Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

Confirmed Speakers and Moderators

Confirmed Speakers and Moderators Include:

Tracy Pack­iam Alloway

Tracy Pack­iam Alloway, PhD, Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­sity of North Florida.

Tracy was recently awarded the pres­ti­gious Joseph Lis­ter Award by the British Sci­ence Asso­ci­a­tion for her con­tri­bu­tion to sci­ence. Tracy has devel­oped the only stan­dard­ized working-memory tests for edu­ca­tors pub­lished by Psy­cho­log­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion, which to date has been trans­lated into 15 lan­guages and used to screen for work­ing mem­ory prob­lems in stu­dents with dyslexia, motor dys­praxia (Devel­op­men­tal Coor­di­na­tion Dis­or­der), ADHD and Autis­tic Spec­trum Dis­or­der. She pro­vides con­sul­tancy to the World Bank and her research has received wide­spread inter­na­tional cov­er­age in hun­dreds of media out­lets, includ­ing Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can, the BBC, Reuters, ABC News, and NBC.

Gregory Bayer

Dr. Gregory Bayer, CEO, Brain Resource

Dr. Bayer, Brain Resource’s new CEO, served most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions, a division of United Health Group, serving 43 million members. Under his leadership, OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions doubled revenues to over two billion dollars, entered new markets and achieved a leading market position both domestically and internationally. Dr. Bayer led the decision to include Brain Resource products in OptumHealth’s offerings.

Sharon Begley

Sharon Begley, Senior Health & Science Correspondent, Reuters

Sharon Begley, the senior health & science correspondent at Reuters, was the science editor and the science columnist at Newsweek. She is the co-author (with Richard J. Davidson) of the 2012 book The Emotional Life of Your Brain, the author of the 2007 book Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain, and the co-author (with Jeffrey Schwartz) of the 2002 book The Mind and the Brain. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her writing, including an honorary degree from the University of North Carolina for communicating science to the public, and the Public Understanding of Science Award from the San Francisco Exploratorium.

Robert Bilder

Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief of Medical Psychology-Neuropsychology, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience

Dr. Bilder is currently the Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, and Professor of Psychology, College of Letters and Science; Chief of Medical Psychology – Neuropsychology and Director of the Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity in the Jane & Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Bilder’s current research focuses on transdisciplinary and translational research. Dr. Bilder has been awarded diplomate status by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Bilder is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who has been actively engaged for over 20 years in research on the neuroanatomic and neuropsychological bases of major mental illnesses. He has received many awards for his research contributions, served on diverse federal and international advisory boards, provided editorial service to many scholarly journals, and received multiple grants from the NIH, private foundations, and industry.

Sandra Bond Chapman

Sandra Bond Chapman, Founder and Director, Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, is committed to maximizing human cognitive potential across the entire human lifespan. As a cognitive neuroscientist with more than 40 funded research grants, Dr. Chapman’s scientific study elucidates and applies novel approaches to advance creative and critical thinking, strengthen healthy brain development, and incite innovation throughout life. Dr. Chapman’s research record and brain health breakthroughs have led to nationwide recognition and selection of the Center for BrainHealth as the single Virtual Center for the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan to link all states with the most current assessment and training for brain injury.

Nolan Bushnell

Nolan Bushnell, Founder, Atari

Nolan Key Bushnell is an American engineer and entrepreneur who founded both Atari, Inc and the Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza-Time Theaters chain. Bushnell has been inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame and the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame, received the BAFTA Fellowship and the Nations Restaurant News “Innovator of the Year” award, and was named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men Who Changed America.” Bushnell has started more than twenty companies and is one of the founding fathers of the video game industry. He is currently the Co-Founder and Chief Game Designer of Anti-Aging Games, a website of games designed to stimulate the brain and created by Bushnell and two doctorate scientists.

