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Invitation for SharpBrains Summit Participants to Comment on Meeting Report and Join Council

Over 50 insight­ful and fun mem­bers of the world­wide Sharp­Brains com­mu­ni­ty had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to gath­er in DC, New York and San Fran­cis­co last month in order to meet in per­son -often for the first time!- and to dis­cuss next steps to dri­ve mean­ing­ful inno­va­tion in the brain health and fit­ness space.

It is our plea­sure to invite Sharp­Brains Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants to con­tribute to, and to learn from, this grow­ing net­work, by ask­ing them to please:

1) Join Sharp­Brains Coun­cil for Brain Fit­ness Inno­va­tion, a glob­al cross-sec­tor resource and com­mu­ni­ty for inno­va­tors & deci­sion-mak­ers, on a com­pli­men­ta­ry basis before Decem­ber 31st, 2011 (we are waiv­ing annu­al mem­ber­ship fees for the first year to Sharp­Brains Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants).

In order to join, please Con­tact Us indi­cat­ing the email address you used to reg­is­ter to the Sum­mit (so we can ver­i­fy par­tic­i­pa­tion).

2) Com­ment on the Draft Meet­ing Report pre­pared by six par­tic­i­pants in the 2011 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit, rep­re­sent­ing a vari­ety of per­spec­tives (Intel Cor­po­ra­tion, Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty, ProG­evi­ty Neu­ro­science, Case West­ern Uni­ver­si­ty, Sharp­Brains). Let me share here a brief sum­ma­ry of the more com­pre­hen­sive Draft Meet­ing Report you can dis­cuss via the Council’s Forum sec­tion before 12/31:

The 2011 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit brought togeth­er more than 260 research, tech­nol­o­gy and indus­try inno­va­tors in 17 coun­tries for 3 days to dis­cuss the rapid­ly evolv­ing devel­op­ments in sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy and pol­i­cy for life­long brain health. A num­ber of impor­tant themes emerged from the talks and dis­cus­sions, includ­ing poten­tial approach­es to devel­op­ing a rich dig­i­tal toolk­it to mon­i­tor and main­tain cog­ni­tive and emo­tion­al health, the need for inno­v­a­tive cross-sec­tor part­ner­ships and the urgency of scal­ing up solu­tion to address grow­ing soci­etal needs. Also dis­cussed were required sci­en­tif­ic frame­works, mar­ket­ing stan­dards, analy­sis of latent con­sumer demands, and meth­ods to dis­sem­i­nate and dis­cuss time­ly infor­ma­tion and analy­sis – such as vir­tu­al con­fer­ences to bring togeth­er mul­ti­ple stake­hold­ers to enable cross-sec­tor col­lab­o­ra­tion and fos­ter inno­va­tion. Glob­al pri­or­i­ties such as opti­miz­ing cog­ni­tive and emo­tion­al health across the lifes­pan pro­vide a com­pelling rea­son to inno­vate about the process of inno­va­tion itself, pool­ing the efforts of hun­dreds of pio­neers across the tra­di­tion­al silos of geog­ra­phy, sec­tor and pro­fes­sion. Vir­tu­al con­fer­ences can enable suc­cess­ful dis­trib­uted col­lab­o­ra­tion when they focus on appro­pri­ate use of the dig­i­tal medi­um, deliv­er a clear val­ue propo­si­tion to par­tic­i­pants and pri­or­i­tize ease of tech­ni­cal access.

3) To learn more about the Sharp­Brains Coun­cil, and to Sign in if you are already a Mem­ber, please click Here.

4) Cur­rent Coun­cil Mem­bers include pio­neers at the fol­low­ing orga­ni­za­tions: AAA Foun­da­tion for Dri­ving Safe­ty, AARP, Accen­ture, Age Mat­ters Clin­ic, Arrow­smith Pro­gram, Alzheimer’s Asso­ci­a­tion, Alpert Med­ical School of Brown Uni­ver­si­ty, Bay­crest, Brain Resource, Bright­Star Learn­ing, Ltd., Case West­ern Reserve Uni­ver­si­ty, Chor­at­ech, Cogmed, Cog­nic­iti, Cog­niFit, CFIT, Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty, Har­vard Med­ical School, LEAF Ltd., Mem­ory Train­ing Cen­ters of Amer­i­ca, Mon­te­fiore Med­ical Cen­ter, MaRS, Ore­gon Health & Sci­ence Uni­ver­si­ty, Oak­land Uni­fied School Dis­trict, Proac­tive Age­ing Pty Ltd, Pear­son, Posit Sci­ence, ProG­evity Neu­ro­science, Saint Luke’s Health Sys­tem, SCAN Health Plan, SAR Foun­da­tion, Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty, The Neu­roDe­vel­op­ment Cen­ter, The Synapse Con­nec­tion, UCLA Semel Insti­tute, UCSF, Uni­ver­sity Behav­ioral Health Care, Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Insti­tute for Cre­ative Tech­nolo­gies, Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Uni­ver­sity of Berke­ley Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute, Uni­ver­sity of British Colum­bia Nation­al Core for Neu­roethics, The Uni­ver­sity of Tole­do, Wal­ter Reed Army Med­ical Cen­ter.

Please note that the Sharp­Brains Coun­cil is designed to facil­i­tate high-qual­i­ty infor­ma­tion shar­ing and con­nec­tions among pro­fes­sion­als. Before post­ing any­thing, please con­sid­er how oth­er inno­va­tors and deci­sion-mak­ers in the field will ben­e­fit from what you are shar­ing. We all want to track and dis­cuss new research, new tools, new ser­vices, new best prac­tices, new needs, inter­est­ing case stud­ies and developments…but irrel­e­vant, fact-free or overt­ly self-pro­mo­tion­al con­tent will be flagged and delet­ed, and repeat offend­ers will lose mem­ber­ship sta­tus.

We look for­ward to meet­ing many of you over at!

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