Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


Speaking Events & Conferences

Alvaro_Fernandez “Alvaro Fer­nan­dez syn­the­sizes and trans­lates the lat­est neu­ro­science into provoca­tive, com­pelling, and enter­tain­ing sto­ries of men­tal fit­ness and the future of the brain.” –David Pescovitz, Research Direc­tor, Insti­tute for the Future.

 “I want to thank you for your keynote din­ner pre­sen­ta­tion at our recent meet­ing of the Coun­cils of Human Resources Exec­u­tives. You pro­vid­ed key insights into the link­ages between brain health, resilien­cy and cre­ativ­i­ty. Mem­bers appre­ci­at­ed your knowl­edge, the exam­ples you pro­vid­ed, and your sense of humour! Job well done!” –Judith L. MacBride-King, Net­work Exec­u­tive, The Con­fer­ence Board of Cana­da.

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, Sharp­Brains’  CEO & Co-Founder, speaks reg­u­lar­ly to a wide range of audi­ences. Named a Young Glob­al Leader by the World Eco­nom­ic Forum, Alvaro has been quot­ed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Jour­nal, AP, CNN, and more. He co-authored the book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Ageand is the Edi­tor-In-Chief for the mar­ket report The Dig­i­tal Brain Health Mar­ket 2012–2020. Alvaro has an MBA and MA in Edu­ca­tion from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, and a BA in Eco­nom­ics from Uni­ver­si­dad de Deusto in his native Spain. Togeth­er with his wife and daugh­ter, he cur­rent­ly enjoys liv­ing in Wash­ing­ton, DC. To check out his LinkedIn pro­file, with dozens of endorse­ments as an inno­va­tor and pub­lic speak­er: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez


(For gen­er­al audi­ences) How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age

Just like the rest of our body, the brain requires care, atten­tion and prop­er exer­cise. Yet, we often ignore this most vital organ because few know where to begin. Based on the new book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness –named a Best Book by AARP — co-author Alvaro Fer­nan­dez will dis­cuss exact­ly how to “use it or lose it,” offer­ing a ground­break­ing new approach to improv­ing brain health and per­for­mance at any age, from chil­dren to younger and old­er adults. With prac­ti­cal tips for pre­serv­ing and enhanc­ing brain func­tion through­out life, this talk com­bines a user-friend­ly tuto­r­i­al on how the brain works with advice on how to choose and inte­grate lifestyle changes and brain train­ing exer­cis­es to improve men­tal focus, build emo­tion­al resilience, enhance mem­o­ry and ward off Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

(For lead­ers and cor­po­rate audi­ences) Train Your Brain to Become More Inno­v­a­tive and Resilient 

How can we train our core brain-based capac­i­ties to inno­vate and to thrive in today’s work­place? What can we do to invest in our most pre­cious human resource –our amaz­ing brain– and boost indi­vid­ual and col­lec­tive resilience? Dis­cov­er the prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tions of emerg­ing research on brain func­tion­ing and neu­ro­plas­tic­ity, based on the book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age, and learn how to become a “men­tal ath­lete” ready to face pro­fes­sion­al and per­son­al chal­lenges.

(For health and well­ness inno­va­tors) When Dig­i­tal Health Meets Applied Neu­ro­science

Brain health is a rapid­ly evolv­ing field and all health and insur­ance providers should be aware of the far-reach­ing impact this trans­for­ma­tion will have in the near future. Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, the CEO of the lead­ing inde­pen­dent mar­ket research firm track­ing health and well­ness appli­ca­tions of brain sci­ence, will dis­cuss a brand new mar­ket study and fore­cast on how dig­i­tal plat­forms will rev­o­lu­tion­ize brain health by 2020. Dis­cov­er how the grow­ing main­stream demand for “brain fit­ness” is cre­at­ing a sig­nif­i­cant demand and oppor­tu­ni­ty for web-based, mobile and bio­met­rics-based tech­nol­ogy to assess, mon­i­tor and enhance cog­ni­tion and brain func­tion­ing.


LarryKing_TheSharpBrainsGuideA FEW CLIPS

> Lar­ry King inter­view on the present and future of brain fit­ness: click Here in the US and Here else­where (28 min­utes)

> Post-keynote inter­view at the Dig­i­tal Health Sum­mit (9 min­utes).

> Pre­sen­ta­tion of Prac­ti­cal Advice to Keep Your Brain Sharp at New York Pub­lic Library (87 min­utes)



> New York  City: How Can We Invest in Our Brains to Boost Inno­va­tion and Resilience?, at Mid-Man­hat­tan Library.

> Coral Gables, FL: Cómo inver­tir en su cere­bro, at Books & Books.

