Webinar: Top Ten 2008 Events

Webinar: Top 10 Cognitive Fitness Events of 2008 — A Market Update

cognitive fitness What: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of Sharp­Brains and mem­ber of the World Eco­nom­ic Forum’s Coun­cil on the Chal­lenges of Geron­tol­ogy, will lead a webi­nar dis­cussing the Top 10 Cog­ni­tive Fit­ness Events of 2008.

The Top 10 Cog­ni­tive Fit­ness Events include: 

1) Feb­ru­ary: Dakim secures a $10.6m invest­ment from Galen Part­ners. Jack LaLanne becomes spokesperson.
2) April: The Gov­ern­ment of Ontario, Cana­da, invests $10m in Bay­crest to devel­op and com­mer­cial­ize cog­ni­tive fit­ness technologies.
3) April: Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan researchers reveal in the Pro­ceed­ings of the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Sci­ences how com­put­er­ized work­ing mem­o­ry train­ing can gen­er­al­ize and improve flu­id intel­li­gence in healthy adults.
4) May: Humana unveils Games for Health ini­tia­tives, not renew­ing its agree­ment with Posit Science.
5) June: The US Army launch­es a new pol­i­cy requir­ing cog­ni­tive screen­ings of all sol­diers before deploy­ment (in order to bet­ter diag­nose poten­tial brain-based dis­or­ders such as PTSD and TBI upon return).
6) June: Lumos Labs secures $3m invest­ment from First­Mark Cap­i­tal and Nor­west Ven­ture Partners.
7) July: health insur­er OptumHealth announces a 3‑year, $18m agree­ment with Brain Resource to offer web-based cog­ni­tive assess­ments to inform clin­i­cal diag­nos­tics and treatments.
8) August: Cog­niFit secures $5m from Milk Capital.
9) Sep­tem­ber: The Paul Well­stone and Pete Domeni­ci Men­tal Health Par­i­ty and Addic­tion Equi­ty Act of 2008 is signed into law.
10) Octo­ber: All­state launch­es a large-scale research project to mea­sure the impact of Posit Sci­ence InSight on dri­ver safe­ty for adults aged 50–75.

Con­text: The mar­ket for soft­ware appli­ca­tions that can help assess and enhance cog­ni­tive func­tions (Cog­ni­tive Fit­ness) is rapid­ly grow­ing, as out­lined in SharpBrains’ report The State of the Brain Fit­ness Soft­ware Mar­ket 2008 (see Mar­ket Report). Pub­lished in March of this year, the report esti­mates that Brain Fit­ness mar­ket rev­enues grew from $100m in 2005 to $225m in 2007, in the US alone. Impor­tant devel­op­ments dur­ing 2008 under­score the sol­id fun­da­men­tals for the con­tin­ued growth of this cat­e­go­ry: pub­lic pol­i­cy ini­tia­tives, wide scale cog­ni­tive assess­ments, mul­ti­ple ven­ture cap­i­tal invest­ments, major ini­tia­tives by insur­ance com­pa­nies, and new pub­lished research. Sharp­Brains fore­casts the mar­ket to grow above $2b by 2015.

When: Thurs­day Decem­ber 11th, 2008, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm Pacif­ic Time. The same webi­nar will be repeat­ed on Thurs­day Decem­ber 18th, from 9:00 to 10:00 am Pacif­ic Time.

Fees: This webi­nar costs $350: you can click HERE to pur­chase and reg­is­ter. Free for SharpBrains’ con­trib­u­tors, Pre­mi­um Research Cir­cle mem­bers, and reporters.

Notes: Instruc­tions for select­ing the date (Decem­ber 11th or 18th) and access­ing the Webi­nar will be emailed to you one busi­ness day after you reg­is­ter below. Your reg­is­tra­tion is for 1 com­put­er and 1 indi­vid­ual only. Pow­er­Point slides will be shared with par­tic­i­pants one busi­ness day after the event.

Reg­is­ter for this Event
Click HERE for pur­chase and reg­is­tra­tion. $350.


  1. Barbara Pilgram on December 3, 2008 at 8:06

    Good morn­ing Alvaro,
    I would like to attend your upcom­ing webi­nar. Would you kind­ly advise whether my involve­ment on behalf of Erick­son in your “Spe­cial Issues Brief in Brain Fit­ness” might qual­i­ty me as a Sharp­Brains con­tribute and, thus, exempt me from the $350 reg­is­tra­tion fee.
    Many thanks.
    Bar­bara Pilgram

  2. Dr. Sherrill Sellman on December 3, 2008 at 10:29

    As a senior edi­tor for a nation­al pub­li­ca­tion, Total­Health Mag­a­zine, as well as an own­er of a Sharp­er Brain pro­gram and avid Brain inves­ti­ga­tor, I would like to request admis­sion to the upcom­ing webinar.

  3. Pamilla Albonni on December 3, 2008 at 10:27

    I am a for­mer teacher and sev­er on the Advi­so­ry com­mit­tee for a large school dis­trict. My degree is in behav­ioral sci­ence and I am very inter­est­ed in learn­ing more as this may be some­thing that can be uti­lized in imple­mentd in schools nation­wide. May I attend at not cost?

  4. Larry on December 5, 2008 at 10:55

    Hi Alvaro

    See you on the 11th.


    Lar­ry McCleary

  5. Alvaro Fernandez on December 12, 2008 at 1:31

    Bar­bara, Sher­rill, Pamil­la, I will con­tact you by email. Regards

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