Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


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aprf_logo1The Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF), estab­lished in 1993, is ded­i­cat­ed to reduc­ing the inci­dence of Alzheimer’s dis­ease by con­duct­ing clin­i­cal research and pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tion­al out­reach. Its mis­sion is to make avail­able infor­ma­tion, from con­ven­tion­al and com­ple­men­tary med­i­cine, that will empow­er peo­ple to build healthy brains.

The Beren­son-Allen Cen­ter for Non­in­va­sive Brain Stim­u­la­tion (CNBS) at Beth Israel Dea­coness Med­ical Cen­ter and Har­vard Med­ical School inte­grates three dis­tinct mis­sions: Research, Edu­ca­tion, and Patient Care, in order to opti­mize and apply non­in­va­sive brain stim­u­la­tion to health care and research.

The Brain Injury Asso­ci­a­tion of Cana­da has a man­date to improve the qual­i­ty of life for all Cana­di­ans affect­ed by acquired brain injury and pro­mote it’s pre­ven­tion. Addi­tion­al­ly, BIAC is ded­i­cat­ed to facil­i­tate post-trau­ma research, edu­ca­tion and advo­ca­cy in part­ner­ship with nation­al, provincial/territorial and region­al asso­ci­a­tions and oth­er stake­hold­ers.

Brain World Mag­a­zine explores cut­ting-edge sci­ence for the gen­er­al read­er and how emerg­ing find­ings can affect human health, cul­ture, edu­ca­tion, glob­al issues and more. BRAIN WORLD is pub­lished by the Inter­na­tion­al Brain Edu­ca­tion Asso­ci­a­tion (IBREA), a non­prof­it edu­ca­tion­al orga­ni­za­tion.

The Cen­ter for Brain Health at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas at Dal­las was cre­at­ed in 1999 to search for ways to pro­mote brain health fit­ness across the entire human lifes­pan, encom­pass­ing every age, eth­nic­i­ty, gen­der, and socioe­co­nom­ic group. Life-improv­ing stud­ies empha­size both inno­v­a­tive brain research and prac­ti­cal clin­i­cal appli­ca­tions.

The Cen­ter for Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy Research in the Inter­est of Soci­ety (CITRIS) cre­ates infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions for many of our most press­ing social, envi­ron­men­tal, and health care prob­lems. CITRIS was cre­at­ed to “short­en the pipeline” between world-class lab­o­ra­to­ry research and the cre­ation of start-ups, larg­er com­pa­nies, and whole indus­tries.

The Cen­ter for Tech­nol­ogy and Aging is a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion with a pur­pose to advance the dif­fu­sion of tech­nolo­gies that help old­er adults lead health­ier lives and main­tain inde­pen­dence. It was found­ed in 2009 with a grant from The SCAN Foun­da­tion and is affil­i­ated with the Pub­lic Health Insti­tute.

Glob­al Phar­ma Con­sul­tan­cy was found­ed in 1999 in Basel, Switzer­land, as a spe­cial­ist-solu­tions firm that offers high-cal­iber con­sul­tants, train­ing, and ser­vices to local, region­al and glob­al health­care-relat­ed busi­ness­es through­out the world.

The Inter­na­tional Coun­cil on Active Aging® (ICAA) was found­ed in the belief that uni­fy­ing the efforts of the orga­ni­za­tions focused on old­er adults ben­e­fits both the peo­ple they reach and the orga­ni­za­tions them­selves. Today, the vision is shared by over 8,000 orga­ni­za­tions con­nected to the ICAA net­work.

Leep Com­mu­ni­ca­tions is a bou­tique pub­lic rela­tions agency based in the San Fran­cis­co Bay Area offer­ing com­pre­hen­sive com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices to com­pa­nies focused on inno­va­tion, con­sumer solu­tions and health.

MaRS Dis­cov­ery Dis­trict is a large scale, mis­sion dri­ven inno­va­tion cen­tre locat­ed in Toron­to and net­worked across Ontario, focused on build­ing Canada’s next gen­er­a­tion of tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies in life sci­ences and health care, dig­i­tal media, clean­tech, as well as inno­v­a­tive social pur­pose busi­ness.

Nation­al Health Char­i­ties Cana­da is a col­lec­tive of orga­ni­za­tions in Cana­da that rep­re­sent peo­ple with chron­ic, often pro­gres­sive, neu­ro­log­i­cal and/or neu­ro­mus­cu­lar dis­eases, dis­or­ders, con­di­tions and injuries, and pro­vide lead­er­ship eval­u­at­ing and advanc­ing new oppor­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tion relat­ed to brain health.

