Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

40+ Speakers at the forefront of Brain, Health and Innovation

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Dr. 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.

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Aki Nikolaidis, NSF Fellow at the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana

Aki’s research uses machine learning techniques to investigate how neu­ro­plas­tic­ity, as mea­sured in humans with MRI, relates to learn­ing and cognitive enhancement, and how neuroplasticity can be guided through the use of brain stimulation, training strategy, and exercise to maximize those gains. Before coming to Illi­nois, he was a Research Assis­tant at National Tai­wan Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal and at the Uni­ver­sity of Bern. He received his BA in Psychology at Yale. His recently pub­lished papers examine the relationship between plasticity in the parietal cortex and training-induced gains in untrained tasks. Learn more.

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Alex Doman, Co-founder of Sleep Genius

Alex Doman is the Co-founder of Sleep Genius, CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies and bestselling co-author of Healing at the Speed of Sound. The third generation in a family of pioneers in the field of child and human brain development, Alex has focused his career on sound, music, and technology and their capacity to improve brain health and performance. He has been interviewed for; NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, Today, NPR Marketplace, Wall Street Journal, among others. He lectures internationally and has trained thousands of allied health, education and music professionals in brain based applications of sound and music. Learn more.

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Alvaro Fernandez, CEO of SharpBrains

Alvaro Fernandez, named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, co-founded and runs SharpBrains, an independent market research firm tracking applications of brain science. He has been quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN, among others. Mr. Fernandez is the co-author of “The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age” (2013), and the editor-in-chief of the 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.” Alvaro has an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University, and a BA in Economics from Universidad de Deusto.

Ariel Garten, CEO and co-founder of Inter­aXon

Ariel Garten is the CEO and co-founder of Inter­aXon, which cre­ates thought con­trolled com­put­ing prod­ucts and appli­ca­tions. Ariel has also researched at the Krem­bil Neu­ro­science Insti­tute study­ing hip­pocam­pal neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis, dis­played work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, been head designer at a fash­ion label, and opened Toronto Fash­ion Week. Referred to as the “Brain Guru” by Now Mag­a­zine, CBC Radio and the Toronto Star, Ariel has also run a suc­cess­ful real estate busi­ness, spent time as the designer and owner of a Cana­dian fash­ion bou­tique, and is a prac­tic­ing psychotherapist.

Barbara Van Amburg, Chief Nursing Officer at Kaiser Permanente Redwood City

Barbara Van Amburg has held the position of Chief Nursing Officer at the Kaiser Permanente Redwood City campus since 2006. Prior to this, she worked for 17 years at Community Hospital of Los Gatos, an affiliate of Tenet Health, where she held the position of CNO. Barbara is a Board Certified Nurse Executive and trained HeartMath© instructor. She is a recipient of the YWCA “Tribute to Women in Industry Award” (2004), and a current member of the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) and the American Association of Nurse Executives (AONE). In addition, she has sat on the San Jose State University Nursing Advisory Board. Ms. Van Amburg earned her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of California at San Francisco.

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Bill Prenovitz, Global Product and Service Management at Philips Healthcare’s Aging-in-Place Program

Bill Prenovitz recently helped bring Philips Brain Fitness to the aging-in-place marketplace. He has more than 20 years of experience developing innovative, technology-based services, with the last ten years developing these services for seniors. He graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a degree in Filmmaking, and with an MBA from Bentley University he worked in strategic marketing and product development in the electronic information sector. He has since played a leadership role in many of the product-enabled service innovations from Philips Lifeline, including the Tempo PERS Watch, the Cordless Phone Communicator, and the soon to be launched, GoSafe, Lifeline’s Mobile PERS service.

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Dr. Bill Reichman, President of Baycrest

Dr. Reichman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Baycrest, one of the world’s premier academic health sciences centres focused on aging and brain function. Dr. Reichman, an internationally-known expert in geriatric mental health and dementia is also Professor of Psychiatry on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a noted authority on the delivery of mental health and dementia services in nursing home settings. Dr. Reichman is a former President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation.

