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Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Professor of Neurology and Founding Director of Neuroscape at UCSF

Dr. Gaz­za­ley is a fac­ul­ty mem­ber in the Neu­rol­o­gy, Phys­i­ol­o­gy and Psy­chi­a­try depart­ments, and Direc­tor of a cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science lab­o­ra­to­ry con­duct­ing research on the neur­al mech­a­nisms of atten­tion and mem­o­ry. Dr. Gaz­za­ley is also co-founder and Chief Sci­ence Advi­sor of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs, a com­pa­ny devel­op­ing ther­a­peu­tic video games, and co-founder and Chief Sci­en­tist of JAZZ Ven­ture Part­ners, a ven­ture cap­i­tal firm invest­ing in expe­ri­en­tial tech­nol­o­gy to improve human per­for­mance. He has received many awards and hon­ors for his research, includ­ing the 1997 Cor­ti­cal Schol­ar Award, Pfizer/AFAR Inno­va­tions in Aging Award and the Elli­son Foun­da­tion New Schol­ar Award in Aging.

Dr. Adam Haim, Chief of the Clinical Trials Operations and Biostatistics Branch at the NIMH

Dr. Haim over­sees the Small Busi­ness Inno­va­tion Research (SBIR) and Small Busi­ness Tech­nol­o­gy Trans­fer (STTR) Pro­grams at the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH). Both pro­grams help small busi­ness­es fund R&D with strong poten­tial for tech­nol­o­gy com­mer­cial­iza­tion, and a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of their cur­rent grant port­fo­lio is focused on the devel­op­ment and eval­u­a­tion of mHealth inter­ven­tions and dig­i­tal health tech­nol­o­gy. Pre­vi­ous­ly, Adam was a Senior Research Fel­low at KAI Research and a post doc research fel­low at the NIMH, and com­plet­ed a res­i­den­cy at Bal­ti­more VA Med­ical Cen­ter.

Dr. Albert Kwon, Co-Founder & CEO of AUGMENTx

Dr. Albert Kwon, is an MIT and Har­vard trained biol­o­gist, pedi­a­tri­cian, and anes­the­si­ol­o­gist. After com­plet­ing his res­i­den­cies at Brigham and Women’s Hos­pi­tal and Boston Children’s Hos­pi­tal, he will fur­ther spe­cial­ize in pain med­i­cine at Stan­ford. He has exten­sive basic sci­ence and engi­neer­ing research expe­ri­ence in drug deliv­ery, tis­sue engi­neer­ing and regen­er­a­tive med­i­cine with pio­neer­ing researchers at MIT and Har­vard. He is the CEO and Med­ical Direc­tor of AUG­MEN­Tx.

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Alexandra Morehouse, CMO of Banner Health

Alexan­dra M. More­house is Senior Vice Pres­i­dent & Chief Mar­ket­ing Offi­cer for Ban­ner Health, one of the nation’s largest non­prof­it health sys­tems. Pri­or to Ban­ner Health, she was the Vice Pres­i­dent of Brand Man­age­ment at Kaiser Per­ma­nente, and CMO of AAA. Ms. More­house has also served as co-chair of the Har­vard Busi­ness School Glob­al Tech­nol­o­gy Con­fer­ence and on the boards of the Har­vard Busi­ness School Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ners, Snap­Fish, Yer­ba Bue­na Cen­ter for the Arts, ODC Dance, and UC Davis. She grad­u­at­ed with high hon­ors from Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty and has an MBA from Har­vard Busi­ness School.

Dr. Alison Fenney, Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO)

Dr. Fen­ney runs the Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy Indus­try Orga­ni­za­tion, a glob­al trade asso­ci­a­tion rep­re­sent­ing com­pa­nies involved in neu­ro­science, brain research insti­tutes and patient advo­ca­cy groups. Pri­or to NIO, Ali­son was Man­ag­er of Indus­try Rela­tions at the Ontario Brain Insti­tute (OBI) in Cana­da, and also worked in Equi­ty Research at Bloom Bur­ton & Co. She has a PhD in Neu­ro­science and an MBA from McMas­ter Uni­ver­si­ty, a Mas­ters in Neu­ro­ki­net­ics from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Que­bec at Mon­tre­al, and a Bach­e­lor of Kine­si­ol­o­gy (hon­ors) from Brock Uni­ver­si­ty.

Álvaro Fernández, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of SharpBrains

Álvaro Fer­nán­dez, a mem­ber of the World Eco­nom­ic Forum’s Coun­cil on the Future of Human Enhance­ment, runs Sharp­Brains, an inde­pen­dent mar­ket research firm track­ing health and per­for­mance appli­ca­tions of brain sci­ence. Mr. Fer­nan­dez is the co-author of “The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age”, and the Edi­tor-in-chief of Sharp­Brains’ mar­ket report on Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy. Pre­vi­ous­ly he worked in McK­in­sey & Com­pa­ny, Ber­tels­mann, Docent and Ashoka: Inno­va­tors for the Pub­lic, and has an MBA and MA in Edu­ca­tion from Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty and a BA in Eco­nom­ics from Uni­ver­si­dad de Deusto, in his native Spain.

Dr. Álvaro Pascual-Leone, Director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Pas­cual-Leone is a world leader in the devel­op­ment of tran­scra­nial mag­net­ic stim­u­la­tion for appli­ca­tion in cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science and for ther­a­peu­tic appli­ca­tions in neu­rol­o­gy, psy­chi­a­try, and neu­rore­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. He is a Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­o­gy and an Asso­ciate Dean for Clin­i­cal and Trans­la­tion­al Research at Har­vard Med­ical School, and serves as Chief for the Divi­sion of Cog­ni­tive Neu­rol­o­gy and the Direc­tor of the Beren­son-Allen Cen­ter for Non­in­va­sive Brain Stim­u­la­tion at Beth Israel Dea­coness Med­ical Cen­ter. Pascual-Leone’s research projects aim at under­stand­ing the mech­a­nisms that con­trol brain plas­tic­i­ty across the lifes­pan to be able to mod­i­fy them for the subject’s opti­mal behav­ioral out­come.

