Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

Confirmed Speakers and Moderators

Con­firmed Speak­ers and Mod­er­a­tors Include:

Tracy Pack­iam Alloway

Tracy Pack­iam Alloway, PhD, Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­sity of North Florida.

Tra­cy was recent­ly award­ed the pres­ti­gious Joseph Lis­ter Award by the British Sci­ence Asso­ci­a­tion for her con­tri­bu­tion to sci­ence. Tra­cy has devel­oped the only stan­dard­ized work­ing-mem­o­ry tests for edu­ca­tors pub­lished by Psy­cho­log­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion, which to date has been trans­lated into 15 lan­guages and used to screen for work­ing mem­ory prob­lems in stu­dents with dyslex­ia, motor dys­praxia (Devel­op­men­tal Coor­di­na­tion Dis­or­der), ADHD and Autis­tic Spec­trum Dis­or­der. She pro­vides con­sul­tancy to the World Bank and her research has received wide­spread inter­na­tional cov­er­age in hun­dreds of media out­lets, includ­ing Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can, the BBC, Reuters, ABC News, and NBC.

Gregory Bayer

Dr. Gregory Bayer, CEO, Brain Resource

Dr. Bay­er, Brain Resource’s new CEO, served most recent­ly as the Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of OptumHealth Behav­ioral Solu­tions, a divi­sion of Unit­ed Health Group, serv­ing 43 mil­lion mem­bers. Under his lead­er­ship, OptumHealth Behav­ioral Solu­tions dou­bled rev­enues to over two bil­lion dol­lars, entered new mar­kets and achieved a lead­ing mar­ket posi­tion both domes­ti­cal­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly. Dr. Bay­er led the deci­sion to include Brain Resource prod­ucts in OptumHealth’s offer­ings.

Sharon Begley

Sharon Begley, Senior Health & Science Correspondent, Reuters

Sharon Beg­ley, the senior health & sci­ence cor­re­spon­dent at Reuters, was the sci­ence edi­tor and the sci­ence colum­nist at Newsweek. She is the co-author (with Richard J. David­son) of the 2012 book The Emo­tion­al Life of Your Brain, the author of the 2007 book Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain, and the co-author (with Jef­frey Schwartz) of the 2002 book The Mind and the Brain. She is the recip­i­ent of numer­ous awards for her writ­ing, includ­ing an hon­orary degree from the Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na for com­mu­ni­cat­ing sci­ence to the pub­lic, and the Pub­lic Under­stand­ing of Sci­ence Award from the San Fran­cis­co Explorato­ri­um.

Robert Bilder

Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief of Medical Psychology-Neuropsychology, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience

Dr. Bilder is cur­rent­ly the Michael E. Ten­nen­baum Fam­i­ly Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try & Biobe­hav­ioral Sci­ences, David Gef­fen School of Med­i­cine, and Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chol­o­gy, Col­lege of Let­ters and Sci­ence; Chief of Med­ical Psy­chol­o­gy — Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy and Direc­tor of the Ten­nen­baum Cen­ter for the Biol­o­gy of Cre­ativ­i­ty in the Jane & Ter­ry Semel Insti­tute for Neu­ro­science and Human Behav­ior. Dr. Bilder’s cur­rent research focus­es on trans­dis­ci­pli­nary and trans­la­tion­al research. Dr. Bilder has been award­ed diplo­mate sta­tus by the Amer­i­can Board of Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy. Dr. Bilder is a Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist who has been active­ly engaged for over 20 years in research on the neu­roanatom­ic and neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal bases of major men­tal ill­ness­es. 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.

Sandra Bond Chapman

Sandra Bond Chapman, Founder and Director, Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas.

