July 2019 - 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: July 19, 2019

Brain plasticity has played a crucial role in the success of cochlear implants, which enable profoundly deaf individuals to hear. In the late 1980s, it was our very own Dr. Merzenich who led the team that developed the cochlear implant.

The next step is to bring sight to the blind. While scientists are making progress using other solutions such as gene therapy to restructure retinas, vision implants seem to be the most promising next step because of the success of the cochlear implant. In a new study, scientists have partially restored vision to six blind people via an implant that transmits video images directly to the visual cortex, bypassing the eye and optic nerve.

That’s the power of brain plasticity! And while we are waiting for more success stories, let’s take advantage of one that requires no invasive surgery, costs only as much as a couple of coffees a month, and is proven to significantly improve cognitive functions—BrainHQ!

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.

Avoiding friendly fire
Strokes are the leading cause of disability in the USA and Canada. It would make sense to focus on repairing stroke-damaged nerve cells after a stroke, but researchers at Stanford have taken an unconventional approach. They focused on suppressing immune cells that act as first-responders to a stroke. These cells have an inflammatory feature that may cause more harm than good. The findings showed a reduction in brain damage, an increased survival rate, and improved motor performance in mice. Learn more about the research here.

Sleep like the fishes
Did you know that, thanks to a small, transparent fish, we can learn more about what happens when mammals sleep? Zebrafish have transparent skin, and since in this study they have been genetically engineered to light up when nerve cells and muscles are active, scientists can observe what happens in their bodies while they sleep. Researchers hope this study will further their understanding of sleep patterns and help millions of people suffering from insomnia! Find out more about the sleepy zebrafish here.

Polluting the brain
Scientists discovered a potential link between pollution, neurological diseases, and interestingly, our sense of smell! Looking at the role of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), researchers have found that CSF could be essential to clear waste from building up in the brain. Research suggests pollution damages the olfactory sensory neurons, which in turn affects the CSF. This could have a knock-on effect for the development of neurological diseases. Learn more here.


In This Issue

Avoiding friendly fire
Sleep like the fishes
Polluting the brain
Aiming for the right neurons
Grey matters
Your Brain Holds the Key to Safer Driving!
Blogs and Resources




Category-based published studies

Studies on clinical conditions for researchers

2016 Alzheimer’s Conference announcement

ACTIVE Study Published - Brain Training and Dementia

Healthy Aging

Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment

Cognitive Impairment due to Heart Failure

Fall Risk and Mobility

The IMPACT Study

The ACTIVE Study

The IHAMS Study

Aiming for the right neurons
Deep Brain Stimulation is one technique for treating disorders such as Parkinson’s and involves stimulating many neurons without knowing their exact location or identity. But what if a more targeted treatment were available? Using two advanced methods, researchers have been able to track and activate neurons in the visual cortex of mice. This has enabled them to control the mice’s visual behaviour. Find out more here.

Grey matters
We all know that excessive drinking is bad for our health, but did you know that the amount of grey matter could help predict future alcohol disorders? Analyzing brain images of almost 2,000 teenagers, scientists found that those with more grey matter in the caudate nucleus had a higher chance of increasing their drinking habits. Learn 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 here. Looking for a Driving Cognitive Training class? Click here.

News, More Interesting Articles and Blogs
Brain Fitness and Driving Cognitive Training Classes 2019, Group, In-Person, Ottawa
Brain Fitness and Cognitive Training Classes 2019, Group, Facilitated, Web-Based
Driving Cognitive Training Classes 2019, Group, Facilitated, Web-Based
Researchers link aging with changes in brain networks related to cognition
The brain's pathways to imagination may hold the key to altruistic behavior
Late-maturing neurons in the brain may be responsible for emotional development in adolescence and beyond
Brain Inflammation in Patients with Fibromyalgia
Infiltration of old brains by T cells causes dysfunction of neural stem cells
Your Emotions Are Not "Things" in Your Brain
Brain structure may play key role in psychosis
Near-Death Experiences May Stem from the Brain Blending Waking and Dreaming States
What happens in the brain when we are bored?
Why is the visual cortex involved in language processing in blind individuals?
Studies support new approach to reduce stress in parents and kids
Closing in on tinnitus treatments
Does Anger Cause Brain Damage?
How Plasticity-based Brain Training Works
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors
Description of BrainHQ Exercises
BrainHQ Exercise Tutorials
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