Dr. Amy Serin, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer at The Touchpoint Solution

Dr. Amy Serin, the cur­rent pres­i­dent of the Ari­zona Neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal Soci­ety, is Co-Founder & Chief Sci­ence Offi­cer at The Touch­point Solu­tion. She is cred­it­ed with invent­ing BLAST (Bi-Lat­er­al Alter­nat­ing Stim­u­la­tion deliv­ered Tac­tile) tech­nol­o­gy as part of neu­ro­science research and prac­tice at The Serin Cen­ters. Dr. Serin over­sees research part­ner­ships with Uni­ver­si­ties across the globe, and is past Vale­dic­to­ri­an at ASU, Phoenix Young Woman of The Year and Advo­cate of The Year.

Dr. Anna Wexler, science writer, filmmaker and postdoc fellow in advanced biomedical ethics at UPenn

Dr. Anna Wexler is a sci­ence writer, film­mak­er and post­doc fel­low in advanced bio­med­ical ethics at the Depart­ment of Med­ical Ethics & Health Pol­i­cy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia. Her research cen­ters on the eth­i­cal, legal and social impli­ca­tions of emerg­ing neu­rotech­nol­o­gy. Dr. Wexler received her Ph.D. in 2017 from the HASTS (His­to­ry, Anthro­pol­o­gy, Sci­ence, Tech­nol­o­gy & Soci­ety) Pro­gram at MIT, where she exam­ined do-it-your­self and direct-to-con­sumer appli­ca­tions of non­in­va­sive brain stim­u­la­tion. She is cur­rent­ly explor­ing the eth­i­cal and reg­u­la­to­ry chal­lenges raised by the full spec­trum of inter­ven­tions used in the home to mod­i­fy brain func­tion.

Dr. April Benasich, Director of the Infancy Studies Laboratory at the Rutgers Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience

As direc­tor of the Infan­cy Stud­ies Lab­o­ra­to­ry at the Rut­gers Cen­ter for Mol­e­c­u­lar and Behav­ioral Neu­ro­science, Dr. April Benasich’s research focus­es on brain devel­op­ment in infan­cy and ear­ly child­hood, specif­i­cal­ly the neur­al process­es nec­es­sary for nor­mal lan­guage and cog­ni­tive devel­op­ment. She uses a mix of cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies, includ­ing mea­sure­ment of audi­to­ry evoked brain poten­tials (EEG/ERPs) and nat­u­ral­ly sleep­ing MRI/fMRI, that add con­verg­ing non­in­va­sive phys­i­o­log­i­cal mea­sures to her lab’s exten­sive behav­ioral bat­tery.

Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evangelism Officer at InteraXon

Ariel Garten is the Founder and Chief Evan­ge­lism Offi­cer of Inter­aXon, which cre­ates thought con­trolled com­put­ing prod­ucts and appli­ca­tions. Ariel has also researched at the Krem­bil Neu­ro­science Insti­tute study­ing hip­pocam­pal neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis, dis­played work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, been head design­er at a fash­ion label, and opened Toron­to Fash­ion Week. Referred to as the “Brain Guru” by Now Mag­a­zine, CBC Radio and the Toron­to Star, Ariel has also run a suc­cess­ful real estate busi­ness, spent time as the design­er and own­er of a Cana­dian fash­ion bou­tique, and is a prac­tic­ing psy­chother­a­pist.

Belén Guerra-Carrillo, NSF Fellow and graduate student researcher at University of Califonia, Berkeley

Belen Guer­ra-Car­ril­lo was recent­ly award­ed a fel­low­ship by the Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion for her grad­u­ate research efforts. Her recent achieve­ment earned Guer­ra-Car­ril­lo a spot on The City Uni­ver­si­ty of New York’s new team of award-win­ning “Sci­ence All-Star” stu­dents who have won Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion (NSF) Grad­u­ate Research Fel­low­ships, the most pres­ti­gious awards a grad­u­ate stu­dent in the STEM dis­ci­plines (sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy, engi­neer­ing, and math­e­mat­ics) can receive. The awards rec­og­nize and sup­port excep­tion­al stu­dents who have pro­posed grad­u­ate-lev­el research projects in their fields.

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Dr. Bill Reichman, President of Baycrest

Dr. Reich­man is Pres­i­dent and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of Bay­crest, one of the world’s pre­mier aca­d­e­m­ic health sci­ences cen­tres focused on aging and brain func­tion. Dr. Reich­man, an inter­na­tion­al­ly-known expert in geri­atric men­tal health and demen­tia is also Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try on the Fac­ul­ty of Med­i­cine at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to. He is a not­ed author­i­ty on the deliv­ery of men­tal health and demen­tia ser­vices in nurs­ing home set­tings. Dr. Reich­man is a for­mer Pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion for Geri­atric Psy­chi­a­try and the Geri­atric Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion.

Bill Tucker, Senior Advisor to the K12 Education Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Tuck­er is the senior advi­sor of K12 Edu­ca­tion Pro­grams at the Bill & Melin­da Gates Foun­da­tion, where he’s respon­si­ble for iden­ti­fy­ing and address­ing crit­i­cal, emerg­ing cross-cut­ting strat­e­gy issues and devel­op­ment of strate­gic part­ner­ships with key stake­hold­ers, grantees, and local, region­al and nation­al fun­ders. Bill is also respon­si­ble for K-12 advocacy/policy grant­mak­ing port­fo­lio, han­dling a team of six senior pro­gram offi­cers and strate­gic pri­or­i­ti­za­tion, bud­get­ing, and allo­ca­tion of $40+ mil­lion grant­mak­ing port­fo­lio. He holds an MBA and MA in Edu­ca­tion from Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty.

