My fascination with the human brain began at an early age mainly because of the seeds planted by my grandfather, the late Robert J. Doman M.D., whom I have written about before. The stories he told and the patients I was fortunate to meet over the years of my youth were gratifying evidence of the brain’s ability to rewire itself, long before the concept of neuroplasticity became something the medical community began to acknowledge. Now ideas that were discarded by critics in the past are beginning to enter the mainstream. Perhaps because of these early influences I continue to be intrigued by the possibilities that have begun to present themselves with the advent of advanced research methods and new technologies.
One important person who appears to share this fascination is Zack Lynch, who founded an organization that Advanced Brain Technologies is proud to be a member of; the Neurotechnology Industry Organization. The mission of NIO is “to accelerate treatments and cures for brain and nervous system diseases by increasing the awareness of neurotechnologies, reducing barriers to innovation and supporting long term industry growth.” http://www.neurotechindustry.org
Zack has just published a new book that I am very much looking forward to reading in the near future: The Neuro Revolution: How Brain Science Is Changing Our World. He has had unique access to many of the new technologies that could transform our society, and has shared information that all of us should be aware of, since these technologies could transform society as we know it.
Learn more about The Neuro Revolution http://www.theneurorevolution.com
In February I posted information on the National Neurotechnology Initiative Act which seeks to accelerate development of new treatments for brain and nervous system conditions. Today there was an exciting development; the Neurotech Bill was introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives!
“The huge numbers speak for themselves: There are 100 million Americans suffering from a brain-related illness, with an enormous economic burden that continues to grow as the population ages,” said Zack Lynch, Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization. “For a modest investment, Congress has the opportunity to streamline research efforts, accelerate the development of new treatments, promote innovation and job creation by small businesses and have a meaningful impact on the lives of those suffering from devastating diseases and injuries.”
As a member of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization we at Advanced Brain Technologies are excited to see this important milestone achieved through the hard work of Zack Lynch and fellow members.
To read the full press release http://www.neurotechindustry.org/neurotechact2009.html
February 10th and 11th Zack Lynch, Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO) and fellow members are in Washington, D.C. to garner support for the National Neurotechnology Initiative Act (NNTI).
My company Advanced Brain Technologies is a member of NIO and strongly supports this important legislation.
Learn more: http://www.neurotechindustry.org/neurotechinitiativeleg.html
Published September 1, 2008
Tags: Advanced Brain Technologies, Alex Doman, brain, brain injury, brain plasticity, collective consciousness, Glenn Doman, neurotechnology, Norman Doidge MD, Robert J. Doman MD, The Brain That Changes Itself
The creation of a blog has been on my to-do list for some time and well today, September 1, 2008, I can check that item off my list!
The Brain Understanding Itself
will include my reflections on the phenomenon that the brain is trying to do just that… understand itself. This concept was introduced
to me after the publisher sent me a review copy of The Brain That Changes Itself
by Norman Doidge
, M.D. http://www.normandoidge.com/
As I reviewed this text I reflected on the work that has consumed me for the last fifteen years; developing neurotechology products, methods and technologies that improve the efficiency of the brain in order to help people maximize their potential. The last ten of these years has been spent at Advanced Brain Technologies www.advancedbrain.com
During this time of reflection I marveled at the risks taken by my late grandfather, Robert J. Doman, M.D., a physiatrist (rehabilitation physician), and his brother Glenn, a physical therapist along with their colleagues. Starting in the early to mid 20th century they began their great adventure researching and developing new and progressive methods to rehabilitate those with the most injured brains. Their path was the road less traveled, and for that I am grateful. Their work inspired and continues to inspire countless people who follow in their footsteps as do I.
The brain understanding itself… Is it possible? The brain is plastic, so who knows? We all possess unlimited potential so perhaps through harnassing the collective consciousness the brain can indeed understand itself one day.