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Sponsors

These are the Spon­sors who made the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit pos­si­ble.

Bay­crest, locat­ed in Toron­to, is one of the world’s pre­mier aca­d­e­m­ic health sci­ences cen­ters focused on aging. Through its strengths in research and edu­ca­tion, Bay­crest is using the pow­er of inquiry and dis­cov­ery to improve the health of tomorrow’s elder­ly while at the same time care for and enhance the qual­i­ty of life of the elder­ly today. Bay­crest runs a Geri­atric Health Care Sys­tem, a Research Cen­tre for Aging and the Brain, and a Cen­tre for Edu­ca­tion on Aging. Ful­ly affil­i­at­ed with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, Bay­crest is play­ing a unique and impor­tant role in train­ing and enlight­en­ing future pro­fes­sion­als who will have the respon­si­bil­i­ty of car­ing for our aging pop­u­la­tion. We also have link­ages, part­ner­ships and appoint­ments at oth­er aca­d­e­m­ic cen­tres across the coun­try, con­ti­nent and beyond.

The Insti­tute For the Future is an inde­pen­dent, non­prof­it strate­gic research group with more than 40 years of fore­cast­ing expe­ri­ence. The core of our work is iden­ti­fy­ing emerg­ing trends and dis­con­ti­nu­ities that will trans­form glob­al soci­ety and the glob­al mar­ket­place. We pro­vide our mem­bers with insights into busi­ness strat­e­gy, design process, inno­va­tion, and social dilem­mas. Our research spans a broad ter­ri­to­ry of deeply trans­for­ma­tive trends, from health and health care to tech­nol­o­gy, the work­place, and human iden­ti­ty. The Insti­tute for the Future is locat­ed in Palo Alto, Cal­i­for­nia.

The EDGE Inno­va­tion Net­work was formed in Decem­ber 2006 as a col­lab­o­ra­tive, open-envi­ron­ment ini­tia­tive enabling mem­bers and sup­port­ers to work togeth­er to enhance the deliv­ery cycle of tech­nol­o­gy and inno­va­tion to the warfight­er. Over the past 18 months, EDGE mem­ber­ship has grown from 15 to 58 mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing U.S. and inter­na­tion­al mil­i­tary and gov­ern­ment agen­cies, high-tech indus­tries and five U.S.-based uni­ver­si­ties. Spon­sored by Gen­er­al Dynam­ics C4 Sys­tems, the EDGE pro­vides sub­ject mat­ter exper­tise, advanced prod­uct port­fo­lios and equip­ment, facil­i­ties and lab­o­ra­to­ries for devel­op­ing and test­ing tech­nolo­gies, prod­ucts and sys­tems at faster cycle times than are cur­rent­ly pos­si­ble on fund­ed pro­grams while enhanc­ing the effec­tive­ness, agili­ty and sur­viv­abil­i­ty of users world­wide.

Cog­niFit brain fit­ness pro­grams pro­vide an ini­tial base­line assess­ment of the cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties that are most affect­ed by aging, before cre­at­ing per­son­al­ized train­ing pro­grams. No two train­ing pro­grams are the same. Based on more than 30 years of neu­ro-sci­en­tif­ic research, CogniFit’s sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly val­i­dat­ed, patent­ed brain fit­ness pro­grams are per­son­al­ized to each user’s skills and needs to help enhance their cog­ni­tive per­for­mance and health.

Posit Sci­ence is the leader in deliv­er­ing clin­i­cal­ly proven brain fit­ness soft­ware that brings brain sci­ence from the lab to the peo­ple, improv­ing every­day lives. The com­pa­ny com­bines break­through research and a focus on great cus­tomer expe­ri­ences to cre­ate prod­ucts that are engag­ing and help users think faster, focus bet­ter and remem­ber more. Staff neu­ro­sci­en­tists col­lab­o­rate with more than 50 sci­en­tists from lead­ing research insti­tu­tions such as Mayo Clin­ic and Johns Hop­kins as well as engi­neers and prod­uct mar­keters to design, build and test our com­put­er-based pro­grams. Posit Sci­ence prod­ucts are avail­able online and through health, long-term care and auto insur­ers. Posit Sci­ence is also fea­tured in the PBS doc­u­men­tary “The Brain Fit­ness Pro­gram.”

The Arrow­smith Pro­gram is a com­pre­hen­sive suite of cog­ni­tive pro­grams for stu­dents with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties that tar­gets 19 areas of the brain that are most com­mon­ly involved in learn­ing.  It inte­grates two lines of neu­ro­science research, that of Russ­ian neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist, A.R. Luria and the Amer­i­can psy­chol­o­gist, Mark Rosen­zweig, into a method­ol­o­gy with a mul­ti­tude of prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tions for address­ing learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.  The Arrow­smith Pro­gram iden­ti­fies and strength­ens the weak cog­ni­tive areas that affect learn­ing and each stu­dent works on cog­ni­tive pro­grams that are indi­vid­u­al­ly designed for his or her areas of learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ty.  The Arrow­smith Pro­gram was devel­oped at Arrow­smith School in Toron­to where it has been offered since 1979 and is avail­able in pub­lic and pri­vate schools in Cana­da and the U.S.

