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LearningRx Research: Brain Training for Early Alzheimer’s

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LearningRx Research: Brain Training for Early Alzheimer’s

Multidisciplinary Intervention Creates Neural Changes and Improvements in Cognition and Daily Function in Early Alzheimer’s: Study Shows Adaptation of Bredesen Protocol Promising in Slowing Clinical Cognitive Decline September 13, 2019 – The results of our study just published in the Open BioMedical (OBM) journal Integrative and Complementary Medicine highlight the benefits of a functional medicine approach to slowing cognitive decline in adults over age 55 with clinical cognitive impairment including mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers examined changes in cognitive skills, brain connectivity, and daily functioning following a multifaceted anti-neuroinflammatory intervention that included physical exercise, mental exercise, a grain-free/sugar-free diet, anti-inflammatory nutritional supplements, sleep optimization, and stress management within the context of a functional medicine practice for five patients with varying levels of cognitive impairment.  The key findings include: • Improvement and stability in cognition. After the nine-month intervention, three of the five patients were no longer classified as cognitively impaired, while a fourth patient improved from moderately-to-severely impaired to mildly impaired. The fifth patient who entered the study with Stage 2 Alzheimer’s remained stable. • Improved daily functioning and outlook. Patients reported improved memory, attention, mental clarity, as well as increased energy, better mood, and improved outlook on life. • Changes in brain connectivity visible on fMRI. fMRI analyses revealed changes in the brain that suggest improved efficiency, as well as changes in network connectivity that correlated with changes on neuropsychological tests. The study was led by functional medicine physician Randolph James, MD, of True Life Medicine, neuroscientist Christina Ledbetter, PhD, of LSU Health Science Center and Dick Carpenter, PhD, from University of Colorado Colorado Springs, along with cognitive psychologist Amy Lawson Moore, PhD, and Terissa Miller, MS Psy, from Gibson Institute of Cognitive Research. Xymogen Pharmaceuticals (FL) donated the supplements for the study and Penrad Imaging (CO) conducted the fMRIs. “The MRI findings were indeed exciting,” says Ledbetter. “Not only that we could use functional MRI to detect changes in connections between regions of interest in the brain, but also that those changes directly correlated with changes on dementia assessments.” The intervention was an adaptation of the Bredesen Protocol, a novel multifaceted approach to reversing Alzheimer’s disease by targeting inflammation. Neuro-inflammation is a prominent finding in age-related cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Numerous cellular pathways are associated with inflammatory responses and successful treatment of inflammation likely requires targeting these multiple pathways. Although the current study included the same variety of therapeutic approaches seen in Bredesen’s work, the study departed from Bredesen’s research protocols by including structured cognitive training delivered by clinicians in scheduled clinic appointments. “We wanted to increase compliance to this critical pillar of the intervention by adding the human delivery element. We weren’t convinced that computer games could provide the intensity, complexity, and motivation required to drive neuroplasticity, so we opted for human-delivered cognitive training,” says Moore. “It paid off. Patients were 100% compliant with this aspect of the intervention.” The current study also used standard neuroimaging and neuropsychological assessments for all patients to enable statistical analysis of the outcomes. The full study, “Feasibility of a Functional Medicine Approach to Slowing Clinical Cognitive Decline in Patients Over Age 55: A Multiple Case Study Report” is available at https://dx.doi.org/10.21926/obm.icm.1903054  ...

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LearningRx Research: A Review of Brain Training for ADHD

Posted by on Sep 5, 2019 in Brain Training for ADHD | Comments Off on LearningRx Research: A Review of Brain Training for ADHD

