions that integrate brain health factors” — Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at the Bridge Builders Collaborative

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:00:47 +0000

Question: Charlie, please share 1-2 major brain health needs you observe right now whose solution demands a creative and significant tech-enabled innovation. Answer: I’d encourage people to remember that Brain Health is just part of overall Whole Person Health.  Brain health solutions may reduce some disease symptoms but not help achieve actual wellness.  We need […]

Debate: Would you–or should you–undergo medical treatments to improve your body and mind and your chances of employment?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:12:53 +0000

The future of work is medically enhanced ‘elite super-workers,’ report says (Ladders): “In the future, we will be competing against medically-enhanced workers who can work longer and harder than us. Artificial intelligence will make it easier to monitor our every move in the office. This may sound like science fiction, but it’s a likely reality, […]

Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (SIBET) to host “brain-imaging factory” enabling large-scale, standardized data generation

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:34:59 +0000

_______________________ China launches brain-imaging factory (Nature): “Neuroscientists who painstakingly map the twists and turns of neural circuitry through the brain are about to see their field expand to an industrial scale. A huge facility set to open in Suzhou, China, next month should transform high-resolution brain mapping, its developers say. Where typical laboratories might use […]

Study issues warning: Opioid inhibitor naltrexone (often used to treat addictions) can reduce feelings of social connection

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:17:13 +0000

_________ Science has long known that having positive social connection is important to a happy and healthy life. But less is understood about how our brains support and encourage connecting with others. While prior research has suggested oxytocin plays a role in nurturing and trusting others, thereby strengthening social bonds, many researchers also suspect that […]

Trend: Biopharma embraces digital cognitive assessments to identify behavioral health biomarkers

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:26:59 +0000

_______ The hunt for behavioral health biomarkers is harnessing digital health at the research stage (MedCity News): “Digital health companies are going through an interesting transformation as research institutions realize the benefit of their technology to collect and manage data for a host of studies. The biopharma industry’s embrace of some digital health tools to […]

AARP survey finds most common barrier for adults to add more mentally-stimulating activities: Knowing where to start

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:27:57 +0000

2017 AARP Cognitive Activity and Brain Health Survey (AARP Research): “AARP conducted a study of adults age 40+ to characterize participation in cognitively stimulating activities (CSAs)…Key findings include: Adults who self-report their cognitive functioning, health, and well-being higher: Engage in more cognitively stimulating activities (CSAs) per week. Have higher average mental well-being scores. Have a […]

Kids for life? Pros and cons of lifelong neuroplasticity, as seen via our emotional development

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:24:05 +0000

The Brain’s Emotional Development (Dana Foundation’s Cerebrum): “Humans are likely the most emotionally regulated creatures on earth. Compared to other animal species, we can modulate and modify emotional reactions and experiences, even very intense ones, through a large and sophisticated emotion regulation repertoire that includes skills of distraction, reappraisal, language, prediction, social interaction, suppression, and […]

“We need low-cost monitoring technologies to track cognitive processes and capabilities at an individual level” — Danny Dankner, CEO and co-founder of Applied Cognitive Engineering

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:37:51 +0000

Question: Danny, please share 1-2 major brain health needs you observe right now whose solution demands a creative and significant tech-enabled innovation. Answer: We need low-cost monitoring technologies to track cognitive processes and capabilities at an individual level. This would be critical to trace and diagnose deteriorating processes, especially among the “worried well” and older […]