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New year = New discount!

Get a £10 discount on your GIANT 2020 ticket! Pre-register by subscribing on our weekly newsletter and you will find out more the about discount code soon! We will release our exclusive discount code the first week of January.

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We should all be thinking about Brain Health

Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is recognised as one of the greatest global health challenges of the 21st century. With no known cure for the various forms of dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions, the concept of prevention through early intervention is becoming widely recognised as the best way to tackle these diseases. The Brain Health Initiative looks to raise awareness of this critical topic, and to spread the message that cognitive decline is not inevitable. Helping people understand this, and how to keep their brain healthy – through evidence-based, modifiable lifestyle factors – is at the core of our mission. Ongoing research is beginning to build a picture that shows how lifestyle factors – diet (including gut health), sleep, exercise, and staying socially and mentally active help form the foundation of how to keep the brain healthy as we age. For the brain to maintain optimal function, the three main cell types (neurons, astrocytes and microglia) must all work correctly. Whilst astrocytes and microglia are important in supporting the function of neurons, it is the neurons that are directly associated with aspects of memory, learning, and cognitive function. These neurons transmit information from the body’s sensory apparatus (vision, touch etc.) and process this information by sharing it across different brain regions. This in turn sends signals to the body via motor neurons, where physiological responses are executed (muscle movement etc.). For neurons to work optimally, different conditions must be met: - As neuronal signalling is an energy demanding process, there must be adequate delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the brain - When neurons process information from the body, they make many new connections with other neurons in the brain. This process is greatly aided by the presence of omega-3 polyunsaturated lipids, which make them more flexible and able to connect with their neighbouring neurons - Levels of waste products and toxins should be removed rapidly, and the inflammatory status of the brain should be maintained in a low state Significantly, these processes are modifiable through different lifestyle factors. As an example, with reference to diet, we know that dietary flavonoids (such as those found in fruits) and nitrate (found in leafy green vegetables) improve blood flow to the brain, leading to enhanced brain activity - and also better cardiovascular health. These agents, especially together, have the ability to prevent neuronal damage, thus potentially contributing to the prevention or delay of a variety of brain diseases. While this is only one example, you can find out more about how lifestyle factors affect the brain, and how to keep your brain healthy at our website, brain. health, which launches soon. If you’re interested in staying in touch for our full launch, please visit the site, and sign up for updates. With so many lives impacted by dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions, it’s never too soon, or too late, to start thinking about how to keep your brain healthy.

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Congratulations to the winners of this years Beanstalks competition

BEANSTALKS™ at the GIANT Health Event is an international “competition for prizes” for health and care tech start-ups. Early-stage businesses who enter, gain exposure to a huge and diverse audience across the whole Health, technology and business ecosystem. The BEANSTALKS™ team selected competition finalists to pitch their solutions on stage at the flagship GIANT health event, in front of a prestigious panel of judges and a live audience. The winners were announced on day 2 of the event on the main stage. Congratulations to everyone who entered and won an award! Pollen Award: Imera Bean award: Connido Sprout award: Easee Breakthrough Medical or Healthcare Device: MediSieve Best co-creation with healthcare worker/patients: Connido Intercepting disease and improving lifespan: Easee Addressing Inequalities: Infodemics Advanced Diagnostics and Therapies: PhenoMx Best of Show: Connido

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Thanks for attending GIANT Health 2019

We saw an attendance growth of 150% compared to GIANT 2018. Over 5000 registered attendees, 200+ exhibitors and over 100 speakers came together to innovate, collaborate on and accelerate better outcomes in healthcare through technology and innovation. There were 6…

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Download the GIANT Health app to connect with attendees, partners, exhibitors and sponsors

Follow these instructions to download the GIANT Health app: Or alternatively, go to the app store and download the 'Epic Events' app, then register using the email address you used to purchase your ticket with. Reasons to download the app:…

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Is it your business to dramatically improve health and care?

Is it your business to dramatically improve Health & Care? GIANT’s vision is to improve the health & wellbeing of people around the world by promoting healthcare innovation and supporting Healthtech entrepreneurs. GIANT Health’s flagship event is back for its…

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Act for Cancer Foundation - Tessa's story

“Every chance for everyone…” In 2017, Baroness Tessa Jowell was diagnosed with advanced brain cancer. Within months Tessa and her family were forced to realise the severe limitations of the standard cancer treatments of surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. For the…

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Healthcare Tech Solutions and Innovation meet-up

Are you interested in hearing about the latest technology innovations in Healthcare? Are you looking for inspiration in solving a range of Healthcare problems? Are you willing to embrace collaboration to create advances in Healthcare solutions? Are you looking to…

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Giant health event 2019

Join thousands of people united by a passion to innovate, collaborate on and accelerate better outcomes in health through tech. Click 'Read more' to watch the video #GIANThealth19

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Why you should attend giant health event 2019

        Super early bird ticket offers for GIANT Health Event 2019 END on Saturday 7th September - only a few days left to save 50% on your ticket!! Here are just a few reasons why you should…

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Another reason to attend GIANT: FREE IHM Associate membership (Annual), worth £130!

We are delighted to announce our partnership with the Institue of Healthcare Management, IHM, and they are offering attendees of GIANT a FREE IHM Associate membership (Annual). This amazing offer is worth £130! The Institute of Healthcare Management is the…

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Health Insurance in the digital age: Vision 2020

Health costs money: we’re all living longer, exposed to greater risk and living in populations that are growing faster than economies. So how will we pay for our healthcare needs? For the first time at GIANT, we gather together a…

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