David Coleiro

David is Partner at Strategic North. Strategic North is a boutique healthcare strategic marketing consulting firm with a difference. His purpose in life is to help pharma and other healthcare companies navigate a successful path through the new, constantly changing world of healtcare and build joined up, strategic stories. David’s 14 years of rich experience in pharma consultancy across health outcomes, market research and strategic marketing. He has expertise in cutting edge insight into customer groups beyond the prescriber. He is more interested in developing future looking strategic scenarios that fit with an evolving healthcare environment.

Kristi Durazo

Kristi Durazo is Senior Strategy Advisor at American Heart Association. She is engaged in several exciting initiatives such as Well-being and Health (fascinating exploration of happiness and meaning in life and how it imptacts health). She also works on urban / commercial / residential design and healthy living. She is also working in the area of Gaming and Health, Experience Design and Health Behaviors, Health 2.0 Developer Challenge and Idea and Innovation Generation.

Keith Epstein, Senior strategic advisor, AARP

Keith Epstein is a senior strategic advisor at AARP, with an emphasis on strategic intelligence involving health care trends, and with a special interest in brain health and fitness. Before joining AARP, Epstein was an award-winning writer, editor and investigative journalist with two decades of experience in Washington, from which he often wrote about medicine and science. He was a member of BusinessWeek’s investigative team, worked for major newspapers, and directed original projects with national news organizations, scaling work and audience across multiple platforms for maximum impact. His articles on health have appeared in publications such as The Washington Post and the British Medical Journal, BMJ.

Alvaro Fernandez

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO, SharpBrains

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012, is Sharp­Brains’ co-founder and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer. He has been quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Jour­nal, CNN, and oth­ers. Alvaro co-authored The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, recently named a Best Book by AARP. He started his career at McK­in­sey & Com­pany and led the launch of sev­eral pub­lish­ing and edu­ca­tion com­pa­nies in the US and Europe. Alvaro has an MBA and MA in Edu­ca­tion from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, and enjoys teach­ing The Sci­ence of Brain Health at UC-Berkeley Osher Life­long Learn­ing Institute.


Dr. Sheryl Flynn, CEO, Blue Marble Game Co

Dr. Sheryl Flynn is the founder and CEO of Blue Marble Game Co, a serious games company that focuses design and development of video games to enhance rehabilitation for people with disabilities worldwide. Sheryl has also begun the development of the social network that aims to bring together individuals with disabilities, clinicians, researchers and game industry professionals to engage all integral parties and push the boundaries of games for rehabilitation. In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Dr. Flynn also consults with the University of Southern California, Institute for Creative Technologies and Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy on the NIDRR funded OPTT-RERC grant to develop a suite of games that clinicians can use in rehabilitation settings. In addition Sheryl also mentors students from many universities nationally and internationally. As a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Sheryl has offered her expertise in using games for rehabilitation at local, state and national conferences. Dr. Flynn has authored numerous papers and presentations for national and international conferences and journals.

Lind­say Gask­ins

Lind­say Gask­ins, CEO, Mar­bles: the Brain Store

Lind­say started Mar­bles: The Brain Store in 2008 with the sim­ple idea of find­ing the best brain games out there and putting them all in one place. Not just prod­ucts for aging baby boomers con­cerned about mem­ory loss and vic­tims of brain dis­or­ders, but also any­one who wanted to improve focus and atten­tion, enhance cre­ativ­ity, become bet­ter multi-taskers. Mar­bles opened three more Chicagoland stores in 2009 and four more stores in 2010. Pre­vi­ously, Lind­say was a Vice Pres­i­dent at Sand­box Indus­tries, a Chicago-based ven­ture cap­i­tal fund and incubator.

