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Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 19th, 2013

Day 1

Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 20th, 2013

Day 2

Watch Record­ing: 8:30–9:15am. How can we har­ness the Human Brain Project to max­i­mize its future health and well-being ben­e­fits? In early 2013, the Euro­pean Union selected the Human Brain Project,  coor­di­nated by Lausanne’s Fed­eral Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (EPFL), as the recip­i­ent of over 1 bil­lion euros/ 1.3 bil­lion dol­lars over the next ten years. How can the research agenda of this major ini­tia­tive, and closely related ones, be orga­nized and aug­mented with part­ner­ships with the pri­vate sec­tor and cross-sector stake­hold­ers? How can we start build­ing brain heath inno­va­tion plat­forms and deliv­ery sys­tems at the inter­sec­tion of neu­ro­science, IT, and engineering?

  • Chair: Hilal Lashuel, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor at the Swiss Fed­eral Insti­tute of Technology-Lausanne (EPFL), YGL Class of 2012
  • Sean Hill, co-Director of the Blue Brain Project and co-Director of Neu­roin­for­mat­ics in the Human Brain Project (HBP) at the Swiss Fed­eral Insti­tute of Technology-Lausanne (EPFL)

Watch Record­ing: 9:15–10:00am. Brain Health meets Dig­i­tal Health (Record­ing starts at minute 41)We will dis­cuss the key high­lights and fore­casts from Sharp­Brains’ lat­est mar­ket report “The Dig­i­tal Brain Health Mar­ket 2012–2020: Web-based, mobile and biometrics-based tech­nol­ogy to assess, mon­i­tor and enhance cog­ni­tion and brain functioning.”

  • Chair: Hilal Lashuel, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor at the Swiss Fed­eral Insti­tute of Technology-Lausanne (EPFL), YGL Class of 2012
  • Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of Sharp­Brains, YGL Class of 2012

Watch Record­ing: 10:15–11:45am. How can orga­ni­za­tions max­i­mize the resilience and pro­duc­tiv­ity of their human resources? His­tor­i­cally, human resource depart­ments have not had the toolkit to develop the most human resource of all – our brains. What are some large employ­ers and insur­ers doing to apply emerg­ing sci­ence and best prac­tices in this domain, via well­ness and train­ing ini­tia­tives, and HR benefits?

  • Chair: Andrew Lee, Vice Pres­i­dent at Aetna, YGL Class of 2011
  • Hyong Un, Head of Employee Assis­tance Pro­grams at Aetna
  • Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain Resource
  • David Nill, Chief Med­ical Offi­cer at Cerner Corporation

Watch Record­ing: 12:45–2:15pm. What is the future of per­sonal brain health? Accel­er­at­ing inno­va­tion is poised to enable sys­tem­atic brain health self-monitoring and self-care, which in turn can trans­form what it means to live healthy and ful­fill­ing lives. What con­crete steps can indi­vid­u­als take to man­age and enhance brain health and heal ill­ness through­out the var­i­ous stages of life?

  • Chair: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of Sharp­Brains, YGL Class of 2012
  • Bar­bara Arrow­smith Young, author of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain
  • Alexan­dra More­house, VP Brand Man­age­ment at Kaiser Permanente

2:15–3:00pm. Water­cooler Chats. We’ll spend some time con­nect­ing with other par­tic­i­pants, dis­cussing high­lights, exchang­ing ideas and con­tact information.

Watch Record­ing: 3:00–4:30pm. How can Big Data help upgrade brain care? Cur­rent stan­dards of brain and men­tal care often rely on tri­als of insuf­fi­cient scale, which not only lim­its our abil­ity to diag­nose, pre­vent, treat and per­son­al­ize care but often leads to incor­rect con­clu­sions and unde­sir­able results. What tools and data are becom­ing avail­able via large-scale web-based and mobile appli­ca­tions, and how can researchers, inno­va­tors and prac­ti­tion­ers con­nect with these initiatives?

  • Chair: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of Sharp­Brains, YGL Class of 2012
  • Daniel Stern­berg, Data Sci­en­tist at Lumosity
  • Joan Sev­er­son, Pres­i­dent of Dig­i­tal Artefacts
  • Robert Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psychology-Neuropsychology at UCLA Semel Insti­tute for Neuroscience
Watch Record­ing: 8:30–10:00am. What are scal­able best prac­tices to spread smart health? Max­i­miz­ing health and well-being requires qual­ity decision-making and pos­i­tive lifestyles across mil­lions, if not bil­lions, of indi­vid­ual decision-makers. How can we accel­er­ate the adop­tion of smart health behav­iors in scal­able and sys­tem­atic ways, ensur­ing ben­e­fits at both the indi­vid­ual and pop­u­la­tion lev­els, and empow­er­ing con­sumers, patients and professionals?

