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Agenda @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions world­wide are expect­ed to spend over $1.3 bil­lion in 2014 in web-based, mobile and bio­met­rics-based solu­tions to assess and enhance brain func­tion. Growth is poised to con­tin­ue, fueled by major gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives such as the White House BRAIN ini­tia­tive, emerg­ing mobile and non-inva­sive neu­rotech­nolo­gies, and by con­sumer and patient demands for self-dri­ven, proac­tive brain care. For exam­ple, 83% of sur­veyed ear­ly-adopters agree that “adults of all ages should take charge of their own brain fit­ness, with­out wait­ing for their doc­tors to tell them to” and “would per­son­al­ly take a brief assess­ment every year as an annu­al men­tal check-up.”

How are inno­va­tors in sci­ence, indus­try and prac­tice har­ness­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty at hand and shap­ing the future of brain fit­ness for max­i­mum social benefit?


REGISTERED SUMMIT PARTICIPANTS, you can click below on any ses­sion title below to watch the recording.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Day 1

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Day 2

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Expo Day


Watch ses­sion record­ing: 8:15–9:45am. A Call to Action: Improv­ing brain & men­tal health via dig­i­tal plat­forms, neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty research and the White House BRAIN initiative

  • Dr. Thomas Insel, Direc­tor of the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH)
  • Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of UCSF Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter and Co-founder of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Dr. Daphne Bave­li­er, Head of the Brain & Learn­ing Lab at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Gene­va & U. of Rochester
  • Jack Young, Head of Qual­comm Life Fund
  • Chair: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of SharpBrains

Watch ses­sion record­ing: 10:00–11:30am. Har­ness­ing big data and videogames to deliv­er per­son­al­ized cog­ni­tive training

  • Dr. Joe Hardy, VP of R&D at Lumos Labs
  • Mark Bax­ter, Head of Prod­uct (Fit­Brains) at Roset­ta Stone
  • Ita­mar Lesu­isse, CEO of Peak
  • Aki Niko­laidis, NSF Fel­low at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois Cham­paign Urbana
  • Chair: Zack Lynch, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy Indus­try Organization

Watch ses­sion record­ing: 12:30–2pm. Scal­ing up med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness via well­ness pro­grams and biofeed­back sensors

  • Dr. Dou­glass Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at UMass Med­ical School
  • Dr. Dhar­ma Singh Khal­sa, Pres­i­dent of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation
  • Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon
  • Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain Resource
  • Chair: Rajiv Pant, Chief Tech­nol­o­gy Offi­cer of The New York Times

2–3pm. Water­cool­er Chats.We’ll spend some time con­nect­ing with oth­er par­tic­i­pants, dis­cussing high­lights, exchang­ing ideas and con­tact information.

Watch ses­sion record­ing: 3–4:15pm. Max­i­miz­ing the peak per­for­mance of astro­nauts, leaders…and every­one else

  • Dr. Susan Jew­ell, Pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tion­al Space Med­i­cine Consortium
  • Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psy­chol­o­gy-Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy at UCLA Semel Insti­tute for Neuroscience
  • Dr. Bill Reich­man, Pres­i­dent of Baycrest
  • Chair: Rajiv Pant, Chief Tech­nol­o­gy Offi­cer of The New York Times

Watch ses­sion record­ing: 8:15–9:45am. Best prac­tices to assess and enhance brain func­tion via mobile devices and wearables

  • Corin­na E. Lath­an, Founder and CEO of AnthroTronix
  • Eddie Mar­tuc­ci, VP Research & Devel­op­ment at Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Alex Doman, Co-Founder of Sleep Genius
  • Joan Sev­er­son, Pres­i­dent of Dig­i­tal Artefacts
  • Chair: Kei­th Epstein, Senior Strate­gic Advi­sor at AARP

Watch ses­sion record­ing: 10:00–11:30am. Inno­v­a­tive part­ner­ships to improve life­long brain health and customer/ patient satisfaction

  • Bill Pren­ovitz, Glob­al Prod­uct and Ser­vice Man­age­ment at Philips Health­care’s Aging-in-Place Program
  • Dr. Michael Wein­er, Lead Sci­en­tif­ic Inves­ti­ga­tor of the Brain Health Registry
  • Tom­my Sagroun, CEO of CogniFit
  • Chair: Rita Carter, Author, Broad­cast­er and BBC Contributor

Watch ses­sion record­ing: 12:30–2pm. How can front-line pro­fes­sion­als incor­po­rate the emerg­ing brain health toolk­it to their practices?

  • Eliz­a­beth Frates, Direc­tor of Med­ical Stu­dent Edu­ca­tion at the Insti­tute of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Dr. Cather­ine Madi­son, Direc­tor of the Ray Dol­by Brain Health Cen­ter at Cal­i­for­nia Pacif­ic Med­ical Center
  • Bar­bara Van Amburg, Chief Nurs­ing Offi­cer at Kaiser Per­ma­nente Red­wood City
  • Dr. Wendy Law, Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist at Wal­ter Reed Nation­al Mil­i­tary Med­ical Center
  • Chair: Dr. Michael O’Don­nell, Edi­tor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Promotion

2–3pm. Water­cool­er Chats. We’ll spend some time con­nect­ing with oth­er par­tic­i­pants, dis­cussing high­lights, exchang­ing ideas and con­tact information.

Watch ses­sion record­ing: 3–4pm. What’s next: The future of non-inva­sive neurotechnology

  • Dr. Bruce Cuth­bert, Direc­tor of Adult Trans­la­tion­al Research and Treat­ment Devel­op­ment at the NIMH
  • Charles Fish­er, Pres­i­dent of Fish­er Wal­lace Laboratories
  • Chair: James Cavuo­to, Edi­tor and Pub­lish­er at Neu­rotech Reports

Watch ses­sion record­ing: 8–8.20am. Carv­ing out future direc­tions, by Dr. Ken Kosik, Co-Direc­tor of the UC San­ta Bar­bara Neu­ro­science Research Institute

Expo Day

Watch Sum­mit Spon­sors announce and show­case their lat­est ini­tia­tives and solutions:

11.30am-noon. Water­cool­er Chats. We’ll spend some time con­nect­ing with oth­er par­tic­i­pants, dis­cussing high­lights, exchang­ing ideas and con­tact information.

Expo Day continues