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2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (May 7–9th)

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Imag­ine your smart­phone can detect ear­ly signs of anx­i­ety, depres­sion or Parkinson’s Dis­ease — would you like to know? Who else should know … and not know?

Imag­ine a videogame cleared by the FDA to treat ADHD or sub­stance abuse — how will doc­tors pre­scribe it, patients access it, and insur­ers pay for it?

Imag­ine being respon­si­ble for the health & well­ness of your orga­ni­za­tion — how will you nav­i­gate the grow­ing toolk­it of evi­dence-based inter­ven­tions such as exercise/ meditation/ sleep apps/ cog­ni­tive therapies/ biofeedback/ tDCS?

Imag­ine invest­ing $100 mil­lion to help accel­er­ate brain research and appli­ca­tions — how would you ensure that respon­si­ble devel­op­ment meets wise adop­tion?

Imag­ine a free annu­al brain check-up — who should take it, and how could it help prevent/ delay/ treat cog­ni­tive decline and Alzheimer’s Dis­ease?

The 2019 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (May 7–9th, 2019)  will fea­ture over forty of the world’s top experts, inno­va­tors and investors work­ing to improve brain health for all in light of grow­ing neu­ro­science and dig­i­tal tech.

Every year the Sum­mit com­bines pre­sen­ta­tions with exten­sive Q&As and water­cool­er ses­sions for pro­fes­sion­als to dis­cuss the lat­est advances and con­nect with peers.

Addi­tion­al­ly, on May 8th, the Sum­mit will host the sec­ond edi­tion of the Brainnova­tions Pitch Con­test to high­light ways in which emerg­ing sci­en­tif­ic find­ings are being trans­lat­ed into prac­ti­cal and scal­able brain health assess­ments, ther­a­pies, plat­forms and solu­tions.

Summit Agenda

(All times below reflect US Pacif­ic Time)

Day 1: Let’s explore emerging best practices

8–8.45. The State of Dig­i­tal Men­tal Health

  • Dr. Tom Insel, Co-founder and Pres­i­dent of Mind­strong Health and for­mer Direc­tor of the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH)

9–10.30. How to detect prob­lems ear­ly: Exam­ples in Alzheimer’s Dis­ease, Parkinson’s, con­cus­sion and PTSD

  • Dr. Tony Chang, Asso­ciate at M Ven­tures
  • Jan Samzelius, Founder and CEO of Neu­raMetrix
  • Kito Toset­ti, CEO of CTF MEG Inter­na­tion­al

10.45–12.15. How to inter­vene ear­ly: Exam­ples in depres­sion, epilep­sy and smok­ing ces­sa­tion

  • Dr. Ainslie Hatch, Direc­tor of Dig­i­tal Ther­a­peu­tics at Otsu­ka Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal
  • David Klein, CEO of Click Ther­a­peu­tics
  • Ana Maiques, CEO of Neu­ro­electrics

12.15–1pm. Lunch break

1–2.30pm. How to address pri­va­cy, eth­i­cal and reg­u­la­to­ry issues: Exam­ples in cog­ni­tive enhance­ment, depres­sion and ADHD

  • Dr. Karen Rom­melfanger, Direc­tor of the Neu­roethics Pro­gram at Emory Uni­ver­si­ty
  • Dr. Anna Wexler, sci­ence writer and PI of the Wexler Lab at UPenn
  • Dr. Eddie Mar­tuc­ci, Founder and CEO of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs

2.30–3pm. Water­cool­er chats.

3pm-4.30pm. How to pro­mote brain health at scale: Exam­ples in the work­place, K12 edu­ca­tion and con­sumer tech

  • Dr. Gre­go­ry Rose, Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Inte­grat­ed Research in Cog­ni­tive and Neur­al Sci­ences at SIU Med
  • Louis Gagnon, CEO of Total Brain
  • Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evan­ge­lism Offi­cer of Inter­aX­on

Day 2: Let’s shape the future

8.45–10.15am. Nav­i­gat­ing the Brain Research Land­scape

  • Dr. Nir Gross­man, Lec­tur­er in the Divi­sion of Brain Sci­ences at Impe­r­i­al Col­lege Lon­don
  • Dr. Peter White­house, Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­o­gy at Case West­ern Reserve Uni­ver­si­ty
  • Dr. Wal­ter Green­leaf, Research Sci­en­tist at Stan­ford University’s Vir­tu­al Human Inter­ac­tion Lab