The Neu­rolead­er­ship Insti­tute is a net­work of indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions seek­ing to get involved in the neu­ro­science of lead­er­ship field, with a pur­pose to encour­age, gen­er­ate and share neu­ro­science research that trans­forms how peo­ple think, devel­op and per­form.

OLLI @ Berke­ley pro­vides old­er adults an intel­lec­tual, cul­tural and cre­ative con­nec­tion to Berke­ley as well as a place for UC-Berkeley’s dis­tin­guished fac­ulty to share their research and inter­ests in an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary exchange of ideas.

Pier 2 Mar­ket­ing works with For­tune 500 com­pa­nies, small busi­ness­es, and star­tups around the world to expand their busi­ness­es, launch new prod­ucts, and enter new mar­kets.

Smart­Sil­vers pro­motes aware­ness, devel­op­ment and deploy­ment of inno­v­a­tive, con­sumer friend­ly prod­ucts and tech­nol­o­gy-lever­aged ser­vices that pro­vide inde­pen­dence, mobil­i­ty and qual­i­ty of life to our expand­ing old­er adult pop­u­la­tion.® is the plat­form for the Inter­na­tion­al Elec­tron­ic Edu­ca­tion Net­work®, a glob­al pur­chas­ing group ded­i­cat­ed to low­er­ing costs in health­care and clin­i­cal research where indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions can access sav­ings on tech­nolo­gies, soft­ware, edu­ca­tion, train­ing, prod­ucts, ser­vices and spe­cial­ties.

The UCSF Gaz­za­ley Lab is a cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science research lab at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, San Fran­cis­co focused on study­ing the neur­al mech­a­nisms of mem­o­ry and atten­tion, changes due to nor­mal aging and demen­tia, and ther­a­peu­tic inter­ven­tions.

The UNCG Geron­tol­ogy Research Net­work is a coop­er­a­tive group con­sist­ing of UNCG fac­ul­ty, research staff, and stu­dents, formed in 2007 to facil­i­tate and sup­port trans­dis­ci­pli­nary aging-relat­ed research.

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Agenda at-a-glance

Market Insights - Wednesday, March 30th

  • Welcome Remarks
  • The Innovation Imperative: Meeting Growing Demands at Lower Costs
  • Anticipating Future Demands of Savvy Consumers
  • Protecting and Developing Young Minds
  • A Workplace Health & Productivity Case Study — From Lab to Rollout
  • Cognitive Services for Active Aging: What a Brain Gym Looks Like

R&D Insights - Thursday, March 31st:

  • The NIH Toolbox for Assess­ment of Neu­ro­log­i­cal and Behav­ioral Func­tion
  • Past, Present and Future of Applied Neuroplasticity
  • Cognitive Monitoring Systems: The Missing Link to Drive Better Lifelong Brain Care?
  • The Busi­ness Case — Scal­ing up Cost-efficient Sys­tems to Extend Wellness and Mod­u­lat­e Risks
  • Beyond the Controversy - Defining “Brain Training” and its Applications
  • The State of Innovation and Emerging Marketplace
  • What's Next - Standardizing Outcomes to Drive Valuable Innovation

Expo Day - Friday, April 1st

  • From Lab to Marketplace: How Science Reaches Users
  • Lumos Labs Presentation
  • Brain Resource Presentation
  • Cogmed Presentation
  • Baycrest Presentation
  • CogniFit Presentation
  • Posit Science Presentation

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Speaker Bios: Here

Organizations represented in 2010 included

    Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center
    Allstate Insurance
    Alzheimer's Association
    Bon Secours New York Health System
    Brain Injury Association of America
    Campbell Soup Company
    Clinton Global Initiative
    Greenville Hospital System
    Harvard Business Review
    HealthComm Inc.
    Human Dimension Taskforce, US Army
    Institute For The Future
    Johnson & Johnson
    Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health
    McGovern Institute of Neurotechnology, MIT
    National Resource Ctr. Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes
    Nutrition Science Solutions
    One Laptop Per Child
    OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions
    Piedmont Gardens
    Procter & Gamble
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Stanford University
    Sun Microsystems
    UC Berkeley
    UnitedHealth Group
    Winter Park Health Foundation
    Workers' Compensation Regulatory Authority

Participants in 2010 included

Biomedical Engineers
Digital Media professionals
Game publishers
Healthcare technologists
Marketing Executives
Medical Students
Non profit board members
Occupational Therapists
Pharmaceutical Executives
Post doctorate researchers
Professors and Researchers
Scientific Publishers
Social Workers
Speech Pathologists
Talent management/HR
Wellness professionals


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