Humans Are Better than Computers at Delivering Brain Training to Children with ADHD Researchers Explain How Clinician-Delivered Brain Training is More Beneficial than Computer Brain Games for Remediating Multiple Cognitive and Social-Emotional Struggles Frequently Associated with ADHD July 29, 2019 – Not only do children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) frequently struggle with memory and speed of information processing, they also navigate deficits in social cognition and self-esteem. Mainstream approaches to treating ADHD such as central nervous system stimulants and behavioral therapy do not adequately address these struggles. Although several companies market computerized brain training software for children with ADHD, these games also fall short in remediating the multiple cognitive and emotional deficits found in ADHD. In a review of ADHD intervention research published in the latest issue of the Journal of Mental Health and Clinical Psychology, we suggest that humans—not computers—are best suited for delivering brain training to children diagnosed with ADHD.  The review outlines the benefits of working one-on-one with a human brain trainer, including increasing treatment compliance and motivation, reducing attrition, and making the leap from improvements on the trained tasks to transfer effects–or “real life” benefits outside the training environment. A clinician can provide instant and specific feedback, adapt the training tasks during the session, add complexity and intensity to the tasks, and help the client apply new skills to the outside world. The review was conducted by educational psychologist Amy Lawson Moore, PhD from Gibson Institute of Cognitive Research and clinical neuroscientist Christina Ledbetter, PhD from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center who suggest that clinicians need to rethink their targets of treatment in this population. “ADHD is much more than a disorder of attention,” says Moore. “Children with ADHD typically have weaknesses in working memory, long-term memory, and processing speed as well as deficits in social cognition, self-esteem, and motivation. Therefore, it is critical that an intervention targets these multiple areas. We haven’t yet met a computer that can accomplish that. A human clinician, however, can.” The researchers reviewed existing research on several computer-based brain training programs, finding shortfalls with each of them. They suggest adoption of a clinician-delivered brain training methodology for children with ADHD and highlight the research on LearningRx as an example of one program that targets not only the complex cognitive deficits in ADHD but also the social-emotional struggles frequently associated with ADHD in children. The full article, entitled “The Promise of Clinician-Delivered Cognitive Training for Children Diagnosed with ADHD” can be found at https://www.mentalhealthjournal.org/articles/the-promise-of-cliniciandelivered-cognitive-training-for-children-diagnosed-with-adhd.html. Moore and Ledbetter have published multiple papers on clinician-delivered cognitive training, and have found that human delivery, complexity, and intensity are the keys to effective brain training, particularly with the ADHD population. “We have to intensely train a variety of cognitive skills—not just attention—if we want the intervention to effectively impact the child’s thinking, learning, and behavior,” says Ledbetter. “And we have to acknowledge the key role of the clinician in the training paradigm, particularly his or her impact on motivation and self-efficacy.” Their associated work on brain training can be found at...

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Nonprofit Board of Directors

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Non-Profit Board of Directors Dr. Christina Ledbetter – President Dr. Ledbetter is a clinical neuroscientist and researcher with a PhD in pharmacology, toxicology, and neuroscience. She specializes in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and surgical brain mapping. She is a research fellow at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA where she heads neuroimaging research on neurological and psychological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. She has published multiple studies on LearningRx cognitive training outcomes in medical journals and has presented her findings at conferences around the country. Amanda Duplantis – Vice President Ms. Duplantis is a business coach for LearningRx World Headquarters in Colorado Springs. She helps launch and support centers around the US in program delivery, networking, sales, center operations, and staff management. She has 14 years of experience delivering cognitive training programs and running a LearningRx center. Amanda also has education experience providing RTI (Response to Intervention) in charter schools, as well as nonprofit leadership experience serving on the board for Colorado Springs Charter School, the Junior League of Colorado Springs, and Newborn Hope. Her degree is in biology with a minor in psychology. Jennifer Johns, MS – Secretary Ms. Johns is a Teaching & Learning Coach (TLC) in Colorado Springs School District 11 and supports teachers in utilizing best instructional practices and analyzing student data, facilitates professional development, manages state and local assessments, and oversees the school-wide Response to Intervention (RtI) program. She has worked in the field of Education for over 10 years as an Early Childhood Program Director, Classroom Teacher, and Adjunct Professor for the Colorado Community College System. Jennifer holds a master’s degree in Education specializing in Early Childhood. Dean Tenpas, MS – Treasurer Mr. Tenpas is the Chief Operations Officer at LearningRx World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, the cognitive training corporation founded by his father-in-law, Dr. Ken Gibson. Mr. Tenpas is responsible for finance, human resources, technology, and operations departments. With a master’s degree in counseling, Mr. Tenpas also co-created many of the cognitive training programs and assessments used by clinicians and centers in the United States and around the world. Eliza Love, MS – Board Member and Program Advisor Ms. Love is a Colorado Department of Education Level VI Early Childhood Education Specialist, and a licensed K-12 Elementary teacher, with an endorsement in Gifted Education and holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She penned an early childhood education book called, Will a Horse Eat a Hamburger? and runs a web-based company called, Critical Thinking Kids, LLC. Ms. Love is an Early Childhood Education Doctoral candidate. Jeffrey Moore – Board Member and Ethics Advisor Mr. Moore is a retired Air Force Colonel with expertise in aviation, leadership, quality assurance, systems and regulatory compliance, investigations, human resources management, and safety. He has served as the intervention coordinator for cognitive training research on traumatic brain injury and early Alzheimer’s disease. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Mr. Moore is currently pursuing a second career in...

