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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.

To Learn More and Reg­is­ter at ear­ly-bird rates: please vis­it 2011 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit

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