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Dr. Bob Bilder, Direc­tor of the UCLA Ten­nen­baum Cen­ter for the Biol­ogy of Cre­ativ­ity

Dr. Bob Bilder is the Direc­tor of the Ten­nen­baum Cen­ter for the Biol­ogy of Cre­ativ­ity in the Jane & Ter­ry Semel Insti­tute for Neu­ro­science and Human Behav­ior, and the Michael E. Ten­nen­baum Fam­ily Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try & Biobe­hav­ioral Sci­ences and Chief of Med­ical Psy­chol­ogy — Neu­ropsy­chol­ogy at David Gef­fen School of Med­i­cine. He has received many awards for his research con­tri­bu­tions, served on diverse fed­eral and inter­na­tional advi­sory boards, pro­vided edi­to­r­ial ser­vice to many schol­arly jour­nals, and received mul­ti­ple grants from the NIH, pri­vate foun­da­tions, and indus­try.

Dr. Bob Schafer, Head of Research at Lumosity

Bob Schafer over­sees Research Sci­ence and Data Sci­ence, com­bin­ing his back­ground in neu­ro­science research and prod­uct devel­op­ment to help trans­late sci­en­tif­ic knowl­edge into prod­ucts for assess­ing and train­ing men­tal per­for­mance. Pri­or to Lumos, Bob was the founder and CEO of Prophe­cy Sci­ences, a start­up using neu­ro­science and pre­dic­tive ana­lyt­ics to improve hir­ing deci­sions and team devel­op­ment. He earned his PhD in neu­ro­science from Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty, was a post­doc­tor­al fel­low at MIT and has pub­lished research in jour­nals includ­ing Sci­ence and Neu­ron.

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Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at the Bridge Builders Collaborative

Char­lie helps fund and sup­port the visions of social entre­pre­neurs who have scal­able busi­ness mod­els for appli­ca­tions, prac­tices, prod­ucts, and tools that build bridges for mind-train­ing. He is a Har­vard Busi­ness School grad­u­ate who has led, found­ed, run and worked in orga­ni­za­tions in 16 dif­fer­ent indus­tries. Pre­vi­ous­ly Char­lie was Pres­i­dent of Ideas to Go, an inno­va­tion-con­sult­ing firm. His career has includ­ed Wall Street, cor­po­rate mar­ket­ing stints at HJ Heinz and Pills­bury. In 1998, he formed the first for-prof­it expe­di­tion com­pa­ny in the US, help­ing launch the his­toric Ban­croft Arne­sen Expe­di­tion across Antarc­ti­ca by polar explor­ers Ann Ban­croft and Liv Arne­sen.

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Colin Milner, Founder and CEO of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)

Col­in Mil­ner is Founder and CEO of ICAA, and a lead­ing author­i­ty on the health and well-being of old­er adults. He has been rec­og­nized by the World Eco­nom­ic Forum as one of “the most inno­v­a­tive and influ­en­tial minds” in the world on aging-relat­ed top­ics. He has been pub­lished thought-lead­er­ship arti­cles in jour­nals such as Glob­al Pol­i­cy, and the Annu­al Review of Geron­tol­ogy and Geri­atrics. Milner’s speech­es have stim­u­lat­ed thou­sands of busi­ness and gov­ern­ment lead­ers, indus­try pro­fes­sion­als, and old­er adults world­wide.

Dr. Corinna Lathan, CEO of AnthroTronix and Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Human Enhancement

Dr. Corin­na Lath­an is Co-Founder and CEO of Anthro­Tron­ix, Inc., an engi­neer­ing R&D com­pa­ny cre­at­ing diverse human-cen­tered prod­ucts in dig­i­tal health, wear­able tech­nol­o­gy, robot­ics, and aug­ment­ed real­i­ty. Most recent­ly, Dr. Lath­an led the tech­ni­cal team to devel­op DANA, an FDA-cleared, dig­i­tal health soft­ware to eval­u­ate cog­ni­tive func­tion dur­ing treat­ment for depres­sion, brain injury, and post-trau­mat­ic stress. For this work, she was named a 2017 Woman to Watch by Dis­rup­tive Women in Health Care. Dr. Lath­an is cur­rent­ly co-Chair of the World Eco­nom­ic Forum’s Glob­al Future Coun­cil on Human Enhance­ment and is a thought leader on tech­nol­o­gy trends that impact health and health­care.

Dr. Chris Walling, Chairman of the Education Advisory Committee for the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation

Chris Walling, PsyD, MBA, C-IAYT has been an active leader in health­care for near­ly two decades. His work inte­grates the devel­op­men­tal, bio­log­i­cal, and somat­ic aspects of the lifes­pan. His work in aca­d­e­m­ic med­i­cine has includ­ed the admin­is­tra­tion of mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary lead­er­ship teams in hema­tol­ogy-oncol­o­gy, phys­i­cal med­i­cine and reha­bil­i­ta­tion, and geri­atric psy­chi­a­try. He cur­rent­ly serves as Chair­man of the Edu­ca­tion Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee for the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion, and is also the Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States Asso­ci­a­tion of Body Psy­chother­a­py. His clin­i­cal focus in the behav­ioral sci­ences has exam­ined the inter­sec­tions of neu­ropsy­chother­a­py, affect reg­u­la­tion, and body psy­chol­o­gy.

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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. Pre­vi­ous­ly he was on the found­ing team of Kinet­i­ca Inter­net­ting Solu­tions, direct­ed the Project Man­age­ment activ­i­ties at Mobile­S­pear, 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.

Dr. David Bach, Founder & President of the Platypus Institute

Dr. David Bach is a Har­vard-trained sci­en­tist, physi­cian, and ser­i­al entre­pre­neur. After spend­ing a decade max­i­miz­ing his phys­i­cal and men­tal per­for­mance, he cre­at­ed the Platy­pus Insti­tute to bring sci­en­tif­ic rig­or to, and cre­ate com­mer­cial appli­ca­tions in, the rapid­ly expand­ing are­na of applied neu­ro­science. As a busi­ness entre­pre­neur, David found­ed and built three health­care com­pa­nies, each of which became a $100M enter­prise. He has also been a man­age­ment con­sul­tant, a ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist, a com­pet­i­tive mar­tial artist, and a pro­fes­sion­al cel­list. Dr. Bach has always had a pas­sion­ate inter­est in human devel­op­ment.

