Two Trends In Brain Science Research I’m Excited About
Brain science research marches on at a staggering pace, as clinicians, academics, entrepreneurs, psychologists, educators, and countless other professionals continue to explore the depths of our greatest asset and most complex organ: the human brain.
At BIPRI, our team is committed to bringing the most innovative brain-related therapies and modalities to all. By furthering our understanding of the brain and how it works, we have the potential to open up new growth opportunities in a range of fields. Everything from computer science to athletics to human relationships can be improved when we have a better understanding of how the brain works on cognitive and anatomical levels.
Here are a couple things our team at BIPRI is currently working on, and I can’t wait until we can share them fully with you!
EEG Scanning Technology
I speak for our entire team when I say that we are very excited to soon offer EEG (electroencephalography) brain scans. This technology used to only be available in a hospital setting.
It was expensive, exclusive, and not a very pleasant patient experience.
Developments in brain science research have now commoditized that technology, making it affordable, available to all, and convenient.
Okay, so what is it? This new brain scanning technology will allow you to obtain data that provides critical information about your baseline brain health. BIPRI’s trained professionals will simply put the device on your head, hook it up to a laptop running proprietary software, and record various data about your brain activity.
And, why is that important? When you’re able to objectively measure data about your brain, you’re equipped with better knowledge for protecting the brain. (As we like to say, “Measure, know, protect.”) Here are just a couple common valuable use cases we anticipate:
- Athletes in contact sports will get scanned before the season begins. In the event that they sustain a concussion, a follow-up scan can be ordered. These two scans will provide clear, objective data showing changes in the brain. Doctors, athletic trainers, and others can use this information to create an appropriate treatment plan.
- Adults and children ages eight and up can get a scan as a part of their annual wellness exam. Annual scans may show changes in the brain, potentially indicating early stages of disease. Armed with this data (which they would have know other way of obtaining), patients can make decisions to improve their brain health and protect against disease.
I’m eager to share more information in the near future about this significant development. We believe this new method of EEG brain scans will have a radical impact on the health of our community, ultimately growing to provide health and hope to more of Tennessee, the U.S., and world.
Gut-Brain Link Becomes Stronger
“I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”
“There’s a pit in my stomach.”
“My heart just sank.”
“My gut says to just do it.”
Isn’t it interesting how we describe so many cognitive and emotional processes in areas that don’t seem to have anything to do with our brains? Researchers are finding more evidence for the “gut-brain” connection. The gut is actually picking up new nicknames in some circles: the “little brain” or the “second brain.”
While you might take a probiotic to help with digestion, there’s more research coming out that suggests specially formulated probiotics for the brain could provide significant value to many adults.
Probiotic blends for the brain may be rich in prebiotic fibers, which may promote the growth or activity of probiotic organisms within the body.
Additionally, certain probiotic strains have been demonstrated in clinical trials to benefit mood and coping with occasional anxiety possibly related to stressful experiences.
There’s much to look forward to in the world of brain science research, and our team at BIPRI is excited to continue exploring new opportunities and bringing the highest quality products and information back to you!