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Announcing Sponsors and Partners: 2011 SharpBrains Summit

We are hon­ored to announce the fol­low­ing Spon­sors and Part­ners of the upcom­ing 2011 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit: Retool­ing Brain Health for the 21st Cen­tu­ry (March 30th — April 1st, 2011). And we are look­ing for more, so please con­tact us if inter­est­ed!

Spon­sors

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Arrowsmith SchoolThe Arrow­smith Pro­gram,  avail­able in pub­lic and pri­vate schools in  the U.S. and Cana­da, is a com­pre­hen­sive suite of cog­ni­tive pro­grams for stu­dents with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties that tar­gets 19 areas of the brain that are most com­monly involved in learn­ing. The Arrow­smith Pro­gram iden­ti­fies and strength­ens the weak cog­ni­tive areas that affect learn­ing and each stu­dent works on cog­ni­tive pro­grams that are indi­vid­u­ally designed for his or her areas of learn­ing dif­fi­culty.

Bay­crest, ful­ly affil­i­ated with the Uni­ver­sity of 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 tomorrow’s 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.

Cogmed is a leader in the emerg­ing field of evi­dence-based cog­ni­tive train­ing.  Cogmed is a Pear­son com­pa­ny found­ed in Stock­holm, Swe­den, in 2001, as a col­lab­o­ra­tion between neu­ro­sci­en­tists at the Karolin­s­ka Insti­tute and game devel­op­ers. Cogmed cre­ates, val­i­dates, and mar­kets prod­ucts which are dis­trib­uted and sup­port­ed by over a hun­dred clin­i­cal prac­tices world­wide and that can lead to sub­stan­tial and last­ing improve­ments in atten­tion for peo­ple with poor work­ing mem­o­ry – in all age groups.

Cog­niFit offers per­son­al­ized brain fit­ness pro­grams ground­ed on an ini­tial base­line assess­ment of the cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties that are most affect­ed by aging. Its patent­ed Indi­vid­u­al­ized Train­ing Sys­tem ™ then cre­ates a train­ing pro­gram that con­tin­u­ous­ly adapts to the user’s cur­rent cog­ni­tive lev­el. The com­pa­ny offers its prod­uct via mul­ti­ple part­ner­ships in North Amer­i­ca, Europe, Israel and Asia Pacif­ic.

Posit Sci­ence is a 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. 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.”

UCLA Cen­ter on Aging’s mis­sion is to enhance and extend pro­duc­tive and healthy life through com­mu­ni­ty out­reach, pre­em­i­nent research and edu­ca­tion on aging. With inter­dis­ci­pli­nary sup­port from fore­most spe­cial­ists, the Cen­ter builds on UCLA’s rec­og­nized excel­lence in care of old­er adults: U.S. News and World Report has named UCLA’s geri­atrics pro­gram one of the top in Amer­i­ca for 20 years.

Part­ners

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aprf_logo1The Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF), estab­lished in 1993, is ded­i­cat­ed to reduc­ing the inci­dence of Alzheimer’s dis­ease by con­duct­ing clin­i­cal research and pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tion­al out­reach. Its mis­sion is to make avail­able infor­ma­tion, from con­ven­tion­al and com­ple­men­tary med­i­cine, that will empow­er peo­ple to build healthy brains.

The Beren­son-Allen Cen­ter for Non­in­va­sive Brain Stim­u­la­tion (CNBS) at Beth Israel Dea­coness Med­ical Cen­ter and Har­vard Med­ical School inte­grates three dis­tinct mis­sions: Research, Edu­ca­tion, and Patient Care, in order to opti­mize and apply non­in­va­sive brain stim­u­la­tion to health care and research.

Brain World Mag­a­zine explores cut­ting-edge sci­ence for the gen­er­al read­er and how emerg­ing find­ings can affect human health, cul­ture, edu­ca­tion, glob­al issues and more. BRAIN WORLD is pub­lished by the Inter­na­tion­al Brain Edu­ca­tion Asso­ci­a­tion (IBREA), a non­prof­it edu­ca­tion­al orga­ni­za­tion

The Cen­ter for Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy Research in the Inter­est of Soci­ety (CITRIS) cre­ates infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions for many of our most press­ing social, envi­ron­men­tal, and health care prob­lems. CITRIS was cre­at­ed to “short­en the pipeline” between world-class lab­o­ra­to­ry research and the cre­ation of start-ups, larg­er com­pa­nies, and whole indus­tries.

The Inter­na­tional Coun­cil on Active Aging® (ICAA) was found­ed in the belief that uni­fy­ing the efforts of the orga­ni­za­tions focused on old­er adults ben­e­fits both the peo­ple they reach and the orga­ni­za­tions them­selves. Today, the vision is shared by over 8,000 orga­ni­za­tions con­nected to the ICAA net­work.

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 in life sci­ences and health care, dig­i­tal media, clean­tech, as well as inno­v­a­tive social pur­pose busi­ness.

Smart­Sil­vers pro­motes aware­ness, devel­op­ment and deploy­ment of inno­v­a­tive, con­sumer friend­ly prod­ucts and tech­nol­o­gy-lever­aged ser­vices that pro­vide inde­pen­dence, mobil­i­ty and qual­i­ty of life to our expand­ing old­er adult pop­u­la­tion.

The UNCG Geron­tol­ogy Research Net­work is a coop­er­a­tive group con­sist­ing of UNCG fac­ul­ty, research staff, and stu­dents, formed in 2007 to facil­i­tate and sup­port trans­dis­ci­pli­nary aging-relat­ed research.

To Learn more and Reg­is­ter to the event: click on 2011 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit. Remem­ber that we offer friends of Sharp­Brains a 15% dis­count using dis­count codesharp2011

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