  • Chair: Jayne Plun­kett, Head of Casu­alty Rein­sur­ance at Swiss Re, YGL Class of 2010
  • Misha Pavel, Pro­gram Direc­tor of Smart and Con­nected Health at the National Sci­ence Foundation
  • Dharma Singh Khalsa, Pres­i­dent of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation
  • Josh Wright, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of ideas42

Watch Record­ing: 10:15–10:45am. Build­ing Up the Apollo Brain Data Exchange Por­tal. We will dis­cuss oppor­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges aris­ing from this core ini­tia­tive, spear­headed by One Mind for Research, to pro­vide open access to vast amounts of data and help close the gap between basic research and health outcomes.

  • Chair: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of SharpBrains
  • Pete Chiarelli, CEO of One Mind for Research, U.S. Army Gen­eral (Ret)

Watch Record­ing: 10:45–11:45am. How can prac­ti­tion­ers inte­grate emerg­ing neuroplasticity-based inter­ven­tions with exist­ing stan­dards of care? A promis­ing fron­tier of applied neu­ro­science lies in tech­nolo­gies that stim­u­late our brains in order to har­ness neu­ro­plas­tic­ity and achieve pos­i­tive out­comes. What are the prac­ti­cal Pros and Cons of dif­fer­ent method­olo­gies such as cog­ni­tive train­ing, EEG/ QEEG biofeed­back, vir­tual real­ity, tDCS, and what are appro­pri­ate ways to inte­grate them with tra­di­tional interventions?

  • Chair: Olivier Oul­lier, Pro­fes­sor of Behav­ioral and Brain Sci­ences at Aix-Marseille University
  • Bruce Wexler, NIH Director’s Award Win­ner and Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try at Yale University
  • Kate Sul­li­van, Direc­tor of the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter at Wal­ter Reed National Mil­i­tary Med­ical Center

Watch Record­ing: 12:45–2:15pm. What are future con­sumer appli­ca­tions of bio-sensing neu­rotech­nol­ogy? Biosens­ing tech­nol­ogy is becom­ing increas­ingly amenable for con­sumer appli­ca­tions. What are exist­ing R&D and dis­tri­b­u­tion lim­i­ta­tions and how may these be addressed over the next few years? How do we see future appli­ca­tions being adopted by con­sumers in mul­ti­ple contexts?

  • Chair: Corinna E. Lathan, Founder and CEO of Anthro­Tronix, YGL Class of 2006
  • Stan­ley Yang, CEO of NeuroSky
  • Deb­o­rah Roz­man, CEO of HeartMath
  • Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon

2:15–3:00pm. Water­cooler Chats. We’ll spend some time con­nect­ing with other par­tic­i­pants, dis­cussing high­lights, exchang­ing ideas and con­tact information.

Watch Record­ing: 3:00–4:30pm. How can inno­va­tors lever­age crowd­fund­ing and strate­gic invest­ments to gain dis­tri­b­u­tion reach? With dis­tri­b­u­tion as a com­mon bot­tle­neck to the sus­tain­able com­mer­cial­iza­tion of inno­va­tion, value-added cap­i­tal is often crit­i­cal to enable steady progress in the trans­la­tion of brain sci­ence from lab to life. This is espe­cially true in non-medical areas, which lack appro­pri­ate infra­struc­ture to com­mer­cial­ize and dis­trib­ute inno­v­a­tive solu­tions. What can inno­va­tors learn from Discovery’s invest­ment in Lumos­ity, AAA’s part­ner­ship with Posit Sci­ence, and Emotiv’s Kick­starter crowd­fund­ing campaign?

  • Chair: Matthew Bishop, US Busi­ness Edi­tor and New York Bureau Chief of The Econ­o­mist, YGL Class of 2005
  • Dan Fox, Senior VP Cor­po­rate Devel­op­ment at Dis­cov­ery Communications
  • Jeff Zim­man, Chair­man of Posit Science
  • Tan Le, CEO of Emo­tiv Life­sciences, YGL Class of 2009

Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 27th, 2013

Expo Day

Watch Record­ing: 8:30–9:15am. Sharp­Brains. Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, pre­sent­ing the new book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (April 2013; 284 pages).

Watch Record­ing: 9:30–10:15am. The Alzheimer’s Research & Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion. Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, pre­sent­ing research and prac­tice around self-guided Kir­tan Kriya med­i­ta­tion.

Watch Record­ing: 10:30–11:15am. Dig­i­tal Arte­facts. Joan Sev­er­son and Josh Cos­man, pre­sent­ing Brain­Base­line app and upcom­ing new releases.

Watch Record­ing: 11:30–12:15pm. Inter­ac­tive Metronome. Matthew Wukasch and Kevin McGrew, pre­sent­ing clin­i­cal uses of Inter­ac­tive Metronome.

Watch Record­ing: 12.30-1pm.  USC Davis Cen­ter for Dig­i­tal Aging. Dr. Eliz­a­beth Zelin­ski, on the role of per­sonal brain health to sup­port healthy liv­ing across the lifespan.