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Sci­en­tific Advi­sory Board

Dr. Carl Eis­dor­fer is the Direc­tor of the Cen­ter on Aging at the Uni­ver­sity of Miami School of Med­i­cine; and Co-Director of the Cen­ter for Research and Edu­ca­tion on Aging and Tech­nol­ogy Enhance­ment. He has authored over 315 sci­en­tific arti­cles pri­mar­ily in aging. He has served as Pres­i­dent of the Geron­to­log­i­cal Soci­ety of Amer­ica, the Amer­i­can Soci­ety on Aging, and the Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of Aging Research. Dr. Eis­dor­fer received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from New York Uni­ver­sity and his M.D. and Psy­chi­atric train­ing from Duke University.

Dr. Joaquin Fuster is Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try and Biobe­hav­ioral Sci­ences at the Neu­ropsy­chi­atric Insti­tute and Brain Research Insti­tute of Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Los Ange­les’ School of Med­i­cine. Fuster’s long research career has had wide-ranging impli­ca­tions for our under­stand­ing of the brain mech­a­nisms of cognition.

Dr. Elkhonon Gold­berg is Sharp­Brains Co-Founder and Chief Sci­en­tific Advi­sor. Dr. Gold­berg is an author, sci­en­tist, edu­ca­tor and clin­i­cian, inter­na­tion­ally renowned for his clin­i­cal work, research, writ­ings and teach­ing in neu­ropsy­chol­ogy and cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science. He is a Clin­i­cal Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­ogy at New York Uni­ver­sity School of Med­i­cine, and Diplo­mate of The Amer­i­can Board of Pro­fes­sional Psy­chol­ogy in Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­ogy. A stu­dent and close asso­ciate of the great neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist Alexan­der Luria, Dr. Gold­berg has con­tin­ued to advance Luria’s sci­en­tific and clin­i­cal tra­di­tion, and writ­ten pop­u­lar sci­ence books such as The Exec­u­tive Brain and The Wis­dom Para­dox. In-depth inter­view avail­able here.

Dr. Ken­neth Kosik is the Co-Director, Neu­ro­science Research Insti­tute at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Santa Bar­bara. From 1980 until 2005 he held var­i­ous appoint­ments at the Har­vard Med­ical School where he became Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­ogy and Neu­ro­science in 1996. He has received a Whitaker Health Sci­ences Award from Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, a Met­ro­pol­i­tan Life Foun­da­tion Med­ical Award, the Derek Denny-Brown Neu­ro­log­i­cal Scholar Award from the Amer­i­can Neu­ro­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion, the Zenith Award from the Alzheimer’s Asso­ci­a­tion, and a NASA Group Achieve­ment Award to the Neu­ro­lab Sci­ence Team.

Dr. Arthur Kramer is a Pro­fes­sor in the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Depart­ment of Psy­chol­ogy, the Cam­pus Neu­ro­science Pro­gram, the Beck­man Insti­tute, and the Direc­tor of the Bio­med­ical Imag­ing Cen­ter at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois. He has pub­lished mul­ti­ple stud­ies and meta-analyses on the cog­ni­tive and struc­tural effect of phys­i­cal and men­tal exer­cise, and was one of the researchers who devel­oped Space Fortress. In-depth inter­view avail­able here.

Baba Shiv is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Mar­ket­ing at Stan­ford Busi­ness School. His research is in the area of con­sumer deci­sion mak­ing and deci­sion neu­ro­science, with spe­cific empha­sis on the role of emo­tion in deci­sion mak­ing, the neu­ro­log­i­cal bases of emo­tion, and non­con­scious men­tal processes in deci­sion mak­ing. His recent work exam­ines the poten­tial for non­con­scious placebo effects related to pric­ing and the empir­i­cal valid­ity of the adage, “Eat­ing Whets the Appetite,”. An Asso­ciate Edi­tor of the Jour­nal of Con­sumer Research and on the edi­to­r­ial board of the Jour­nal of Con­sumer Psy­chol­ogy and the Jour­nal of Mar­ket­ing Research, Pro­fes­sor Shiv has also served as a con­sul­tant for sev­eral mar­ket­ing, law and invest­ment firms.