San­dra Bond Chap­man, Ph.D., founder and chief direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Brain­Health at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas at Dal­las, is com­mit­ted to max­i­miz­ing human cog­ni­tive poten­tial across the entire human lifes­pan. As a cog­ni­tive neu­ro­sci­en­tist with more than 40 fund­ed research grants, Dr. Chapman’s sci­en­tif­ic study elu­ci­dates and applies nov­el approach­es to advance cre­ative and crit­i­cal think­ing, strength­en healthy brain devel­op­ment, and incite inno­va­tion through­out life. Dr. Chapman’s research record and brain health break­throughs have led to nation­wide recog­ni­tion and selec­tion of the Cen­ter for Brain­Health as the sin­gle Vir­tu­al Cen­ter for the Nation­al Pedi­atric Acquired Brain Injury Plan to link all states with the most cur­rent assess­ment and train­ing for brain injury.

Nolan Bushnell

Nolan Bushnell, Founder, Atari

Nolan Key Bush­nell is an Amer­i­can engi­neer and entre­pre­neur who found­ed both Atari, Inc and the Chuck E. Cheese’s Piz­za-Time The­aters chain. Bush­nell has been induct­ed into the Video Game Hall of Fame and the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Asso­ci­a­tion Hall of Fame, received the BAFTA Fel­low­ship and the Nations Restau­rant News “Inno­va­tor of the Year” award, and was named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men Who Changed Amer­i­ca.” Bush­nell has start­ed more than twen­ty com­pa­nies and is one of the found­ing fathers of the video game indus­try. He is cur­rent­ly the Co-Founder and Chief Game Design­er of Anti-Aging Games, a web­site of games designed to stim­u­late the brain and cre­at­ed by Bush­nell and two doc­tor­ate sci­en­tists.

David Coleiro

David is Part­ner at Strate­gic North. Strate­gic North is a bou­tique health­care strate­gic mar­ket­ing con­sult­ing firm with a dif­fer­ence. His pur­pose in life is to help phar­ma and oth­er health­care com­pa­nies nav­i­gate a suc­cess­ful path through the new, con­stant­ly chang­ing world of healt­care and build joined up, strate­gic sto­ries. David’s 14 years of rich expe­ri­ence in phar­ma con­sul­tan­cy across health out­comes, mar­ket research and strate­gic mar­ket­ing. He has exper­tise in cut­ting edge insight into cus­tomer groups beyond the pre­scriber. He is more inter­est­ed in devel­op­ing future look­ing strate­gic sce­nar­ios that fit with an evolv­ing health­care envi­ron­ment.

Kristi Durazo

Kristi Dura­zo is Senior Strat­e­gy Advi­sor at Amer­i­can Heart Asso­ci­a­tion. She is engaged in sev­er­al excit­ing ini­tia­tives such as Well-being and Health (fas­ci­nat­ing explo­ration of hap­pi­ness and mean­ing in life and how it imp­tacts health). She also works on urban / com­mer­cial / res­i­den­tial design and healthy liv­ing. She is also work­ing in the area of Gam­ing and Health, Expe­ri­ence Design and Health Behav­iors, Health 2.0 Devel­op­er Chal­lenge and Idea and Inno­va­tion Gen­er­a­tion.

Keith Epstein, Senior strategic advisor, AARP

Kei­th Epstein is a senior strate­gic advi­sor at AARP, with an empha­sis on strate­gic intel­li­gence involv­ing health care trends, and with a spe­cial inter­est in brain health and fit­ness. Before join­ing AARP, Epstein was an award-win­ning writer, edi­tor and inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist with two decades of expe­ri­ence in Wash­ing­ton, from which he often wrote about med­i­cine and sci­ence. He was a mem­ber of BusinessWeek’s inves­tiga­tive team, worked for major news­pa­pers, and direct­ed orig­i­nal projects with nation­al news orga­ni­za­tions, scal­ing work and audi­ence across mul­ti­ple plat­forms for max­i­mum impact. His arti­cles on health have appeared in pub­li­ca­tions such as The Wash­ing­ton Post and the British Med­ical Jour­nal, BMJ.

Alvaro Fernandez

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO, SharpBrains

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, named a Young Glob­al Leader by the World Eco­nom­ic Forum in 2012, is Sharp­Brains’ co-founder and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer. He has been quot­ed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Jour­nal, CNN, and oth­ers. Alvaro co-authored The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, recent­ly named a Best Book by AARP. He start­ed his career at McK­in­sey & Com­pany and led the launch of sev­eral pub­lish­ing and edu­ca­tion com­pa­nies in the US and Europe. Alvaro has an MBA and MA in Edu­ca­tion from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, and enjoys teach­ing The Sci­ence of Brain Health at UC-Berke­ley Osh­er Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute.

