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2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age (December 6–8, 2016)

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.” — Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter at UCSF

The 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit will fea­ture over 30 of the world’s top sci­en­tists, inno­va­tors and experts work­ing on ways to rein­vent brain health in light of emerg­ing sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy, soci­etal needs and mar­ket demand.

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Preliminary Summit Agenda

Over 30 world-class experts and pio­neers will help address eight key pri­or­i­ties to Rein­vent Brain Health in the Dig­i­tal Age, as iden­ti­fied by the Sum­mit’s Steer­ing Com­mit­tee. All times below reflect US PACIFIC TIME.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Day 1

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Day 2

8.15–9.45am. Connect brain health with work and life in the Digital Age

How can we bet­ter link brain health and oth­er mean­ing­ful out­comes such as work­place per­for­mance and resilience, life­long learn­ing, gen­er­al hap­pi­ness and well-being?

  • Alexan­dra More­house, Chief Mar­ket­ing Offi­cer of Ban­ner Health
  • Dr. Ken­neth Kosik, Co-Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Research Insti­tute at UC-San­ta Bar­bara
  • Rita Carter, Sci­ence writer and BBC Con­trib­u­tor
  • Dr. San­dra Bond Chap­man, Founder and Chief Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Brain­Health at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas at Dal­las

10–11.30am. Scale up mobile and web-based assessments and monitoring of brain function

How will we effec­tive­ly mon­i­tor (and self-mon­i­tor) brain func­tion and health? Giv­en strong agree­ment with “Doc­tors should mon­i­tor cog­ni­tive health sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly, espe­cial­ly when pre­scrib­ing new medica­ments,” what role can phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, health­care and tech com­pa­nies play in mak­ing that hap­pen?

  • Derek Luke, CEO of Inter­aX­on
  • Dr. Eddie Mar­tuc­ci, CEO of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Ruth Poli­akine Baruchi, CEO of Myn­dY­ou

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

12.30–1.30pm. Empower communities with digital health tools and brain fitness literacy

What role should com­mu­ni­ty and care­givers play, 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?

  • Dr. Eliz­a­beth Zelin­s­ki, Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Dig­i­tal Aging at the Davis School of Geron­tol­ogy
  • Michael Meagher, Pres­i­dent of Cog­nic­i­ti
  • Dr. Peter White­house, Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­o­gy at Case West­ern Reserve Uni­ver­si­ty

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 Big Data and machine learning to accelerate scientific validation

What new data-rich approach­es can help assess what works and what doesn’t, accel­er­at­ing R&D and prop­er adop­tion? What role can arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence play in brain health, and how will we mea­sure the brain health of AI-enhanced sys­tems?

  • Dr. Bri­an Iacoviel­lo, Direc­tor of Sci­en­tif­ic Affairs at Click Ther­a­peu­tics
  • Dr. Gahan Pan­d­i­na, Senior Direc­tor, Ven­ture Leader at Janssen Research & Devel­op­ment
  • Richard Varn, Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Advanced Tech­nol­o­gy and Neu­ro­science at Edu­ca­tion­al Test­ing Ser­vice (ETS)
  • 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

What are the Pros and Cons of emerg­ing non-inva­sive neu­rotech­nolo­gies, such as cog­ni­tive train­ing, mind­ful­ness apps, virtual/ aug­ment­ed real­i­ty, EEG, tDCS?

  • 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. Tej Tadi, CEO of Mind­Maze

10–11.30am. Personalize brain-related prevention, diagnoses and treatments

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

  • Dr. Corey McCann, CEO of Pear Ther­a­peu­tics
  • Mar­garet Moore, Co-Founder of the Insti­tute of Coach­ing at McLean Hos­pi­tal
  • Nikhil Sri­ra­man, IP Ana­lyst at Sharp­Brains

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

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

12:30–1:30pm. Lunch break

1.30–2.30pm. Invest in early brain development

What types of dig­i­tal expo­sure help, and which ones hurt? How do we act on the research show­ing ear­ly child­hood inter­ven­tions improve brain health and alle­vi­ate down­stream soci­etal prob­lems?

  • Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of Sharp­Brains
  • Jes­si­ca Poulin, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Arrow­smith Pro­gram
  • Dr. Lara Boyd, Direc­tor of the Brain Behav­ior Lab at the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia

2.30–4pm. Tap into innovative funding sources

What are some impor­tant and well-fund­ed “low-hang­ing-fruits” in edu­ca­tion, health, peak performance…and how can scal­able, dig­i­tal tools tap into the con­ver­sa­tion and bud­gets?

  • Dr. Ali­son Fen­ney, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy Indus­try Orga­ni­za­tion
  • Char­lie Hartwell, Oper­at­ing Part­ner at The Bridge Builders Col­lab­o­ra­tive
  • Dr. Mar­garet Grabb, Chief of SBIR/STTR pro­grams at the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH)

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Expo Day

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

8.30am. 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.

9am. Walid Han­na, Head of Cor­po­rate Devel­op­ment and Strat­e­gy at Mind­Maze, will present Mind­Mo­tion­Pro and the upcom­ing MOVE-Rehab Study.

9.30am. Dr. Bob Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psy­chol­o­gy & Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy at UCLA, will announce the Dis­rup­tive Tech­nol­o­gy Ini­tia­tive by the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy (AACN).

