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What Participants Said about the 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

The two charts to the right, based on an online survey right after the Summit was completed, highlight the high levels of satisfaction with the Summit overall — especially with the Quality of Content (all Summit Recordings are available Here). This is what a number of speakers and participants said:

“The SharpBrains Summit is a rare vehicle for getting multiple expert perspectives on current developments in improving brain function in a concise and clear way. The Summit is a valuable resource for both experts and non-experts.”  – Dr. Michael Posner, Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus, Uni­ver­sity of Oregon

“The 2012 SharpBrains Summit was fantastic- it is clear that we are moving into a new phase in studying human performance using big data. Our bodies are outliving our brains- what we need most now is evidence-driven design to develop applications to help our brains remain as strong as our bodies! Fantastic conference, can’t wait for next year!” – Sheryl Flynn PT, PhD, CEO, Blue Marble Games

“An impressive virtual convocation of leading scientists and developers and adopters of cognitive enhancement technology; it would be hard to match in a single physical space.” – Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psychology-Neuropsychology, UCLA Semel Insti­tute for Neuroscience

“This was a seminal event, full of wonderful insights and remarkable initiatives, at a time when the brain is going mainstream.”- Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man, Brain Resource

“The annual SharpBrains Vrtual Summit is a convenient and surprisingly compelling forum for catching up on applied cognitive research from leaders in the field and for helping shape future brain health care.” – Dr. Yaakov Stern, Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science Divi­sion Leader, Colum­bia University

“The SharpBrains Summit is unique in its impressive ability to unite a diverse collection of cutting-edge thinkers in a “virtual” conference that is shared globally without a hitch. I am delighted and honored to have been able to participate in this Summit since its inception.” – Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter at UCSF

“The SharpBrains Summit provides common ground for practitioners, scientists and industry leaders to work towards the common goal of driving brain health and fitness forward with a thoughtful, analytical and practical approach.   The virtual relationships you can form through this conference are priceless.” – Kate Sul­li­van, Direc­tor of the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter at Wal­ter Reed National Mil­i­tary Med­ical Center

“The 2012 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit proved to be a highly reward­ing, enjoy­able and extremely use­ful expe­ri­ence. The hands-on information-rich work­shops are help­ing take our cur­rent efforts to the next level” – Josep M Tor­mos, Research Coor­di­na­tor, Insti­tut Guttmann

“The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit brings together lead­ers in all rel­e­vant cog­ni­tive fields from busi­ness to aca­d­e­mic com­mu­ni­ties, as well as pro­vid­ing a forum to address the evo­lu­tion of this emerg­ing indus­try. Because cog­ni­tive enhance­ment, fit­ness, and enter­tain­ment are rel­a­tively nascent indus­tries, it has been dif­fi­cult to use tra­di­tional bench­marks to eval­u­ate its suc­cess and growth. Sharp­Brains is quickly becom­ing the “go to” resource for inno­va­tion and busi­ness insight. Alvaro and his team delve into a vari­ety of top­ics — both on macro and niche lev­els, mak­ing the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit the per­fect forum for dis­cov­ery and idea exchange “- Stan­ley Yang, CEO, NeuroSky

“I can­not rec­om­mend the Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit highly enough. It’s a fan­tas­tic forum for knowl­edge shar­ing in the com­plex area of brain health pro­vid­ing access and dis­cus­sion with world lead­ers in the field. I found the vir­tual for­mat actu­ally enhanced the learn­ing expe­ri­ence and the short ses­sions focused the con­tent in an engag­ing way which is often lack­ing in other tra­di­tional con­fer­ence set­tings” — David Coleiro, Part­ner, Strate­gic North

“Great example of how bringing scientific leaders and innovators together can spur thoughtful discussion about our most vital organ – the brain. Brain science is a rapidly changing field with expansion and developments happening in small pockets around the world. The virtual summit facilitates the escalation of public attention on brain health and informs translation of scientific discovery into implementation.” – Dr. San­dra Bond Chap­man, Direc­tor, Cen­ter for Brain­Health at The Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Dallas

“The SharpBrains Summit is a great gathering place for the ‘inside edition’ of what is happening at the neuroscience/consumer interface.”  – Joan Parsons, CEO, start-up

“A very time-efficient manner to get a state of the art update on the latest innovations in assessing and promoting brain health, and from the comfort of your own office.” – Dr. Keith Wesnes, Practice Leader, Bracket/ United BioSource Corporation

“Coming from far-off New Zealand, the SharpBrains Virtual Summit was enlightening, exciting, interactive, accessible, and left me feeling much less isolation in my memory clinic work here. I am already discussing with several participants how to bring this knowledge to our respective communities.” – Dr. Allison Lamont, Director, Christchurch Memory Clinic

“The in-depth workshops worked extremely well. They were meatier and applied directly to the work we are doing. We were encouraged to see the variety of ways in which emerging knowledge is being put into practice.” – Anonymous

“The summit is a great place to learn about the latest developments in technology for cognitive and brain health and wellness. Plus the water cooler chats are a very efficient way to connect with other people in the field leading to some very important local, national and international opportunities.” — Sherrie All, PhD, Mather LifeWays

“The SharpBrains Virtual Summit is the single global point of contact for cognitive health innovators, highlighting the state-of-the-art themes in technology, research and consumer demand.” – Jaan Tulviste, CEO, Cognuse

“Great combination of emerging research with real life case studies. It puts us several years ahead of what appears in more popular publication sources and conferences.” – Steve Zanon, Founder, Proactive Ageing

“There is perhaps no better opportunity to expand one’s mind on how to address brain-based challenges that impact our communities than to attend a SharpBrains Summit.” – Dr. Peter Whitehouse, Professor, Case Western Reserve University

“A virtual format is the best way to go …no travel no worry and no hurry.  The SharpBrains team has done another fantastic job, producing the best brain conference available today.” – Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD, President, Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation

“The 2012 SharpBrains Summit was a highly efficient way to get a sense of where the complex and sprawling field of brain fitness and cognitive enhancement stands, and where it is heading.” – Jonas Jendi, VP and GM, Cogmed/ Pearson Clinical Assessments

“This summit is a MUST for all those working in the cognitive/brain health field – latest research and current applications make this conference HIGHLY relevant! Amazing speakers, and without any time spent on travel.” – Patty Gould, Center Director, LearningRx

“The virtual format provides unparalleled access to knowledge presented by a diverse cadre of professionals across the filed of brain health and fitness. It enhanced my ability to think deeply about both challenges and opportunities to enhance brain health and overall wellness across the lifespan.”  – Erica Boisvert, The Synapse Connection

“The SharpBrains Virtual Summit was a amazing opportunity to connect with and learn from other professionals to help bridge the gap between the emerging science of neuroplasticity and how in practice we develop young brains and minds” – Sandra Heusel, Eaton Arrowsmith School

“Imagine you are sitting at the Academy in ancient Athens. Socrates looks strait at you and says, “The unexamined life is not worth living”. That is precisely what happened to me when I attended the 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit. Well, Socrates did not address the Summit. It was Dr. Michael Posner, talking to me about meditation and enhancing the neural mechanisms underlying attention. It was Dr. Robert Bilder telling me about Crowdsourcing Big Brain Data and the 90% Solution. It was Kate Sullivan, sharing with me her experiences on cognitive retraining and rehabilitation of military personnel. These men and women and dozens of more speakers substantiated what Socrates said. Let’s examine what we can do to enhance living.” –  Anonymous