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Four New Speakers Confirmed – 2011 SharpBrains Summit

We are honored to announce four new confirmed SharpBrains Summit Speakers: Nigel Smith at AARP, Peter Kissinger at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Keith Wesnes at United BioSource, and Ken Kosik at UCSB Neuroscience Research Institute.

Nigel Smith, AARP Strategy and Innovation Director, is responsible for developing decentralized innovation models for AARP and for consulting with business units in the execution of innovation processes. Prior to AARP, Nigel was the Director or Product Innovation for Visa USA. Other professional experiences have been with McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs Group, and KPMG. Nigel holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from Stanford University and a Bachelors in Business Administration degree from Howard University.

Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foun­da­tion for Traffic Safety. Kissinger spent 12 years with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, DC, first as a safety specialist and then as its managing director. He served on a team of technical experts that investigated crash sites, studied highway safety and regulatory programs, and represented the NTSB before Congress. Kissinger has a Master’s degree in operations research from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

wesnesKeith Wesnes, Practice Leader, United BioSource Corporation. In 1986 Professor Wesnes founded Cognitive Drug Research (acquired in 2009 by United BioSource) to offer this system as a service in clinical trials. Professor Wesnes has published over 270 peer-reviewed research articles as well as more than 20 chapters and literature reviews. He holds Professorships at the Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK and the Brain Sciences Institute at Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia.

150px-Kenneth_KosikKenneth Kosik, Co-Director, UC Santa Barbara Neuroscience Research Institute. Dr. Kosik received his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, completed a neurology residency from Tufts New England Medical Center, and held various appointments at the Harvard Medical School. In the fall of 2004 he assumed the co-directorship of the Neuroscience Research Institute and the Harriman Chair at the University of California Santa Barbara. He has received multiple awards, including a Whitaker Health Sciences Award from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Derek Denny-Brown Neurological Scholar Award from the American Neurological Association, the Zenith Award from the Alzheimer’s Association, and a NASA Group Achievement Award.

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