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The Summit Agenda (all recordings and slidedecks available below)

40 world-class experts and inno­va­tors dis­cussed lead­ing-edge insights, tools and ini­tia­tives to Rein­vent Brain Health in the Dig­i­tal Age.


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

(All times below reflect US PACIFIC TIME)

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Day 1

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Day 2

8.30–9.45am. Improve education, productivity and health via brain enhancement (view slidedeck here)

Experts at the lead­ing edge of brain sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy will share best prac­tices to link brain health and men­tal health with wider pri­or­i­ties such as edu­ca­tion­al out­comes, work­place per­for­mance and resilience, life­long learn­ing, gen­er­al hap­pi­ness and well-being.

  • Chair: Alexan­dra More­house, Chief Mar­ket­ing Offi­cer of Ban­ner Health
  • Dr. San­dra Bond Chap­man, Founder and Chief Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Brain­Health at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas at Dallas
  • Scott Paw­son, Sr. Prod­uct Man­ag­er, New Prod­uct Lead at Pear­son Clin­i­cal Assessment
  • Dr. Ken­neth Kosik, Co-Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Research Insti­tute at UC-San­ta Barbara

10–11.30am. Take cognitive/ emotional assessments and therapies to scale (view slidedeck here)

Three dig­i­tal health entrepreneurs–who have col­lec­tive­ly raised over $75 mil­lion in ven­ture cap­i­tal in the last 18 months– and an investor will dis­cuss their respec­tive visions and approach­es to rev­o­lu­tion­ize brain and men­tal health in areas such as ADHD, sub­stance abuse, and gen­er­al brain fitness.

  • Chair: Rita Carter, Sci­ence writer and BBC Contributor
  • Edward Kli­phuis, Invest­ment Direc­tor at Mer­ck Ventures
  • Dr. Eddie Mar­tuc­ci, CEO of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Dr. Corey McCann, CEO of Pear Ther­a­peu­tics

11:30am-12:30pm. Lunch break

12.30–1.30pm. Empower communities with better brain health tools and literacy (view slidedeck here)

What role should com­mu­ni­ty and care­givers play in brain health and men­tal health, and how can tech­nol­o­gy aid their efforts–for exam­ple in shar­ing rel­e­vant data with/ from doc­tors? How are we going to edu­cate and empow­er every­one with essen­tial knowl­edge and best practices?

  • Chair: Dr. Peter White­house, Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­o­gy at Case West­ern Reserve University
  • Dr. Eliz­a­beth Zelin­s­ki, Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Dig­i­tal Aging at the Davis School of Gerontology
  • Michael Meagher, Pres­i­dent of Cog­nic­i­ti
  • Dr. Neal Cohen, clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist at The Synapse System

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. Harness digital platforms to accelerate R&D and drive proper adoption (view slidedeck here)

Pio­neers in edu­ca­tion, med­i­cine and phar­ma will dis­cuss new data-rich approach­es to help assess what works and what doesn’t, and for whom, accel­er­at­ing R&D ini­tia­tives and prop­er adoption.

  • Chair: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO & Edi­tor-in-Chief of Sharp­Brains
  • Richard Varn, Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Advanced Tech­nol­o­gy and Neu­ro­science at Edu­ca­tion­al Test­ing Ser­vice (ETS)
  • Dr. Bri­an Iacoviel­lo, Direc­tor of Sci­en­tif­ic Affairs at Click Ther­a­peu­tics
  • Dr. Gahan Pan­d­i­na, Senior Direc­tor, Ven­ture Leader at Janssen Research & Development
  • Dr. Sarah Banks, Head of Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy at the Cleve­land Clin­ic Lou Ruvo Cen­ter for Brain Health

8.15–9.45am. Master the digital toolkit to harness lifelong neuroplasticity (view slidedeck here)

Four lead­ing pio­neers of applied neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty will help us nav­i­gate best prac­tices to har­ness most promis­ing non-inva­sive neu­rotech­nolo­gies, such as cog­ni­tive train­ing, mind­ful­ness apps, EEG and virtual/ aug­ment­ed reality.