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Dr. David Barash, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director of Global Health at GE Foundation

David M. Barash, M.D. is the ED of the Glob­al Health Port­fo­lio and Chief Med­ical Offi­cer for the GE Foun­da­tion, where ini­tia­tives are approached with the belief that sim­ple inter­ven­tions, along with strong part­ner­ships and lead­ers, are often the answer to some of the healthcare’s most com­plex prob­lems. He is also co-chair of the Pri­vate Sec­tor Round­table, a col­lab­o­ra­tion of sev­er­al multi­na­tion­al com­pa­nies to sup­port the work of the Glob­al Health Secu­ri­ty Agen­da.  Dr. Barash is a prac­tic­ing emer­gency med­i­cine physi­cian with more than 30 years’ expe­ri­ence and great inter­est on under­stand­ing how new tech­nolo­gies can be com­mer­cial­ized and deliv­ered to effec­tive­ly close the gap between brain­storm and bed­side.

Dr. David Bartrés-Faz, Principal Investigator of the Barcelona Brain Health Initiative (BBHI)

David Bartrés-Faz is the Prin­ci­pal Inves­ti­ga­tor of the Barcelona Brain Health Ini­tia­tive study, a prospec­tive lon­gi­tu­di­nal cohort inves­ti­ga­tion deb­it­ed to study the pro­tec­tive fac­tors as well as the asso­ci­at­ed brain mech­a­nisms that explain resilience to dis­ease and main­te­nance of cog­ni­tive func­tion with advanc­ing age. He is also the PI of the Barcelona group with­in the H2020 ‘Lifebrain’ project as well as of a Nation­al research study fund­ed by the Span­ish Min­istry to inves­ti­gate the puta­tive syn­er­gic effects of non-inva­sive brain stim­u­la­tion in com­bi­na­tion with cog­ni­tive train­ing in Mild Cog­ni­tive Impair­ment patients. He is also respon­si­ble for the Barcelona Brain Stim­u­la­tion Lab at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Barcelona.

David Klein, Co-Founder & CEO of Click Therapeutics

David is a health­care investor and entre­pre­neur with over 15 years life sci­ence indus­try expe­ri­ence; he has played key roles in found­ing, financ­ing and devel­op­ing more than 10 life sci­ence com­pa­nies. In 2012, David co-found­ed Click Ther­a­peu­tics which focus­es on engi­neer­ing, val­i­dat­ing and com­mer­cial­iz­ing Dig­i­tal Ther­a­peu­tic­sTM solu­tions to ben­e­fit peo­ple with unmet needs through cog­ni­tive and neu­robe­hav­ioral mod­i­fi­ca­tion. He for­mer­ly served as Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at a life sci­ence asset man­age­ment firm, senior con­sul­tant to Pfiz­er, and strate­gic advi­sor to numer­ous pub­licly trad­ed and pri­vate­ly held life sci­ence com­pa­nies.

Debra Gilmore, Exec­u­tive Director of The Arrow­smith Pro­gram

Deb­bie Gilmore is the new Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Arrow­smith Pro­gram, hav­ing been Arrowsmith’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Aus­tralia and New Zealand for 18 months. Deb­bie first heard about the Arrow­smith Pro­gram when she was Head of Diverse Learn­ing Needs at the Catholic Edu­ca­tion Office, Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. Her work as a teacher, lit­er­a­cy advis­er, assis­tant prin­ci­pal and prin­ci­pal helped her under­stand the need to ‘unlock’ the poten­tial of stu­dents with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, and her role as a moth­er of a son with such chal­lenges gave her first hand expe­ri­ence of their strug­gles. Deb­bie holds a Mas­ters of Edu­ca­tion and var­i­ous Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cates in Edu­ca­tion.

Dr. Eddie Martucci, CEO of Akili Interactive Labs

Dr. Mar­tuc­ci is co-founder and CEO at Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs, a dig­i­tal health com­pa­ny aim­ing to make the first reg­u­la­to­ry-approved diag­nos­tic and ther­a­peu­tic video games. He spear­head­ed the clin­i­cal part­ner­ships that Akili now has with Pfiz­er and mul­ti­ple top-tier aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions. Dr. Mar­tuc­ci is also a Prin­ci­pal at PureTech Ven­tures. He was pre­vi­ous­ly a Kauff­man Entre­pre­neur Fel­low. Dr. Mar­tuc­ci com­plet­ed his grad­u­ate work at Yale Uni­ver­si­ty in the Depart­ments of Phar­ma­col­o­gy and Mol­e­c­u­lar Bio­physics & Bio­chem­istry, and received a BS in Bio­chem­istry from Prov­i­dence Col­lege and a PhD and MPhil from Yale Uni­ver­si­ty.

Eduardo Briceño, CEO of Mind­set Works

Eduar­do is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mind­set Works, which he start­ed with Car­ol Dweck, Lisa Black­well and oth­ers, to help peo­ple devel­op as moti­vat­ed and effec­tive learn­ers. Pri­or to Mind­set Works, Eduar­do was an Edu­ca­tion Pio­neers Fel­low at New Lead­ers, a Prin­ci­pal with the Sprout Group,and an ana­lyst with Don­ald­son, Lufkin & Jen­rette. Eduar­do holds MBA and M.A. in Edu­ca­tion degrees from Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty, and bachelor’s degrees in Eco­nom­ics and in Engi­neer­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia.

Edward Kliphuis, Investment Director of Merck Ventures

Edward Kli­phuis, Invest­ment Direc­tor at Mer­ck Ven­tures and Board Observ­er at Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs, looks for new invest­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties for the 300 mil­lion euro Mer­ck Ven­tures fund. Pre­vi­ous­ly he was at Kem­pen & Co, a pan Euro­pean mer­chant bank head­quar­tered in Ams­ter­dam, the Nether­lands, where he worked in the Life Sci­ences Secu­ri­ties team. Edward was instru­men­tal in the team’s con­tin­u­ous fundrais­ing efforts for list­ed Euro­pean small and mid-cap biotech com­pa­nies in over 20 deals. He holds an M.Sc. degree in Bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Sci­ences from Lei­den Uni­ver­si­ty, the Nether­lands, with spe­cial­iza­tions in phar­ma­col­o­gy and sci­ence-based busi­ness.

