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The following Partners made the 2010 SharpBrains Summit possible:

Media X at Stanford University is a collaboration of Stanford and industry that brings together Stanford’s leading interactive technology research with companies committed to technical advancement and innovation. Media X is affiliated with the H-STAR Institute (Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute).

The Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO) is a non-profit trade association that represents companies involved in neuroscience, academic neuroscience research centers, and brain-illness advocacy groups across the United States and throughout the world.

MaRS Discovery District is a large scale, mission driven innovation centre located in Toronto and networked across Ontario, focused on building Canada’s next generation of technology companies. MaRS works closely with entrepreneurs to grow and scale their ventures into global market leaders in life sciences and health care, information, communications and digital media technologies, cleantech and advanced materials, as well as innovative social purpose business.

Games for Health by the Serious Games Initiative develops a community and best practices platform for the numerous games being built for health care applications.

The Center for Technology and Aging is a non-profit organization with a purpose to advance the diffusion of technologies that help older adults lead healthier lives and maintain independence. It was founded in 2009 with a grant from The SCAN Foundation and is affiliated with the Public Health Institute.

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), founded in 1980, is the leading national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury (TBI). Together with its network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates, as well as hundreds of local chapters and support groups across the country, the BIAA provides information, education and support to assist the 3.17 million Americans currently living with traumatic brain injury and their families.

The USC Davis School of Gerontology has consistently pioneered innovative educational programs including the world’s first Ph.D. in Gerontology, the first joint Master’s degree in Gerontology and Business Administration, and the first undergraduate Health Science Track in Gerontology. Research in molecular biology, neuroscience, demography, psychology, sociology and public policy is conducted under the auspices of the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center, founded in 1964.

The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation was established in 2004 as a public charity to support the advancement of drugs to prevent, treat, and cure Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and cognitive aging. Our strategy of venture philanthropy is based on the idea that our research grant recipients are engaged in projects that are potentially viable in the marketplace with a possible return on investment.

The International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) was founded in the belief that unifying the efforts of the organizations focused on older adults benefits both the people they reach and the organizations themselves. Today, the vision is shared by over 8,000 organizations connected to the ICAA network.

The UC-Santa Barbara Neuroscience Research Institute has a mission to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary neuroscience research. Work in the institute integrates the tools and strategies of modern molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, physiology, biophysics and bioengineering.

Overview of Summit Agenda

Monday January 18th, 2010:

8-8.15. My Continued Love Affair with the Brain. Marian
Diamond, UC-Berkeley

8.15-9.15am. Cognition & Neuroplasticity: The New Health & Wellness

  • Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains
  • Tom Warden, Allstate
  • David Whitehouse, OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions
  • William Reichman, Baycrest

9.30-11am. Tools for Safer Driving: The Opportunity with Teenagers
and Adults

  • Steven Aldrich, Posit Science
  • Shlomo Breznitz, CogniFit
  • Jerri Edwards, University of South Florida
  • Peter Christianson, Young Drivers of Canada

Noon-1.30pm. Baby Boomers and Beyond: Maintaining Cognitive Vitality

  • Kunal Sarkar, Lumos Labs
  • Elizabeth Zelinski, USC Davis School of Gerontology
  • Dan Michel, Dakim
  • Michael Cole, Vivity Labs

1.45-3.15pm. Next Generation Cognitive & Emotional Health Assessments

  • Evian Gordon, Brain Resource
  • Misha Pavel, OHSU
  • Albert “Skip” Rizzo, USC

3.30-4pm. The Future of Cognitive Health Tech - Intel's Perspective

  • Margaret Morris, Senior Researcher
  • Muki Hansteen-Izora, Strategist

Tuesday January 19th, 2010:

8-8.15am. Innovation, People and Technology.Chuck House, Stanford Media X

815-9.15am. Neurocognition & Medicine: Implications for Research,
Diagnosis, and Treatment

  • Keith Wesnes, United BioSource Corporation
  • Adam Gazzaley, UCSF
  • Michel Noir, SBT / HappyNeuron
  • Laurence Hirshberg, NeuroDevelopment Center

9.30-11am. How Can Neuroscience Inform and Refine Mental Health Care

  • Michael Merzenich, UCSF
  • Torkel Klingberg, Karolinska Institute
  • Joshua Steinerman, Albert Einstein – Montefiore Medical Center
  • Yaakov Stern, Columbia University

Noon-1.30pm. Integrating Cognition with Home Health and Medical
Home Models

  • Kenneth Kosik, UC Santa Barbara
  • Jonas Jendi, Cogmed
  • Holly Jimison, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Jesse Wright, University of Louisville

1.45-3.15pm. What's Next: Entrepreneurial And Funding Perpectives

  • Tim Chang, Norwest Venture Partners
  • Richard Levinson, Attention Control Systems
  • Lisa Schoonerman, VibrantBrains
  • Veronika Litinski, MaRS Venture Group

3.30-4pm. Future Standards and Channels for Neuroplasticity-based

  • Stephen Macknik, Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Charles Jennings, MIT
  • P Murali Doraiswamy, Duke University

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010:

Expo Day

  • 9am. Baycrest
  • 10am. CogniFit
  • 11am. Posit Science
  • Noon. SBT/ HappyNeuron
  • 1pm. SharpBrains

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