Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD

Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:

Over time, with both love and other drugs, our brain adapts in a way that makes the substance boring, old, and typically less pleasurable. Naturally, we seek more reward to meet the same dopamine reaction we first received.

Dopamine regulates movement, emotion, motivation and pleasure in the brain. That’s why it’s so great to fall in love. That’s why gambling wins feel so great at first. That’s why the first sip, first nicotine hit, first abusive drugs seem so positive to start.

Although neuroscientists, biologists and psychologists have learned a great bit about addiction in recent decades, there’s still more to learn. In particular, these researchers from different silos are beginning to pair up across a university or across the country to mix expertise in how to best understand the mind-body connection. New fields such as
psychoneuroendocrinology and neuropsychopharmacology have popped up to make these connections in research and tell us where to go next.

Read this short but important article,    CLICK HERE

Image: Christine Daniloff/MIT

Many diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, can be treated with electrical stimulation from an electrode implanted in the brain. However, the electrodes can produce scarring, which diminishes their effectiveness and can necessitate additional surgeries to replace them.

MIT researchers have now demonstrated that making these electrodes much smaller can essentially eliminate this scarring, potentially allowing the devices to remain in the brain for much longer.

“What we’re doing is changing the scale and making the procedure less invasive,” says Michael Cima, the David H. Koch Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and the senior author of the study, which appears in the May 16 issue of Scientific Reports.

Cima and his colleagues are now designing brain implants that can not only deliver electrical stimulation but also record brain activity or deliver drugs to very targeted locations.

Read more on this very important study.  CLICK HERE .  
What a great way to wind down Summer, crank up Fall, and help us start a new BIAMD tradition full of food, folks, and fun.

Check out the Key Brewery's Taphouse , pick crabs to your heart's content, maybe win some prizes, and doing it all for a great cause. 

This event is designed to support the Brain Injury Association's Maryland Brain Injury Connection Center (1.800.221.6443) which receives over 300 calls a month from all over the country.

Please join us at this inaugural BIAMD party! 

September 10, 2017
1 - 4 pm

2500 Grays Road
Dundalk, MD 21222


All-You-Can-Eat Crabs
Crab Soup
Hot Dogs
Barbeque Chicken
Green Salad
Baked Beans
Mashed Potatoes
Soft Drinks
Beer & Wine for Purchase


Early-Bird Pricing: (Until 11:30 PM, August 28, 2017)
Individuals: $65.00
Table of 8: $400.00
I still remember a time when I was around 6 years old, I drew a picture about me and my parents during art class. That was my first class and I could draw anything but I really wanted to draw my family and so I did. My other classmates drew something different, some drew animals, some drew ugly aliens, some drew pretty princesses. My teacher came to me and said, “Brian, you can be more creative next time.” And at that moment I thought, maybe I really wasn’t a creative person, and I thought maybe creativity was inborn.

As I grew up, this belief stuck with me until I read a book called   It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be by Patrick O’Neill.   It convinced me that as long as I wanted to be more creative, I could train myself to be a creative person.

Please read Brian Lee's article about about his thought exercise,  CLICK HERE .  
 2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...

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We are very excited to provide you an update on all that's been going on at the Brain Injury Association of Maryland and events happening in the near future!   
 2a) What Else We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...
It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be is a handbook of how to succeed in the world - a pocket 'bible' for the talented and timid to make the unthinkable thinkable and the impossible possible.

The world's top advertising guru, Paul Arden, offers up his wisdom on issues as diverse as problem solving, responding to a brief, communicating, playing your cards right, making mistakes and creativity, all notions that can be applied to aspects of modern life. This book provides a unique insight into the world of advertising and is a quirky compilation of quotes, facts, pictures, wit and wisdom, packed into easy-to-digest, bite-sized spreads. If you want to succeed in life or business, this is a must!

Paul Arden began his career in advertising at the age of 16. For 14 years he was Executive Creative Director at Saatchi and Saatchi, where he was responsible for some of Britain's best known campaigns including British Airways, Silk Cut, Anchor Butter, InterCity and Fuji. His famous slogans include 'The Car in front is a Toyota' and 'The Independent - It is - Are You?'. In 1993 he set up the London-based production company Arden Sutherland-Dodd where he is now a commercials director for clients such as BT, BMW, Ford, Nestle and Levis.

For The Book,  CLICK HERE .
  (If you decide to buy anything mentioned in #5ThoughtsFriday, don't forget to use  Amazon Smile  and select the Brain Injury Association of Maryland as your donation beneficiary.) 
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"Y our assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.” – I. Asimov 

September 6-7, 2017

201 Waterfront Street
Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745
BrainFutures 2017 is a one-and-a-half-day conference featuring renowned leaders sharing research-to-practice innovation to optimize brain health and transform mental health care.

Established in 2016, BrainFutures is a non-profit organization providing a "one-stop-shop" for rigorous and unbiased information about advances in brain health resulting from breakthroughs in understanding neuroplasticity of the brain. We focus on two key areas:

Advances in treatments and programs that produce superior results combining digital therapies and new medications with self-care strategies including mindfulness, exercise, diet and fitness.

Digital and self-care strategies involving brain fitness that strengthen neural networks, and improve brain health and functioning.

For more informaiton, or to Register, CLICK HERE. 
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