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Invitation to SharpBrains Summit — Technology for Cognitive Health and Performance

We are excit­ed to invite you to the first vir­tu­al, glob­al Sharp­Brains Sum­mit (Jan­u­ary 18–20th, 2010). The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit will fea­ture a sharpbrains_summit_logo_webdream team of over 25 speak­ers who are lead­ers in indus­try and research from 7 coun­tries, to dis­cuss emerg­ing research, tools and best prac­tices for cog­ni­tive health and per­for­mance. This inau­gur­al event will expose health and insur­ance providers, devel­op­ers, inno­va­tors at For­tune 500 com­pa­nies, investors and researchers, to the oppor­tu­ni­ties, part­ner­ships, trends, and stan­dards of the rapid­ly evolv­ing cog­ni­tive fit­ness field.

Reg­is­ter Today

Learn more and reg­is­ter Here today, at dis­count­ed ear­ly-bird rates, to receive these ben­e­fits:

  • Learn: Full access to all Con­fer­ence live ses­sions, and Down­load­able Record­ings and Hand­outs
  • See: lat­est tech­nolo­gies and prod­ucts dur­ing Expo Day
  • Con­nect and Dis­cuss: become a mem­ber of the Sharp­Brains Net­work for Brain Fit­ness Inno­va­tion (mem­bers-only LinkedIn Group) through the end of 2010, access online chats dur­ing the sum­mit, meet oth­er reg­is­trants in your city
  • Under­stand the Big Pic­ture: access 10 Research Exec­u­tive Briefs pre­pared by lead­ing sci­en­tists

On top of those ear­ly-bird dis­counts, we offer an addi­tion­al 15% dis­count for Sharp­Brains read­ers who want Reg­u­lar Admis­sion. Dis­count code: sharp2010. You can reg­is­ter Here.

Agenda/ Speak­ers

Monday, January 18th, 2010:

(Pre­lim­i­nary sched­ule, US Pacif­ic Time)

8–9.15am. Cog­ni­tion & Neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty: The New Health­care Fron­tier

  • Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, Sharp­Brains
  • David White­house, OptumHealth Behav­ioral Solu­tions
  • William Reich­man, Bay­crest
  • P Murali Doraiswamy, Duke Uni­ver­si­ty

9.30–11am. Tools for Safer Dri­ving: The Oppor­tu­ni­ty with Teenagers and Adults

  • Steven Aldrich, Posit Sci­ence
  • Shlo­mo Breznitz, Cog­niFit
  • Jer­ri Edwards, Uni­ver­si­ty of South Flori­da
  • Peter Chris­tian­son, Young Dri­vers of Cana­da

Noon-1.30pm. Baby Boomers and Beyond: Main­tain­ing Cog­ni­tive Vital­i­ty

  • Kunal Sarkar, Lumos Labs
  • Eliz­a­beth Zelin­s­ki, USC Davis School of Geron­tol­ogy
  • Dan Michel, Dakim
  • Elkhonon Gold­berg, Sharp­Brains

2–3.30pm. Next Gen­er­a­tion Cog­ni­tive & Emo­tion­al Health Assess­ments

  • Evian Gor­don, Brain Resource
  • Misha Pavel, OHSU
  • Albert Skip Riz­zo, USC

Tuesday January 19th, 2010:

8–9.15am. Neu­rocog­ni­tion & Med­i­cine: Impli­ca­tions for Research, Diag­no­sis, and Treat­ment

  • Kei­th Wesnes, Unit­ed BioSource Cor­po­ra­tion
  • Jonas Jen­di, Cogmed
  • Adam Gaz­za­ley, UCSF
  • Michel Noir, SBT / Hap­pyNeu­ron

9.30–11am. How Can Neu­ro­science Inform and Refine Men­tal Health Care

  • Michael Merzenich, UCSF
  • Torkel Kling­berg, Karolin­s­ka Insti­tute
  • Joshua Stein­er­man, Albert Ein­stein Mon­te­fiore Med­ical Cen­ter
  • Yaakov Stern, Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty

Noon-1.30pm. Inte­grat­ing Cog­ni­tion with Home Health and Med­ical Home Mod­els

  • Ken­neth Kosik, UC San­ta Bar­bara
  • Hol­ly Jimi­son, Ore­gon Health & Sci­ence Uni­ver­si­ty
  • Jesse Wright, Uni­ver­si­ty of Louisville

2–3.30pm. What’s Next: Entre­pre­neur­ial And Fund­ing Per­pec­tives

  • Tim Chang, Nor­west Ven­ture Part­ners
  • Richard Levin­son, Atten­tion Con­trol Sys­tems
  • Lisa Schooner­man, Vibrant­Brains
  • Veroni­ka Litin­s­ki, MaRS Ven­ture Group

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010:

Expo Day

  • 8am. Bay­crest
  • 8.30am. EDGE Inno­va­tion Net­work
  • 9am. Cog­niFit
  • 9.30am. Posit Sci­ence
  • 10am. SBT/ Hap­pyNeu­ron
  • Note: more Spon­sors to come soon

You can see full Agen­da and Speak­er Bios Here.


Bay­crest, locat­ed in Toron­to, is one of the world’s pre­mier aca­d­e­m­ic health sci­ences cen­ters focused on aging. Through its strengths in research and edu­ca­tion, Bay­crest is using the pow­er of inquiry and dis­cov­ery to improve the health of tomor­rows elder­ly while at the same time care for and enhance the qual­i­ty of life of the elder­ly today. Bay­crest runs a Geri­atric Health Care Sys­tem, a Research Cen­tre for Aging and the Brain, and a Cen­tre for Edu­ca­tion on Aging. Ful­ly affil­i­at­ed with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, Bay­crest is play­ing a unique and impor­tant role in train­ing and enlight­en­ing future pro­fes­sion­als who will have the respon­si­bil­i­ty of car­ing for our aging pop­u­la­tion. We also have link­ages, part­ner­ships and appoint­ments at oth­er aca­d­e­m­ic cen­tres across the coun­try, con­ti­nent and beyond.

