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Throughout a huge selection of workshops, panels, private assemblies and social gatherings, we examined the best way to cope with climate change, how to purchase heaps of other pressing topics, and public infrastructure, how to better regulate financial services. In addressing these issues, everyone -- independent of nationality or discipline - brought to the table our most valuable asset: the Human Brain that was astonishing.

During captivating and stimulating sessions we investigated the new frontiers in neuroscience. A prominent focus was around emerging neurotechnologies, like those enabled by the White House BRAIN Initiative, will help detect and record brain activity in unprecedented detail and, consequently, revolutionize our knowledge of your brain and also the mind.

In parallel, high ranking government officials and wellness experts convened to brainstorm about how to "maximize healthy life years." The dialogue revolved around physical wellbeing and promoting positive lifestyles, but was largely quiet on the subjects of cognitive or mental health. The brain, that vital advantage everyone must learn, problem-solve and make great-choices, and the related cognitive neurosciences where much progress has happened over the last two decades, are still largely absent from the health agenda.

What if existing brain research and noninvasive neurotechnologies might be used to improve public health and wellbeing? How do we start building bridges that are better from present science and the technologies towards wards that are handling real-world health challenges we're facing?

Good news is that the transformation is already underway, albeit beneath the radar. As William Gibson eloquently said, "The future is already here -- it's simply not very evenly spread." People and institutions worldwide are expected to spend over $1.3 billion in 2014 in web-based, mobile and biometrics-based alternatives to assess and improve brain function. Increase is poised to continue, fueled by appearing cellular and non invasive neurotechnologies, and by patient and consumer demands for self-powered, proactive brain care. For instance, 83% of studied early-adopters agree that "adults of all ages should take charge of their very own brain fitness, without waiting for his or her doctors to tell them to" and "would personally require a brief evaluation every year as an annual mental check-up."

These are 10 priorities to contemplate, if we should enhance health & wellness based about the newest neuroscience, хапчета за отслабване and non invasive neurotechnology:

1. Transform the mental health framework, from a constellation of diagnoses such as stress, depression, ADHD...to the identification and strengthening of the specific brain circuits ("cells that fire together wire together") that may be deficient. This is what the Research Domain Criteria framework, put forth by the National Institute of Mental Health, is starting to do.

2. Bring meditative practices to the mainstream, via school-based and corporate plans, and leveraging relatively-cheap biometric systems

3. Coopt pervading actions, for example playing videogames...but in a way that ensures they have a beneficial effect, such as with cognitive training games specifically made to prolong cognitive energy as we age

4. Offer web-based psychotherapies as first-line interventions for depression and stress (and probably sleeplessness), as advocated by great britain 's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

5. Track the negative cognitive and emotional side effects from many different health interventions, to ensure unintentional effects from your remedy are not more afflictive than the treated individual's original condition.

6. Combine pharmacological interventions (bottom up) with cognitive training (top-down) such as the CogniFit - Bayer partnership for patients with Multiple Sclerosis

7. Upgrade regulatory frameworks to facilitate safe adoption of consumer-facing neurotechnologies. Start-up Thync just raised $13 million to marketplace transcranial stimulation in 2015, helping users "change their mindset." That's not a medical claim per se...but does the technology need to be regulated as a medical device?

8. Invest more research dollars to fine-tune brain stimulation methods, like transcranial magnetic stimulation, to empower truly personalized medicine.

9. Adopt big data research models, such as the recently-announced UCSF Brain Health Registry, to leapfrog the present modest clinical trial model and move us closer towards delivering personalized, incorporated brain care.

10. And, last but definitely not least, boost physical exercise and bilingual education in our schools, and reduce dropout rates. Improving and enriching our schools is probably the strongest social intervention (and the original noninvasive neurotechnology) to develop lifelong brain reserve and postponement issues brought by cognitive aging and dementia.

Let us strengthen existing bridges -- and build needed new ones -- to enhance our collective health and well-being.

Initiatives like those above are a significant beginning treat and to view the human brain as an advantage to really optimize years of purposeful, healthy and meaningful living, and also to invest in across the whole human lifespan.

Posted Mar 28, 2017 at 6:40pm

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