Dr. Graeme Moffat, Direc­tor of Sci­en­tific & Reg­u­la­tory Affairs at InteraXon

Graeme leads health and neu­ro­science R&D at Inter­aX­on, the mak­er of Muse: the brain sens­ing head­band. Pri­or to join­ing Inter­aX­on, he served as Man­ag­ing Edi­tor of the Fron­tiers jour­nal series under the Nature Pub­lish­ing Group, cov­er­ing Neu­ro­science, Neu­rol­o­gy, and Psy­chi­a­try. Graeme’s expe­ri­ence includes research engi­neer­ing with CNRS (France) and Neurelec/Oticon Med­ical on hear­ing aids and cochlear implants, as well as clin­i­cal tri­al devel­op­ment. He holds a PhD in neu­ro­science from Uni­ver­sité Aix-Mar­seille and a BSc in physics from McMas­ter Uni­ver­si­ty and is cur­rent­ly a fel­low of the Ontario Cen­tres of Excel­lence in Toron­to.

Greg Wong, VP Product Management at Savonix

Mr. Gre­go­ry Wong is a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary entre­pre­neur. He has held lead­er­ship posi­tions in pre­dic­tive ana­lyt­ics, med­ical device, and com­mu­ni­ty health cen­ters. As pub­lished author in radi­ol­o­gy and as an award-win­ning pre­sen­ter on research in mind-body med­i­cine, Mr. Wong found his way to Savonix with a con­ver­sa­tion with Dr. Char­vat around the impor­tance of cog­ni­tion in health care. Lead­ing the prod­uct dri­ve, he is firm believ­er that every­one can ben­e­fit from know­ing this miss­ing vital.

Ignacio de Ramon, Co-Founder & CEO of Sincrolab

Igna­cio de Ramón is a Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist. PhD Stu­dent in Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science and Exec­u­tive MBA by IESE Busi­ness School. He has worked for more than 10 years with patients with Neu­rode­vel­op­men­tal Dis­or­ders in Spe­cial­ized Cen­ters and as a vol­un­teer in dif­fer­ent asso­ci­a­tions. He is a Pro­fes­sor of Neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal Eval­u­a­tion in two Span­ish Uni­ver­si­ties and of Entre­pre­neur­ship in Indus­tri­al Orga­ni­za­tion School.

Jafar Sabbah, Founder & CEO of Beam Riders

Jafar Sab­bah is a sea­soned tech­nol­o­gy and social entre­pre­neur with more than 20 years of expe­ri­ence. Jafar is the Founder & CEO of Beam Rid­ers, a start­up buil­ing a cloud-base track­ing sys­tem to mon­i­tor cog­ni­tive skills using EEG and behav­iour­al attrib­ut­es data. Before that he worked in the fields of inter­net, bio­med­ical tech­nol­o­gy, micro-finance, and eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment in addi­tion to a suc­cess­ful legal prac­tice. Jafar has been quot­ed in lead­ing news­pa­pers and arti­cles around the globe, and is a mem­ber of the sec­ond class of the Mid­dle East Lead­er­ship Ini­tia­tive of The Aspen Insti­tute and a Fel­low of the Aspen Glob­al Lead­er­ship Net­work.

Jan Samzelius, Co-Founder & CEO

Jan has spe­cial­ized in quan­ti­ta­tive meth­ods for 40 years and has invent­ed the typ­ing cadence tech­nol­o­gy cen­tral to Neu­raMetrix. He has pre­vi­ous­ly led a large num­ber of ana­lyt­i­cal projects, rang­ing from mea­sur­ing cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion to price elas­tic­i­ties to con­joint analy­ses. He has been the CEO of six com­pa­nies (most of them star­tups), in sev­er­al cas­es improv­ing prof­its dra­mat­i­cal­ly. His expe­ri­ence includes one turn­around and one suc­cess­ful exit. Jan holds a BSc in eco­nom­ics from the Stock­holm School of Eco­nom­ics, grad­u­at­ing with hon­ors and an MBA from Har­vard Busi­ness School.

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Dr. Karen Postal, President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN)

Dr. Postal is a board cer­ti­fied in neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy and pedi­atric neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy, and a clin­i­cal instruc­tor at Har­vard Med­ical School, where she teach­es post­doc­tor­al fel­lows in neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy. She also works with stu­dents from ele­men­tary school through col­lege to over­come bar­ri­ers to aca­d­e­m­ic suc­cess. Dr. Postal has an exper­tise in work­ing with trau­mat­ic brain injury and has been des­ig­nat­ed a neu­tral neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist for the Nation­al Foot­ball League. She is the author of Feed­back that Sticks: The Art of Effec­tive­ly Com­mu­ni­cat­ing Neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal Assess­ment Results.

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Kathleen Herath, Associate Vice President Health & Productivity at Nationwide Insurance

Kath­leen Herath over­sees the Health and Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty strat­e­gy at Nation­wide for the company’s 33,000 asso­ciates. She is respon­si­ble for the company’s inte­grat­ed health and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty pro­gram, which includes: health screen­ings, well­ness pro­grams, dis­abil­i­ty and dis­ease man­age­ment, health edu­ca­tion, work-life resources and walk­ing pro­grams and occu­pa­tion­al health clin­ics. The Health and Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty pro­gram at Nation­wide has received numer­ous nation­al awards for the first four years includ­ing the 2009 IBI Health Inno­va­tion Award, the Amer­i­can Heart Association’s Plat­inum Fit-Friend­ly Employ­er award, the 2010 HUB mag­a­zine APEX award and the pres­ti­gious C. Everett Koop Nation­al Health Award.