 

Dr. Sheryl Flynn, CEO, Blue Marble Game Co

Dr. Sheryl Fly­nn is the founder and CEO of Blue Mar­ble Game Co, a seri­ous games com­pa­ny that focus­es design and devel­op­ment of video games to enhance reha­bil­i­ta­tion for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties world­wide. Sheryl has also begun the devel­op­ment of the Games4Rehab.com social net­work that aims to bring togeth­er indi­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties, clin­i­cians, researchers and game indus­try pro­fes­sion­als to engage all inte­gral par­ties and push the bound­aries of games for reha­bil­i­ta­tion. In addi­tion to her entre­pre­neur­ial pur­suits, Dr. Fly­nn also con­sults with the Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Insti­tute for Cre­ative Tech­nolo­gies and Divi­sion of Bioki­ne­si­ol­o­gy and Phys­i­cal Ther­a­py on the NIDRR fund­ed OPTT-RERC grant to devel­op a suite of games that clin­i­cians can use in reha­bil­i­ta­tion set­tings. In addi­tion Sheryl also men­tors stu­dents from many uni­ver­si­ties nation­al­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly. As a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Phys­i­cal Ther­a­py Asso­ci­a­tion, Sheryl has offered her exper­tise in using games for reha­bil­i­ta­tion at local, state and nation­al con­fer­ences. Dr. Fly­nn has authored numer­ous papers and pre­sen­ta­tions for nation­al and inter­na­tion­al con­fer­ences and jour­nals.

Lind­say Gask­ins

Lind­say Gask­ins, CEO, Mar­bles: the Brain Store

Lind­say start­ed Mar­bles: The Brain Store in 2008 with the sim­ple idea of find­ing the best brain games out there and putting them all in one place. Not just prod­ucts for aging baby boomers con­cerned about mem­ory loss and vic­tims of brain dis­or­ders, but also any­one who want­ed to improve focus and atten­tion, enhance cre­ativ­ity, become bet­ter mul­ti-taskers. Mar­bles opened three more Chicagoland stores in 2009 and four more stores in 2010. Pre­vi­ously, Lind­say was a Vice Pres­i­dent at Sand­box Indus­tries, a Chica­go-based ven­ture cap­i­tal fund and incu­ba­tor.

Adam Gaz­za­ley

Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Francisco

Dr. Gaz­za­ley is a fac­ulty mem­ber in the Neu­rol­ogy, Phys­i­ol­ogy and Psy­chi­a­try depart­ments, and prin­ci­pal inves­ti­ga­tor of a cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science lab­o­ra­tory that con­ducts research on the neur­al mech­a­nisms of atten­tion and mem­ory. A major focus of his research has been to expand our under­stand­ing of the alter­ations in the aging brain that lead to cog­ni­tive decline. His most recent stud­ies explore how we can pre­serve and improve atten­tion and mem­ory as we get old­er. 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.

Elkhonon Goldberg

Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, author, scientist, neuropsychologist

Elkhonon Gold­berg is an active researcher in the field of cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science. He is par­tic­u­lar­ly well rec­og­nized for his sci­en­tif­ic con­tri­bu­tions in the areas of neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal the­o­ry, dynam­ic aspects of func­tion­al cor­ti­cal orga­ni­za­tion, frontal lobes, hemi­spher­ic spe­cial­iza­tion, and mem­o­ry. He is also well known for his inno­v­a­tive diag­nos­tic and reha­bil­i­ta­tive meth­ods, as well as for his work in cog­ni­tive enhance­ment. Elkhonon Gold­berg is the author of three books, includ­ing The New Exec­u­tive Brain: Frontal Lobes in a Com­plex World, and co-authored The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, recent­ly named a Best Book by AARP. Con­tem­po­rary Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy and the Lega­cy of Luria (1990) is a trib­ute to his men­tor and friend, the great neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist Alexan­dr Luria.

