Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


Speaking Events & Conferences

Alvaro_Fernandez “Alvaro Fer­nan­dez syn­the­sizes and trans­lates the lat­est neu­ro­science into provoca­tive, com­pelling, and enter­tain­ing sto­ries of men­tal fit­ness and the future of the brain.” –David Pescovitz, Research Direc­tor, Insti­tute for the Future.

 “I want to thank you for your keynote din­ner pre­sen­ta­tion at our recent meet­ing of the Coun­cils of Human Resources Exec­u­tives. You deliv­ered on what you promised and pro­vided impor­tant insights into the link­ages between brain health, resiliency and cre­ativ­ity. Mem­bers appre­ci­ated your knowl­edge, the exam­ples you pro­vided, and your sense of humour! Thank you again. Job well done!” –Judith L. MacBride-King, Net­work Exec­u­tive, The Con­fer­ence Board of Canada.

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, Sharp­Brains’  CEO & Co-Founder, speaks reg­u­larly to a wide range of audi­ences in both small, infor­mal groups and large, for­mal ones. Named a Young Global Leader by the World Eco­nomic Forum, Alvaro has been quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Jour­nal, AP, CNN, and more. He co-authored the book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (April 2013; 284 pages)and is the Chief Ana­lyst for the mar­ket report The Dig­i­tal Brain Health Mar­ket 2012–2020. His LinkedIn pro­file, includ­ing dozens of endorse­ments as an inno­va­tor and pub­lic speaker: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez

If you are inter­est­ing in secur­ing Mr. Fer­nan­dez for your upcom­ing event, please Con­tact Us indi­cat­ing the details of your Speak­ing Inquiry.

Upcom­ing Talks

> Feb­ru­ary 24, New York  City: How Can We Invest in Our Brains to Boost Inno­va­tion and Resilience?, at Mid-Manhattan Library. Details here.

> Feb­ru­ary 28th, Coral Gables, FL: Cómo inver­tir en su cere­bro, at Books & Books. Details here.

Selected 2013 Talks

> March 15–17, Los Ange­les: Mar­riage of Sci­ence & Indus­try — How to cre­ate a sus­tain­able busi­ness model that proves end-user value, at ESCoNS2 (Enter­tain­ment Soft­ware and Cog­ni­tive Neu­rother­a­peu­tics Society)

> April 1st, Boston: Health from the Neck Up, a guest lec­ture at Har­vard exten­sion course Mind, Brain, Health, and Edu­ca­tion (MBHE): The Sci­ences of Devel­op­ment, Learn­ing, and Well-being

> April 23–25, Lima, Peru: Upgrad­ing edu­ca­tion and health with the brain in mind, at the World Eco­nomic Forum on Latin Amer­ica 2013

> May 15–16, Toronto:  The Web as a Gym for the Brain, at mesh13

> May 20, Wash­ing­ton, DC: Inno­vat­ing for the 50+, at Aging 2.0

> June 12, Vic­to­ria, BC, Canada: How Can We Invest In Our Brains To Boost Inno­va­tion and Resilience, at the Con­fer­ence Board’s Coun­cil of Human Resource Executives

> June 14, San Diego: I’ll Take Brain Health for $6 Bil­lion, at the Dig­i­tal Health Sum­mer Summit

> Octo­ber 15th, San Fran­cisco, CA: Cor­ti­cal Plas­tic­ity: Where Brain Health Meets Dig­i­tal Health, at the Neu­rotech Lead­ers Summit

> Octo­ber 28th, Toronto, ON, Canada: How Can We Invest In Our Brains To Boost Inno­va­tion and Resilience, at the Con­fer­ence Board’s Coun­cil of Human Resource Executives

> Octo­ber 28th, Toronto, ON, Canada: Break­ing the Silos and Boost­ing Our Brains, at McMas­ter University

AlvaroFernandezNYPL> Novem­ber 8th, San Fran­cisco, CA: Brain Fit­ness for Adap­tive Orga­ni­za­tions, at the Neu­roLead­er­ship Summit.

Selected Pre­vi­ous Talks

> Octo­ber 29th, Los Ange­les: Brain Fit­ness Today and Tomor­row, at the UCLA Tech­nol­ogy & Aging Conference.

> Octo­ber 17th, San Fran­cisco, CA: The Con­sumer Mar­ket for Neu­rotech­nol­ogy, at 2011 Neu­rotech Lead­ers Forum.

