Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


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

  • 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

  • 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

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Arrowsmith School

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