 

Annette Goodman, Chief Education Officer, Arrowsmith Program

Annette Good­man is the Chief Edu­ca­tion Offi­cer at Arrow­smith Pro­gram. Annette Good­man holds a mas­ters degree in Indus­tri­al Psy­chol­o­gy. Annette first worked for Arrow­smith Pro­gram twen­ty years ago as a cog­ni­tive teacher. After spend­ing ten years work­ing for a char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tion, Annette spear­head­ed a grass­roots, par­ent-dri­ven effort to bring the Arrow­smith Pro­gram to the Unit­ed States for her daugh­ter and oth­ers in the com­mu­ni­ty. Annette also serves as Arrow­smith Program’s Direc­tor of Teacher Train­ing and in addi­tion she leads numer­ous research and devel­op­ment projects at Arrow­smith. She is involved in projects relat­ed to refine­ments of the method­ol­o­gy as well as main­tain­ing the integri­ty of the deliv­ery of the pro­gram while offer­ing it more broad­ly.

 

Eric B. Gordon, CEO, Atentiv

Mr. Gor­don has a suc­cess­ful track record of iden­ti­fy­ing and bring­ing emerg­ing med­ical and health­care tech­nolo­gies into the clin­ic, indus­try and major mar­ket dom­i­nance. Over the last 26 years he has been direct­ly instru­men­tal, ini­ti­at­ed and man­aged through full devel­op­ment and/or full glob­al com­mer­cial­iza­tion sev­en oth­er start­up com­pa­nies in pedi­atric, adult and traveler’s vac­cines (Con­naught Labs (now Sanofi-Pas­teur, the largest glob­al vac­cine co.) and Viro­ge­net­ics), com­bi­na­to­r­i­al chem­istry for drug discovery/IPO (ArQule), clin­i­cal genomics for drug dis­cov­ery and diag­nos­tics (Ardais), drug-deliv­ery for endometrio­sis and oth­er women’s health appli­ca­tions (Com­bi­nent), HDL/CHD ther­a­peu­tics and clin­i­cal mod­els (Cardi­um) and in behav­ioral health/ADHD diag­nos­tics (BioBe­hav­ioral Diag­nos­tics.)

Evian Gordon

Dr. Evian Gordon, Executive Chairman, Brain Resource

Dr Evian Gor­don, PhD, MBBCh, is the Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain Resource. He ini­tially drew upon his sci­ence and med­ical back­ground to estab­lish the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Brain Dynam­ics Cen­ter, in 1986. Through the Brain Dynam­ics Cen­ter and its col­lab­o­ra­tive net­works, Dr Gor­don estab­lished an “inte­gra­tive neu­ro­science” approach, ground­ed in the use of stan­dard­ized meth­ods across mul­ti­ple types of data. Using this approach, Dr Gor­don found­ed the “Brain Resource Com­pany”, that cre­ated the first inter­na­tional data­base on the human brain. The data­base is the asset which under­pins the devel­op­ment of new tools for brain health and its per­son­al­ized appli­ca­tion in the mar­ket, such as assess­ments of brain health, deci­sion sup­port sys­tems, and per­son­al­ized train­ing pro­grams. Brain Resource has also sup­ported the for­ma­tion of a non-prof­it 501c3 Foun­da­tion, called ‘BRAIN­net” (www.BRAINnet.net), through which sci­en­tists have access to many of these datasets for inde­pen­dent research.