> Sep­tem­ber 19-20th, San Fran­cisco, CA: Trans­lat­ing Neu­ro­science Into Mar­ketable Ther­a­peu­tic Inter­ven­tions, at ESCoNS.

> Sep­tem­ber 14th, Barcelona: How and Why Dig­i­tal Tech­nology Will Trans­form Edu­ca­tion, Train­ing and Brain Health, dur­ing the “Evenings with…” series at Esade.

> June 22nd, Barcelona: La salud en el siglo XXI — Como com­batir el envejec­imiento cere­bral, at Fun­da­cion Edad y Vida.

> April 28th, San Fran­cisco: Har­ness Your Brain Plas­tic­ity for Life­long Brain Fit­ness, dur­ing the series “The Amaz­ing Brain: Anatomy & Func­tion orga­nized by Cal­i­for­nia Pacific Med­ical Center.

> March 10th, San Diego: Brain Fit­ness Offer­ings to Attract and Retain Baby Boomers, dur­ing the Con­ven­tion of the Inter­na­tional Health, Rac­quet & Sports­club Asso­ci­a­tion (IHRSA).

> Feb­ru­ary 17-18th, San Fran­cisco: Teach­ing Brain Fit­ness in Your Schools and Com­mu­nity for Life­long Learn­ing and “Research-Based Evi­dence of Emerg­ing Tech­nolo­gies to Assist and Train Cog­ni­tive and Emo­tional Func­tion”, dur­ing the Learn­ing & the Brain Conference.

> Decem­ber 1-2nd, Ontario: Main­tain­ing Auton­omy — the Brain Fit­ness Move­ment, dur­ing the Ontario Inno­va­tion Summit.

> Novem­ber 20-22nd, Dubai: pro­ceed­ings of the Coun­cil on the Aging Soci­ety dur­ing the Sum­mit of the Global Agenda run by the World Eco­nomic Forum.

> Novem­ber 11-12th, Prince­ton, New Jer­sey: Robert Wood John­son Foun­da­tion Forum on the Future Impact of Neu­ro­science and Behav­ior Change.

> Novem­ber, San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia: three book talks in Span­ish spon­sored by AARP at Jones Memo­r­ial Church, Mis­sion Neigh­bor­hood Cen­ter, and Bethany Cen­ter Senior Housing.

> Novem­ber 3rd, San Fran­cisco: Brain Fit­ness For Peak Per­for­mance, at the Asso­ci­a­tion for Cor­po­rate Growth (ACG) Speaker Series.

> Octo­ber 14th, Berke­ley, CA: Do’s and Don’ts of Brain Fit­ness for Life, at UC-Berkeley Osher Life­long Learn­ing Institute.

> Octo­ber 6th, Palo Alto, CA: Brain Fit­ness — Fad or Rev­o­lu­tion?, Smart­Sil­vers MIT North­ern Cal­i­for­nia event.

> Sep­tem­ber 25rd, New York Pub­lic Library, Stephen Schwarz­man Build­ing: The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness.

> July 23th, Seat­tle: Well­ness Gam­ing: Games that are Good for You panel, at Casual Connect.

> July 17th, Stevens Point, Wis­con­sin: Brain Fit­ness in Senior Hous­ing, at WAHSA’s 2009 Senior Hous­ing Conference.

> June 11th, Boston: Bird’s Eye View of Cog­ni­tive Health Inno­va­tion, at the Games for Health Conference.

> June 1-2nd, Wash­ing­ton, DC: The Role of Cog­ni­tive Assess­ments and Brain Fit­ness in Care Man­age­ment, at the National Medicare Read­mis­sions Summit.

> April 8th, Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina Greens­boro: Cog­ni­tive Fit­ness and the Aging Work­force: Oppor­tu­ni­ties and Chal­lenges, at the Sil­ver­ing Work­force Summit.

> April 6th, Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity: How Neu­ro­science Will Impact Edu­ca­tion and Health­care: A 5–10 Year View, at the Stan­ford SELA Summit.

> March 9-12th, San Jose: Emerg­ing Research and Tech­nolo­gies for Life Hack­ing, at ETech 2009.

> March 5th, New York Acad­emy of Med­i­cine: Brain Fit­ness Soft­ware — Con­sumers Guide to dis­tin­guish­ing hope from hype, at the Com­pre­hen­sive Approach to Demen­tia Sym­po­sium spon­sored by Mon­te­fiore Med­ical Center.