Adam Gaz­za­ley

Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Francisco

Dr. Gaz­za­ley is a fac­ulty mem­ber in the Neu­rol­ogy, Phys­i­ol­ogy and Psy­chi­a­try depart­ments, and prin­ci­pal inves­ti­ga­tor of a cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science lab­o­ra­tory that con­ducts research on the neural mech­a­nisms of atten­tion and mem­ory. A major focus of his research has been to expand our under­stand­ing of the alter­ations in the aging brain that lead to cog­ni­tive decline. His most recent stud­ies explore how we can pre­serve and improve atten­tion and mem­ory as we get older. He has received many awards and hon­ors for his research, includ­ing the 1997 Cor­ti­cal Scholar Award, Pfizer/AFAR Inno­va­tions in Aging Award and the Elli­son Foun­da­tion New Scholar Award in Aging.

Elkhonon Goldberg

Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, author, scientist, neuropsychologist

Elkhonon Goldberg is an active researcher in the field of cognitive neuroscience. He is particularly well recognized for his scientific contributions in the areas of neuropsychological theory, dynamic aspects of functional cortical organization, frontal lobes, hemispheric specialization, and memory. He is also well known for his innovative diagnostic and rehabilitative methods, as well as for his work in cognitive enhancement. Elkhonon Goldberg is the author of three books, including The New Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes in a Complex World, and co-authored The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, recently named a Best Book by AARP. Contemporary Neuropsychology and the Legacy of Luria (1990) is a tribute to his mentor and friend, the great neuropsychologist Alexandr Luria.


Annette Goodman, Chief Education Officer, Arrowsmith Program

Annette Goodman is the Chief Education Officer at Arrowsmith Program. Annette Goodman holds a masters degree in Industrial Psychology. Annette first worked for Arrowsmith Program twenty years ago as a cognitive teacher. After spending ten years working for a charitable organization, Annette spearheaded a grassroots, parent-driven effort to bring the Arrowsmith Program to the United States for her daughter and others in the community. Annette also serves as Arrowsmith Program’s Director of Teacher Training and in addition she leads numerous research and development projects at Arrowsmith. She is involved in projects related to refinements of the methodology as well as maintaining the integrity of the delivery of the program while offering it more broadly.


Eric B. Gordon, CEO, Atentiv

Mr. Gordon has a successful track record of identifying and bringing emerging medical and healthcare technologies into the clinic, industry and major market dominance. Over the last 26 years he has been directly instrumental, initiated and managed through full development and/or full global commercialization seven other startup companies in pediatric, adult and traveler’s vaccines (Connaught Labs (now Sanofi-Pasteur, the largest global vaccine co.) and Virogenetics), combinatorial chemistry for drug discovery/IPO (ArQule), clinical genomics for drug discovery and diagnostics (Ardais), drug-delivery for endometriosis and other women’s health applications (Combinent), HDL/CHD therapeutics and clinical models (Cardium) and in behavioral health/ADHD diagnostics (BioBehavioral Diagnostics.)

Evian Gordon

Dr. Evian Gordon, Executive Chairman, Brain Resource

Dr Evian Gor­don, PhD, MBBCh, is the Executive Chair­man of Brain Resource. He ini­tially drew upon his sci­ence and med­ical back­ground to estab­lish the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Brain Dynam­ics Cen­ter, in 1986. Through the Brain Dynam­ics Cen­ter and its col­lab­o­ra­tive net­works, Dr Gor­don estab­lished an “inte­gra­tive neu­ro­science” approach, grounded in the use of stan­dard­ized meth­ods across mul­ti­ple types of data. Using this approach, Dr Gor­don founded the “Brain Resource Com­pany”, that cre­ated the first inter­na­tional data­base on the human brain. The data­base is the asset which under­pins the devel­op­ment of new tools for brain health and its per­son­al­ized appli­ca­tion in the mar­ket, such as assess­ments of brain health, deci­sion sup­port sys­tems, and per­son­al­ized train­ing pro­grams. Brain Resource has also sup­ported the for­ma­tion of a non-profit 501c3 Foun­da­tion, called ‘BRAIN­net” (, through which sci­en­tists have access to many of these datasets for inde­pen­dent research.