Shawn Green

Dr. C. Shawn Green, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. C. Shawn Green is the Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin-Madi­son. Dr. Green’s research inter­ests include the fac­tors that affect the gen­er­al­i­ty, rate, and depth of per­cep­tu­al and cog­ni­tive learn­ing. One of his main research tracks has focused on enhance­ments in visu­al pro­cess­ing evoked by play­ing one par­tic­u­lar sub-genre of video games (so-called “action video games”). These enhance­ments range from low-lev­el vision (e.g., improve­ments in acu­ity and con­trast sen­si­tiv­i­ty), through mid-lev­el vision (e.g. visu­al search in clut­ter), all the way to high-lev­el vision (e.g., mul­ti­ple-object track­ing, men­tal rota­tion). Much of his cur­rent research focus­es on the ques­tion of why games have these broad effects (in con­trast to the speci­fici­ty often seen as a result of visu­al learn­ing) and how games can be har­nessed for prac­ti­cal pur­pos­es such as reha­bil­i­ta­tion and job train­ing. He is also an affil­i­ate fac­ul­ty mem­ber in the Games+Learning Soci­ety at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin-Madi­son.

Kath­leen Herath

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

Kath­leen Herath, RN, BSN CRRN, 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 been award­ed more than six awards in the last three years includ­ing the pres­ti­gious C. Everett Koop Nation­al Health Award and Sharp­Brains’ Brain Fit­ness Inno­va­tion Award.

Jonas Jendi

Jonas Jendi, CEO, Cogmed

Jonas Jen­di joined Cogmed in 2001 as its chief exec­u­tive offi­cer. In 2007, Jen­di opened Cogmed’s North Amer­i­can head­quar­ters in Naperville, IL, where he is now based. Pri­or to Cogmed, Jen­di pro­vided strate­gic con­sult­ing for the Boston Con­sult­ing Group in Stock­holm and Paris, and held man­age­ment and con­sult­ing roles for var­i­ous tech­nol­ogy start-ups. He holds a MS from the Stock­holm School of Eco­nom­ics.

Holly Jimison

Dr. Holly Jimison, Associate Professor, Dept of Medical Informatics &Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science

Hol­ly B. Jimi­son, PhD is an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of med­ical infor­mat­ics and clin­i­cal epi­demi­ol­o­gy at Ore­gon Health & Sci­ence Uni­ver­si­ty, with exper­tise and research expe­ri­ence in the design and eval­u­a­tion of home mon­i­tor­ing and inter­ac­tive health man­age­ment tools for a vari­ety of con­sumer pop­u­la­tions. Most recent­ly, Dr. Jimison’s research has focused on health infor­ma­tion tools and assis­tive tech­nol­o­gy for elders in the home and for chron­ic dis­ease man­age­ment. Dr. Jimi­son is a mem­ber of the Exec­u­tive Coun­cil of Oregon’s Cen­ter for Aging and Tech­nol­o­gy, and is also a fac­ul­ty mem­ber of the Point-of-Care Lab­o­ra­to­ry at OHSU, where she has con­duct­ed usabil­i­ty tests of a vari­ety of home health tech­nolo­gies in a sim­u­lat­ed home pri­or their deploy­ment in the homes of research sub­jects. Dr. Jimi­son is a Fel­low of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Med­ical Infor­mat­ics, past pres­i­dent of the Ore­gon Chap­ter of the Health Infor­ma­tion Man­age­ment Sys­tems Soci­ety, and an edi­tor of a text­book on Con­sumer Health Infor­mat­ics.

Peter Kissinger

Peter Kissinger, President, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

J. Peter Kissinger is the Pres­i­dent and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of the AAA Foun­da­tion for Traf­fic Safe­ty, a posi­tion he assumed in May of 2002. The Foun­da­tion is a pub­licly sup­port­ed, char­i­ta­ble research and edu­ca­tion­al orga­ni­za­tion that was found­ed by AAA in 1947. Its focus is on “sav­ing lives through research and edu­ca­tion.” The Foun­da­tion is sup­port­ed pri­mar­i­ly by con­tri­bu­tions from AAA clubs and indi­vid­ual AAA mem­bers.