More com­ing soon…stay tuned.


Summit’s Steering Committee

Mem­bers of the dis­tin­guished Steer­ing Com­mit­tee help­ing shape the Sum­mit Agen­da include:

  • Alexan­dra More­house, Chief Mar­ket­ing Offi­cer of Ban­ner Health
  • Álvaro Fer­nán­dez Ibáñez, CEO of Sharp­Brains
  • Anu Acharya, CEO of Map­MyGenome
  • Dr. Bob Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psy­chol­o­gy & Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy at UCLA
  • Char­lie Hartwell, Oper­at­ing Part­ner at The Bridge Builders Col­lab­o­ra­tive
  • Dr. Corin­na Lath­an, CEO of Anthro­Tron­ix
  • Dr. Dou­glas Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of Psy­chi­a­try at UMass Med­ical School
  • Dr. Eddie Mar­tucci, CEO of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Dr. Graeme Mof­fat, VP Sci­en­tif­ic & Reg­u­la­to­ry Affairs at Inter­ax­on
  • Dr. Joshua Stein­er­man, Chief Neu­ro­sci­en­tist at Click Ther­a­peu­tics
  • Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, Founder of The Soor Cen­ter for Pro­fes­sion­al Ther­a­py and Assess­ment
  • Brig. Gen (Ret.) Pete Palmer, Direc­tor of the EDGE Inno­va­tion Net­work
  • Dr. Peter White­house, Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­o­gy at Case West­ern Reserve Uni­ver­si­ty
  • Dr. Randy McIn­tosh, Direc­tor of Baycrest’s Rot­man Research Insti­tute
  • Richard Varn, Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Advanced Tech­nol­o­gy and Neu­ro­science at Edu­ca­tion­al Test­ing Ser­vice (ETS)
  • Tan Le, Founder and CEO of Emo­tiv 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the Sum­mit take place? Over the Inter­net. All speak­ers and par­tic­i­pants access the vir­tu­al meet­ing room from their respec­tive loca­tions — all that is required is a com­put­er with Inter­net con­nec­tion.

What is a vir­tu­al con­fer­ence? The Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit is essen­tial­ly just like a phys­i­cal con­fer­ence — reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants can access all pre­sen­ta­tions, ask press­ing ques­tions, and con­nect with speak­ers and fel­low par­tic­i­pants. The main dif­fer­ence is, NO ONE NEEDS TO TRAVEL.

I can­not par­tic­i­pate live in all ses­sions. Will they be record­ed? Yes, all ses­sions will be record­ed and avail­able at no extra cost to reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants for a full year after the Sum­mit.

Summit_2016_logo_BrainHow can my orga­ni­za­tion become a Sum­mit Spon­sor or Part­ner? Please con­tact us to dis­cuss details.

Do you offer press pass­es? Yes, please con­tact us with details on your pub­li­ca­tion and idea.

Do you offer CEUs/ CMEs? Sor­ry, we don’t. We do offer a Cer­tifi­cate of Atten­dance to those who request it.

What participants said about previous SharpBrains Virtual Summits

Kudos for such a fan­tas­tic con­fer­ence. The dis­cus­sion about human vs. arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and ethics was espe­cial­ly excit­ing.” — Rajiv Pant, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Offi­cer of The New York Times

I believe that cog­ni­tive func­tion and brain sci­ence are the new fron­tiers in health pro­mo­tion, and I know of no bet­ter resource than Sharp­Brains to explore the lat­est and what’s next. Excel­lent dis­cus­sions and over­all event.” — Dr. Michael P. O’Donnell,  Edi­tor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Pro­mo­tion

I was impressed by the for­ward-look­ing yet prac­ti­cal dis­cus­sion about enhanc­ing human per­for­mance, involv­ing such a range of cross-sec­tor pio­neers. A plea­sure to be involved!” — Dr. Susan Jew­ell, Pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tional Space Med­i­cine Con­sor­tium

A per­fect way to keep the pulse of 3 key inno­va­tion themes: mobile apps and wear­ables, con­sumer health, and applied neu­ro­science.” — Jack Young, Head of Qual­comm Life Fund

Con­grat­u­la­tions on con­ven­ing such a com­pelling group of speak­ers and par­tic­i­pants.  The imple­men­ta­tion was super high-qual­i­ty and seam­less.  Nice­ly done!” — Eddie Mar­tuc­ci, VP Research & Devel­op­ment at Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs

A great way to gath­er cur­rent infor­ma­tion on brain health from a vari­ety of sources and to make new con­nec­tions” — Dr. Cather­ine Madi­son, Direc­tor of the Ray Dol­by Brain Health Cen­ter at Cal­i­for­nia Pacif­ic Med­ical Cen­ter

It is incred­i­bly hard to get such a diverse array of experts togeth­er in one “room” — Con­grats on a great Sum­mit” — Aki Niko­laidis,  NSF Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Cham­paign Urbana

An impres­sive vir­tu­al con­vo­ca­tion of lead­ing sci­en­tists and devel­op­ers and adopters of cog­ni­tive enhance­ment tech­nol­o­gy.” — Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psy­chol­o­gy-Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy, UCLA Semel Insti­tute for Neu­ro­science

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