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Cogniciti and Johnson & Johnson Innovation partner to improve cognitive screenings for early identification of dementia

holdingbrainCog­nic­iti Announces Col­lab­o­ra­tion with John­son & John­son Inno­va­tion to Eval­u­ate Online Cog­ni­tive Screen­ing to Iden­tify Indi­vid­u­als at Risk for Demen­tia (Bay­crest press release):

Cog­nic­iti Inc., the Toronto-based devel­oper of a 20-minute online cog­ni­tive test for adults con­cerned about mem­ory changes, today announced a col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment with Janssen Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, Inc. to eval­u­ate online screen­ing strate­gies for early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of dementia.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion, facil­i­tated by John­son & John­son Inno­va­tion, will explore the poten­tial for Read the rest of this entry »

Thank You, Leading Sponsors @ 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Please join us in thank­ing these lead­ing orga­ni­za­tions for sup­port­ing the upcom­ing  2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Novem­ber 17-19th).

In alpha­bet­i­cal order, our heart­felt appre­ci­a­tion goes to the AAA Foun­da­tion for Traf­fic Safety, the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion, the Arrow­smith Pro­gram, Bay­crest, Brain­Base­line, Cog­niFit, Peak and Rosetta Stone (and more to fol­low). Thank you!

Gold Spon­sors


arpfThe Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF), estab­lished in 1993, is ded­i­cated to reduc­ing the inci­dence of Alzheimer’s dis­ease by con­duct­ing clin­i­cal research and pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tional outreach.

RosettaStoneRosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST) is ded­i­cated to chang­ing the way the world learns. The company’s inno­v­a­tive technology-driven lan­guage, read­ing and brain-fitness solu­tions are used by thou­sands of schools, busi­nesses, gov­ern­ment orga­ni­za­tions and mil­lions of indi­vid­u­als around the world.

Sil­ver Sponsors

AAAFoundationThe AAA Foun­da­tion for Traf­fic Safety was founded in 1947 by AAA to con­duct research to address grow­ing high­way safety issues. The organization’s mis­sion is to iden­tify traf­fic safety prob­lems, fos­ter research that seeks solu­tions and dis­sem­i­nate infor­ma­tion and edu­ca­tional materials.

Arrowsmith ProgramThe Arrow­smith Pro­gram, avail­able in pub­lic and pri­vate schools in the U.S., Canada, Aus­tralia and New Zealand is a com­pre­hen­sive suite of cog­ni­tive pro­grams for stu­dents with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties that tar­gets 19 areas of the brain that are most com­monly involved in learning.

baycrestBay­crest, fully affil­i­ated with the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto, is one of the world’s pre­mier aca­d­e­mic health sci­ences cen­ters focused on aging, and will host the new $100m+ Cana­dian Cen­tre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation.

Brain­Base­line is the first iPad appli­ca­tion for mea­sur­ing how well your brain works. Devel­oped by Dig­i­tal Arte­facts, a team of highly skilled com­puter sci­en­tists, artists, and engi­neers, it helps users under­stand how leisure activ­i­ties impact over­all brain health.

Bronze Spon­sors

Cog­niFit is a health­care com­pany spe­cial­ized in brain fit­ness soft­ware. We design and develop com­put­er­ized cog­ni­tive assess­ments and online brain train­ing applications.

Peak, lead by neu­ro­sci­en­tists and cog­ni­tive learn­ing experts, devel­ops mobile apps that enables users world­wide to improve their cog­ni­tive skills for a health­ier, sharper life.

Neuroscience 2.0: Taking the lab to the people by gathering collective EEG brain data



‘Wear­able for the mind’ launches new era of brain research (Elec­tronic Prod­ucts & Technology):

Neu­ro­sci­en­tists in Toronto have shown that crowd­sourc­ing brain research to hun­dreds of par­tic­i­pants in a short period of time could be a new fron­tier in neu­ro­science and lead to new insights about the brain Read the rest of this entry »

New $100M investment in Canada to accelerate brain health innovation



Brain research at Toronto health cen­tre gets $100M fund­ing boost in fed­eral bud­get (National Post):

Ottawa is help­ing fund a $100 mil­lion ini­tia­tive with Toronto’s Bay­crest Health Sci­ences to develop a national hub for brain research…“Past gen­er­a­tions of adults said they were most con­cerned about can­cer or heart dis­ease. This gen­er­a­tion says they’re most con­cerned about their brains,” said Dr. Reich­man. Read the rest of this entry »

Maximizing the mental peak performance of astronauts, leaders…and everybody else

Enjoy this great ses­sion held at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, fea­tur­ing:

  • Dr. Susan Jew­ell, Pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tional Space Med­i­cine Consortium
  • Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psychology-Neuropsychology at UCLA Semel Insti­tute for Neuroscience
  • Dr. Bill Reich­man, Pres­i­dent of Baycrest
  • Chair: Rajiv Pant, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Offi­cer of The New York Times

Michael Meagher (Cogniciti): Let’s transform brain health from “suffer-in-silence” to “let-me-take-control”

Michael Meagher

What is your cur­rent job title and orga­ni­za­tion, and what excites you the most about work­ing there?
As the Pres­i­dent of Cog­nic­iti, a spin-off from Bay­crest reseach cen­ter and hos­pi­tal, I am excited to help trans­form brain health from a reac­tive, “suffer-in-silence” space to a proac­tive, “let-me-take-control-of-my-health” space. Read the rest of this entry »

Sneak peak into the Preliminary Agenda @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

2014_SharpBrains_Virtual_Summit_Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain FitnessHeads-up: If you want to join 20+ con­firmed world-class speak­ers and 100+ pro­fes­sion­als at the fore­front of brain health and applied neu­ro­science, please Reg­is­ter now and help us final­ize the fas­ci­nat­ing Sum­mit Agenda:

Tues­day, Octo­ber 28, 2014

  • 8:15–9:45am. The State of the Brain Fit­ness Move­ment: demo­graphic, sci­en­tific, and mar­ket trends, explained
  • 10:00–11:30am. Inno­v­a­tive part­ner­ships to improve life­long learn­ing, brain health, and cus­tomer satisfaction
  • 12.30-2pm. How to har­ness videogames and big data to deliver per­son­al­ized cog­ni­tive training
  • 3–4:30pm. Max­i­miz­ing the men­tal health and per­for­mance of lead­ers, athletes…and astronauts

Read the rest of this entry »


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