Ken­neth Kosik

Ken­neth Kosik, Co-Director, UC Santa Bar­bara Neu­ro­science Research Institute

Dr. Kosik is the Co-Direc­tor of UCSB Neu­ro­science Research Insti­tute and Founder of CFIT. He received his M.D. degree from the Med­ical Col­lege of Penn­syl­va­nia, com­pleted a neu­rol­ogy res­i­dency from Tufts New Eng­land Med­ical Cen­ter, and held var­i­ous appoint­ments at the Har­vard Med­ical School. In the fall of 2004 he assumed the co-direc­tor­ship of the Neu­ro­science Research Insti­tute and the Har­ri­man Chair at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia San­ta Bar­bara. He has received mul­ti­ple awards, includ­ing a Whitak­er Health Sci­ences Award from Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, the Derek Den­ny-Brown Neu­ro­log­i­cal Schol­ar Award from the Amer­i­can Neu­ro­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion, the Zenith Award from the Alzheimer’s Asso­ci­a­tion, and a NASA Group Achieve­ment Award.

 

Corinna E. Lathan, Founder and CEO, AnthroTronix

Dr. Corin­na Lath­an co-found­ed Anthro­Tron­ix and is cur­rent­ly Board Chair and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer. Dr. Lathan’s diverse back­ground includes exten­sive research, teach­ing, and con­sult­ing in the areas of human per­for­mance engi­neer­ing, med­ical device design, and assis­tive tech­nol­o­gy. Pre­vi­ous­ly, Dr. Lath­an was an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Bio­med­ical Engi­neer­ing at The Catholic Uni­ver­si­ty of Amer­i­ca (CUA) and an Adjunct Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Aero­space Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land, Col­lege Park. Her work with chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties and robot­ics has been fea­tured in Forbes, Time, and the New York­er mag­a­zines as well as led to such dis­tinc­tions as Maryland’s  “Top Inno­va­tor of the Year,” MIT Tech­nol­o­gy Review Magazine’s “Top 100 World Inno­va­tors,” and one of Fast Com­pa­ny Mag­a­zines “Most Cre­ative Peo­ple in Busi­ness.” She has also been named a Tech­nol­o­gy Pio­neer and a Young Glob­al Leader by the World Eco­nom­ic Forum and is cur­rent­ly on their Glob­al Agen­da Coun­cil for Robot­ics and Smart devices. She is active­ly involved in edu­ca­tion­al out­reach pro­grams that empow­er women and minori­ties in sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy.

 

Tan Le, CEO, Emotiv Lifesciences

Tan Le is a tech­nol­o­gy entre­pre­neur, busi­ness exec­u­tive and sought-after speak­er. She is founder and CEO of Emo­tiv Life­sciences, a bioin­for­mat­ics com­pa­ny that advances under­stand­ing of the human brain and iden­ti­fies bio­mark­ers for men­tal and oth­er neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions using elec­troen­cephalog­ra­phy (EEG). She is pur­su­ing the dream of per­form­ing inex­pen­sive and wide­spread brain func­tion screen­ing to catch ear­ly signs of autism, epilep­sy, learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, ADHD, and oth­er con­di­tions. Tan has received many awards and appeared in innu­mer­able ‘Who’s Who in Aus­tralia’ lists; she was named among Fast Company’s Most Influ­en­tial Women in Tech­nol­o­gy in 2010 and Forbes‘ 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011. In 2009, she was hon­ored by the World Eco­nom­ic Forum as a Young Glob­al Leader since 2009, and in 2011, she was rec­og­nized with the Auto­Vi­sion Inno­va­tions Award and hon­ored as a Monash Uni­ver­si­ty Dis­tin­guished Alum­ni Award recip­i­ent.

Brian Mossop

Bri­an is cur­rent­ly the Com­mu­ni­ty Edi­tor at Wired, where he work across the brand, both mag­a­zine and web­site, to build and main­tain strong social com­mu­ni­ties. Bri­an received a BS in Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing from Lafayette Col­lege, and a PhD in Bio­med­ical Engi­neer­ing from Duke Uni­ver­si­ty in 2006. His post­doc­tor­al work was in neu­ro­science at UCSF and Genen­tech. Bri­an has writ­ten about sci­ence for Wired, Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can, Slate, Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can MIND, and else­where. I pri­mar­i­ly cov­er top­ics on neu­ro­science, devel­op­ment, behav­ior change, and health.

