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The Summit Agenda (all recordings and slidedecks available below)

40 world-class experts and innovators discussed leading-edge insights, tools and initiatives to Reinvent Brain Health in the Digital Age.

Registered participants can access all Summit recordings below by clicking on each session’s title. Registration is available here.

Slidedecks are also accessible below.

(All times below reflect US PACIFIC TIME)

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Day 1

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Day 2

8.30-9.45am. Improve education, productivity and health via brain enhancement (view slidedeck here)

Experts at the leading edge of brain science and technology will share best practices to link brain health and mental health with wider priorities such as educational outcomes, workplace performance and resilience, lifelong learning, general happiness and well-being.

  • Chair: Alexan­dra More­house, Chief Marketing Officer of Banner Health
  • Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Scott Pawson, Sr. Product Manager, New Product Lead at Pearson Clinical Assessment
  • Dr. Kenneth Kosik, Co-Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute at UC-Santa Barbara

10-11.30am. Take cognitive/ emotional assessments and therapies to scale (view slidedeck here)

Three digital health entrepreneurs–who have collectively raised over $75 million in venture capital in the last 18 months– and an investor will discuss their respective visions and approaches to revolutionize brain and mental health in areas such as ADHD, substance abuse, and general brain fitness.

  • Chair: Rita Carter, Science writer and BBC Contributor
  • Edward Kliphuis, Investment Director at Merck Ventures
  • Dr. Eddie Martucci, CEO of Akili Interactive Labs
  • Dr. Corey McCann, CEO of Pear Therapeutics

11:30am-12:30pm. Lunch break

12.30-1.30pm. Empower communities with better brain health tools and literacy (view slidedeck here)

What role should community and caregivers play in brain health and mental health, and how can technology aid their efforts–for example in sharing relevant data with/ from doctors? How are we going to educate and empower everyone with essential knowledge and best practices?

  • Chair: Dr. Peter Whitehouse, Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University
  • Dr. Elizabeth Zelinski, Director of the Center for Digital Aging at the Davis School of Gerontology
  • Michael Meagher, President of Cogniciti
  • Dr. Neal Cohen, clinical psychologist at The Synapse System

1.30-2:30pm. Watercooler Chats

We’ll spend some time connecting with other participants, discussing highlights, exchanging ideas and contact information.


2.30-4pm. Harness digital platforms to accelerate R&D and drive proper adoption (view slidedeck here)

Pioneers in education, medicine and pharma will discuss new data-rich approaches to help assess what works and what doesn’t, and for whom, accelerating R&D initiatives and proper adoption.

  • Chair: Alvaro Fernandez, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of SharpBrains
  • Richard Varn, Director of the Center for Advanced Technology and Neuroscience at Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • Dr. Brian Iacoviello, Director of Scientific Affairs at Click Therapeutics
  • Dr. Gahan Pandina, Senior Director, Venture Leader at Janssen Research & Development
  • Dr. Sarah Banks, Head of Neuropsychology at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

8.15-9.45am. Master the digital toolkit to harness lifelong neuroplasticity (view slidedeck here)

Four leading pioneers of applied neuroplasticity will help us navigate best practices to harness most promising non-invasive neurotechnologies, such as cognitive training, mindfulness apps, EEG and virtual/ augmented reality.

  • Chair: Linda Raines, CEO of the Mental Health Association of Maryland
  • Dr. Michael Merzenich, winner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience
  • Dr. Judson Brewer, Founder & Research Lead of Claritas Mindsciences
  • Tan Le, CEO of Emotiv
  • Dr. Andrea Serino, Head of Neuroscience at MindMaze

10-11.30am. Personalize brain health and enhancement combining new imaging methods and human/ artificial intelligence (view slidedeck here)

What kind of one-time or ongoing brain assessments can help pinpoint individual needs, and what role will intelligent assistants, human coaches and experts play in offering and supporting personalized care?

  • Chair: Nikhil Sriraman, IP Analyst at SharpBrains
  • Margaret Moore, Co-Founder of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital
  • Ruth Poliakine Baruchi, CEO of MyndYou
  • Ron Oberleitner, CEO of Behavior Imaging Solutions

11:30am-12:30pm. Watercooler Chats

We’ll spend some time connecting with other participants, discussing highlights, exchanging ideas and contact information.

12:30am-1:30pm. Lunch break

1.30-2.20pm. Upgrade education with lifelong brain development in mind (view slidedeck here)

Two researcher/ practitioners, involved in special and lifelong learning, will discuss emerging best practices to help schools, educators, parents, and older adults navigate and apply core findings from cognitive and affective neuroscience.

  • Chair: Alvaro Fernandez, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of SharpBrains
  • Debbie Gilmore, Executive Director of the Arrowsmith Program
  • Susan Hoffman, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley

2.30-3.30pm. Best practices to fund, develop and commercialize evidence-based innovation (view slidedeck here)

In this session we will discuss key lessons learned for scientists and start-ups to successfully bring to market evidence-based innovative solutions. We will also present non-dilutive funding opportunities and commercialization resources offered through the US small business research programs. A scientist and inventor turned serial entrepreneur will wrap-up the day sharing insights from his previous venture–funded by the NIMH and sold to McKesson–and his current strategy and vision.

  • Chair: Dr. Alison Fenney, Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization
  • Dr. Margaret Grabb, SBIR/STTR Program Director at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Dr. Rex Jakobovits, Founder of Vivalog Technologies and Experiad

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Expo Day

During Expo Day selected Summit Partners and Sponsors will showcase their latest initiatives and solutions.

8.15am. Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at The Bridge Builders Collaborative, will present an Overview of the Mind Training Space.

9am. Dr. Bob Bilder, Chief of Medical Psychology & Neuropsychology at UCLA, will announce the Disruptive Technology Initiative by the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN).

9.30am. Ron Riesenbach, Managing Director of the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI), will present Spark and three other new funding programs.

(view slidedecks here)

10-10.30am. Break

10.30am. Dr. Daniel Perez-Marcos, Senior Scientist at MindMaze, will present the MindMotion platform–a series of medical-grade virtual reality solutions for neurorehabilitation.

11am. Alvaro Fernandez. SharpBrains‘ CEO & Editor-in-Chief will discuss The State of Brain Health Innovation.

11.30am. Mark Watson, Co-Director of the Watson Centre for Brain Health, will present latest research and programs for cognitive rehabilitation.

(view slidedecks here)

Noon-1pm. Lunch break

1pm. Franck Tarpin-Bernard, Managing Director of Scientific Brain Training (SBT), will discuss new partnerships following their ISO 13485 certification for medical devices — cognitive remediation.

1.30pm. Jessica Poulin, Strategic Operations Manager at the Arrowsmith Program, will present their plans to better equip 100+ schools helping students with special needs.

(view slidedecks here)

To learn more, you can check out the Speaker Roster, and the Sponsors. Registration is open here.