Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


These are the Spon­sors who made the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit possible.

Bay­crest, located in Toronto, is one of the world’s pre­mier aca­d­e­mic health sci­ences cen­ters focused on aging. Through its strengths in research and edu­ca­tion, Bay­crest is using the power of inquiry and dis­cov­ery to improve the health of tomorrow’s elderly while at the same time care for and enhance the qual­ity of life of the elderly today. Bay­crest runs a Geri­atric Health Care Sys­tem, a Research Cen­tre for Aging and the Brain, and a Cen­tre for Edu­ca­tion on Aging. Fully affil­i­ated with the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto, Bay­crest is play­ing a unique and impor­tant role in train­ing and enlight­en­ing future pro­fes­sion­als who will have the respon­si­bil­ity of car­ing for our aging pop­u­la­tion. We also have link­ages, part­ner­ships and appoint­ments at other aca­d­e­mic cen­tres across the coun­try, con­ti­nent and beyond.

The Insti­tute For the Future is an inde­pen­dent, non­profit strate­gic research group with more than 40 years of fore­cast­ing expe­ri­ence. The core of our work is iden­ti­fy­ing emerg­ing trends and dis­con­ti­nu­ities that will trans­form global soci­ety and the global mar­ket­place. We pro­vide our mem­bers with insights into busi­ness strat­egy, design process, inno­va­tion, and social dilem­mas. Our research spans a broad ter­ri­tory of deeply trans­for­ma­tive trends, from health and health care to tech­nol­ogy, the work­place, and human iden­tity. The Insti­tute for the Future is located in Palo Alto, California.

The EDGE Inno­va­tion Net­work was formed in Decem­ber 2006 as a col­lab­o­ra­tive, open-environment ini­tia­tive enabling mem­bers and sup­port­ers to work together to enhance the deliv­ery cycle of tech­nol­ogy and inno­va­tion to the warfighter. Over the past 18 months, EDGE mem­ber­ship has grown from 15 to 58 mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing U.S. and inter­na­tional mil­i­tary and gov­ern­ment agen­cies, high-tech indus­tries and five U.S.-based uni­ver­si­ties. Spon­sored by Gen­eral Dynam­ics C4 Sys­tems, the EDGE pro­vides sub­ject mat­ter exper­tise, advanced prod­uct port­fo­lios and equip­ment, facil­i­ties and lab­o­ra­to­ries for devel­op­ing and test­ing tech­nolo­gies, prod­ucts and sys­tems at faster cycle times than are cur­rently pos­si­ble on funded pro­grams while enhanc­ing the effec­tive­ness, agility and sur­viv­abil­ity of users worldwide.

Cog­niFit brain fit­ness pro­grams pro­vide an ini­tial base­line assess­ment of the cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties that are most affected by aging, before cre­at­ing per­son­al­ized train­ing pro­grams. No two train­ing pro­grams are the same. Based on more than 30 years of neuro-scientific research, CogniFit’s sci­en­tif­i­cally val­i­dated, patented brain fit­ness pro­grams are per­son­al­ized to each user’s skills and needs to help enhance their cog­ni­tive per­for­mance and health.

Posit Sci­ence is the leader in deliv­er­ing clin­i­cally proven brain fit­ness soft­ware that brings brain sci­ence from the lab to the peo­ple, improv­ing every­day lives. The com­pany com­bines break­through research and a focus on great cus­tomer expe­ri­ences to cre­ate prod­ucts that are engag­ing and help users think faster, focus bet­ter and remem­ber more. Staff neu­ro­sci­en­tists col­lab­o­rate with more than 50 sci­en­tists from lead­ing research insti­tu­tions such as Mayo Clinic and Johns Hop­kins as well as engi­neers and prod­uct mar­keters to design, build and test our computer-based pro­grams. Posit Sci­ence prod­ucts are avail­able online and through health, long-term care and auto insur­ers. Posit Sci­ence is also fea­tured in the PBS doc­u­men­tary “The Brain Fit­ness Program.”

The Arrow­smith Pro­gram is a com­pre­hen­sive suite of cog­ni­tive pro­grams for stu­dents with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties that tar­gets 19 areas of the brain that are most com­monly involved in learn­ing.  It inte­grates two lines of neu­ro­science research, that of Russ­ian neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist, A.R. Luria and the Amer­i­can psy­chol­o­gist, Mark Rosen­zweig, into a method­ol­ogy with a mul­ti­tude of prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tions for address­ing learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.  The Arrow­smith Pro­gram iden­ti­fies and strength­ens the weak cog­ni­tive areas that affect learn­ing and each stu­dent works on cog­ni­tive pro­grams that are indi­vid­u­ally designed for his or her areas of learn­ing dif­fi­culty.  The Arrow­smith Pro­gram was devel­oped at Arrow­smith School in Toronto where it has been offered since 1979 and is avail­able in pub­lic and pri­vate schools in Canada and the U.S.

HAP­PYneu­ron is a pio­neer in brain train­ing and reha­bil­i­ta­tion, pro­vid­ing sci­en­tif­i­cally rig­or­ous and evi­dence based cog­ni­tive stim­u­la­tion pro­grams to indi­vid­u­als, clin­i­cian and researchers world­wide to pro­mote healthy brain aging and the treat­ment of a vari­ety of cog­ni­tive impair­ment con­di­tions. In doing so, the com­pany strives to real­ize the vision of improved brain func­tion, health and vital­ity, and to make a pos­i­tive impact in the lives of pro­gram par­tic­i­pants. HAP­PYneu­ron Inc. is a major­ity owned sub­sidiary of Sci­en­tific Brain Train­ing (NYSE Euronext: MLSBT).

A.G.E. Mat­ters is a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Adult and Geri­atric Eval­u­a­tion Clinic in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with a mis­sion to pro­vide swift and con­tin­u­ally upgraded access to community-based, com­pre­hen­sive assess­ment of cog­ni­tion, func­tion and behav­ior;  per­son­al­ized pro­grams of pre­ven­tion, coun­sel­ing, edu­ca­tion and treat­ment; and nutri­tional and lifestyle rec­om­men­da­tions, cog­ni­tive train­ing pro­grams, and med­ica­tions of proven benefit.

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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