  • Chair: Lin­da Raines, CEO of the Men­tal Health Asso­ci­a­tion of Maryland
  • Dr. Michael Merzenich, win­ner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience
  • Dr. Jud­son Brew­er, Founder & Research Lead of Clar­i­tas Mindsciences
  • Tan Le, CEO of Emo­tiv
  • Dr. Andrea Seri­no, Head of Neu­ro­science at Mind­Maze

10–11.30am. Personalize brain health and enhancement combining new imaging methods and human/ artificial intelligence (view slidedeck here)

What kind of one-time or ongo­ing brain assess­ments can help pin­point indi­vid­ual needs, and what role will intel­li­gent assis­tants, human coach­es and experts play in offer­ing and sup­port­ing per­son­al­ized care?

  • Chair: Nikhil Sri­ra­man, IP Ana­lyst at Sharp­Brains
  • Mar­garet Moore, Co-Founder of the Insti­tute of Coach­ing at McLean Hospital
  • Ruth Poli­akine Baruchi, CEO of Myn­dY­ou
  • Ron Ober­leit­ner, CEO of Behav­ior Imag­ing Solutions

11:30am-12:30pm. Watercooler Chats

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

12:30am‑1:30pm. Lunch break

1.30–2.20pm. Upgrade education with lifelong brain development in mind (view slidedeck here)

Two researcher/ prac­ti­tion­ers, involved in spe­cial and life­long learn­ing, will dis­cuss emerg­ing best prac­tices to help schools, edu­ca­tors, par­ents, and old­er adults nav­i­gate and apply core find­ings from cog­ni­tive and affec­tive neuroscience.

  • Chair: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO & Edi­tor-in-Chief of Sharp­Brains
  • Deb­bie Gilmore, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Arrow­smith Program
  • Susan Hoff­man, Direc­tor of the Osh­er Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute at UC Berkeley

2.30–3.30pm. Best practices to fund, develop and commercialize evidence-based innovation (view slidedeck here)

In this ses­sion we will dis­cuss key lessons learned for sci­en­tists and start-ups to suc­cess­ful­ly bring to mar­ket evi­dence-based inno­v­a­tive solu­tions. We will also present non-dilu­tive fund­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and com­mer­cial­iza­tion resources offered through the US small busi­ness research pro­grams. A sci­en­tist and inven­tor turned ser­i­al entre­pre­neur will wrap-up the day shar­ing insights from his pre­vi­ous venture–funded by the NIMH and sold to McKesson–and his cur­rent strat­e­gy and vision.

  • Chair: Dr. Ali­son Fen­ney, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy Indus­try Organization
  • Dr. Mar­garet Grabb, SBIR/STTR Pro­gram Direc­tor at the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH)
  • Dr. Rex Jakobovits, Founder of Viva­l­og Tech­nolo­gies and Expe­ri­ad

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Expo Day

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

8.15am. Char­lie Hartwell, Oper­at­ing Part­ner at The Bridge Builders Col­lab­o­ra­tive, will present an Overview of the Mind Train­ing Space.

9am. Dr. Bob Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psy­chol­o­gy & Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy at UCLA, will announce the Dis­rup­tive Tech­nol­o­gy Ini­tia­tive by the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy (AACN).

9.30am. Ron Riesen­bach, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Cana­di­an Cen­tre for Aging and Brain Health Inno­va­tion (CC-ABHI), will present Spark and three oth­er new fund­ing programs.

(view slidedecks here)

10–10.30am. Break

10.30am. Dr. Daniel Perez-Mar­cos, Senior Sci­en­tist at Mind­Maze, will present the Mind­Mo­tion platform–a series of med­ical-grade vir­tu­al real­i­ty solu­tions for neu­rore­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

11am. Alvaro Fer­nan­dez. Sharp­Brains’ CEO & Edi­tor-in-Chief will dis­cuss The State of Brain Health Inno­va­tion.

11.30am. Mark Wat­son, Co-Direc­tor of the Wat­son Cen­tre for Brain Health, will present lat­est research and pro­grams for cog­ni­tive reha­bil­i­ta­tion.

(view slidedecks here)

Noon-1pm. Lunch break

1pm. Franck Tarpin-Bernard, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Sci­en­tif­ic Brain Train­ing (SBT), will dis­cuss new part­ner­ships fol­low­ing their ISO 13485 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for med­ical devices — cog­ni­tive reme­di­a­tion.

1.30pm. Jes­si­ca Poulin, Strate­gic Oper­a­tions Man­ag­er at the Arrow­smith Pro­gram, will present their plans to bet­ter equip 100+ schools help­ing stu­dents with spe­cial needs.

(view slidedecks here)

To learn more, you can check out the Speak­er Ros­ter, and the Spon­sors. Reg­is­tra­tion is open here.