> Los Ange­les: Mar­riage of Sci­ence & Indus­try — How to cre­ate a sus­tain­able busi­ness mod­el that proves end-user val­ue, at ESCoNS2 (Enter­tain­ment Soft­ware and Cog­ni­tive Neu­rother­a­peu­tics Soci­ety)

> Lima, Peru: Upgrad­ing edu­ca­tion and health with the brain in mind, at the World Eco­nom­ic Forum on Latin Amer­i­ca 2013

> Toron­to, Cana­da:  The Web as a Gym for the Brain, at mesh13

> Vic­to­ria, BC, Cana­da: How Can We Invest In Our Brains To Boost Inno­va­tion and Resilience, at the Con­fer­ence Board’s Coun­cil of Human Resource Exec­u­tives

> San Diego: I’ll Take Brain Health for $6 Bil­lion, at the Dig­i­tal Health Sum­mer Sum­mit

> San Fran­cis­co, CA: Cor­ti­cal Plas­tic­i­ty: Where Brain Health Meets Dig­i­tal Health, at the Neu­rotech Lead­ers Sum­mit

> Toron­to, Cana­da, Cana­da: Break­ing the Silos and Boost­ing Our Brains, at McMas­ter Uni­ver­si­ty

AlvaroFernandezNYPL> San Fran­cis­co, CA: Brain Fit­ness for Adap­tive Orga­ni­za­tions, at the Neu­roLead­er­ship Sum­mit.

> Los Ange­les: Brain Fit­ness Today and Tomor­row, at the UCLA Tech­nol­o­gy & Aging Con­fer­ence.

> San Fran­cis­co, CA: The Con­sumer Mar­ket for Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy, at 2011 Neu­rotech Lead­ers Forum.

> San Fran­cis­co, CA: Trans­lat­ing Neu­ro­science Into Mar­ketable Ther­a­peu­tic Inter­ven­tions, at ESCoNS.

> Barcelona: How and Why Dig­i­tal Tech­nology Will Trans­form Edu­ca­tion, Train­ing and Brain Health, dur­ing the “Evenings with…” series at Esade.

> June 22nd, Barcelona: La salud en el siglo XXI — Como com­bat­ir el envejec­imiento cere­bral, at Fun­da­cion Edad y Vida.

> San Fran­cis­co: Har­ness Your Brain Plas­tic­i­ty for Life­long Brain Fit­ness, dur­ing the series “The Amaz­ing Brain: Anato­my & Func­tion orga­nized by Cal­i­for­nia Pacif­ic Med­ical Cen­ter.

> San Diego: Brain Fit­ness Offer­ings to Attract and Retain Baby Boomers, at the Con­ven­tion of the Inter­na­tion­al Health, Rac­quet & Sports­club Asso­ci­a­tion (IHRSA).

> San Fran­cis­co: Teach­ing Brain Fit­ness in Your Schools and Com­mu­ni­ties, at the Learn­ing & the Brain Con­fer­ence.

> Ontario, Cana­da: Main­tain­ing Auton­o­my — the Brain Fit­ness Move­ment, dur­ing the Ontario Inno­va­tion Sum­mit.

> San Fran­cis­co: Brain Fit­ness For Peak Per­for­mance, at the Asso­ci­a­tion for Cor­po­rate Growth (ACG) Speak­er Series.

> Palo Alto, CA: Brain Fit­ness — Fad or Rev­o­lu­tion?, Smart­Sil­vers MIT North­ern Cal­i­for­nia event.

> New York Pub­lic Library, Stephen Schwarz­man Build­ing: The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness.

> Stevens Point, Wis­con­sin: Brain Fit­ness in Senior Hous­ing, at WAHSA’s 2009 Senior Hous­ing Con­fer­ence.

> Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na Greens­boro: Cog­ni­tive Fit­ness and the Aging Work­force: Oppor­tu­ni­ties and Chal­lenges, at the Sil­ver­ing Work­force Sum­mit.

> Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty: How Neu­ro­science Will Impact Edu­ca­tion and Health­care: A 5–10 Year View, at the Stan­ford SELA Sum­mit.

> New York Acad­e­my of Med­i­cine: Brain Fit­ness Soft­ware — Con­sumers Guide to dis­tin­guish­ing hope from hype, at the Com­pre­hen­sive Approach to Demen­tia Sym­po­sium spon­sored by Mon­te­fiore Med­ical Cen­ter.


If you are inter­est­ing in secur­ing Mr. Fer­nan­dez for your upcom­ing event please Con­tact Us indi­cat­ing the details of your Speak­ing Inquiry.

> Sep­tem­ber 8th, Petaluma, Cal­i­for­nia: Phys­i­cal and Men­tal Exer­cise for Brain Fit­ness, at the Club One Fit­ness Cen­ter. More infor­ma­tion here.

> Sep­tem­ber 9th, San Fran­cis­co: The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, at San Fran­cis­co State Uni­ver­si­ty Osh­er Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute (OLLI). More infor­ma­tion here.

> Sep­tem­ber 11th, Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia: The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, at ASA Brain Health Day

> Sep­tem­ber 23rd, New York Pub­lic Library, Bronx Library Cen­ter: The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness. More infor­ma­tion here.

> Sep­tem­ber 25rd, New York Pub­lic Library, Stephen Schwarz­man Build­ing: The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness. More infor­ma­tion here.

> Octo­ber 6th, Palo Alto, CA: Brain Fit­ness — Fad or Rev­o­lu­tion?, Smart­Sil­vers MIT North­ern Cal­i­for­nia event. More infor­ma­tion here.