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Dr. Bob Bilder, Direc­tor of the Ten­nen­baum Cen­ter for the Biol­ogy of Cre­ativ­ity

Dr. Bob Bilder is the Direc­tor of the Ten­nen­baum Cen­ter for the Biol­ogy of Cre­ativ­ity in the Jane & Terry Semel Insti­tute for Neu­ro­science and Human Behav­ior, and the Michael E. Ten­nen­baum Fam­ily Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try & Biobe­hav­ioral Sci­ences and Chief of Med­ical Psy­chol­ogy — Neu­ropsy­chol­ogy at David Gef­fen School of Med­i­cine. 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. Learn more.

Dr. Catherine Madison, Director of the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center at CPMC

Dr. Catherine Madison,  Director of the new Ray Dolby Brain Health Center at California Pacific Medical Center, completed her medical school training at St. Louis University in Missouri, and her neurology residency at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington D.C. She is board-certified in Neurology, and has been practicing at California Pacific Medical Center since 2001. A native of the Bay Area, Dr. Madison received her undergraduate at UC Berkeley. After spending eight years in the US Air Force, she returned to the Bay Area to help care for her mother who had become increasingly disabled with dementia.

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Dr. Corinna E. Lathan, Founder and CEO of AnthroTronix

Dr. Corinna Lathan leads AnthroTronix, a biomedical engineering product development company and pioneer in mobile platform technology. Their DANA product is a mobile medical app intended to collect and display performance information for use in the evaluation of patient brain function. Dr. Lathan has been recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” and as a Technology Pioneer and Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, where she currently serves as Chair of the Global Agenda Council for AI and Robotics. She is actively involved in educational outreach programs that empower women and minorities in science and technology. Dr. Lathan is also on the Board of Engineering World Health.

Dr. Daphne Bavelier, Head of the Brain & Learning Lab at the University of Geneva & U. of Rochester

Dr. Bavelier’s work at University of Geneva, Switzerland, and U. of Rochester NY, USA, focuses on brain plasticity and examines the role of experience in shaping the functional organization of the human brain as well as in pushing the boundaries of behavior. She studies populations with altered experience such as deaf individuals, video game players or individuals using a visual rather than a spoken language (e.g. users of American Sign Language), and asks basic questions such as: Do deaf individuals see better? What is the impact of video gaming on vision and cognition? How does the use of a visual, rather than spoken language, change the cerebral organization for language?

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

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. is the Pres­i­dent and Med­ical Direc­tor of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion. 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. 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

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Dr. Douglas Ziedonis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

Douglas Ziedonis, M.D., M.P.H., is also President of UMass Memorial Behavioral Health Services. He is internationally recognized for his research and leadership in addressing co-occurring addiction and mental illness, in particular tobacco and also food addiction. He is Director of the UMass Center of Excellence (COE) in Addictions and Co-Director of the UMass COE in Neurosciences. He and his research team have been well-funded by NIH, SAMHSA, Foundations, Veteran Affairs (VA), and state research grants, and his studies include developing and evaluating medication and behavioral therapy approaches and organizational change interventions.

Eddie Martucci, Vice President of Research and Development at Akili Interactive Labs

Dr. Martucci is a co-founder at Akili Interactive Labs, a digital health company aiming to make the first regulatory-approved diagnostic and therapeutic video games. He spearheaded the clinical partnerships that Akili now has with Pfizer and multiple top-tier academic institutions. Dr. Martucci is also a Principal at PureTech Ventures. He was previously a Kauffman Entrepreneur Fellow. Dr. Martucci completed his graduate work at Yale University in the Departments of Pharmacology and Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, and received a BS in Biochemistry from Providence College and a PhD and MPhil from Yale University.

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Dr. Evian Gordon, Executive Chairman of 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, helping establish an “integrative neuroscience” approach grounded in the use of standardized methods across multiple types of data. Dr Gordon then founded the “Brain Resource Company”, that created the first international database on the human brain. 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.

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Itamar Lesuisse, Co-founder and CEO of Peak

Itamar Lesuisse is the co-founder and CEO at Peak (previously BrainBow), a new mobile brain training platform with global aspirations recently launched in Asia Pacific to great success. Prior to BrainBow, Itamar was founder at Scoville and Kukunu, sold in 2013, worked on European ePayments at VISA, launched new product lines in the UK at Amazon.com, and worked at The Boston Consulting Group. He hols multiple patents and Master in CS and Electronics Engineering from University of Ottawa.

