Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


We invite all type of organizations with an interest in the field, such as associations, universities, and media organizations, to become partners of the SharpBrains Summit. Please see details below. If inter­ested, please Con­tact Us.


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.

Becoming a Partner

We will

  • display your logo & description in the conference website all materials,
  • mention your organization in press materials,
  • offer 1 complimentary pass for your staff,
  • offer a 15% discount to members of your community/ network,
  • be willing to discuss donations or referral fees for your organization

In return, you promote the Summit through on your website, eNewsletter, publications, media outreach. As a general rule, we are looking for partners with at least 2,000 members/ subscribers.

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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

Detailed Agenda: Here

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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