October 2015 (continued)

News From FABBS and NIH

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NIH INVESTS $85 MILLION FOR BRAIN INITIATIVE RESEARCH New round of projects for visualizing the brain in action

The National Institutes of Health announced its second wave of grants to support the goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, bringing the NIH investment to $85 million in fiscal year 2015.

Sixty-seven new awards, totaling more than $38 million, will go to 131 investigators working at 125 institutions in the United States and eight other countries. These awards expand NIH's efforts to develop new tools and technologies to understand neural circuit function and capture a dynamic view of the brain in action. Projects include proposals to develop soft self-driving electrodes, ultrasound methods for measuring brain activity and the use of deep brain stimulation to treat traumatic brain injuries.

In 2014, President Obama launched the BRAIN Initiative as a large-scale effort to equip researchers with fundamental insights necessary for treating a wide variety of brain disorders like Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. These new tools and this deeper understanding will ultimately catalyze new treatments and cures for devastating brain disorders and diseases that are estimated by the World Health Organization to affect more than one billion people worldwide.

Planning for the NIH component of the BRAIN initiative is guided by the long-term scientific plan, BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision that details seven high priority research areas. Last year NIH awarded $46 million to BRAIN Initiative research.

Click here for a list of the new grants and more information about the BRAIN Initiative.

OUR BRAIN'S SECRETS TO SUCCESS? Unique support system promotes cortex growth, connectivity linked to prowess

Discoveries about how the human brain contributes to our success -- both as a species and as individuals -- are among the first fruit of projects funded under the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative program as well as the Human Connectome Project. One study may help to explain the mystery of how our primate brain's outer mantle, or cortex, was able to expand as much as 1000-fold through evolution, compared to other mammals. The other reveals that the more successful we tend to be --score higher on commonly considered positive personal qualities, such as education and income levels and life satisfaction -- the more key parts of our brain tend to talk with each other when we're not doing anything in particular.

A team of BRAIN Initiative-supported scientists, led by Arnold Kriegstein of University of California, San Francisco, reported in Cell, Sept. 24, 2015, on what may be the secret to the human cortex's exponential growth. Another team led by Stephen Smith of University of Oxford, UK, and David Van Essen, Washington University, St. Louis, explains findings linking brain connectivity to measures of personal success Sept. 28, 2015 in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The studies were funded, in part, by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and other NIH components.

Kriegstein and colleagues found that the human cortex harbors a unique support system for neuron-producing factories during early brain development -- in outlying cellular neighborhoods that barely exist in lower animals.

The researchers discovered the molecular underpinnings of this unique group of stem cells that churn out thousands of neurons and support cells where their mouse counterparts produce only 10-100.  They also discovered that the secret to this prolific output seems to lie in these cells' ability to carry with them their own self-renewing " niches," -- support systems that enabled them to thrive in far flung circuit suburbs.  The results add to s deeper understanding of the human brain's parts list and enhance scientists' ability to perform disease-in-a-dish experiments relevant to uniquely human disorders like autism and schizophrenia, which are difficult to model in rodents.

Smith's group mined Human Connectome Project data on 461 individuals to find out whether any patterns of brain connectivity are associated with specific sets of correlated demographics and behavior. In addition to images of their resting state structural and functional brain connections, the Project collected data on 280 such subject measures, including psychological factors such as IQ, language performance, rule-breaking behavior and anger. A set of such measures statistically related to each other emerged as strongly correlated with connectivity between certain brain structures prone to talking with each other during the brain's default mode, or resting state. This set was mostly composed of positive personal qualities, such as high performance on memory and thinking tasks, life satisfaction, years of education, and income. The set turned out to have a more than three-fold stronger correlation with increased brain connectivity than any of 99 other sets of measures examined. The brain regions associated with the set, which may be related to general intelligence, have been linked to higher-level human thinking - e.g., memory, imagination, sociability, value-guided decision-making and reasoning.

"It may be expected that these aspects of cognitive function would have an influence on life in a complex society," note Smith and colleagues.

"It is great to see data from large investments like the Human Connectome Project and the BRAIN Initiative result in such interesting science so quickly," said Greg Farber, Ph.D., director of NIMH's Office of Technology Development and Coordination. "Both efforts seem very well positioned to continue to provide the research community with new tools and results to enhance our understanding of the brain."

Grants: U01-MH105989, U54MH091657, RO1-NS075998, RR09079/EB015894, F30-MH097312

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October 2015

International Society of Neurofeedback & Research (ISNR) 23rd Annual Conference   
Thursday, October 15, 2015 12:00 AM - 
Sunday, October 18, 2015 12:00 AM
Denver Marriott Tech Center, Denver, CO

This conference offers the opportunity to learn from some of the pre- eminent researchers, scientists, and clinicians in the field and to meet the exhibitors, view their latest technologies and services, and network with colleagues. Pre-Conference Workshops: October 12-14, 2015; Annual Conference: October 15-18, 2015.


