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How to har­ness neu­ro­plas­tic­ity and dig­i­tal tools to enhance work and life


Please con­sid­er join­ing us at Sharp­Brains’ upcom­ing vir­tu­al con­fer­ence (Novem­ber 17–19th), which will start with this fan­tas­tic ses­sion:

Tuesday November 17th, 8.15–9.45am. How to har­ness neu­ro­plas­tic­ity and dig­i­tal tools to enhance work and life.

Led by deci­sion-mak­ers at the fron­tier of inno­va­tion, we will dis­cuss how to guide inter­ven­tions and mea­sure progress using real-life out­comes such as safe dri­ving and workplace/ sports per­for­mance.

  • Chair: J. Peter Kissinger, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the AAA Foun­da­tion for Traf­fic Safe­ty
  • Brig. Gen­eral Pete Palmer (Retired), Direc­tor of the EDGE Inno­va­tion Net­work
  • Dr. Peter Delahunt, Research Sci­en­tist at Posit Sci­ence
  • Dr. Ruth Wolever, Chief Sci­ence Offi­cer at eMind­ful
  • Dan­ny Dankn­er, CEO of Applied Cog­ni­tive Engi­neer­ing (ACE)

You can check out their bios below.

–> To learn more and reg­is­ter, vis­it the 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Mon­i­tor­ing & Enhanc­ing Brain Health in the Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy Era (Novem­ber 17–19th). 10%-off pro­mo code: sharp2015


Speaker Bios:

J. Peter Kissinger, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the AAA Foun­da­tion for Traf­fic Safety

J. Peter Kissinger joined the Foun­da­tion as CEO in May of 2002. The Foun­da­tion is a pub­licly sup­ported, char­i­ta­ble research and edu­ca­tional orga­ni­za­tion that was found­ed by AAA in 1947. Its focus is on “sav­ing lives through research and edu­ca­tion.” Pri­or to the Foun­da­tion, Peter was the Senior Vice Pres­i­dent of the Civ­il Engi­neer­ing Research Foun­da­tion (CERF), the research arm of the Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Civ­il Engi­neers (ASCE), and was also employed by the Nation­al Trans­porta­tion Safe­ty Board for twelve years, serv­ing the last eight as Man­ag­ing Direc­tor. Peter has a B.S. in Engi­neer­ing from the Coast Guard Acad­e­my and an M.S. in Oper­a­tions Research from The George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty.

Brig. General Pete Palmer (Retired), Director of the EDGE Innovation Network

Pri­or to join­ing Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Mis­sion Sys­tems, Pete per­formed over 32 years of active ser­vice as a com­mis­sioned offi­cer in the Unit­ed States Army, retir­ing in 2008 as a Brigadier Gen­er­al. Dur­ing his career with the Army, Pete was assigned to serve as the Direc­tor of Accel­er­at­ed Capa­bil­i­ties Devel­op­ment for the Army Capa­bil­i­ties Inte­gra­tion Cen­ter (ARCIC), where he helped cham­pi­on the Army’s push into under­stand­ing and improv­ing the rela­tion­ship between the sol­dier and tech­nol­o­gy. Pete’s expe­ri­ence as a thought leader in Human Dimen­sion has kept him at the fore­front of tech­nol­o­gy dis­cov­ery and allowed him to inter­act with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), indus­try and acad­e­mia.

Peter Delahunt, PhD, Research Scientist at Posit Science

At Posit Sci­ence, Dr. Delahunt helps devel­op core com­put­er-based train­ing exer­cis­es for Brain­HQ and oth­er Posit Sci­ence appli­ca­tions. His research focus­es on the effects of aging on visu­al per­cep­tion, inves­ti­gat­ing cog­ni­tive train­ing options for dri­ving safe­ty in dri­vers both young and old, and revers­ing declines in visu­al per­for­mance using com­put­er-based train­ing in nor­mal aging and clin­i­cal pop­u­la­tions. He earned his PhD in Psy­chol­o­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, San­ta Bar­bara.

Dr. Ruth Wolever, Chief Sci­ence Offi­cer at eMindful

In addi­tion to her role with eMind­ful, Dr. Wolever is a clin­i­cal health psy­chol­o­gist and Direc­tor of Research for Duke Inte­gra­tive Med­i­cine. She con­ducts research on the inte­gra­tion of mind and body treat­ments into main­stream med­i­cine. She also explores appli­ca­tions to improve sleep, eat­ing behav­iors, weight man­age­ment, dia­betes con­trol, and car­dio­vas­cu­lar risk fac­tors, along with oth­er health con­di­tions. The cur­ricu­lum she has devel­oped and test­ed with rig­or­ous aca­d­e­m­ic method­ol­o­gy has been used by thou­sands of peo­ple who par­tic­i­pate in eMindful’s pro­grams.


Danny Dankner, CEO of Applied Cognitive Engineering (ACE)

Dan­ny runs Applied Cog­ni­tive Engi­neer­ing (ACE), a cog­ni­tive sim­u­la­tions firm that devel­ops spe­cial­ized “brain gyms” to enhance the per­for­mance in high-pres­sure domains such as fly­ing and sports. Pre­vi­ous­ly, Mr. Dankn­er was on the found­ing team of Kinet­i­ca Inter­net­ting Solu­tions, direct­ed the Project Man­age­ment activ­i­ties at Mobile­S­pear (a devel­op­er of a mobile ser­vices plat­form), lead­ing projects in Sin­ga­pore, Spain and Israel, and had a key role in the merg­er of G‑sites and Box Inter­ac­tive, lead­ing to the cre­ation of Scepia Inter­net Solu­tions — Israel’s largest solu­tion provider. Dan­ny holds an MBA in Mar­ket­ing & IT and LL.B, both from Tel Aviv Uni­ver­si­ty and an Israeli Bar Diplo­ma. He is a cer­ti­fied sys­tem ana­lyst.

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