Kayt Sukel, science writer

Kayt Sukel is pas­sion­ate sci­ence writer who has no prob­lem tack­ling inter­est­ing (and often taboo) sub­jects span­ning love, sex, tech­nol­o­gy, and the brain. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic Month­ly, New Sci­en­tist, For­tune, Pacif­ic Stan­dard, and the Wash­ing­ton Post, just to name a few. She is the author of the books Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influ­ence Love, Sex, and Rela­tion­ships (reti­tled as This Is Your Brain on Sex: The Sci­ence Behind the Search for Love in paper­back) and The Art of Risk: The New Sci­ence of Courage, Cau­tion, and Chance – and is cur­rent­ly at work on a book about neu­roen­hance­ment.

Leanne Young, Executive Director of the new Brain Performance Institute at UT-Dallas Center for BrainHealth

After more than 20 years in engi­neer­ing, Leanne Young joined the Cen­ter for Brain­Health to lead its Brain Per­for­mance Insti­tute. Pri­or to join­ing the Brain Per­for­mance Insti­tute, Leanne ran a divi­sion of Applied Research Asso­ciates, help­ing estab­lish human vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty as a core busi­ness area for the firm. She is a nation­al­ly rec­og­nized expert in blast injury research and worked with the Depart­ment of Defense’s Com­bat­ing Ter­ror­ism Tech­nol­o­gy Sup­port Office to obtain the first his­to­log­i­cal evi­dence of pri­ma­ry blast-induced brain injuries. She also worked with DARPA to lead the first clin­i­cal tri­als of blast-induced brain injuries and, work­ing with the Office of Naval Research, she led devel­op­ment of a com­put­er mod­el for plan­ning the med­ical response to a blast attack on a ship.

Dr. Lew Lim, CEO & Founder of VieLight

Lew Lim is an engi­neer with a pas­sion for help­ing peo­ple. He is the co-inven­tor of sev­er­al wear­able pho­to­bio­mod­u­la­tion (PBM) / low lev­el light ther­a­py devices, and has been rec­og­nized for the devel­op­ment of the intranasal light ther­a­py sys­tems, par­tic­u­lar­ly to address neu­ro­log­i­cal issues. He is a Doc­tor of Nat­ur­al Med­i­cine with addi­tion­al diplo­mas in Med­ical Neu­ro­science and Busi­ness and Accoun­tan­cy. He obtained his degrees and diplo­mas from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley, Uni­ver­si­ty of Sheffield, Duke Uni­ver­si­ty, Quan­tum Uni­ver­si­ty and The Char­tered Insti­tute of Man­age­ment Accoun­tants, UK.

Lisa Neuberger, Managing Director of Strategy + Innovation at Accenture Corporate Citizenship

Lisa Neu­berg­er leads a glob­al team to define strate­gic direc­tion in areas such as social inno­va­tion, envi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­i­ty and non-finan­cial trans­paren­cy. A social intrapre­neur, she has a 19-year track record at Accen­ture man­ag­ing teams to launch inno­v­a­tive ini­tia­tives such as AI4Good, new busi­ness lines in Sus­tain­abil­i­ty and Pub­lic Ser­vice Val­ue, a glob­al Eco Cham­pi­on pro­gram for employ­ees, and a non­prof­it con­sult­ing orga­ni­za­tion. She has also worked at the White House, the OECD, and CBS News—and holds grad­u­ate degrees from Whar­ton Busi­ness School and the Fletch­er School of Law and Diplo­ma­cy at Tufts Uni­ver­si­ty.

Martina Ratto, Cognitive Scientist at MyCognition

Mar­ti­na Rat­to works at the Lon­don-based com­pa­ny MyCog­ni­tion Ltd as a cog­ni­tive sci­en­tist, inves­ti­gat­ing the poten­tial of cog­ni­tive assess­ment and train­ing pro­grammes in dif­fer­ent clin­i­cal and real-world set­tings, and edu­cat­ing peo­ple in under­stand­ing how cog­ni­tion works. She is also co-author of the award-win­ner paper “The Use of an IT-based Cog­ni­tive Assess­ment and Train­ing as a part of a Smart City Pro­gram” pre­sent­ed at The Eleventh Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence on Dig­i­tal Soci­ety and eGov­ern­ments. Mar­ti­na obtained a BA and MA degree from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Genoa, focus­ing on the the­o­ret­i­cal foun­da­tions of cog­ni­tive sci­ence and the real-world appli­ca­tions of cog­ni­tive psy­chol­o­gy and intel­li­gent sys­tems the­o­ries.

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Nancy Briefs, President and CEO of Digital Cognition Technologies

Ms. Briefs’ is a ser­i­al entre­pre­neur, hav­ing helped suc­cess­ful­ly devel­op and com­mer­cial­ize inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies with six med-tech star­tups. In July 2017, Ms. Briefs was appoint­ed CEO & Pres­i­dent of Dig­i­tal Cog­ni­tion Tech­nolo­gies (DCT), found­ed to mar­ket easy to admin­is­ter and non-inva­sive tests to detect presymp­to­matic cog­ni­tive impair­ment. Pri­or to her work at DCT, Nan­cy Co-Found­ed and was the CEO of Info­Bion­ic, a lead­ing dig­i­tal health plat­form for detec­tion of car­diac arrhyth­mias. Hav­ing raised over $300M in ven­ture cap­i­tal and four suc­cess­ful liq­uid­i­ty events, she has proven the abil­i­ty to lead teams from con­cept thru com­mer­cial­iza­tion and val­ue cre­ation.

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Neil Allison, Director of Business Model Innovation at Pearson North America

Neil is the direc­tor of Busi­ness Mod­el Inno­va­tion at Pear­son North Amer­i­ca. Hav­ing Thir­teen years of expe­ri­ence suc­cess­ful­ly build­ing new mar­kets for dig­i­tal prod­ucts and ser­vices. Neil has hands-on exper­tise across the ecosys­tem of edu­ca­tion tech­nol­o­gy (learn­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion man­age­ment, out­comes assess­ment, tutor­ing, dig­i­tal con­tent, and con­tent dis­tri­b­u­tion). His spe­cial­ties include Busi­ness strat­e­gy and plan­ning, new prod­uct strat­e­gy and devel­op­ment, cus­tomer and mar­ket devel­op­ment, strate­gic mar­ket­ing, pro­gram strat­e­gy and design, high­er edu­ca­tion inno­va­tion.