> Jan­u­ary 8-9th, Ari­zona State Uni­ver­sity: Cog­ni­tive Fit­ness — Emerg­ing Trends and Chal­lenges, at the Co-Adaptive Learn­ing: Adap­tive Tech­nol­ogy for the Aged Symposium

Sam­ple Topics

How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age

Just like the rest of our body, the brain requires care, atten­tion and proper exer­cise. Yet, we often ignore this most vital organ because few know where to begin. Based on the new and expanded sec­ond edi­tion of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness –named a Best Book by AARP in 2011– co-author Alvaro Fer­nan­dez will dis­cuss exactly how to “use it or lose it,” offer­ing a ground­break­ing new approach to improv­ing brain health and per­for­mance at any age, from chil­dren to younger and older adults. With prac­ti­cal and per­son­al­ized tips for pre­serv­ing and enhanc­ing brain func­tion through­out life, the new book com­bines a user-friendly tuto­r­ial on how the brain works with advice on how to choose and inte­grate lifestyle changes and brain train­ing exer­cises to improve men­tal focus, build emo­tional resilience, enhance mem­ory and ward off Alzheimer’s dis­ease. Fea­tur­ing a cap­ti­vat­ing and engag­ing inde­pen­dent analy­sis of hun­dreds of sci­en­tific stud­ies pub­lished in the last 10 years, the book also includes in-depth inter­views with 20 lead­ing sci­en­tists who often chal­lenge con­ven­tional wis­dom and pre­vail­ing brain health think­ing and care.


How Can We Invest in Our Brains to Boost Inno­va­tion and Resilience?

Hear from a lead­ing expert about the impor­tance of brain health on inno­va­tion, resilience and pro­duc­tiv­ity. Our keynote speaker will share the lat­est research on brain func­tion­ing and applied neu­ro­plas­tic­ity. What is the link between brain health, the capac­ity to inno­vate and to thrive in today’s work­place? What are the lim­its of the human brain? Can we train our brain to be more cre­ative? What can we do in orga­ni­za­tions to invest in our most pre­cious human resource –our amaz­ing brain– and boost inno­va­tion and resilience?


When Dig­i­tal Health Meets Applied Neuroscience

Brain health is a rapidly evolv­ing field and all health and insur­ance providers should be aware of the far-reaching impact this trans­for­ma­tion will have in the near future. Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, the CEO of the lead­ing inde­pen­dent mar­ket research firm track­ing health and well­ness appli­ca­tions of brain sci­ence, will dis­cuss a brand new mar­ket study and fore­cast on how dig­i­tal plat­forms will rev­o­lu­tion­ize brain health by 2020. Dis­cover how the grow­ing main­stream demand for “brain fit­ness” is cre­at­ing a sig­nif­i­cant demand and oppor­tu­nity for web-based, mobile and biometrics-based tech­nol­ogy to assess, mon­i­tor and enhance cog­ni­tion and brain functioning.


Some clips

> Inter­view with Alvaro Fer­nan­dez on the story behind Sharp­Brains, at the Dig­i­tal Health Sum­mit (9-minutes).

> Pre­sen­ta­tion of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness (first edi­tion), at New York Pub­lic Library (87 minutes).


If you are inter­est­ing in secur­ing Mr. Fer­nan­dez for your upcom­ing event please Con­tact Us indi­cat­ing the details of your Speak­ing Inquiry.

> Sep­tem­ber 8th, Petaluma, Cal­i­for­nia: Phys­i­cal and Men­tal Exer­cise for Brain Fit­ness, at the Club One Fit­ness Cen­ter. More infor­ma­tion here.

> Sep­tem­ber 9th, San Fran­cisco: The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, at San Fran­cisco State Uni­ver­sity Osher Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute (OLLI). More infor­ma­tion here.

> Sep­tem­ber 11th, Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia: The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, at ASA Brain Health Day

> Sep­tem­ber 23rd, New York Pub­lic Library, Bronx Library Cen­ter: The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness. More infor­ma­tion here.

> Sep­tem­ber 25rd, New York Pub­lic Library, Stephen Schwarz­man Build­ing: The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness. More infor­ma­tion here.

> Octo­ber 6th, Palo Alto, CA: Brain Fit­ness — Fad or Rev­o­lu­tion?, Smart­Sil­vers MIT North­ern Cal­i­for­nia event. More infor­ma­tion here.

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