Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


Thank you, Summit Speakers, Participants and Sponsors!

What a fan­tas­tic, diverse, stim­u­lat­ing, for­ward-look­ing Sum­mit we enjoyed last week. Thank you so much, every­one, for your par­tic­i­pa­tion and con­tri­bu­tions!!

Spe­cial thanks go to the orga­ni­za­tions at the lead­ing edge who sup­port­ed this unique event as Spon­sors:

Gold Sponsors


The Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF), estab­lished in 1993, is ded­i­cat­ed to reduc­ing the inci­dence of Alzheimer’s dis­ease by con­duct­ing clin­i­cal research and pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tion­al out­reach.

FitBrains_webFit Brains is a cut­ting-edge, brain-train­ing pro­gram brought to you by Roset­ta Stone, a pre­mier learn­ing com­pa­ny with lead­ing prod­ucts used by schools, busi­ness and gov­ern­ment orga­ni­za­tions, and mil­lions of indi­vid­u­als around the world.

Silver Sponsors


The AAA Foun­da­tion for Traf­fic Safe­ty was found­ed in 1947 by AAA to iden­ti­fy traf­fic safe­ty prob­lems, fos­ter research that seeks solu­tions and dis­sem­i­nate infor­ma­tion and edu­ca­tion­al mate­ri­als.

Arrowsmith ProgramThe Arrow­smith Pro­gram, avail­able in pub­lic and pri­vate schools in the U.S., Cana­da, Aus­tralia and New Zealand, is a com­pre­hen­sive suite of cog­ni­tive pro­grams for stu­dents with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties that tar­gets 19 areas that are most com­mon­ly involved in learn­ing.

CC-ABHI_BaycrestBay­crest, ful­ly affil­i­at­ed with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, is one of the world’s pre­mier aca­d­e­m­ic health sci­ences cen­ters focused on aging, and will host the new $100m+ Cana­di­an Cen­tre for Aging and Brain Health Inno­va­tion.

Brain­Base­line is the first iPad appli­ca­tion for mea­sur­ing how well your brain works. Devel­oped by Dig­i­tal Arte­facts, it helps users world­wide under­stand how demo­graph­ic fac­tors and leisure activ­i­ties impact over­all brain health.


Lumos­i­ty is a lead­ing brain train­ing com­pa­ny with more than 70 mil­lion mem­bers from 180 coun­tries. Found­ed in 2005 and launched in 2007, Lumos­i­ty offers more than 40 games that are designed to chal­lenge core cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties. Lumosity’s games are based on neu­ro­science, with con­tin­u­ing inde­pen­dent third-par­ty stud­ies being con­duct­ed by researchers at aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions around the world.

Bronze Sponsors


brain­HQ is a brain train­ing sys­tem built by Posit Sci­ence to help peo­ple be at their best through­out their lives. Their team of experts designs, tests, and refines online exer­cis­es that effec­tive­ly address cog­ni­tive issues relat­ed to healthy aging and oth­er con­di­tions.

Cog­niFit is a health­care com­pa­ny spe­cial­ized in brain fit­ness soft­ware. Since 1999, the firm has designed and devel­oped com­put­er­ized cog­ni­tive assess­ments and online brain train­ing appli­ca­tions.

Peak, found­ed by a group of indi­vid­u­als from Google, Ama­zon and EA who believe in rein­vent­ing edu­ca­tion through mobile, games and sci­ence. Lead by neu­ro­sci­en­tists and cog­ni­tive learn­ing experts, Peak devel­ops mobile apps that enables users world­wide to improve their cog­ni­tive skills for a health­i­er, sharp­er life.

2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit starts today

The 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit is start­ing today Tues­day, Octo­ber 28th, at 8.15am US Pacif­ic Time (San Fran­cis­co, CA time)! Each of the blue dots in the map below rep­re­sents a par­tic­i­pant (or group of par­tic­i­pants) — more than 200, in 17 coun­tries! (Reg­is­tra­tion is now closed; Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants can already enter the vir­tu­al meet­ing room as instruct­ed by email)

New Summit Speakers: Barbara Arrowsmith Young, Alvaro Pascual-Leone

We’re glad to announce two more excel­lent speak­ers at the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit, Sep­tem­ber 19–20th.

arrowsmith_young_barbaraBar­bara Arrow­smith Young is the Direc­tor of Arrow­smith School and Arrow­smith Pro­gram. She wrote The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Oth­er Inspir­ing Sto­ries of Pio­neer­ing Brain Trans­for­ma­tion (Free Press; May 2012) to share her own sto­ry over­com­ing a severe learn­ing dis­abil­ity and then Read the rest of this entry »

Save the Date for 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: September 19–20th, 2013

2013 SharpBrains SummitThe 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit will fea­ture near­ly 40 of the world’s top sci­en­tists, inno­va­tors and deci­sion-mak­ers address­ing the cen­tral theme of “How Can Neu­ro­science-based Inno­va­tion Enhance Behav­ioral and Brain Health?

The two-day vir­tual sum­mit will include eight to ten pan­el dis­cus­sions chaired by some of the world’s most accom­plished and inspir­ing young trail­blaz­ers, rec­og­nized as Young Glob­al Lead­ers (YGLs) by the World Eco­nomic Forum. The sev­en YGLs who have joined the Summit’s Steer­ing Group are:

  • Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of Sharp­Brains (YGL Class of 2012);
  • Andrew Lee, VP of Emerg­ing Busi­ness at Aet­na (YGL Class of 2011);
  • Corin­na Lath­an, CEO of Anthro­Tron­ix (YGL Class of 2006);
  • Hilal Lashuel, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor at The Swiss Fed­eral Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy-Lau­sanne (EPFL)  (YGL Class of 2012);
  • Jayne Plun­kett, Head of Casu­al­ty Rein­sur­ance at Swiss Re (YGL Class of 2010);
  • Olivi­er Oul­li­er, Pro­fes­sor of Behav­ioral and Brain Sci­ences at France’s Aix-Mar­seille Uni­ver­si­ty (YGL Class of 2011); and
  • Tan Le, CEO of Emo­tiv Life­sciences (YGL Class of 2009).

To Learn More and Reg­is­ter, vis­it 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit: How Can Neu­ro­science-based Inno­va­tion Enhance Behav­ioral and Brain Health?

More Thumbs-Up for SharpBrains Virtual Summit

The annu­al Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit is a con­ve­nient and sur­pris­ingly com­pelling forum for catch­ing up on applied cog­ni­tive research from lead­ers in the field and for help­ing shape future brain health care.” — Dr. Yaakov Stern, Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science Divi­sion Leader, Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty. Read the rest of this entry »

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