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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


Thank you, Summit Speakers, Participants and Sponsors!



What a fan­tas­tic, diverse, stim­u­lat­ing, forward-looking Sum­mit we enjoyed last week. Thank you so much, every­one, for your par­tic­i­pa­tion and contributions!!

Spe­cial thanks go to the orga­ni­za­tions at the lead­ing edge who sup­ported this unique event as Sponsors:

Gold Spon­sors


The 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.

FitBrains_webFit Brains is a cutting-edge, brain-training pro­gram brought to you by Rosetta Stone, a pre­mier learn­ing com­pany with lead­ing prod­ucts used by schools, busi­ness and gov­ern­ment orga­ni­za­tions, and mil­lions of indi­vid­u­als around the world.

Sil­ver Sponsors


The AAA Foun­da­tion for Traf­fic Safety was founded in 1947 by AAA 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 that are most com­monly involved in learning.

CC-ABHI_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, it helps users world­wide under­stand how demo­graphic fac­tors and leisure activ­i­ties impact over­all brain health.


Lumos­ity is a lead­ing brain train­ing com­pany with more than 70 mil­lion mem­bers from 180 coun­tries. Founded in 2005 and launched in 2007, Lumos­ity offers more than 40 games that are designed to chal­lenge core cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties. Lumosity’s games are based on neu­ro­science, with con­tin­u­ing inde­pen­dent third-party stud­ies being con­ducted by researchers at aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions around the world.

Bronze Spon­sors


brainHQ is a brain train­ing sys­tem built by Posit Sci­ence to help peo­ple be at their best through­out their lives. Their team of experts designs, tests, and refines online exer­cises that effec­tively address cog­ni­tive issues related to healthy aging and other conditions.

Cog­niFit is a health­care com­pany spe­cial­ized in brain fit­ness soft­ware. Since 1999, the firm has designed and devel­oped com­put­er­ized cog­ni­tive assess­ments and online brain train­ing applications.

Peak, founded by a group of indi­vid­u­als from Google, Ama­zon and EA who believe in rein­vent­ing edu­ca­tion through mobile, games and sci­ence. Lead by neu­ro­sci­en­tists and cog­ni­tive learn­ing experts, Peak devel­ops mobile apps that enables users world­wide to improve their cog­ni­tive skills for a health­ier, sharper life.

Day 3–Expo Day @ 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

2015SharpBrainsSummit_top(If you did not reg­is­ter, you can track the pro­ceed­ings, and con­tribute too, via Twit­ter: #sharpbrains2015)

Dear Sum­mit participant,

Amaz­ing cou­ple of days…and there’s more :-)

Here are the instruc­tions to join Day 3–Expo Day today, start­ing at 8.15am US Pacific Time (San Fran­cisco, CA time)/ 11.15am East­ern Time.

–> Login Instruc­tions for Reg­is­tered Sum­mit Participants

The Agenda for today: Read the rest of this entry »

Innovative partnerships to improve health and life at scale


Please con­sider join­ing us at Sharp­Brains’ upcom­ing vir­tual con­fer­ence (Novem­ber 17-19th), start­ing tomor­row and includ­ing this great session:

Wednes­day Novem­ber 18th, 2.30 — 4.00 pm. Inno­v­a­tive part­ner­ships to improve health and life at scale.

In this grow­ing and rapidly evolv­ing cat­e­gory, there are mul­ti­ple oppor­tu­ni­ties for devel­op­ers to part­ner with large-scale orga­ni­za­tions look­ing for ways to improve health, per­for­mance and busi­ness out­comes. Dur­ing this ses­sion we will dis­cuss sig­nif­i­cant neurotech-related ini­tia­tives tak­ing place at large IT, pharma and auto­mo­tive firms, as well as uni­ver­si­ties. Read the rest of this entry »

Under what conditions does brain training work?

Please con­sider join­ing us at Sharp­Brains’ upcom­ing vir­tual con­fer­ence (Novem­ber 17-19th), fea­tur­ing this fan­tas­tic session:

Wednes­day Novem­ber 18th, 12.30 — 1.45 pm. Under what con­di­tions does brain train­ing work?

Despite ongo­ing con­tro­ver­sies, the evi­dence is clear: Some brain train­ing inter­ven­tions work, and some don’t. What explains the dif­fer­ence? What con­di­tions max­i­mize the prob­a­bil­ity of trans­fer into real-life ben­e­fits? Under­stand­ing these con­di­tions, as out­lined in The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, is cru­cial to sep­a­rate wheat from chaff.

  • Chair: Dr. Peter White­house, Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­ogy at Case West­ern Reserve University
  • Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO & Co-Founder of SharpBrains
  • Dr. Bruce E. Wexler, Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try at Yale University
  • Dr. Glenn Mor­ri­son, Direc­tor of Clin­i­cal Tri­als at Lumosity
  • Dr. Roy Hamil­ton, Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in Neu­rol­ogy at the Uni­ver­sity of Pennsylvania

–> To learn more and reg­is­ter, visit the 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit: Mon­i­tor­ing & Enhanc­ing Brain Health in the Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Era (Novem­ber 17-19th). 10%-off promo code: sharp2015

Lumos Labs ranked #13 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

lumosity labsLumos Labs pro­duces the pop­u­lar brain train­ing web and mobile app named Lumos­ity. With 60 mil­lion reg­is­tered users, Lumos­ity is the world’s largest cog­ni­tive train­ing ser­vice. To date, Lumos Labs has raised over $70M in fund­ing, and the com­pany sig­nif­i­cantly expanded its IP port­fo­lio in 2014 through Read the rest of this entry »

Brain health research study by AARP: Consumers pursue brain training to support a more enjoyable, self-managed life


AARP just released a very inter­est­ing brain health research study based on 1,200 online inter­views con­ducted in August 2014. Key find­ings include:

  • Main­tain­ing a healthy lifestyle is impor­tant to all con­sumers (99% find it at least some­what impor­tant). Brain health is the sec­ond most impor­tant com­po­nent in main­tain­ing a healthy lifestyle, after heart health (37% find brain health most impor­tant while 51% find heart health most impor­tant). Younger con­sumers Read the rest of this entry »

Study: For healthy older adults, social brain training offers the most clear benefits


If Home Brain Train­ing Apps Don’t Work, What Does? (Healthline):

In a study pub­lished online Nov. 18 in PLOS Med­i­cine, Aus­tralian researchers reviewed 52 pre­vi­ous stud­ies that looked at the ben­e­fits of com­put­er­ized brain train­ing soft­ware for 4,885 healthy seniors. While brain train­ing pro­grams like Lumos­ity, Cogmed, and Posit Sci­ence promise to help you strengthen your brain, the new study found mostly small benefits.

The largest impact Read the rest of this entry »

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