Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

The Summit Agenda (View All Slidedecks & Session Recordings Below)

The human brain is at the core of everything we do, from the every-day decisions we make while working or driving to the lifestyles that contribute (or not) to depression and dementia. And a growing range of neurotechnologies are poised to become ubiquitous, pervasive: especially those that, being digital, are scalable and relatively inexpensive, and that, being non-invasive, pose few if any negative side-effects. This is why individuals and institutions worldwide are spending over $1.5 billion a year in web-based, mobile and biometrics-based brain health solutions, and why non-invasive neurotech patent filings have been soaring since 2010.

How can consumers and professionals harness this opportunity–mobile and web-based cognitive assessment and training methods, wearables, brain stimulation, car-based sensors, and more–to better monitor and enhance brain health, and to improve work and life?


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

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Day 1

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Day 2

8.15-8.20am. Welcome Remarks: Brain Health in the Pervasive Neurotechnology Era (Recording includes this and next session; view slidedeck Here)

  • Alvaro Fernandez, CEO & Co-Founder of SharpBrains

8.20-9.45am. How to harness neuroplasticity and digital tools to enhance work and life

Led by decision-makers at the frontier of innovation, we will discuss how to guide interventions and measure progress using real-life outcomes such as safe driving and workplace/ sports performance.

  • Chair: J. Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
  • Dr. Peter Delahunt, Research Scientist at Posit Science
  • Dr. Ruth Wolever, Chief Science Officer at eMindful
  • Danny Dankner, CEO of Applied Cognitive Engineering (ACE)
  • Brig. General Pete Palmer (Retired), Director of the EDGE Innovation Network

10-11.30am. How to measure and improve brain-based outcomes that matter in health care (view slidedeck Here)

Pioneers advancing health research, prevention and treatment will help us understand emerging best practices where targeted assessments, monitoring and interventions can transfer into significant healthcare and quality of life outcomes.

  • Chair: Alvaro Fernandez, CEO & Co-Founder of SharpBrains
  • Dr. Madeleine S Goodkind, staff psy­chol­o­gist at New Mex­ico VA Health Care System
  • Dr. Randy McIntosh, Vice-president of Research and Director of Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute
  • Chris Berka, CEO and Co-Founder of Advanced Brain Monitoring (ABM)

12.30-1.30pm. Workshop: Best practices to navigate and implement the emerging brain health toolkit (view slidedeck Here)

Two well-recognized practitioners, at UMass and Walter Reed, will describe their respective wellness and rehab initiatives, focusing on the practical considerations to navigate, select, and implement the growing array of technology-enabled brain health and behavioral health assessments and interventions.

  • Chair: Dr. Majid Fotuhi, Chairman of the Memosyn Neurology Institute
  • Dr. Douglas Ziedonis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Kate Sul­li­van, Direc­tor of the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter at Wal­ter Reed National Mil­i­tary Med­ical Center

1:30-2:30pm. Watercooler Chats

We’ll spend some time connecting with other participants, discussing highlights, exchanging ideas and contact information.

2.30-4pm. At the frontier of Big Data and Brain Health (view slidedeck Here)

During this session we will explore cutting-edge initiatives to accelerate research & development via Big Data, crowdsourcing, technologies for the extended mind, and a range of data-rich pervasive neurotechnologies such as virtual reality.

  • Chair: Alison Fenney, Director of Industry Alliances at the Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO)
  • Dr. Walter Greenleaf, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab
  • Michael Meagher, President of Cogniciti
  • José Barrios, Co-Founder & CEO of Cognilab
  • Dr. Peter Reiner, Co-Founder, National Core for Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia

8.15-9.45am. Beyond the US college student’s brain: A survey of priorities across geography and age (view slidedeck Here)

Researchers and innovators in North America, Europe and India will explore the frontiers in applied research across the lifespan, from children to younger and older adults, helping make the case for truly personalized (or at least customized) brain development and brain health.

  • Chair: Dr. Olivier Oullier, Pro­fes­sor of Behav­ioral and Brain Sci­ences at Aix-Marseille University
  • Eduardo Briceño, CEO of Mindset Works
  • Dr. Graeme Moffat, Director of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs at InteraXon
  • Tara Thiagarajan, Managing Director of Madura Microfinance

10-11.30am. Lessons learned in bringing innovative solutions to market (view slidedeck Here)

Successful innovators will dissect key market & technology trends and successful models to validate and commercialize innovation, with a particular emphasis on how to create a loyal user base and gain mainstream distribution via a diversity of channels.

  • Chair: Dr. Jennifer Buss, Assistant Vice President of Science and Technology at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
  • Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at the Bridge Builders Collaborative
  • Mark Baxter, General Manager of Fit Brains (a Rosetta Stone company)
  • Itamar Lesuisse, CEO & Co-Founder of Peak
  • Connor Russomanno, CEO & Co-Founder of OpenBCI

12.30-1.45pm. Under what conditions does brain training work? (view slidedeck Here)

Despite ongoing controversies, the evidence is clear: Some brain training interventions (in a broad definition, including cognitive training, virtual reality and brain stimulation) work, and some don’t. What explains the difference? What conditions maximize the probability of transfer into real-life benefits? Understanding these conditions, as outlined in The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness, is crucial to separate wheat from chaff.

  • Chair: Dr. Peter Whitehouse, Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University
  • Alvaro Fernandez, CEO & Co-Founder of SharpBrains
  • Dr. Bruce E. Wexler, Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try at Yale University
  • Dr. Roy Hamilton, Assistant Professor in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania

1:45-2:30pm. Watercooler Chats

We’ll spend some time connecting with other participants, discussing highlights, exchanging ideas and contact information.

2.30-4pm. Innovative partnerships to improve health and life at scale (view slidedeck Here)

In this growing and rapidly evolving category, there are multiple opportunities for developers to partner with large-scale organizations looking for ways to improve health, performance and business outcomes. During this session we will discuss significant neurotech-related initiatives taking place at large IT, pharma and automotive firms, as well as universities.

  • Chair: Richard Varn, Distinguished Presidential Appointee at Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • Tommy Sagroun, CEO of CogniFit
  • Peter Freer, Inventor and CEO of Freer Logic
  • Glenn Morrison, Director of Clinical Trials at Lumosity
  • Nikhil Sriraman, IP Analyst at SharpBrains

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Expo Day

During Expo Day selected Summit Sponsors will showcase their latest initiatives and solutions:

8.15-8.45am. Preview the Future of Brain Health with Anu Acharya, Founder and CEO of Map My Genome

9-9.30am. The Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF): Discuss new science and prevention initiatives with President Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa.

9.45-10.15am. FitBrains (a Rosetta Stone company): Explore ongoing big data research with Conny Lin, Data Research Scientist & Policy Analyst.

(View slidedecks Here)

10.30-11am. Baycrest: Meet the new $100m+ Cana­dian Cen­tre for Aging and Brain Health Inno­va­tion, with Dr. Randy McIntosh, Vice-president of Research and Director of Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute.

11.15am-11.45am. Lumosity: Discuss emerging standards for cognitive research with Dr. Glenn Morrison, Director of Clinical Trials.

12-12.30pm. BrainBaseline: Explore the latest in mobile cognitive assessments with Joan Severson, President of Digital Artefacts.

12.45-1.15am. Help improve and expand The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness with co-author Alvaro Fernandez.

(View slidedecks Here)