Michael Posner

Dr. Michael Posner, Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon

Michael Pos­ner is Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ore­gon and Adjunct Pro­fes­sor at the Weill Med­ical Col­lege in New York (Sack­ler Insti­tute). He is cur­rent­ly engaged in a project with Mary K. Roth­bart to under­stand the devel­op­ment of brain net­works under­ly­ing atten­tion. This work explores the inter­ac­tion of genes and expe­ri­ence in nor­mal and atyp­i­cal devel­op­ment.

Dharma Singh Khalsa

Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, President, Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation

Dr Dhar­ma Singh Khal­sa, M.D. has been the Pres­i­dent and Med­ical Direc­tor of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion in Tuc­son, Ari­zona, the orig­i­nal voice in the inte­gra­tive or holis­tic med­ical approach to the pre­ven­tion and treat­ment of mem­o­ry loss. The ARPF is ded­i­cat­ed to fight­ing Alzheimer’s dis­ease and find­ing a cure through research and pre­ven­tion. Dr. Khal­sa grad­u­at­ed from Creighton Uni­ver­si­ty School of Med­i­cine in 1975, and received his post­grad­u­ate train­ing in anes­the­si­ol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, San Fran­cis­co where he was chief res­i­dent. As chief res­i­dent, he con­duct­ed high­ly acclaimed research on anes­the­sia for car­diac surgery and obstet­ri­cal anes­the­si­ol­o­gy. He is also a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Los Ange­les Med­ical Acupunc­ture for Physi­cians Pro­gram, and has stud­ied mind/body med­i­cine at Har­vard Med­ical School ‘s Mind/Body Med­ical Insti­tute. Dr. Khal­sa is board cer­ti­fied in anes­the­si­ol­o­gy and pain man­age­ment.

Yaakov Stern

Yaakov Stern, Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science Divi­sion Leader, Colum­bia University

Dr. Stern directs the Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science Divi­sion of the Sergievsky Cen­ter and is Direc­tor of Neu­ropsy­chol­ogy for the Mem­ory Dis­or­ders Clin­ic at the New York State Psy­chi­atric Insti­tute. He also directs the post-doc­tor­al train­ing pro­gram Neu­ropsy­chol­ogy and Cog­ni­tion in Aging, and is a Pro­fes­sor of Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­ogy in the Depart­ments of Neu­rol­ogy, Psy­chi­a­try, and Psy­chol­ogy, as well as the in Sergievsky Cen­ter and the Taub Insti­tute for the Research on Alzheimer’s Dis­ease and the Aging Brain, at Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity Col­lege of Physi­cians and Sur­geons.

Rodney Stoops, Vice President, Providence Place Retirement Community

Rod­ney Stoops entered long term care in 2000 after most of his life in hotel/restaurant man­age­ment. He has been able to use that cus­tomer ser­vice expe­ri­ence to change the tra­di­tion­al nurs­ing cul­ture and get­ting peo­ple to inno­vate and upgrade res­i­dent care. Mr. Stoops was the Admin­is­tra­tor at Prov­i­dence Place Retire­ment Com­mu­ni­ty of Cham­bers­burg for 11 1/2 years and has recent­ly been made a Vice Pres­i­dent. Prov­i­dence Place Retire­ment Com­mu­ni­ty is owned and oper­at­ed by for­mer Gov. of Penn­syl­va­nia, George M. Leader, and by the Leader fam­i­ly who has just cel­e­brat­ed their 50th year in long term care.

Kate Sul­li­van

Kate Sul­li­van, Direc­tor of the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter, Wal­ter Reed National Military Med­ical Center

Kate Sul­li­van M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS com­pleted her under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate degrees in Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sci­ences and Dis­or­ders at James Madi­son Uni­ver­sity. She has been a speech-lan­guage pathol­o­gist at Wal­ter Reed Army Med­ical Cen­ter for 10 years where she recent­ly helped launch the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter (BFC), locat­ed in the WRAMC’s Mil­i­tary Advanced Train­ing Cen­ter, to com­ple­ment tra­di­tional care approach­es.