10.30am-Noon. Nav­i­gat­ing the Brain/ Mind Inno­va­tion Land­scape

  • Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO and Edi­tor-in-Chief of Sharp­Brains
  • Char­lie Hartwell, Oper­at­ing Part­ner at The Bridge Builders Col­lab­o­ra­tive
  • Yan­nick Roy, Co-founder of Neu­roTechX

Noon-1pm. Water­cool­er Chats/ Lunch break

Giv­en the suc­cess of the first Brainnova­tions Pitch Con­test (details here), the 2019 Sum­mit will host a sec­ond Brainnova­tions edi­tion (check page for Guide­lines, FAQs and Sub­mis­sion Form) for select­ed star­tups to pitch their inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to  Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants and to our dis­tin­guished Judges — our very own “Sharp Tank.”  The con­test will be mod­er­at­ed by Dr. Bob Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psy­chol­o­gy-Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy at UCLA Semel Insti­tute for Neu­ro­science and by Alvaro Fer­nan­dez at Sharp­Brains.

1–2.30pm. Top Brainnova­tions to mon­i­tor Brain Health & Per­for­mance

  • Four Final­ists to be announced on Tues­day, April 30th.
  • Judged by: Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evan­ge­lism Offi­cer at Inter­aX­on; Dr. Adam Haim, Chief of the Small Busi­ness Inno­va­tion Research (SBIR) and Small Busi­ness Tech­nol­o­gy Trans­fer (STTR) Pro­grams at the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH); Dr. Edward Kli­phuis, Invest­ment Direc­tor at Mer­ck Ven­turesJohn Cam­mack, Angel Investor; Dr. Karen Postal, Pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy (AACN); Dr. Manuel López-Figueroa, Ven­ture Part­ner at Bay City Cap­i­tal

2.45–4.15pm. Top Brainnova­tions to improve Brain Health & Per­for­mance

  • Four Final­ists to be announced on Tues­day, April 30th.
  • Judged by: Alexan­dra More­house, Chief Mar­ket­ing Offi­cer at Ban­ner Health; Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain ResourceDr. Hag­it Alon, VP Sci­en­tif­ic Affairs at Joy Ven­turesKath­leen Herath, Asso­ciate Vice Pres­i­dent Health & Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty at Nation­wide Insur­anceNichol Brad­ford, Co-Founder and ED of the Trans­for­ma­tive Tech LabZack Lynch, Gen­er­al Part­ner at JAZZ Ven­ture Part­ners

This will be the Brain­no­va­tions Judg­ing Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”

Day 3: Expo Day

Dur­ing Expo Day select­ed Sum­mit Spon­sors will show­case their most promis­ing brain health & enhance­ment ini­tia­tives and solu­tions, with input and assis­tance from Sharp­Brains staff and these dis­tin­guished mem­bers of the Sum­mit Steer­ing Group:

  • Alexan­dra More­house, Chief Mar­ket­ing Offi­cer at Ban­ner Health
  • Dr. Bob Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psy­chol­o­gy-Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy at UCLA Semel Insti­tute for Neu­ro­science
  • Dr. David Barash, Chief Med­ical Offi­cer at GE Foun­da­tion
  • Dr. Edward Kli­phuis, Invest­ment Direc­tor at Mer­ck Ven­tures
  • Dr. Hag­it Alon, VP Sci­en­tif­ic Affairs at Joy Ven­tures
  • John Cam­mack, Angel Investor
  • Dr. Manuel López-Figueroa, Ven­ture Part­ner at Bay City Cap­i­tal
  • Sarah Lenz Lock, Senior Vice Pres­i­dent for Pol­i­cy at AARP
  • Yan­nick Roy, Co-Founder of Neu­roTechX

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the Sum­mit take place? Online, over the Inter­net. Speak­ers and Par­tic­i­pants can access the vir­tu­al meet­ing room from any loca­tion — all that is required is a com­put­er with Inter­net con­nec­tion. No one needs to trav­el.

What is a vir­tu­al con­fer­ence? The Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit is just like a phys­i­cal con­fer­ence — reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants can access all pre­sen­ta­tions, ask press­ing ques­tions, and con­nect with speak­ers and fel­low par­tic­i­pants. The main dif­fer­ence is, no one needs to trav­el.

I can­not par­tic­i­pate live in all ses­sions. Will they be record­ed? Yes, all ses­sions will be record­ed and avail­able at no extra cost to reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants for a full year after the Sum­mit.

Do you offer press pass­es? Yes, please con­tact us with details on your pub­li­ca­tion and idea.

