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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