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Trend: With 25% of US physicians aged 65+, hospitals test older doctors on mental and physical acuity

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:34:31 +0000

— When Are Doctors Too Old to Practice? (The Wall Street Journal): “In February, Robert Brown received an email that left him troubled. The New Jersey hospital where the 71-year-old pediatrician was practicing informed him that doctors age 72 and older would have to take a test to assess their physical and mental health—or risk […]

E-Newsletter: Neuroimaging + machine learning can predict, with 96% accuracy, whether high-risk 6-month-old babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:57:09 +0000

_____ Time for SharpBrains’ June e-newsletter, featuring fascinating scientific findings, promising assessments, therapies and brain health monitoring tools…and some fun optical illusions 🙂 New research Study combines neuroimaging with machine learning to predict, with 96% accuracy, whether high-risk 6-month-old babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2 Cognitive Training or Gingko Biloba to prevent cognitive […]

BrainFutures 2017: September 6-7th in Washington, DC

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:35:29 +0000

— What: BrainFutures 2017 is a one-and-a-half-day conference featuring renowned leaders sharing research-to-practice innovation to optimize brain health and transform mental health care. Keynote speakers include Dr. Norman Doidge, Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Dr. John Ratey, Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Alvaro Fernandez, and more. CE credits are available. Where: Gaylord National Resort (Washington, D.C.) When: September 6-7, 2017  […]

Cognitive Training or Gingko Biloba to prevent cognitive decline and dementia? New comprehensive report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine clarifies priorities for public health and for future research

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:09:36 +0000

Evidence Supporting Three Interventions That Might Slow Cognitive Decline and the Onset of Dementia Is Encouraging but Insufficient to Justify a Public Health Campaign Focused on Their Adoption (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine): “Cognitive training, blood pressure management for people with hypertension, and increased physical activity all show modest but inconclusive evidence that […]

Smart brains up in Canada: 11 early-stage neurotech entrepreneurs receive award by The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI)

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:44:56 +0000

— A record 11 Ontario innovators awarded $50,000 to become Ontario Neurotech Entrepreneurs (press release): “The Ontario Brain Institute [OBI] today announced the 2017 winners of its pioneering Ontario Neurotech (ONtrepreneurs) program to help early-stage entrepreneurs take their ideas “from the lab to the marketplace.” Since 2012, the ONtrepreneurs program has awarded $50,000 to each […]

5 Must-Read Articles, and an Online Course, to Help Children with ADHD

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:20:04 +0000

—– Given the ongoing changes and controversies surrounding ADHD diagnosis and treatment, let us highlight 5 key articles written by Duke University’s Dr. David Rabiner to summarize recent scientific findings and their implications, plus a very relevant online course to help parents and professionals help children with ADHD. 1. Study finds large gaps between research and […]

Neurotech start-up Rythm raises $11 million more to develop and commercialize sleep-monitoring headband Dreem

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:13:45 +0000

— Dreem machine: Rythm raises $11 million and launches $500 sleep-monitoring headband (VentureBeat) “Founded out of France in 2014, Rythm is now based in San Francisco, where it has been working toward bringing its Dreem machine headband to market…In a nutshell, Rythm touts itself as a neurotechnology company that’s setting out to “enhance” your sleep, […]

Mental health meets the digital revolution: Mindstrong Health raises $14 million to modernize the diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders via artificial intelligence (AI) and smartphones

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:26:59 +0000

— Mindstrong Health Raises $14 Million in Series-A Funding (press release): “Mindstrong Health, a startup transforming the diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders through the power of AI and ubiquitous mobile technology, today announced that it has secured a $14 million round of Series-A funding. Led by Foresite Capital and ARCH Venture Partners, the round […]

Trend: Measuring physiological responses–including brain activity–to design stimulating, “conscious” cities

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:39:14 +0000

  — The hidden ways that architecture affects how you feel: An era of “neuro-architecture” (BBC Future) “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” mused Winston Churchill in 1943 while considering the repair of the bomb-ravaged House of Commons. More than 70 years on, he would doubtless be pleased to learn that neuroscientists […]

Coming soon near you: Smartphones, fridges and cars with emotional intelligence

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:25:20 +0000

————— Wouldn’t You Like Alexa Better if It Knew When It Was Annoying You? (IEEE Spectrum): “What could your computer, phone, or other gadget do differently if it knew how you were feeling? Rana el Kaliouby, founder and CEO of Affectiva, is considering the possibilities of such a world…Soon, she says, “all of our devices […]