January 2017 - Discover and learn about brain functions, along with the latest news on brain plasticity and research!
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Author: DynamicBrain Inc.
Publication: Monthly Newsletter
Published Date: January 19, 2017

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies (FQAS) to offer our scientifically-backed training program, BrainHQ, to their members and caregivers.

During Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Posit Science and DynamicBrain have teamed up to donate 30% of BrainHQ proceeds to the FQAS. This additional funding will allow the organization to do even more of the essential advocacy, education, and caregiver support that is core to our mission.

The organization is also launching the first BrainHQ class at their Granby Chapter in February 2017.

Please support the cause by subscribing to BrainHQ at Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies or in French at Fédération Québécoise des Sociétés Alzheimer, and we will donate 30% to the organization in your name.

Kind regards,
Frieda Fanni
DynamicBrain Inc.

DynamicBrain Inc. is the Canadian partner of Posit Science Corporation providing brain fitness program BrainHQ in English and French.

Endogenous Retroviruses in Genome Important for Human Brain
To understand how the human brain evolved into its current form and how neurological diseases began affecting people, we may need to look at our “junk” DNA. Researchers have discovered that about 8% of our DNA that was once considered extraneous actually contains endogenous retroviruses that can affect how our DNA creates essential proteins used in brain development. Could these ancient retroviruses hold the key to understanding certain brain diseases? Find out here.

Recording brain images in utero
Understanding how the human brain develops and grows is an incredibly complex and ongoing process. While links have been made between premature birth and neurological issues, scientists have finally developed the tools to record images of fetal brain development and brain activity in utero. Learn more about how they recorded these images and what this means for understanding and treating new brains being formed, here.

BrainHQ proven to improve chemo-brain
It seems a cruel joke for patients already going through chemotherapy to have to suffer the additional indignity of chemobrain. However, as this report (video) also shows, the cognitive impairment associated with chemotherapy treatments can be combatted with regular brain training on BrainHQ. So if you, or anyone you know is concerned about the ability to remember names and places because of chemo treatments, please read and share our research information here.


In This Issue

Endogenous Retroviruses in Genome Important for Human Brain
Recording brain images in utero
BrainHQ proven to improve chemo-brain
Making killer mice with a laser
Do you know which part of the brain continues to grow into adulthood?
Reduced blood flow in brain linked to stuttering
Your Brain Holds the Key to Safer Driving!
Blogs and Resources



Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment

Brain Training & Dementia

Healthy Aging

Traumatic Brain Injury


HIV-Related Cognitive Decline

Cognitive Impairment due to Heart Failure

Fall Risk and Mobility

Visual Disturbances and Impairment

Driving Impairment

Hearing and Cognitive Training

The IMPACT Study

The ACTIVE Study

The IHAMS Study

All Published Scientific Studies

Scientific Studies In-progress

Making killer mice with a laser
It might sound like the plot of a cheesy B-movie, but scientists have created killer mice which they can trigger at a moment’s notice. By using a laser to activate a specific location in the brain’s amygdala, researchers at Yale believe they have discovered where the hunting instinct developed in vertebrate brains. While there is no need to fear an army of killer zombie mice at the moment, this discovery does reveal the complex interplay of neurons in our brains. Read about the experiment here.

Do you know which part of the brain continues to grow into adulthood?
Most stories about the aging brain revolve around the idea that it is no longer growing or how neurons get pruned for efficiency. A new study has found that at least one location in the adult brain appears to continue growing as we age. When the area responsible for facial recognition was measured against other areas of the brain used for similar tasks, such as place recognition, researchers have found this location continued to increase in size as we age. Find out more here.

Reduced blood flow in brain linked to stuttering
Having healthy blood flow throughout the brain is one aspect to having healthy brain function. Neuroscientists researching the language center of the brain and how it works for people who stutter discovered an overwhelming amount of evidence linking reduced blood flow to this area and stuttering. They have also discovered that there is a connection between the severity of stuttering and how severely blood flow is reduced. Read more here.

Your Brain Holds the Key to Safer Driving!
Your brain is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment when you get behind the wheel of a car. As we age, our reaction times slow down and our field of vision decreases. This means our safety on the road is also reduced. By spending only 10 hours doing the engaging driving cognitive training program you can save your life and the lives of others on the road! Learn more and find out your CRASH RISK now and try an exercise.

ATTENTION Ottawa, ON Canada
2017 Winter-Spring Brain Fitness and Driving Cognitive Training Class Schedules

Heron Seniors Centre Walking Clubs. Physical activity is one of the main pillars of a healthy brain and body. Join the Heron Senior Centre's regular, Nordic and Urban pole walkers to boost your health. Call 247-4808x2 for information.

Greenboro Community Centre Thursday Social Drop-in
The Greenboro Thursday drop-in program offers a wide variety of activities from shuffleboard, ping pong, cards and board games to arts and crafts and beyond. Click here for more information.

Blogs and More Interesting Articles
Hour-long nap may boost brain function in older adults
New research offers clues into how the brain shapes perception to control behaviour
Detecting Fear in Others May Change Flow of Brain Info
Lack of Joy from Music Tied to Less Brain Connectivity
Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis: Brain Imaging Could Reveal Risk Of Manic Depression
How Plasticity-based Brain Training Works
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors
Description of BrainHQ Exercises
BrainHQ Exercise Tutorials
BrainHQ New User? Try the Daily Spark
BrainHQ in English: www.dynamicbrain.brainhq.com
BrainHQ in French: www.dynamicbrain-fr.brainhq.com
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