Another former NFL player is making the news for announcing his commitment to donating his brain to science after his death.
It is easy to applaud Warren Sapp for his unselfish support of medical research. The same “feel-good” recognition can also be expressed for the numerous other professional athletes who have already pledged to this as well. More brains to objectively examine clearly adds to the science; and the resulting insights could reveal more than we currently know on the long-term and sometimes permanent neuropathological effects from years of head impact exposure.
Sapp, like others, is likely largely motivated from what he has witnessed in his NFL colleagues, as well as his own concerns regarding memory and other symptoms that might be related to initial onset of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). But the key is to get better insight in the living – not just in postmortem donated brain tissue. Emerging technology – imaging, biomarkers, and advanced analytics – can give us new insight regarding the initiation and early progression of brain pathology, BEFORE measurable impairment of brain function and other expressed symptoms of neurological disease. This could also lead to potential therapeutic solutions.
Warren Sapp’s commitment is appreciated; but, we can learn a lot from his living brain (and those from numerous others) by using a variety of non- or minimally invasive technology and diagnostics now – not just in 30 or more years!
Dr. Michael Bergeron, Senior Vice President of Development & Applications
SIVOTEC Analytics’ CEO Pete Martinez and COO Luis Pintado attended this week’s eMerge Americas 2017 event in Miami, Florida where the ideas flew freely and innovation ruled thanks to the attendance of top thought leaders in technology, science, business and entrepreneurship from across the globe. Leading speakers included Steve Wozniak (Apple), Uri Levine (Waze), Marcelo Claure (Sprint), Gustavo and Adriana Cisneros (Cisneros Group), Dave McClure (500 Startups), Shiza Shahid (Malala Foundation), and Alex Rodriguez (ARod Corp).
“It was incredible for the SIVOTEC team to have so many interactions and such in-depth and meaningful dialog with market movers and shakers, such as Dr. Babak Kateb, neuroscientist and chairman of the board for the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT),” said Pintado.
Dr. Kateb’s research has been focused on the introduction of advanced diagnostics and therapeutics into clinical neuroscience in order to rapidly identify and introduce game-changing technologies to treat neurological disorders such as brain cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain and spinal disorders.
Pintado continued, “This is where science is taking us and SIVOTEC Analytics is leading the way!”
For more information on this event you can visit eMerge Americas and to read more about SBMT, please visit the World Brain Mapping website.
SIVOTEC President & CEO Pete Martinez and Senior VP Dr. Michael Bergeron just returned from the 2017 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. This annual event brings together the leading world experts – both clinicians and research scientists – and numerous young professionals and students for a robust and diverse interdisciplinary program on sports medicine, exercise and other physical activity, and health.
“It is readily evident from the array of terrific presentations at the ACSM Annual Meeting that the interrelated complexities of those factors that influence health and performance – whether Olympic, Paralympic, or recreational athletes – require a multi-domain, advanced analytics, systems biology approach. It is also evident that the exponential development and accessibility of new technology – from wearables to advanced tracking and imaging – and the rapid availability of massive amounts of information can be overwhelming and a barrier to effectively managing and interpreting the data, for those without an advanced big data capacity” said Dr. Bergeron.
The ACSM Annual Meeting was held May 30, 2017 - June 3, 2017 and is recognized as the most comprehensive sports medicine and exercise science meeting in the world. With more than 50,000 members and certified professionals in its ranks, ACSM represents more than 70,000 occupations in sports medicine and exercise science.