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New book by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson describes four reasons why long-term meditation can lead to profound improvements in our minds, brains, and bodies

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:20:12 +0000

Mindfulness meditation is everywhere these days. From the classroom to the board room, people are jumping on the mindfulness bandwagon, hoping to discover for themselves some of its promised benefits, like better focus, more harmonious relationships, and less stress. I too have started a mindfulness meditation practice and have found it to be helpful in my everyday […]

Announcement: The Brainnovations Pitch Contest is Accepting Submissions!

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:03:18 +0000

The Brainnovations Pitch Contest just started accepting submissions from startups worldwide working on ways to harness brain research and emerging technologies to help every human being thrive in the digital age. Startups: Please submit your idea and pitch your solution in front of our expert Judges and 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit participants for a chance […]

Playing American football before age 12 is linked to long-term neuropsychiatric and cognitive problems

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:40:52 +0000

__________ Tackle football before age 12 may boost risks of cognitive, mood disorders (Ars Technica): “Taking hard knocks early in life could shove football players toward neurological problems later, a new study suggests. Among 214 former amateur and professional male football players, those who started playing early—particularly before the age of 12—had greater risks of […]

An amazing ecosystem for brain health & enhancement: Announcing 12 Sponsors and Partners @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:27:32 +0000

With 12 weeks to go, we’re excited to announce some incredible sponsors and partners fully on board to support and ensure an excellent 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th). Let’s give a major shout-out and huge thank you to the following 2017 Sponsors and Partners: Gold Sponsors AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization […]

10 Solvers selected @ MIT Solve’s Brain Health Challenge

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:00:04 +0000

_________________ Yesterday, after a day of great pitches and tough decisions, the Judges @ MIT Solve’s Brain Health Challenge selected 10 Winners (called “Solvers”) developing scalable technology solutions that: Empower people to improve their overall brain health and fitness, mental well-being, and mental resiliency Enable earlier, more-accurate diagnosis of problems Increase access to and efficacy of treatments Help […]

FDA clears first CBT-based digital therapeutic to treat substance abuse disorders

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:34:51 +0000

__________ The FDA just approved the first app for treating substance abuse (CNBC): “The app, developed by a start-up called Pear Therapeutics, is designed to be prescribed by clinician and used alongside counseling. Pear’s technology digitizes a form of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, which focuses on “examining the relationships between thoughts, […]

Study shows how online mindfulness interventions can reduce work-related rumination and fatigue, and improve sleep quality

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:53:11 +0000

__________ Work these days often comes with long hours, emotionally draining colleagues, and complex problems that require an enormous amount of mental energy. So it’s no surprise that many of us have a hard time leaving work-related thoughts at the office. “Surveys have shown that between 16 and 25 percent of the workforce have regular […]

Virtual reality games and related neurotechnologies spark a new generation of dementia & cognitive tests

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:15:43 +0000

__________ The Virtual Reality Game Gathering Data for Dementia Researchers (Bloomberg): “Navigating an ice-walled lake or scouring a swamp for a hidden monster may sound like a fun premise for a virtual-reality video game. But there’s a serious purpose behind the new game Sea Hero Quest VR: helping neuroscientists design a new test for dementia. […]

Explore the Future of Public Health & Brain Health with David Bartrés-Faz, PI of the Barcelona Brain Health Initiative

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:15:40 +0000

We’re happy to announce that David Bartrés-Faz, Principal Investigator of the new Barcelona Brain Health Initiative, will be speaking at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th). The Barcelona Brain Health Initiative (BBHI) is a new research project promoted by the Institut Guttmann, with the support from members of Harvard Catalyst and Harvard Medical School, already recruiting over 3,000 […]

Reminder: Brain Longevity Therapy Training, by The Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation, to take place October 19th-22nd

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:43:04 +0000

_______ The Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation (ARPF), a longstanding supporter of SharpBrains events and activities, will be conducting its first Brain Longevity Therapy Training — combining professional development with a certification process — during 4 days late October in Los Angeles, CA (also with a livestream option). And they are generously sharing discount codes for interested […]