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In our modern society, so many of us rely on technology. In recent years, the use of technology to monitor and improve our health has expanded. Join experts from the University of Cambridge and Cambridge Cognition as they explain how everyday activities and drugs alter the chemistry of our brains and how mobile phones and other devices can be used to monitor mental health and neurodegeneration.
Application of Tech for the Care of Patients with Dementia
Dennis Chan (University Lecturer and Honorary Consultant)
The current tech revolution will have the greatest societal impact since the Industrial Revolution. Smartphones are part of daily life. AI is used from internet searches to self-driving cars. Applied carefully, this revolution can transform the care of people with dementia, from apps to detect early Alzheimer’s disease through to virtual and augmented reality to support people at home. This talk will paint a vision of this future.
Chemistry of the Brain - Why we feel happy, why we feel sad (and what we can do about it)
Andreas Bender (Reader for Molecular Informatics)
Brain chemistry influences our well-being, and our well-being influences brain chemistry – while this seems obvious today, it hasn’t always been this way (at least not in Western culture). In this presentation, we will show in which way our brain chemistry impacts us – and how to improve our well-being, using both ‘healthy habits’ (such as sports and meditation) and drug treatments (and everything in between) as examples.
Measuring the mind: how smartphones and Apple Watches can help maintain our mental health
Stress, anxiety and depression are some of the biggest health challenges we face. Unlike blood pressure or cholesterol, we don't routinely measure mental health. But our electronic gadgets hold plenty of data about our mental health, and can play a role in helping us all to manage it.