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LearningRx Research: One-on-One Brain Training Improves Cognition and Daily Functioning for Adults over Age 50

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Brain Training for Seniors, Uncategorized | Comments Off on LearningRx Research: One-on-One Brain Training Improves Cognition and Daily Functioning for Adults over Age 50

New Research Shows LearningRx Cognitive Training Provides Hope for Older Adults with Memory Problems February 8, 2019 – The results of our study just published in the APA journal Psychology and Neuroscience highlight the benefits of human-delivered brain training for adults over age 50, including better cognition as well as improved mood and life skills. In the study with 292 adults between the ages of 50 and 94 with memory or attention problems, researchers found statistically significant changes in long-term memory, processing speed, auditory processing, fluid reasoning, working memory, and visual processing for both treatment groups following 79 hours of one-on-one cognitive training. In addition, they noted improvements in mood, including bolstered confidence, hope, perseverance, reduced anxiety, and overall outlook. Participants also reported changes in work performance, hobbies and sports, driving, and managing daily responsibilities. The study was led by Amy Lawson Moore, PhD at Gibson Institute of Cognitive Research along with Dick Carpenter, PhD from University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Christina Ledbetter, PhD from LSU Health Sciences Center, and Terissa Miller, MS Psy also of Gibson Institute. “This is the first study on LearningRx cognitive training to evaluate changes in cognition plus the transfer of training to real life benefits for older adults,” explains Dr. Moore. “Many studies on brain training have shown improvements in the trained skills, but this is the Holy Grail of cognitive training—transfer to life improvements. We think the human element of delivery is the secret to achieving this transfer. That will be our next research focus.” The study adds to the growing convergence of evidence on the benefits of LearningRx clinician-delivered cognitive training which continues to distinguish it from the “brain games” industry. Dr. Ledbetter, a clinical neuroscientist, states, “The intensity in which a human being can deliver the training tasks is not something that can be replicated by a computer game. We believe it is that intensity coupled with the motivation of working with a personal trainer that drives the changes we are seeing.” The training program used in the study included 35 training procedures with more than 1000 variations that are sequenced in order of difficulty. A metronome and timer are added to the tasks to increase intensity and prevent mental breaks. Each training session lasts 60-90 minutes and participants either attended all training sessions in the clinic or split the sessions with caregivers trained to deliver part of the training at home. In the current study, both delivery methods resulted in similar positive outcomes. The study abstract, “ThinkRx Cognitive Training for Adults Over Age 50: Clinician-Caregiver Partners in Delivery as Effective as Clinician-Only Delivery” is available at https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Fpne0000162 The full article can be accessed here on the corresponding author’s website: https://www.gibsonresearchinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ThinkRx-for-Adults-Over-50_Psy-and-Neuroscience_2019.pdf    ...

