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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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