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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