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Six New Speakers @ 2011 SharpBrains Summit

We are proud to confirm six additional excellent Speakers at the upcoming 2011 SharpBrains Summit (remember, this is a fully virtual event so it requires no travel). Three Speakers are based in the US, two in the UK, one in Australia, and they truly represent a range of perspectives and expertise to discuss, as the Summit tagline promises, Retooling Brain Health for the 21st Century.

Professor Cary L. Cooper chaired the Science Co-ordination team of the Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing. He is a Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at the Lancaster University Management School, President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Director and founder of Robertson Cooper Ltd. Prof. Cooper is recognised as a world-leading expert on stress and workplace issues, and received his BS and MBA degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his PhD from the University of Leeds.

Dr. Keith Wesnes is a Prac­tice Leader at 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.

Steven Aldrich is Pres­i­dent and CEO of Posit Sci­ence, join­ing the com­pany from Intuit where he cre­ated sig­nif­i­cant growth over 13 years in many roles. Steven was Pres­i­dent of Quicken Insur­ance, a busi­ness he co-founded and sold to Intuit. He has worked in the invest­ment bank­ing divi­sion of Alex. Brown & Sons and for McK­in­sey & Com­pany, com­pleted his MBA at the Stan­ford Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness, and he holds an AB in Physics from the Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina. Steven is an avid sup­porter of the arts, and Pres­i­dent of the Board of the Bay Area Glass Institute.

Dr. Martha Farah is the Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Neu­ro­science and Soci­ety at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, and Annen­berg Pro­fes­sor of Nat­ural Sci­ences. Much of her career has been devoted to under­stand­ing the mech­a­nisms of vision, mem­ory, and exec­u­tive func­tion in the human brain. Her current interests lie at the inter­face between cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science and “the real world,” including the effects of socioe­co­nomic adver­sity on children’s brain devel­op­ment and emerg­ing social and eth­i­cal issues in neu­ro­science (“neu­roethics”), mood reg­u­la­tion, and deci­sion making.

Dr Michael Valenzuela is a Research Fellow at the School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, and Leader of the Regenerative Neuroscience Group at UNSW. His current research is aimed at understanding the competing forces of neuroplasticity and degeneration in the human brain, and includes studies of adult stem cells, animal models, neuroimaging, clinical trials and epidemiology. In 2006, he was awarded the prestigious Eureka Prize for Medical Research for his research on the relationship between dementia and complex mental activity.

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. has been the President and Medical Director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation since 1993. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Khalsa received his training in Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was Chief Resident. He is also a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Acupuncture for Physicians Program and has studied mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical School’s Mind/Body Medical Institute.

Learn more and Register to participate in the 2011 SharpBrains Summit by clicking Here. Early-bird rates end on February 18th!

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