Shawn Green

Dr. C. Shawn Green, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. C. Shawn Green is the Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Green’s research interests include the factors that affect the generality, rate, and depth of perceptual and cognitive learning. One of his main research tracks has focused on enhancements in visual processing evoked by playing one particular sub-genre of video games (so-called “action video games”). These enhancements range from low-level vision (e.g., improvements in acuity and contrast sensitivity), through mid-level vision (e.g. visual search in clutter), all the way to high-level vision (e.g., multiple-object tracking, mental rotation). Much of his current research focuses on the question of why games have these broad effects (in contrast to the specificity often seen as a result of visual learning) and how games can be harnessed for practical purposes such as rehabilitation and job training. He is also an affiliate faculty member in the Games+Learning Society at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kath­leen Herath

Kath­leen Herath, Asso­ciate Vice Pres­i­dent Health & Pro­duc­tiv­ity, Nation­wide Insurance

Kath­leen Herath, RN, BSN CRRN, over­sees the Health and Pro­duc­tiv­ity strat­egy at Nation­wide for the company’s 33,000 asso­ciates. She is respon­si­ble for the company’s inte­grated health and pro­duc­tiv­ity pro­gram, which includes: health screen­ings, well­ness pro­grams, dis­abil­ity and dis­ease man­age­ment, health edu­ca­tion, work life resources and walk­ing pro­grams and occu­pa­tional health clin­ics. The Health and Pro­duc­tiv­ity pro­gram at Nation­wide has been awarded more than six awards in the last three years includ­ing the pres­ti­gious C. Everett Koop National Health Award and Sharp­Brains’ Brain Fit­ness Inno­va­tion Award.

Jonas Jendi

Jonas Jendi, CEO, Cogmed

Jonas Jendi joined Cogmed in 2001 as its chief exec­u­tive offi­cer. In 2007, Jendi opened Cogmed’s North Amer­i­can head­quar­ters in Naperville, IL, where he is now based. Prior to Cogmed, Jendi pro­vided strate­gic con­sult­ing for the Boston Con­sult­ing Group in Stock­holm and Paris, and held man­age­ment and con­sult­ing roles for var­i­ous tech­nol­ogy start-ups. He holds a MS from the Stock­holm School of Economics.

Holly Jimison

Dr. Holly Jimison, Associate Professor, Dept of Medical Informatics &Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science

Holly B. Jimison, PhD is an associate professor of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University, with expertise and research experience in the design and evaluation of home monitoring and interactive health management tools for a variety of consumer populations. Most recently, Dr. Jimison’s research has focused on health information tools and assistive technology for elders in the home and for chronic disease management. Dr. Jimison is a member of the Executive Council of Oregon’s Center for Aging and Technology, and is also a faculty member of the Point-of-Care Laboratory at OHSU, where she has conducted usability tests of a variety of home health technologies in a simulated home prior their deployment in the homes of research subjects. Dr. Jimison is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, past president of the Oregon Chapter of the Health Information Management Systems Society, and an editor of a textbook on Consumer Health Informatics.

Peter Kissinger

Peter Kissinger, President, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

J. Peter Kissinger is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a position he assumed in May of 2002. The Foundation is a publicly supported, charitable research and educational organization that was founded by AAA in 1947. Its focus is on “saving lives through research and education.” The Foundation is supported primarily by contributions from AAA clubs and individual AAA members.

Ken­neth Kosik

Ken­neth Kosik, Co-Director, UC Santa Bar­bara Neu­ro­science Research Institute

Dr. Kosik is the Co-Director of UCSB Neu­ro­science Research Insti­tute and Founder of CFIT. He received his M.D. degree from the Med­ical Col­lege of Penn­syl­va­nia, com­pleted a neu­rol­ogy res­i­dency from Tufts New Eng­land Med­ical Cen­ter, and held var­i­ous appoint­ments at the Har­vard Med­ical School. In the fall of 2004 he assumed the co-directorship of the Neu­ro­science Research Insti­tute and the Har­ri­man Chair at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Santa Bar­bara. He has received mul­ti­ple awards, includ­ing a Whitaker Health Sci­ences Award from Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, 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.