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Jack Young, Head of Qualcomm Life Fund

Jack Young heads up the $100M Qualcomm Life Fund (QLF) at Qualcomm Ventures, which was recently ranked as one of the most prolific venture investors in the digital health sector. His investment interests are focused in the areas of intersection of healthcare products and services and digital/wireless technologies, with investments including Airstrip, AliveCor, ClearCare, Fitbit, goBalto and Telcare. Prior to Qualcomm Ventures, Jack was EVP and US Country Manager at ZTE. Early in his career, he held marketing and business development positions at 3Com, GDC, and Nortel. Jack earned a MSEE from University of Calgary and a MBA from McGill University.

James Cavuoto, founder of Neurotech Reports

James Cavuoto is editor and publisher of Neurotech Business Report and the founder of Neurotech Reports. Cavuoto was previously the founder of Micro Publishing Press, Inc., a publishing company that helped pioneer the market for electronic publishing, digital imaging, and computer graphics. He holds a degree in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and has also studied human factors engineering at University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is a member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

Jayne Plun­kett, Mem­ber of the Group Man­age­ment Board at Swiss Re

Jayne Plun­kett is a Mem­ber of the Group Man­age­ment Board and Divi­sion Head of Casu­alty Under­writ­ing for Swiss Rein­sur­ance world­wide. Based in Zurich, Switzer­land, she is respon­si­ble for all Casu­alty rein­sur­ance busi­ness writ­ten world­wide. Plun­kett has worked over 20 years in the insur­ance and rein­sur­ance indus­tries, hold­ing var­i­ous tech­ni­cal and man­age­ment roles at Swiss Re as well as pre­vi­ous employ­ers. Plun­kett received a BA in Actu­ar­ial Sci­ence from Drake Uni­ver­sity. She is a Fel­low of the Casu­alty Actu­ar­ial Soci­ety and a Mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Actu­ar­ies. She serves on the World Eco­nomic Forum’s Global Agenda Coun­cil for Oceans.

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Joan Severson, President of Digital Artefacts

Joan Severson is the President of Digital Artefacts, the developer of iPad app BrainBaseline. The firm specializes in research and development of interactive computer graphics and 3D modeling and real-time visualization and simulation of interactive geo-specific and other virtual environments. Joan has collaborated with and/or directed research and development of scientific animations, virtual environments, user interfaces and software for the Smithsonian NMAH, the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, NOAA, the National Institutes of Health, behavioral researchers (psychologists and neurologists) corporate and university research and development organizations.

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Dr. Joe Hardy, VP of Research and Development at Lumos Labs

Dr. Hardy works with a network of research collaborators from institutions such as Stanford and Harvard to validate and improve the Lumosity.com cognitive training programs. Dr. Hardy has over 15 years of experience studying the brain, and has published 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles on neuroscience and cognition. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Cognitive Psychology and completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center.

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Kate Sullivan, Director of the Brain Fitness Center at 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. Her team recently published Outcomes from a Pilot Study using Computer-Based Rehabilitative Tools in a Military Population at Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, and her work at Walter Reed was featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”

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Dr. Kenneth Kosik, Co-Director of the UC Santa Barbara Neuroscience Research Institute

Dr. Kosik 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 MIT, the Derek Denny-Brown Neurological Scholar Award from the ANA, the Zenith Award from the Alzheimer’s Association, and a NASA Group Achievement Award.

Mark Baxter, Head of Product at Fit Brains (a Rosetta Stone company)

Mark Baxter is the Head of Product at Fit Brains, which was acquired by Rosetta Stone in December of 2013. Prior to the acquisition, Mark was VP Product & Creative and Co-founder of Vivity Labs, a developer of life-relevant gaming experiences across Mobile, Web & Social platforms, the creator of Fit Brains, a popular casual brain gaming platform. As someone who believes that games have great potential to be a powerful medium for self-improvement, he has been in the games & digital media industry for more than 13 years as a designer and producer of AAA, casual, mobile and social games.

Maseena Ziegler, Author and Forbes Contributor

Maseena Ziegler, named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014, is a BBC trained journalist and an entrepreneur. Maseena is fascinated by ordinary people who achieve extraordinary things – by capturing the highs and lows in their journey to success, she hopes to inspire others to take a step closer to fulfilling their own dreams. Her book Ladies who Launch in Hong Kong was a number one best-seller in Asia, and she currently lives in the US. Learn more.