HAP­PYneu­ron is a pio­neer in brain train­ing and reha­bil­i­ta­tion, pro­vid­ing sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly rig­or­ous and evi­dence based cog­ni­tive stim­u­la­tion pro­grams to indi­vid­u­als, clin­i­cian and researchers world­wide to pro­mote healthy brain aging and the treat­ment of a vari­ety of cog­ni­tive impair­ment con­di­tions. In doing so, the com­pa­ny strives to real­ize the vision of improved brain func­tion, health and vital­i­ty, and to make a pos­i­tive impact in the lives of pro­gram par­tic­i­pants. HAP­PYneu­ron Inc. is a major­i­ty owned sub­sidiary of Sci­en­tif­ic Brain Train­ing (NYSE Euronext: MLSBT).

A.G.E. Mat­ters is a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Adult and Geri­atric Eval­u­a­tion Clin­ic in Toron­to, Ontario, Cana­da, with a mis­sion to pro­vide swift and con­tin­u­al­ly upgrad­ed access to com­mu­ni­ty-based, com­pre­hen­sive assess­ment of cog­ni­tion, func­tion and behav­ior;  per­son­al­ized pro­grams of pre­ven­tion, coun­sel­ing, edu­ca­tion and treat­ment; and nutri­tion­al and lifestyle rec­om­men­da­tions, cog­ni­tive train­ing pro­grams, and med­ica­tions of proven ben­e­fit.

Overview of Summit Agenda

Monday January 18th, 2010:

8-8.15. My Continued Love Affair with the Brain. Marian
Diamond, UC-Berkeley

8.15-9.15am. Cognition & Neuroplasticity: The New Health & Wellness
Frontier

  • Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains
  • Tom Warden, Allstate
  • David Whitehouse, OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions
  • William Reichman, Baycrest

9.30-11am. Tools for Safer Driving: The Opportunity with Teenagers
and Adults

  • Steven Aldrich, Posit Science
  • Shlomo Breznitz, CogniFit
  • Jerri Edwards, University of South Florida
  • Peter Christianson, Young Drivers of Canada

Noon-1.30pm. Baby Boomers and Beyond: Maintaining Cognitive Vitality

  • Kunal Sarkar, Lumos Labs
  • Elizabeth Zelinski, USC Davis School of Gerontology
  • Dan Michel, Dakim
  • Michael Cole, Vivity Labs

1.45-3.15pm. Next Generation Cognitive & Emotional Health Assessments

  • Evian Gordon, Brain Resource
  • Misha Pavel, OHSU
  • Albert “Skip” Rizzo, USC

3.30-4pm. The Future of Cognitive Health Tech - Intel's Perspective

  • Margaret Morris, Senior Researcher
  • Muki Hansteen-Izora, Strategist

Tuesday January 19th, 2010:

8-8.15am. Innovation, People and Technology.Chuck House, Stanford Media X

815-9.15am. Neurocognition & Medicine: Implications for Research,
Diagnosis, and Treatment

  • Keith Wesnes, United BioSource Corporation
  • Adam Gazzaley, UCSF
  • Michel Noir, SBT / HappyNeuron
  • Laurence Hirshberg, NeuroDevelopment Center

9.30-11am. How Can Neuroscience Inform and Refine Mental Health Care

  • Michael Merzenich, UCSF
  • Torkel Klingberg, Karolinska Institute
  • Joshua Steinerman, Albert Einstein – Montefiore Medical Center
  • Yaakov Stern, Columbia University

Noon-1.30pm. Integrating Cognition with Home Health and Medical
Home Models

  • Kenneth Kosik, UC Santa Barbara
  • Jonas Jendi, Cogmed
  • Holly Jimison, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Jesse Wright, University of Louisville

1.45-3.15pm. What's Next: Entrepreneurial And Funding Perpectives

  • Tim Chang, Norwest Venture Partners
  • Richard Levinson, Attention Control Systems
  • Lisa Schoonerman, VibrantBrains
  • Veronika Litinski, MaRS Venture Group

3.30-4pm. Future Standards and Channels for Neuroplasticity-based
Interventions

  • Stephen Macknik, Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Charles Jennings, MIT
  • P Murali Doraiswamy, Duke University

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010:

Expo Day

  • 9am. Baycrest
  • 10am. CogniFit
  • 11am. Posit Science
  • Noon. SBT/ HappyNeuron
  • 1pm. SharpBrains

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