Nikhil Sri­ra­man, IP Analyst at SharpBrains

Nikhil Sri­ra­man is a patent attor­ney admit­ted to prac­tice before the Unit­ed States Patent and Trade­mark Office (USPTO). Nikhil has held posi­tions at the USPTO, IP law firms and in-house at For­tune 500 com­pa­nies. He cur­rently serves as eBay’s Intel­lec­tual Prop­erty Strate­gist, as well as Sharp­Brains’ IP Ana­lyst. With degrees by DePaul Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege of Law and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, Nikhil’s pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ence includes legal and engi­neer­ing work at Ford and John­son Con­trols.

Dr. Oliver Harrison, Chief Executive of the Health Moonshot at Telefónica Innovation

Dr. Oliv­er Har­ri­son, a mem­ber of the World Eco­nom­ic Forum’s Coun­cil on the Future of Human Enhance­ment, runs an ambi­tious Health Moon­shot at Tele­fóni­ca Inno­va­tion. Pri­or to Tele­fóni­ca, Dr. Har­ri­son was a Senior Vice Pres­i­dent with Health­ways Inter­na­tion­al, a Con­sul­tant to the World Health Organ­i­sa­tion on mHealth for tack­ling Non-Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases, and the Direc­tor of Strat­e­gy at the Health Author­i­ty-Abu Dhabi, where he helped dri­ve a com­pre­hen­sive reform of Abu Dhabi’s health sys­tem. Dr. Har­ri­son spent five years with McK­in­sey health­care prac­tice and is a physi­cian with US Nation­al Board Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Pub­lic Health, and Mas­ters’ degrees in Pub­lic Health from Johns Hop­kins and Neu­ro­science from Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty.

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Dr. Olivier Oullier, President of EMOTIV

Olivi­er Oul­li­er, PhD, is a neu­ro­sci­en­tist, strate­gist, and con­trib­u­tor to For­tune Mag­a­zine, He is the for­mer Head of Strat­e­gy in Glob­al Health and Health­care and Mem­ber of the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the World Eco­nom­ic Forum, where he was in charge of an inter­na­tion­al project on val­ue-based care involv­ing more than 50 glob­al com­pa­nies and orga­ni­za­tions. Olivi­er is a Full Pro­fes­sor of Behav­ioral and Brain Sci­ences at Aix-Mar­seille Uni­ver­si­ty and taught at the Uni­ver­si­ties of Oxford and Geneva’s exec­u­tive edu­ca­tion pro­grams. His lab and applied research focus on con­sumer behav­ior, engage­ment, influ­ence, social coor­di­na­tion dynam­ics, deci­sion neu­ro­science.

Paul Lefrere, Innovation Lead at WEKIT — Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training

Dr. Paul Lefrere is the inno­va­tion lead of WEKIT. Pre­vi­ous­ly, in such roles as Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of eLearn­ing for Microsoft in EMEA, he bal­anced Inno­va­tion, Exe­cu­tion and GoToMar­ket strate­gies, help­ing R&D evolve into win­ning prod­ucts and ser­vices. As a PI/ co-PI/ advi­sor to mul­ti­ple uni­ver­si­ties world­wide, he has led high-impact pub­lic-pri­vate sec­tor projects involv­ing Inno­va­tion, Change Man­age­ment, Knowl­edge Man­age­ment, Tech­nol­o­gy Man­age­ment, Vir­tu­al Sci­ence Parks, Knowl­edge Media, IoT, Blockchain & Pri­va­cy.

Dr. Peter Reiner, Co-Founder of the National Core for Neu­roethics at the Uni­ver­sity of British Columbia

Dr. Reiner’s cur­rent focus lies in Tech­nolo­gies of the Extend­ed Mind and in the area of neu­roethics, spe­cial­iz­ing in the non-med­ical impact of tech­nol­ogy on the brain, with par­tic­u­lar inter­ests in the neu­roethics of cog­ni­tive enhance­ment as well as the impact of mod­ern tech­no­log­i­cal soci­ety upon brain func­tion. Dr. Rein­er has a dis­tin­guished track record as a bench research sci­en­tist study­ing the neu­ro­bi­ol­ogy of behav­ioural states and neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease, and also was the Pres­i­dent & CEO of Active Pass Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, a drug dis­cov­ery com­pany that he found­ed to tack­le the scourge of Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

Dr. Randal Koene, Lead Scientist at Kernel

Dr. Ran­dal Koene is the Lead Sci­en­tist at Ker­nel, a $100-mil­lion-fund­ed start-up build­ing advanced neur­al inter­faces to treat dis­ease and dys­func­tion, illu­mi­nate the mech­a­nisms of intel­li­gence, and extend cog­ni­tion. A neu­ro­sci­en­tist and neu­ro­engi­neer, Dr. Koene also heads carboncopies.org, a non­prof­it organ­i­sa­tion try­ing to reverse engi­neer neur­al tis­sue and com­plete brains, and acts as Sci­ence Direc­tor of the 2045 Ini­tia­tive. Pre­vi­ous­ly, he was Direc­tor of Analy­sis at Hal­cy­on Mol­e­c­u­lar and Direc­tor of the Depart­ment of Neu­ro­engi­neer­ing at Tec­na­lia, the third largest pri­vate research orga­ni­za­tion in Europe.

Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, President & Chief Scientific Officer of HealthTech Connex

Hon­oured as a Kick­ass Cana­di­an, Dr Ryan D’Arcy co-found­ed HealthTech Con­nex in 2013 & serves as Pres­i­dent & Chief Sci­en­tif­ic Offi­cer. Dr. D’Arcy is wide­ly acknowl­edged as one of Canada’s lead­ing neu­rotech inno­va­tors, with +200 pub­li­ca­tions, $80M in fund­ing invest­ment for healthtech & sev­er­al break­through biotech­nol­o­gy prod­ucts to mar­ket. He holds full professorship/endowed chair at Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty, heads Sur­rey Memo­r­i­al Hospital’s Health Sci­ences & Inno­va­tion & serves on numer­ous boards.