Dr. Michael O’Donnell, Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Health Promotion

Dr. O’Donnell founded the American Journal of Health Promotion in 1986 and has served as Editor in Chief since. He is also Director of the Health Management Research Center at the University of Michigan. Dr. O’Donnell has more than 30 years’ experience working directly with employers, health care organizations, government agencies, foundations, insurance companies and health promotion providers to develop new and refine existing health promotion programs and has served in leadership roles in four major health systems. He earned a PhD in Health Behavior from University of Michigan, an MBA and an MPH in Hospital Management, both from University of California, Berkeley, and an AB in psychobiology from Oberlin College.

Dr. Michael W. Weiner, Lead Scientific Investigator of the Brain Health Registry

Michael W. Weiner, MD, is Professor in Residence in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at the UCSF School of Medicine. He is Principle Investigator for the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), and recently launched the Brain Health Registry, a web-based tool for recruiting, screening, and longitudinally monitoring subjects for neuroscience studies of all types. Dr. Wiener’s visionary goal is to dramatically accelerate and improve the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases in a cost effective manner by gathering an unprecedented amount of data in a single, easily-accessible location.

Rajiv Pant, Chief Technology Officer & VP at The New York Times

Reporting to the CIO and to the Executive Editor (editor-in-chief) of The New York Times, Mr. Pant supervises a staff of 300+ full-time employees, including the vice presidents and heads of engineering, e-commerce, content management, interactive news, data science, quality, and project management. Prior to his move to The NY Times, Rajiv spent four years at Conde Nast where, as Vice President of Digital Technology, he was responsible for technology for their signature brand Web sites. Rajiv twice received the prestigious Knight Ridder Excellence Award for Technology Innovation, and in 2014 was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.

Rita Carter, science writer, broadcaster and BBC contributor

Rita Carter is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer who specialises in brain science. She is the author of “Mapping the Mind” the first comprehensive layman’s guide to neuropsychology. Other titles include “Exploring Consciousness” , “Multiplicity – the New Science of Personality” and “The Brain Book”. Rita was a TV presenter and produced and presented radio and programmes about medicine and psychology. She writes for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including BBC Focus, New Scientist, and the Daily Mail, and talks and lectures about brain science throughout the world.

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Dr. Susan Jewell, President of the International Space Medicine Consortium (ISMC)

Susan Jewell, MD is a physician, scientist, researcher, educator, biomedical engineer and working to become a flight member as a commercial “medical/scientist” astronaut for low earth orbit payload projects and eventual to deep space missions. Her vision is to expand space physiology, telehealth, biomedical/life science/research interests in lower earth orbit, deep space exploration and colonization of Mars. Susan is an alumni of the International Space University ISU and University of Texas Medical Branch UTMB / Johnson Space Center,JSC, Space Medicine Program, and trained at NIH National Cancer Institute and UCLA School of Medicine, Dept of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology. Learn more.

Thomas R. Insel, MD, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Thomas R. Insel is Director of the NIMH, the component of the National Institutes of Health charged with generating the knowledge needed to understand, treat, and prevent mental disorders. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Insel was Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University, where he was founding director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience. He has published over 250 scientific articles and four books, served on numerous academic, scientific, and professional committees and boards, and is a recipient of several awards, including the Outstanding Service Award from the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Insel graduated from the combined B.A.-M.D. program at Boston University, did his internship at Berkshire Medical Center, Massachusetts, and his residency at the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Tommy Sagroun, CEO of CogniFit

Tommy Sagroun is the CEO of CogniFit where he began as the Global Product Manager overseeing products and client relationships. He started his career in banking retail at Societe Generale in Paris, and spent several years at Deloitte & Touche where he worked in M&A and auditing. He later left Paris and joined the New York branch of Barclais where he was responsible for business development in the biotechnology and software industries. Mr. Sagroun earned a Master in Accounting and Finance from the Academy of Paris, France. Learn more.

Zack Lynch, Founder and Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization

Zack Lynch is the founder and executive director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO), the trade group that lobbies and advocates on behalf of companies involved in neuroscience, brain research institutes, patient advocacy groups, and brain research foundations worldwide. He is also the founder and executive producer of the NeuroGaming Conference. Previously, he co-founded NeuroInsights and several enterprise software companies in profit optimization and collaborative forecasting. Zack received an MA in Economic Geography, BS in Evolutionary Biology and BS in Environmental Science, all from UCLA. Learn more.

