Mar 12, 2012
Alvaro Fernandez, co-founder and CEO of SharpBrains, has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, an honor recognizing the most distinguished leaders under age 40 from around the world.
Mr. Fernandez will discuss “How to Retool Brain Health for the 21st Century” via a one-hour virtual Q&A session hosted live at SharpBrains.com on Friday, March 16 from 10 to 11a.m. US Eastern Time. The conversation will be based on the Meeting Report from the 2011 SharpBrains Summit, which gathered 250+ innovators worldwide.
“The way we do brain health is essentially broken,” he said. “We need a new culture and toolkit to empower sharp brains of all ages to take more proactive care of their brain.”
The major message from the 2011 SharpBrains Summit was that there is a tremendous need to devote sufficient attention and resources to preventive and capacity-building brain health strategies across the lifespan, coupled with inexpensive and scalable assessments, Fernandez said.
“Traditional education, healthcare, medical, insurance and neurotechnology models will need to adapt to better serve societal and market needs in this emerging scenario,” he said. “There is a need to reduce the traditional dependence on disease-based thinking.”
SharpBrains produces the largest annual global and virtual conference in the field. It is now releasing an infographic to summarize the meeting report following up the 2011 conference. The report was co-authored by Alvaro Fernandez, Luc P. Beaudoin (Simon Fraser University), Muki Hansteen-Izora (Intel Corp.), Margaret E. Morris (Intel Corp.), Joshua R. Steinerman (ProGevity Neuroscience) and Peter J. Whitehouse (Department of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University.)