The EDGE Inno­va­tion Net­work was formed in Decem­ber 2006 as a col­lab­o­ra­tive, open-envi­ron­ment ini­tia­tive enabling mem­bers and sup­port­ers to work togeth­er to enhance the deliv­ery cycle of tech­nol­o­gy and inno­va­tion to the warfight­er. Over the past 18 months, EDGE mem­ber­ship has grown from 15 to 58 mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing U.S. and inter­na­tion­al mil­i­tary and gov­ern­ment agen­cies, high-tech indus­tries and five U.S.-based uni­ver­si­ties. Spon­sored by Gen­er­al Dynam­ics C4 Sys­tems, the EDGE pro­vides sub­ject mat­ter exper­tise, advanced prod­uct port­fo­lios and equip­ment, facil­i­ties and lab­o­ra­to­ries for devel­op­ing and test­ing tech­nolo­gies, prod­ucts and sys­tems at faster cycle times than are cur­rent­ly pos­si­ble on fund­ed pro­grams while enhanc­ing the effec­tive­ness, agili­ty and sur­viv­abil­i­ty of users world­wide.

Cog­niFit’s brain fit­ness pro­grams pro­vide an ini­tial base­line assess­ment of the cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties that are most affect­ed by aging, before cre­at­ing per­son­al­ized train­ing pro­grams. No two train­ing pro­grams are the same. Based on more than 30 years of neu­ro-sci­en­tif­ic research, CogniFit’s sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly val­i­dat­ed, patent­ed brain fit­ness pro­grams are per­son­al­ized to each users skills and needs to help enhance their cog­ni­tive per­for­mance and health.

Posit Sci­ence is the leader in deliv­er­ing clin­i­cal­ly proven brain fit­ness soft­ware that brings brain sci­ence from the lab to the peo­ple, improv­ing every­day lives. The com­pa­ny com­bines break­through research and a focus on great cus­tomer expe­ri­ences to cre­ate prod­ucts that are engag­ing and help users think faster, focus bet­ter and remem­ber more. Staff neu­ro­sci­en­tists col­lab­o­rate with more than 50 sci­en­tists from lead­ing research insti­tu­tions such as Mayo Clin­ic and Johns Hop­kins as well as engi­neers and prod­uct mar­keters to design, build and test our com­put­er-based pro­grams. Posit Sci­ence prod­ucts are avail­able online and through health, long-term care and auto insur­ers. Posit Sci­ence is also fea­tured in the PBS doc­u­men­tary The Brain Fit­ness Pro­gram.

HAP­PYNeu­ron’s mis­sion is to apply knowl­edge and research from the field of Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science to the stim­u­la­tion and enhance­ment of the brain’s nat­ur­al abil­i­ty to adapt, learn and regen­er­ate. Our goal is to pro­vide sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly rig­or­ous and val­i­dat­ed cog­ni­tive stim­u­la­tion pro­grams to con­sumers, clin­i­cian and researchers to address healthy brain aging and the treat­ment of a vari­ety of cog­ni­tive impair­ment con­di­tions. In doing so, we hope to real­ize the vision of an improve­ment of brain func­tion, health and vital­i­ty, and make a pos­i­tive impact in the lives of the indi­vid­u­als who par­tic­i­pate in the pro­grams. HAP­PYneu­ron Inc. is a major­i­ty owned sub­sidiary of Sci­en­tif­ic Brain Train­ing (NYSE Euronext: MLSBT).
Learn how to become a spon­sor Here.


Stan­ford Medi­aX s a col­lab­o­ra­tion of Stan­ford and indus­try that brings togeth­er Stanford’s lead­ing inter­ac­tive tech­nol­o­gy research with com­pa­nies com­mit­ted to tech­ni­cal advance­ment and inno­va­tion. Media X is affil­i­at­ed with the H-STAR Insti­tute (Human-Sci­ences and Tech­nolo­gies Advanced Research Insti­tute).
The Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy Indus­try Orga­ni­za­tion (NIO) is a non-prof­it trade asso­ci­a­tion that rep­re­sents com­pa­nies involved in neu­ro­science, aca­d­e­m­ic neu­ro­science research cen­ters, and brain-ill­ness advo­ca­cy groups across the Unit­ed States and through­out the world.

MaRS Dis­cov­ery Dis­trict is a large scale, mis­sion dri­ven inno­va­tion cen­tre locat­ed in Toron­to and net­worked across Ontario, focused on build­ing Canada’s next gen­er­a­tion of tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies. MaRS works close­ly with entre­pre­neurs to grow and scale their ven­tures into glob­al mar­ket lead­ers in life sci­ences and health care, infor­ma­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and dig­i­tal media tech­nolo­gies, clean­tech and advanced mate­ri­als, as well as inno­v­a­tive social pur­pose busi­ness.
Games for Health by the Seri­ous Games Ini­tia­tive devel­ops a com­mu­ni­ty and best prac­tices plat­form for the numer­ous games being built for health care appli­ca­tions.

The Cen­ter for Tech­nol­o­gy and Aging is a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion with a pur­pose to advance the dif­fu­sion of tech­nolo­gies that help old­er adults lead health­i­er lives and main­tain inde­pen­dence. It was found­ed in 2009 with a grant from The SCAN Foun­da­tion and is affil­i­at­ed with the Pub­lic Health Insti­tute.
Learn how to become a Part­ner Here.
You can learn more about the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit Here. Look­ing for­ward to a very stim­u­lat­ing event!

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