Corinna E. Lathan, Founder and CEO, AnthroTronix

Dr. Corinna Lathan co-founded AnthroTronix and is currently Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Lathan’s diverse background includes extensive research, teaching, and consulting in the areas of human performance engineering, medical device design, and assistive technology. Previously, Dr. Lathan was an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The Catholic University of America (CUA) and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her work with children with disabilities and robotics has been featured in Forbes, Time, and the New Yorker magazines as well as led to such distinctions as Maryland’s  “Top Innovator of the Year,” MIT Technology Review Magazine’s “Top 100 World Innovators,” and one of Fast Company Magazines “Most Creative People in Business.” She has also been named a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is currently on their Global Agenda Council for Robotics and Smart devices. She is actively involved in educational outreach programs that empower women and minorities in science and technology.


Tan Le, CEO, Emotiv Lifesciences

Tan Le is a technology entrepreneur, business executive and sought-after speaker. She is founder and CEO of Emotiv Lifesciences, a bioinformatics company that advances understanding of the human brain and identifies biomarkers for mental and other neurological conditions using electroencephalography (EEG). She is pursuing the dream of performing inexpensive and widespread brain function screening to catch early signs of autism, epilepsy, learning disabilities, ADHD, and other conditions. Tan has received many awards and appeared in innumerable ‘Who’s Who in Australia’ lists; she was named among Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010 and Forbes‘ 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011. In 2009, she was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader since 2009, and in 2011, she was recognized with the AutoVision Innovations Award and honored as a Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

Brian Mossop

Brian is currently the Community Editor at Wired, where he work across the brand, both magazine and website, to build and maintain strong social communities. Brian received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in 2006. His postdoctoral work was in neuroscience at UCSF and Genentech. Brian has written about science for Wired, Scientific American, Slate, Scientific American MIND, and elsewhere. I primarily cover topics on neuroscience, development, behavior change, and health.

Michael Posner

Dr. Michael Posner, Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon

Michael Posner is Professor Emeritus at the University of Oregon and Adjunct Professor at the Weill Medical College in New York (Sackler Institute). He is currently engaged in a project with Mary K. Rothbart to understand the development of brain networks underlying attention. This work explores the interaction of genes and experience in normal and atypical development.

Dharma Singh Khalsa

Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, President, Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation

Dr Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. has been the President and Medical Director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation in Tucson, Arizona, the original voice in the integrative or holistic medical approach to the prevention and treatment of memory loss. The ARPF is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease and finding a cure through research and prevention. Dr. Khalsa graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1975, and received his postgraduate training in anesthesiology at the University of California, San Francisco where he was chief resident. As chief resident, he conducted highly acclaimed research on anesthesia for cardiac surgery and obstetrical anesthesiology. He is also a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Acupuncture for Physicians Program, and has studied mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical School ‘s Mind/Body Medical Institute. Dr. Khalsa is board certified in anesthesiology and pain management.

Yaakov Stern

Yaakov Stern, Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science Divi­sion Leader, Colum­bia University

Dr. Stern directs the Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science Divi­sion of the Sergievsky Cen­ter and is Direc­tor of Neu­ropsy­chol­ogy for the Mem­ory Dis­or­ders Clinic at the New York State Psy­chi­atric Insti­tute. He also directs the post-doctoral train­ing pro­gram Neu­ropsy­chol­ogy and Cog­ni­tion in Aging, and is a Pro­fes­sor of Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­ogy in the Depart­ments of Neu­rol­ogy, Psy­chi­a­try, and Psy­chol­ogy, as well as the in Sergievsky Cen­ter and the Taub Insti­tute for the Research on Alzheimer’s Dis­ease and the Aging Brain, at Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity Col­lege of Physi­cians and Surgeons.

