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What Participants Said about the 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

The two charts to the right, based on an online sur­vey after the 2012 SharpBrains Sum­mit finished, high­light the high lev­els of sat­is­fac­tion with the Sum­mit. And this is what a num­ber of speak­ers and par­tic­i­pants say about their experience:

“The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit is a rare vehi­cle for get­ting mul­ti­ple expert per­spec­tives on cur­rent devel­op­ments in improv­ing brain func­tion in a con­cise and clear way. The Sum­mit is a valu­able resource for both experts and non-experts.” – Dr. Michael Pos­ner, Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus, Uni­ver­sity of Oregon

“The 2012 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit was fan­tas­tic– it is clear that we are mov­ing into a new phase in study­ing human per­for­mance using big data. Our bod­ies are out­liv­ing our brains– what we need most now is evidence-driven design to develop appli­ca­tions to help our brains remain as strong as our bod­ies! Fan­tas­tic con­fer­ence, can’t wait for next year!” — Sheryl Flynn PT, PhD, CEO, Blue Mar­ble Games

“An impres­sive vir­tual con­vo­ca­tion of lead­ing sci­en­tists and devel­op­ers and adopters of cog­ni­tive enhance­ment tech­nol­ogy; it would be hard to match in a sin­gle phys­i­cal space.” — Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psychology-Neuropsychology, UCLA Semel Insti­tute for Neuroscience

“This was a sem­i­nal event, full of won­der­ful insights and remark­able ini­tia­tives, at a time when the brain is going main­stream.”- Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man, Brain Resource

“A very time-efficient man­ner to get a state of the art update on the lat­est inno­va­tions in assess­ing and pro­mot­ing brain health, and from the com­fort of your own office.” — Dr. Keith Wesnes, Prac­tice Leader, Bracket/ United BioSource Corporation

“The annual Sharp­Brains Virtual Sum­mit is a con­ve­nient and sur­pris­ingly com­pelling forum for catch­ing up on applied cog­ni­tive research from lead­ers in the field and for help­ing shape future brain health care.” — Dr. Yaakov Stern, Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science Divi­sion Leader, Colum­bia University

“The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit is unique in its impres­sive abil­ity to unite a diverse col­lec­tion of cutting-edge thinkers in a “vir­tual” con­fer­ence that is shared glob­ally with­out a hitch. I am delighted and hon­ored to have been able to par­tic­i­pate in this Sum­mit since its incep­tion.” – Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter at UCSF

“The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit pro­vides com­mon ground for prac­ti­tion­ers, sci­en­tists and indus­try lead­ers to work towards the com­mon goal of dri­ving brain health and fit­ness for­ward with a thought­ful, ana­lyt­i­cal and prac­ti­cal approach. The vir­tual rela­tion­ships you can form through this con­fer­ence are price­less.” – Kate Sul­li­van, Direc­tor of the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter at Wal­ter Reed National Mil­i­tary Med­ical Center

“The 2012 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit proved to be a highly reward­ing, enjoy­able and extremely use­ful expe­ri­ence.” — Josep M Tor­mos, Research Coor­di­na­tor, Insti­tut Guttmann

“The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit brings together lead­ers in all rel­e­vant cog­ni­tive fields from busi­ness to aca­d­e­mic com­mu­ni­ties, as well as pro­vid­ing a forum to address the evo­lu­tion of this emerg­ing indus­try. Alvaro and his team delve into a vari­ety of top­ics — both on macro and niche lev­els, mak­ing the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit the per­fect forum for dis­cov­ery and idea exchange “- Stan­ley Yang, CEO, NeuroSky

“I can­not rec­om­mend the Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit highly enough. It’s a fan­tas­tic forum for knowl­edge shar­ing in the com­plex area of brain health pro­vid­ing access and dis­cus­sion with world lead­ers in the field. I found the vir­tual for­mat actu­ally enhanced the learn­ing expe­ri­ence and the short ses­sions focused the con­tent in an engag­ing way which is often lack­ing in other tra­di­tional con­fer­ence set­tings” — David Coleiro, Part­ner, Strate­gic North

“Great exam­ple of how bring­ing sci­en­tific lead­ers and inno­va­tors together can spur thought­ful dis­cus­sion about our most vital organ – the brain. Brain sci­ence is a rapidly chang­ing field with expan­sion and devel­op­ments hap­pen­ing in small pock­ets around the world. The vir­tual sum­mit facil­i­tates the esca­la­tion of pub­lic atten­tion on brain health and informs trans­la­tion of sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery into imple­men­ta­tion.” – Dr. San­dra Bond Chap­man, Direc­tor, Cen­ter for Brain­Health at The Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Dallas

“The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit is a great gath­er­ing place for the ‘inside edi­tion’ of what is hap­pen­ing at the neuroscience/consumer inter­face.” – Joan Par­sons, CEO, start-up

“Com­ing from far-off New Zealand, the Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit was enlight­en­ing, excit­ing, inter­ac­tive, acces­si­ble, and left me feel­ing much less iso­la­tion in my mem­ory clinic work here. I am already dis­cussing with sev­eral par­tic­i­pants how to bring this knowl­edge to our respec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.” — Dr. Alli­son Lam­ont, Direc­tor, Christchurch Mem­ory Clinic

“The sum­mit is a great place to learn about the lat­est devel­op­ments in tech­nol­ogy for cog­ni­tive and brain health and well­ness. Plus the water cooler chats are a very effi­cient way to con­nect with other peo­ple in the field lead­ing to some very impor­tant local, national and inter­na­tional oppor­tu­ni­ties.” — Sher­rie All, PhD, Mather LifeWays

“The Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit is the sin­gle global point of con­tact for cog­ni­tive health inno­va­tors, high­light­ing the state-of-the-art themes in tech­nol­ogy, research and con­sumer demand.” – Jaan Tul­viste, CEO, Cognuse

“Great com­bi­na­tion of emerg­ing research with real life case stud­ies. It puts us sev­eral years ahead of what appears in more pop­u­lar pub­li­ca­tion sources and con­fer­ences.” – Steve Zanon, Founder, Proac­tive Ageing

“There is per­haps no bet­ter oppor­tu­nity to expand one’s mind on how to address brain-based chal­lenges that impact our com­mu­ni­ties than to attend a Sharp­Brains Sum­mit.” — Dr. Peter White­house, Pro­fes­sor, Case West­ern Reserve University

“A vir­tual for­mat is the best way to go …no travel no worry and no hurry. The Sharp­Brains team has done another fan­tas­tic job, pro­duc­ing the best brain con­fer­ence avail­able today.” — Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD, Pres­i­dent, Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation

“The Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit was a amaz­ing oppor­tu­nity to con­nect with and learn from other pro­fes­sion­als to help bridge the gap between the emerg­ing sci­ence of neu­ro­plas­tic­ity and how in prac­tice we develop young brains and minds” — San­dra Heusel, Eaton Arrow­smith School

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