Do you offer CEUs/ CMEs? Sor­ry, we don’t. But we do offer a Cer­tifi­cate of Atten­dance to those who request it.

— Loca­tion of the par­tic­i­pants in the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit. 190 were based in the US, and the rest in Cana­da, Aus­tralia, Europe and oth­er regions

What is the typ­i­cal pro­file of Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants? By design, the Sum­mit is cross-sec­tor and mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary, so there’s not just one “typ­i­cal pro­file” — par­tic­i­pants come from acad­e­mia, indus­try and prac­tice. Any­one look­ing to explore and dis­cuss the lat­est in brain health and per­for­mance will find val­ue in this con­fer­ence.

Over 1,000 pro­fes­sion­als in 20+ coun­tries have par­tic­i­pat­ed in Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mits since 2010. For the 2017 Sum­mit alone, 250+ pio­neers reg­is­tered (rep­re­sent­ed by the dots in the image to the right), in 23 coun­tries.

Who should attend? Inno­va­tors, deci­sion-mak­ers, researchers, and prac­ti­tion­ers inter­est­ed in tech­nol­o­gy, consumer/ behavioral/ occupational/ men­tal health, gam­ing, insur­ance, human resources, dig­i­tal health­care, senior ser­vices, cog­ni­tive and affec­tive neu­ro­science.

What Participants Say

The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit is unique in its impres­sive abil­i­ty to unite a diverse col­lec­tion of cut­ting-edge thinkers in a “vir­tu­al” con­fer­ence that is shared glob­al­ly with­out a hitch.” — Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter at UCSF

A per­fect way to keep the pulse of 3 key inno­va­tion themes: con­sumer health, applied neu­ro­science, and apps and wear­ables.” — Jack Young, Head of Qual­comm Life Fund

I know of no bet­ter resource than Sharp­Brains Sum­mits to explore the lat­est fron­tier in brain health pro­mo­tion.” — Dr. Michael P. O’Donnell,  Edi­tor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Pro­mo­tion

An impres­sive vir­tu­al con­vo­ca­tion of lead­ing sci­en­tists and devel­op­ers and adopters of cog­ni­tive enhance­ment tech­nol­o­gy.” — Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psy­chol­o­gy-Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy, UCLA Semel Insti­tute for Neu­ro­science

Con­grat­u­la­tions on con­ven­ing, again, such a com­pelling group of speak­ers and par­tic­i­pants.” — Dr. Eddie Mar­tuc­ci, CEO of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs

“Win­ning the Sharp­Brains Pitch Con­test had a major impact for us. Our lead flow from phar­ma and device man­u­fac­tur­ers has tripled com­pared to pre-com­pe­ti­tion. Addi­tion­al­ly we are being approached by many oth­er play­ers – investors, aca­d­e­m­ic part­ners, you name it. And all this in just a month!” — Jam Samzelius, CEO and Founder of Neu­raMetrix

Every Sum­mit is a sem­i­nal event, full of won­der­ful insights and remark­able ini­tia­tives, at a time when the brain is going main­stream.”— Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain Resource

I was impressed by the for­ward-look­ing yet prac­ti­cal dis­cus­sions about enhanc­ing human per­for­mance.” — Dr. Susan Jew­ellPres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tional Space Med­i­cine Con­sor­tium

“A beau­ti­ful exam­ple of how bring­ing sci­en­tif­ic lead­ers and inno­va­tors togeth­er can spur thought­ful dis­cus­sion about our most vital organ–the brain.” — Dr. San­dra Bond Chap­man, Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Brain­Health at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas at Dal­las

“Every Sharp­Brains Sum­mit delves into a well-curat­ed vari­ety of top­ics, both on macro and niche lev­els, mak­ing it the per­fect forum for dis­cov­ery and idea exchange “— Stan­ley Yang, CEO, Neu­roSky

Kudos for such a fan­tas­tic con­fer­ence. The dis­cus­sion about human vs. arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and ethics was espe­cial­ly excit­ing.” — Rajiv Pant, for­mer Chief Tech­nol­ogy Offi­cer of The New York Times

A vir­tu­al sum­mit is the way to go … no trav­el, no wor­ry and no hur­ry. The Sharp­Brains team has again pro­duced the best brain con­fer­ence avail­able today.” — Dr. Dhar­ma Singh Khal­sa, Pres­i­dent of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion


If you’re inter­est­ed in becom­ing a Sum­mit Spon­sor or Part­ner, con­tact us to dis­cuss details.