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In the News

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WHERE TO FIND US (AND WHERE WE’VE BEEN) November 5-10, 2019 – American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference, Chicago August 8-10, 2019 – American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Chicago July 18-20, 2019 – Neurological Disorders Summit, Los Angeles, CA November 2018 – Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA August 2018 – American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA February 2018 – Brain Training 101 Workshops, The Villages, FL, Belvedere Library February 2018 – International Symposium on Cognitive Disorders and Research, St. Augustine, FL February 2018 – Society of Neuroimaging, Austin, TX January 2018 – Brain Injury Summit, Vail, CO November 2017 – Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, DC August 2017 – American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, DC November 2016 – Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA August 2016 – American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO NEWS AND MEDIA COVERAGE November 5, 2019 In an article, “7 Signs Your Toddler May Have ADHD” published on Reader’s Digest site The Healthy, GICR Research Director & psychologist Dr. Amy Lawson Moore shares some red flags to look for. https://www.thehealthy.com/adhd/signs-toddler-adhd/ October 4, 2019 GICR Research Director & psychologist Dr. Amy Lawson Moore shares a client’s TBI recovery story on Colorado Springs ABC affiliate KRDO in “Man Makes Remarkable Recovery After Traumatic Accident” https://www.krdo.com/news/man-makes-remarkable-recovery-after-traumatic-accident-credits-colorado-springs-company/1129400043 September 30, 2019 GICR Research Director & psychologist Dr. Amy Lawson Moore and TBI client Jim Nelson share his recovery after LearningRx cognitive training on Colorado Springs Fox21 Living Local in “Empower Your Brain with LearningRx” https://www.fox21news.com/living-local/empower-your-brain-with-learningrx/  August 19, 2019 In her talk, “Train Your Brain, Transform Your Tomorrow,” psychologist Dr. Amy Moore discusses how cognitive training like LearningRx can transform lives by harnessing the plasticity of the brain. https://youtu.be/Dgfyzlo2TME November 13, 2018 NBC29 Charlottesville News Feature Story: ‘Research Shows Brain-Training Exercises Reduce Indications of Cognitive Impairment’ //www.nbc29.com/story/39474234/research-shows-brain-training-exercises-reduce-indications-of-cognitive-impairment August 31, 2018 ADHD World Federation Reviews Our Research Abstract on Treatment for ADHD  https://www.adhd-federation.org/publications/abstracts-review-august-2018/ https://www.adhd-federation.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Abstract_Review/2018/08_August/Treatment/Clinician-delivered_cognitive_training_for_children_with_attention_problems_-_effects_on_cognition_and_behavior_from_the_ThinkRx_randomized_controlled_trial.pdf May 8, 2018 FOX21 News Feature Story: ‘Brain Training for Traumatic Brain Injury’ Research http://www.fox21news.com/news/local/can-brain-training-help-treat-brain-injuries-and-other-brain-conditions/1164577052 February 28, 2018 The Villages News Dr. Amy Moore and Tanya Mitchell from LearningRx present two brain training workshops at The Villages, FL January 4, 2018 Natural Awakenings The 10 Biggest Brain-related Stories of 2017 December 2017 American Psychological Association  Dr. Amy Moore and Dr. Christina Ledbetter are demonstrating training tasks while LearningRx VP of R&D Tanya Mitchell talks about our MRI results  in this promotional video for APA August 21, 2017 CVILLE 107.5/1290 WCHV – Charlottesville, VA “Joe Thomas in the Morning” Radio Podcast Interview with Dr. Amy Moore and Dargan Coggeshall on LearningRx Research May 22, 2017 NBC Newscenter1 Study published on LearningRx cognitive rehabilitation training for soldiers with traumatic brain injury Story also featured on KUAM News Story also described on Newswire May 12, 2017 In this YouTube video, Neuroscientist Dr. Christina Ledbetter discusses the importance of intensity in LearningRx cognitive training https://youtu.be/BsX_rlW4jl8 December 10, 2016 National Affairs LearningRx study featured on blog titled “They’re Smart” October 5, 2016 12 News -WBOY LearningRx – Brain Training to Study the Results of Digital and One-on-One Brain Training on ADHD-Related Complaints From College and High School Students September 30, 2016 NewsOn6 – Oklahoma’s Own Study Results on LearningRx Personal Brain Training Improving IQ Scores by 21 Points Study also featured on InnovationNews.com September 29, 2016 Medical News Today Much more than ‘brain games’: Clinician-delivered cognitive training improves multiple cognitive skills and general intelligence in children Story also featured on TodayTopics.com August 4, 2016 Innovation News LearningRx: Study shows improved IQ scores for kids using brain-training...

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