By: Alvaro Fernandez
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:
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.
Fit 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.
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.
The 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.
Baycrest, 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.
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.
(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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »