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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


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Each blue dot below rep­re­sents one of the 300 peo­ple reg­is­tered so far in 27 countries to watch the lat­est on neu­ro­plas­tic­ity and brain health, accessing the presentations by 40+ scientists and pioneers recorded during the 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit.

You can check out the full Agenda here. And this is what participants had to say about the quality of the presentations:


The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit is a rare vehi­cle for get­ting mul­ti­ple expert per­spec­tives on cur­rent devel­op­ments in improv­ing brain func­tion in a con­cise and clear way. The Sum­mit is a valu­able resource for both experts and non-experts.  – Dr. Michael Pos­ner, Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus, Uni­ver­sity of Oregon

The 2012 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit was fan­tas­tic– it is clear that we are mov­ing into a new phase in study­ing human per­for­mance using big data. Our bod­ies are out­liv­ing our brains– what we need most now is evidence-driven design to develop appli­ca­tions to help our brains remain as strong as our bod­ies! — Sheryl Flynn PT, PhD, CEO, Blue Mar­ble Games

Com­ing from far-off New Zealand, the Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit was enlight­en­ing, excit­ing, inter­ac­tive, acces­si­ble, and left me feel­ing much less iso­la­tion in my mem­ory clinic work here. I am already dis­cussing with sev­eral par­tic­i­pants how to bring this knowl­edge to our respec­tive com­mu­ni­ties. — Dr. Alli­son Lam­ont, Direc­tor, Christchurch Mem­ory Clinic

An impres­sive vir­tual con­vo­ca­tion of lead­ing sci­en­tists and devel­op­ers and adopters of cog­ni­tive enhance­ment tech­nol­ogy; it would be hard to match in a sin­gle phys­i­cal space. — Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psychology-Neuropsychology, UCLA Semel Insti­tute for Neuroscience

This was a sem­i­nal event, full of won­der­ful insights and remark­able ini­tia­tives, at a time when the brain is going main­stream.- Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man, Brain Resource

Imag­ine you are sit­ting at the Acad­emy in ancient Athens. Socrates looks strait at you and says, “The unex­am­ined life is not worth liv­ing”. That is pre­cisely what hap­pened to me when I attended the 2012 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit. Well, Socrates did not address the Sum­mit. It was Dr. Michael Pos­ner, talk­ing to me about med­i­ta­tion and enhanc­ing the neural mech­a­nisms under­ly­ing atten­tion. It was Dr. Robert Bilder telling me about Crowd­sourc­ing Big Brain Data and the 90% Solu­tion. It was Kate Sul­li­van, shar­ing with me her expe­ri­ences on cog­ni­tive retrain­ing and reha­bil­i­ta­tion of mil­i­tary per­son­nel. These men and women and dozens of more speak­ers sub­stan­ti­ated what Socrates said. Let’s exam­ine what we can do to enhance liv­ing. —  Anony­mous

The annual Sharp­Brains Vrtual Sum­mit is a con­ve­nient and sur­pris­ingly com­pelling forum for catch­ing up on applied cog­ni­tive research from lead­ers in the field and for help­ing shape future brain health care. — Dr. Yaakov Stern, Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science Divi­sion Leader, Colum­bia University

The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit is unique in its impres­sive abil­ity to unite a diverse col­lec­tion of cutting-edge thinkers in a “vir­tual” con­fer­ence that is shared glob­ally with­out a hitch. I am delighted and hon­ored to have been able to par­tic­i­pate in this Sum­mit since its incep­tion. – Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter at UCSF

The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit pro­vides com­mon ground for prac­ti­tion­ers, sci­en­tists and indus­try lead­ers to work towards the com­mon goal of dri­ving brain health and fit­ness for­ward with a thought­ful, ana­lyt­i­cal and prac­ti­cal approach.   The vir­tual rela­tion­ships you can form through this con­fer­ence are price­less. – Kate Sul­li­van, Direc­tor of the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter at Wal­ter Reed National Mil­i­tary Med­ical Center

The 2012 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit proved to be a highly reward­ing, enjoy­able and extremely use­ful expe­ri­ence. The hands-on information-rich work­shops are help­ing take our cur­rent efforts to the next level — Josep M Tor­mos, Research Coor­di­na­tor, Insti­tut Guttmann