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Cather­ine Calarco, Chief Mar­ket­ing Officer of HeartMath

Catherine Calarco has over 18 years of experience in general management, sales and marketing, science and software product development, change management and innovation for companies in the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific. Among other activities, she established the Polymer Advisory Council in the USA, sat on the Board of Directors for the Institute of International Research, and co-Chaired the E-Commerce Action Team. A recognized lecturer, she has presented at APEC Workshops, MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Entrepreneurship Center., among others. Catherine holds a Masters of Business Administration from MIT Sloan School of Management Sloan Fellow Program in Innovation and Global Leadership.

Colin House, CEO of Sleep Genius

Colin House is a serial entrepreneur and highly skilled in optimizing business performance and results by solving complex strategy and go-to-market problems. Colin is respected for his capability to guide process, operational and strategic improvements with an entrepreneurial spirit. He has extensive experience addressing mobile and social media businesses and creating new industry disrupting initiatives to implement programs that penetrate new markets. Colin has a proven track record of incubating, starting, turning around and growing high potential growth companies.

Debra Gilmore, Exec­u­tive Director of The Arrow­smith Pro­gram

Debbie Gilmore is the new Executive Director of Arrowsmith Program, having been Arrowsmith’s representative in Australia and New Zealand for 18 months. Debbie first heard about the Arrowsmith Program when she was Head of Diverse Learning Needs at the Catholic Education Office, Sydney, Australia. Her work as a teacher, literacy adviser, assistant principal and principal helped her understand the need to ‘unlock’ the potential of students with learning difficulties, and her role as a mother of a son with such challenges gave her first hand experience of their struggles. Debbie holds a Masters of Education and various Graduate Certificates in Education.

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

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. is the Pres­i­dent and Med­ical Direc­tor of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion. 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. 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

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Joan Severson, President of Digital Artefacts

Joan Severson is the President of Digital Artefacts, the developer of iPad app BrainBaseline. The firm specializes in research and development of interactive computer graphics and 3D modeling and real-time visualization and simulation of interactive geo-specific and other virtual environments. Joan has collaborated with and/or directed research and development of scientific animations, virtual environments, user interfaces and software for the Smithsonian NMAH, the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, NOAA, the National Institutes of Health, behavioral researchers (psychologists and neurologists) corporate and university research and development organizations.

Michael Meagher, Pres­i­dent of Cogniciti

Michael Meagher runs Cogniciti, the cognitive health spin-off from research center and hospital Baycrest up in Ontario, Canada. His experience has been a mix of serial entrepreneur and corporate executive. His career began with a 9-year stint in Procter & Gamble, and continued by running 5 successful business services firms where he helped create more than 3,000 net new jobs. Michael has been a lecturer at the Ivey School of Business, co-authored a book on environmental marketing, managed a successful federal election campaign, chaired and served on numerous Boards, and received multiple awards from the Young Presidents Organization.

Roy Zahut, Lead Scientist and Product Development at Peak

Roy Zahut, Lead Scientist and Product Development at Peak, led the winning team at the 2013 brainihack hackathon, the first neurotech-related competition that took place at the Google TLV Campus, in which participants from all fields (physicists, programmers, hackers, makers, neurosurgeons etc..) had to take an idea that from vision to reality in under 36 hours. Previously, as Product Manager at the Department of Psychology at Bar-Ilan University, he co-led the development of a research-based commercial online cognitive enhancement & training program. Roy holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Neuroscience from Bar-Ilan University and a B.A. in Psychology from Open University.

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Steve Quan, VP of Business Development & Strategic Patnerships at Rosetta Stone

Steve Quan leads business development and strategic partnership efforts across Rosetta Stone’s business units—both in the US and globally. He is responsible for driving the advancement of the company’s goals through strategic alliances, distribution and marketing, joint product development, product integration, and content/technology/brand licensing deals. Before joining Rosetta Stone, he held executive roles at AOL, LightSquared, and newBrandAnalytics. Steve received a BA in History from the University of Michigan and a JD from Georgetown University, and is currently learning Spanish and Portuguese.