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Tina Watkins 
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BCIA Didactic Course - Neurofeedback for Beginners
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Munich, Germany

Whether you're looking to become familiar with neurofeedback or expand your existing knowledge, this course serves as a guide to navigating basic steps that will improve and enhance your practice. This program not only explores the use of neurofeedback software and equipment, but also brings to light current research and treatment techniques that have ensured positive changes in clients and benefited clinicians worldwide. It is also the only course that introduces database guidance and live Z-score training! Practitioners seeking BCIA certification can also earn up to 36 credit hours if they attend the full course!


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Lisa Mrklas 
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800-447-8052

MASBBM's Fall 2015 Conference   
Saturday, October 24, 2015 - All Day
Loyola University Graduate Center, Columbia, MD
"Practical and Scientific Ways to Understand and Change the Brain" with Paul Rapp and Adrian Van Deusen


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Bea Haskins 
execdirector@masbbm.org 
717-637-6518

November 2015

QEEG, Brain Function, Neurotherapy and More: Let Master Clinicians Guide You From "A to Z-Score" - Presented by Thomas and Linda Brownback   
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 12:00 AM - Sunday, November 8, 2015 12:00 AM
Cleveland, OH

Essential workshop for those who want to gain an in-depth understanding of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and combining this knowledge with the Comprehensive Neurodiagnostic Checklist (CNC-1020) and psychoeducational test battery to provide a detailed interpretation of QEEGs. This information is used to create fully customized training protocols with and without Live Z-scores. Lots of hands-on demonstrations. PLUS: successful business tips from a 20 year neurofeedback practice!


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Lisa Mrklas 
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800-447-8052

GNI: BCIA Didactic Course   
Friday, November 6, 2015 12:00 AM - Monday, November 9, 2015 12:00 AM
2232 North University Drive, Suite A Coral Springs, Florida 33071

Neurofeedback Bootcamp for Beginners (Coral Springs, Florida)


Contact:

  

Lisa Mrklas 
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Professional Peripheral Biofeedback BCIA Program
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - Monday, November 9, 2015
Hawthorne, NY, USA

This innovative seminar is designed to teach clinicians biofeedback fundamentals and cutting-edge applications. This program covers all 48 hours of the BCIA Didactic Biofeedback Education requirement through powerful demonstrations of biofeedback and adjunctive procedures, imaginative hands-on lab exercises with multi-channel computerized equipment, professional multimedia presentations, and comprehensive review materials. This program integrates personal hands-on training with equipment with didactic presentation.


Contact:

  

Harry L Campbell 
Harry@biofeedbackinternational.com 
914-762-4646

Professional EEG Neurofeedback Certification Program
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - Monday, November 16, 2015
Hawthorne, NY, USA

This competency based curriculum includes practical, easily learnable strategies which may be used with virtually all of the most common EEG Neurofeedback applications. Designed to give the practitioner the knowledge and tools needed in order to rapidly achieve clinical and economic success in EEG Neurofeedback, this program emphasizes those neurofeedback adjunctive applications for which there is the greatest demand, including but not limited to: ADD / ADHD / Conduct Disorder & other Learning disabilities, Autism Disorders, Substance Abuse, eating disorders and addictive behaviors, PTSD, Multiple Personality Disorder, Depression, Behavioral and Stress Related Disorders, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Pain Management, Chronic Pain, headaches (Migraine and Tension), RSD, Fibromyalgia, Phantom Limb etc., Adult and childhood sleep disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke Rehabilitation, Dementia (non-Alzheimer's), Epilepsy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and MindFitness® Life / Performance Enhancement.


Contact:

  

Harry L Campbell 
Harry@biofeedbackinternational.com 
914-762-4646

BCIA Didactic Course - Neurofeedback for Beginners   
Thursday, November 19, 2015 12:00 AM - Sunday, November 22, 2015 12:00 AM
Hanover, Germany

Whether you're looking to become familiar with neurofeedback or expand your existing knowledge, this course serves as a guide to navigating basic steps that will improve and enhance your practice. This program not only explores the use of neurofeedback software and equipment, but also brings to light current research and treatment techniques that have ensured positive changes in clients and benefited clinicians worldwide. It is also the only course that introduces database guidance and live Z-score training! Practitioners seeking BCIA certification can also earn up to 36 credit hours if they attend the full course!


Contact:

  

Lisa Mrklas 
stsinc@stresstherapysolutions.com 
800-447-8052

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