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Sarah Lenz Lock, Senior Vice President for Policy at AARP and Executive Director of the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH)

Sarah Lenz Lock is Senior Vice Pres­i­dent for Pol­i­cy in AARP’s Pol­i­cy, Research and Inter­na­tion­al Affairs (PRI), where she helps posi­tion AARP as a thought leader address­ing the major issues fac­ing old­er Amer­i­cans. She leads AARP’s pol­i­cy ini­tia­tives on brain health and care for peo­ple liv­ing with demen­tia, includ­ing serv­ing as the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Glob­al Coun­cil on Brain Health, an inde­pen­dent col­lab­o­ra­tive of sci­en­tists, doc­tors and pol­i­cy experts con­vened by AARP to pro­vide trust­ed infor­ma­tion on brain health. Pri­or to join­ing AARP, she served as a Tri­al Attor­ney for the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice, han­dling com­plex lit­i­ga­tion against fed­er­al agen­cies such as NIH, FDA, the Air Force and Army, and EPA.

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Dr. Simone Schurle, Assistant Professor for Responsive Biomedical Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Dr. Schurle,  a mem­ber of the World Eco­nom­ic Forum’s Coun­cil on the Future of Human Enhance­ment, is research­ing at the fron­tier of bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing. She grad­u­at­ed from the Karl­sruhe Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy in Indus­tri­al Engi­neer­ing and Man­age­ment with spe­cial­iza­tion in micro/nanosystems, and then joined the Insti­tute of Robot­ics and Intel­li­gent Sys­tems at the Swiss Fed­er­al Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy in Zurich, where she focused on mag­net­ic manip­u­la­tion tech­niques for bio­med­ical appli­ca­tions. She was award­ed with the ETH medal for her doc­tor­al the­sis and with fel­low­ships from the SNSF, DAAD and the Soci­ety in Sci­ence – The Bran­co Weiss fel­low­ship for her post­doc­tor­al stud­ies. She is also co-founder of Mag­nebotiX, a spin-off from ETHZ.

Tara Thiagarajan, Founder and Chief Scientist at Sapien Labs

Tara’s inter­est lies in under­stand­ing large-scale human sys­tems and has worked on new ana­lyt­i­cal approach­es to brain sig­nals (LFP, ECoG and EEG) for over a decade. She has a BA in Math­e­mat­ics from Bran­deis Uni­ver­si­ty, an MBA from the Kel­logg School of Man­age­ment at North­west­ern„ and a Ph.D. in Neu­ro­science from Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty. She did her post­doc­tor­al research in neur­al net­work behav­iour at the Sec­tion for Crit­i­cal Brain Dynam­ics at the NIH and is a vis­it­ing sci­en­tist at Nation­al Cen­tre for Bio­log­i­cal Sci­ences.. She is also an Advi­so­ry Group Mem­ber at Ashoka Change­mak­ers.

Thomas R. Insel, MD, President and Co-Founder of Mindstrong Health

Dr. Insel  is a psy­chi­a­trist, neu­ro­sci­en­tist, and cur­rent­ly a co-founder and Pres­i­dent of Mind­strong Health. From 2002–2015, Dr. Insel served as Direc­tor of the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH), the com­po­nent of the Nation­al Insti­tutes of Health (NIH) com­mit­ted to research on men­tal dis­or­ders. Pri­or to serv­ing as NIMH Direc­tor, Dr. lnsel was Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try at Emory Uni­ver­si­ty where he was found­ing direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Behav­ioral Neu­ro­science in Atlanta. Most recent­ly (2015 – 2017), he led the Men­tal Health Team at Ver­i­ly (for­mer­ly Google Life Sci­ences) in South San Fran­cis­co, CA. Dr. Insel is a mem­ber of the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Med­i­cine and has received numer­ous nation­al and inter­na­tion­al awards includ­ing hon­orary degrees in the U.S. and Europe.

Dr. Walter Greenleaf, Medical VR/ AR Expert at Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab

Wal­ter is a research sci­en­tist, entre­pre­neur, and med­ical prod­uct devel­op­er, known as an ear­ly pio­neer in the med­ical appli­ca­tion of vir­tu­al envi­ron­ment tech­nol­o­gy and viewed as one of the founders of the field. He has served as CEO and founder for InWorld Solu­tions, spe­cial­iz­ing in the ther­a­peu­tic use of vir­tu­al worlds for behav­ioral health care, and Vir­tu­al­ly Bet­ter, devel­op­ing vir­tu­al envi­ron­ments for the treat­ment of pho­bias, anx­i­ety dis­or­ders, and PTSD. He is Chief Sci­ence Offi­cer for Pear Ther­a­peu­tics and a found­ing Board Mem­ber of the Inter­na­tion­al Soci­ety for Vir­tu­al Reha­bil­i­ta­tion. Wal­ter has also served as a sci­en­tif­ic advis­er and review­er for the U.S. Pub­lic Health Ser­vice, Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion (NSF), Nation­al Insti­tutes of Health (NIH), NASA, and the U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion.

Zack Lynch, General Partner at JAZZ Venture Partners

Zack Lynch is an entre­pre­neur, mar­ket maven and futur­ist who brings a rich under­stand­ing of the tech­nolo­gies and com­pa­nies dri­ving the expe­ri­en­tial tech­nol­o­gy mar­ket to JAZZ. He is also the founder and Chair­man of the Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy Indus­try Orga­ni­za­tion, and serves on the advi­so­ry boards of the McGov­ern Insti­tute for Brain Research at MIT, Cen­ter for Neu­roe­co­nom­ic Stud­ies at Clare­mont Grad­u­ate Uni­ver­si­ty, the Cen­ter for Neu­ro­science and Soci­ety at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia, as well as sev­er­al pri­vate neu­rosoft­ware com­pa­nies.

 

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