Rodney Stoops, Vice President, Providence Place Retirement Community

Rodney Stoops entered long term care in 2000 after most of his life in hotel/restaurant management. He has been able to use that customer service experience to change the traditional nursing culture and getting people to innovate and upgrade resident care. Mr. Stoops was the Administrator at Providence Place Retirement Community of Chambersburg for 11 1/2 years and has recently been made a Vice President. Providence Place Retirement Community is owned and operated by former Gov. of Pennsylvania, George M. Leader, and by the Leader family who has just celebrated their 50th year in long term care.

Kate Sul­li­van

Kate Sul­li­van, Direc­tor of the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter, Wal­ter Reed National Military Med­ical Center

Kate Sul­li­van M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS com­pleted her under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate degrees in Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sci­ences and Dis­or­ders at James Madi­son Uni­ver­sity. She has been a speech-language pathol­o­gist at Wal­ter Reed Army Med­ical Cen­ter for 10 years where she recently helped launch the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter (BFC), located in the WRAMC’s Mil­i­tary Advanced Train­ing Cen­ter, to com­ple­ment tra­di­tional care approaches.

Mark Watson, Director of Community Outreach, Eaton Educational Group

The 2011-2012 school year is Mark’s seventh year at Eaton Arrowsmith School Vancouver, and fourth year as the Principal. In November of 2011 he transitioned from the Principal role to the Director of Community Outreach. As the Director of Community Outreach of Eaton Educational Group, he works closely with the Director, VicePrincipal, administrative staff, teachers and students to ensure the highest quality educational experience possible. Mr. Watson holds a Bachelor’s degree in 2001 from the University of Alberta in Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation and is working towards my MA in Educational Leadership.

Keith Wesnes

Keith Wesnes, Prac­tice Leader, United BioSource Corporation

In 1986 Pro­fes­sor Wesnes founded Cog­ni­tive Drug Research (acquired in 2009 by United BioSource) to offer this sys­tem as a ser­vice in clin­i­cal tri­als. Pro­fes­sor Wesnes has pub­lished over 270 peer-reviewed research arti­cles as well as more than 20 chap­ters and lit­er­a­ture reviews. He holds Pro­fes­sor­ships at the Human Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science Unit at Northum­bria Uni­ver­sity, New­cas­tle, UK and the Brain Sci­ences Insti­tute at Swin­burne Uni­ver­sity, Mel­bourne, Australia.

Peter J. Whitehouse

Dr. Peter Whitehouse, Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Peter J. Whitehouse, MD, PhD is Professor of Neurology as well as former Professor of Cognitive Science, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Psychology, Nursing, Organizational Behavior, Bioethics and History. With colleagues he discovered fundamental aspects of the cholinergic pathology in Alzheimer’s and related dementias, which lead to the development of our current generation drugs to treat these conditions. He is clinically active at University Hospitals of Cleveland in the Joseph Foley Elder Health Center at Fairhill Center caring for individuals with concerns about their cognitive abilities as they age. His research interests include the neurobiology of what he used to refer to as Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions, the development of more effective treatments for individuals with cognitive impairment, including drugs and non-biological interventions, ethical issues in the medical profession and integrative health care systems. He is the author (with Danny George) of a provocative book entitled The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told About Today’s Most Dreaded Diagnosis.

Stanley Yang, CEO, NeuroSky

As Chief Executive Officer of NeuroSky, Inc., Stanley Yang is the visionary behind the bio-sensor company that has quickly become a global leader in mass market Brain-Computer Interface technology. NeuroSky has developed a non-invasive neural communication sensor that converts brainwaves and other bio-signals into digital electronic signals. This “ThinkGear” technology can control electronic devices, enable machines to adept to people, and further enhance education and research on creative applications powered by the brain. NeuroSky has forged successful partnerships with a broad range of companies from Fortune 500 industry leaders to innovative independent developers. Furthermore, NeuroSky leverages collaboration with a number of top domestic and international academic institutions to move technology out of the lab and into the marketplace.