Mark Watson, Director of Community Outreach, Eaton Educational Group

The 2011–2012 school year is Mark’s sev­enth year at Eaton Arrow­smith School Van­cou­ver, and fourth year as the Prin­ci­pal. In Novem­ber of 2011 he tran­si­tioned from the Prin­ci­pal role to the Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ty Out­reach. As the Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ty Out­reach of Eaton Edu­ca­tion­al Group, he works close­ly with the Direc­tor, VicePrin­ci­pal, admin­is­tra­tive staff, teach­ers and stu­dents to ensure the high­est qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion­al expe­ri­ence pos­si­ble. Mr. Wat­son holds a Bachelor’s degree in 2001 from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta in Fac­ul­ty of Phys­i­cal Edu­ca­tion and Recre­ation and is work­ing towards my MA in Edu­ca­tion­al Lead­er­ship.

Keith Wesnes

Keith Wesnes, Prac­tice Leader, United BioSource Corporation

In 1986 Pro­fes­sor Wesnes found­ed Cog­ni­tive Drug Research (acquired in 2009 by Unit­ed BioSource) to offer this sys­tem as a ser­vice in clin­i­cal tri­als. Pro­fes­sor Wesnes has pub­lished over 270 peer-reviewed research arti­cles as well as more than 20 chap­ters and lit­er­a­ture reviews. He holds Pro­fes­sor­ships at the Human Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science Unit at Northum­bria Uni­ver­sity, New­cas­tle, UK and the Brain Sci­ences Insti­tute at Swin­burne Uni­ver­sity, Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia.

Peter J. Whitehouse

Dr. Peter Whitehouse, Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Peter J. White­house, MD, PhD is Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­o­gy as well as for­mer Pro­fes­sor of Cog­ni­tive Sci­ence, Psy­chi­a­try, Neu­ro­science, Psy­chol­o­gy, Nurs­ing, Orga­ni­za­tion­al Behav­ior, Bioethics and His­to­ry. With col­leagues he dis­cov­ered fun­da­men­tal aspects of the cholin­er­gic pathol­o­gy in Alzheimer’s and relat­ed demen­tias, which lead to the devel­op­ment of our cur­rent gen­er­a­tion drugs to treat these con­di­tions. He is clin­i­cal­ly active at Uni­ver­si­ty Hos­pi­tals of Cleve­land in the Joseph Foley Elder Health Cen­ter at Fairhill Cen­ter car­ing for indi­vid­u­als with con­cerns about their cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties as they age. His research inter­ests include the neu­ro­bi­ol­o­gy of what he used to refer to as Alzheimer’s dis­ease and relat­ed con­di­tions, the devel­op­ment of more effec­tive treat­ments for indi­vid­u­als with cog­ni­tive impair­ment, includ­ing drugs and non-bio­log­i­cal inter­ven­tions, eth­i­cal issues in the med­ical pro­fes­sion and inte­gra­tive health care sys­tems. He is the author (with Dan­ny George) of a provoca­tive book enti­tled The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told About Today’s Most Dread­ed Diag­no­sis.

Stanley Yang, CEO, NeuroSky

As Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of Neu­roSky, Inc., Stan­ley Yang is the vision­ary behind the bio-sen­sor com­pa­ny that has quick­ly become a glob­al leader in mass mar­ket Brain-Com­put­er Inter­face tech­nol­o­gy. Neu­roSky has devel­oped a non-inva­sive neur­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion sen­sor that con­verts brain­waves and oth­er bio-sig­nals into dig­i­tal elec­tron­ic sig­nals. This “ThinkGear” tech­nol­o­gy can con­trol elec­tron­ic devices, enable machines to adept to peo­ple, and fur­ther enhance edu­ca­tion and research on cre­ative appli­ca­tions pow­ered by the brain. Neu­roSky has forged suc­cess­ful part­ner­ships with a broad range of com­pa­nies from For­tune 500 indus­try lead­ers to inno­v­a­tive inde­pen­dent devel­op­ers. Fur­ther­more, Neu­roSky lever­ages col­lab­o­ra­tion with a num­ber of top domes­tic and inter­na­tion­al aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions to move tech­nol­o­gy out of the lab and into the mar­ket­place.