Dr. Robert Syl­wester is an Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor of Edu­ca­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of Ore­gon, inter­ested in the edu­ca­tional impli­ca­tions of new devel­op­ments in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy. He is the author of sev­eral books and many jour­nal arti­cles. His most recent book is The Ado­les­cent Brain: Reach­ing for Auton­omy. The Edu­ca­tion Press Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica has given him two Dis­tin­guished Achieve­ment Awards for his syn­the­ses of cog­ni­tive sci­ence research, pub­lished in Edu­ca­tional Lead­er­ship. In-depth inter­view avail­able here.

Busi­ness Advi­sory Board

Dr. Sam Gold­stein is a fac­ulty mem­ber at the Uni­ver­sity of Utah School of Med­i­cine and on staff at the Uni­ver­sity Neu­ropsy­chi­atric Insti­tute. Dr. Gold­stein has authored twenty-two texts, numer­ous book chap­ters and peer reviewed research arti­cles. He cur­rently serves as Edi­tor of the Jour­nal of Atten­tion Dis­or­ders and sits on the edi­to­r­ial boards of five peer reviewed journals.

Susan Hoff­man launched the San Fran­cisco State University’s Osher Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute and now leads the Osher Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute at UC-Berkeley. Susan is a Board mem­ber of Gate­way High School. For many years, she ran a per­form­ing arts venue at Fort Mason Cen­ter and rep­re­sented arts orga­ni­za­tions in Sacra­mento and Wash­ing­ton as the state’s arts advocate.

Robin Klaus is the Chair­man of Club One Fit­ness Cen­ters. His expe­ri­ence encom­passes exec­u­tive man­age­ment posi­tions includ­ing pres­i­dent and chief oper­at­ing offi­cer of fit­ness man­u­fac­turer Star Trac, cur­rent chair­man of Planet Fit­ness, and for­mer chair­man of Amer­i­can Sports Insti­tute. Mr. Klaus cur­rently serves on the board of direc­tors of Napa Sonoma Sum­mer Search. Mr. Klaus holds a bachelor’s in inter­na­tional rela­tions from Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity, a master’s in inter­na­tional eco­nom­ics from Uni­ver­sity of Pitts­burgh and a master’s in busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion from Stanford.

Nataliya Riabokon is Pres­i­dent and CEO of Uvarta, Inc. Prior to found­ing Uvarta, Nataliya founded, built and led Lohika Sys­tems. Prior to Lohika, Nataliya held sev­eral exec­u­tive man­age­ment posi­tions at Ernst & Young, and devel­oped a sig­nif­i­cant pri­vate equity and ven­ture cap­i­tal expe­ri­ence in the US and the UK. Nataliya is a mem­ber of the Grow­ing Entre­pre­neurs Men­tor­ing Pro­gram admin­is­tered by the Com­mit­tee of 200, a national orga­ni­za­tion of promi­nent women busi­ness exec­u­tives. Nataliya holds an MBA from Stan­ford Busi­ness School.

Mark Shaw is a mar­ket­ing exec­u­tive who has been involved in the cre­ation, devel­op­ment or launch of sev­eral online and offline con­sumer brands. He was part of the team that built Marie Callender’s into a retail super­mar­ket brand. Next, he con­ceived of and devel­oped Net­gro­cer, the first national online super­mar­ket. Mark received his JD from the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia and MBA from Stan­ford University.

Iwan Stre­ichen­berger is Pres­i­dent of Edu­soft and Cor­po­rate Vice Pres­i­dent of Houghton Mif­flin. Iwan began his career in 1996 as an invest­ment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston. In 1997, he was named busi­ness con­troller and chief tech­nol­ogy offi­cer at L’Oreal South Africa. In 1999, he joined Boston Con­sult­ing Group as a senior asso­ciate. He left BCG to become chief finan­cial offi­cer and vice pres­i­dent of busi­ness devel­op­ment at Flip­side Europe, a Vivendi Uni­ver­sal Pub­lish­ing com­pany, where he was appointed chief oper­at­ing offi­cer in 2001.

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