The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit brings together lead­ers in all rel­e­vant cog­ni­tive fields from busi­ness to aca­d­e­mic com­mu­ni­ties, as well as pro­vid­ing a forum to address the evo­lu­tion of this emerg­ing indus­try. – Stan­ley Yang, CEO, NeuroSky

I can­not rec­om­mend the Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit highly enough. It’s a fan­tas­tic forum for knowl­edge shar­ing in the com­plex area of brain health pro­vid­ing access and dis­cus­sion with world lead­ers in the field. — David Coleiro, Part­ner, Strate­gic North

Great exam­ple of how bring­ing sci­en­tific lead­ers and inno­va­tors together can spur thought­ful dis­cus­sion about our most vital organ – the brain. Brain sci­ence is a rapidly chang­ing field with expan­sion and devel­op­ments hap­pen­ing in small pock­ets around the world. The vir­tual sum­mit facil­i­tates the esca­la­tion of pub­lic atten­tion on brain health and informs trans­la­tion of sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery into imple­men­ta­tion. – Dr. San­dra Bond Chap­man, Direc­tor, Cen­ter for Brain­Health at The Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Dallas

The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit is a great gath­er­ing place for the ‘inside edi­tion’ of what is hap­pen­ing at the neuroscience/consumer inter­face.  – Joan Par­sons, CEO, start-up

A very time-efficient man­ner to get a state of the art update on the lat­est inno­va­tions in assess­ing and pro­mot­ing brain health, and from the com­fort of your own office. — Dr. Keith Wesnes, Prac­tice Leader, Bracket/ United BioSource Corporation

The in-depth work­shops worked extremely well. They were meatier and applied directly to the work we are doing. We were encour­aged to see the vari­ety of ways in which emerg­ing knowl­edge is being put into prac­tice. – Anony­mous

The sum­mit is a great place to learn about the lat­est devel­op­ments in tech­nol­ogy for cog­ni­tive and brain health and well­ness. Plus the water cooler chats are a very effi­cient way to con­nect with other peo­ple in the field lead­ing to some very impor­tant local, national and inter­na­tional oppor­tu­ni­ties. — Sher­rie All, PhD, Mather LifeWays

The Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit is the sin­gle global point of con­tact for cog­ni­tive health inno­va­tors, high­light­ing the state-of-the-art themes in tech­nol­ogy, research and con­sumer demand. – Jaan Tul­viste, CEO, Cognuse

Great com­bi­na­tion of emerg­ing research with real life case stud­ies. It puts us sev­eral years ahead of what appears in more pop­u­lar pub­li­ca­tion sources and con­fer­ences. – Steve Zanon, Founder, Proac­tive Ageing

There is per­haps no bet­ter oppor­tu­nity to expand one’s mind on how to address brain-based chal­lenges that impact our com­mu­ni­ties than to attend a Sharp­Brains Sum­mit. — Dr. Peter White­house, Pro­fes­sor, Case West­ern Reserve University

A vir­tual for­mat is the best way to go …no travel no worry and no hurry.  The Sharp­Brains team has done another fan­tas­tic job, pro­duc­ing the best brain con­fer­ence avail­able today. — Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD, Pres­i­dent, Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation

The 2012 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit was a highly effi­cient way to get a sense of where the com­plex and sprawl­ing field of brain fit­ness and cog­ni­tive enhance­ment stands, and where it is head­ing. — Jonas Jendi, VP and GM, Cogmed/ Pear­son Clin­i­cal Assessments

This sum­mit is a MUST for all those work­ing in the cognitive/brain health field — lat­est research and cur­rent appli­ca­tions make this con­fer­ence HIGHLY rel­e­vant! Amaz­ing speak­ers, and with­out any time spent on travel. — Patty Gould, Cen­ter Direc­tor, LearningRx

The vir­tual for­mat pro­vides unpar­al­leled access to knowl­edge pre­sented by a diverse cadre of pro­fes­sion­als across the filed of brain health and fit­ness. It enhanced my abil­ity to think deeply about both chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties to enhance brain health and over­all well­ness across the lifes­pan.  – Erica Boisvert, The Synapse Connection

The Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit was a amaz­ing oppor­tu­nity to con­nect with and learn from other pro­fes­sion­als to help bridge the gap between the emerg­ing sci­ence of neu­ro­plas­tic­ity and how in prac­tice we develop young brains and minds — San­dra Heusel, Eaton Arrow­smith School

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