Archive for October, 2017

Are you familiar with these research findings and neurotechnologies revolutionizing Brain & Mental Health?

Try adding 3 and 8 in your head.

That was easy. Now, trying adding 33 and 88. That was probably more difficult. Finally, try adding 333 and 888.

Time for SharpBrains’ October e-newsletter, this time discussing a range of research findings and technologies revolutionizing brain and mental health.

New thinking about cognition, brain and mind:

Emerging toolkit for brain health & enhancement:

News about the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th):

And finally, a couple of fun brain teasers to start the week of the right foot:

 

Have a great month of November!

The SharpBrains Team

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Reminder: Final days to submit pitches to the Brainnovations Pitch Contest!

This is the Brainnovations Judging Panel…our very own “Sharp Tank”!

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Just a quick reminder that the Brainnovations Pitch Contest is accepting submissions until October 31st, 11 PM US Pacific Standard Time. We are looking for startups worldwide, founded no earlier than 2012, for-profit or non-profit, working on ways to harness brain research and emerging technologies to help every human being thrive in the digital age.

Startups: Please submit your idea and pitch your solution in front of our expert Judges and 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit participants for a chance to get valuable feedback, boost industry recognition, meet like-minded pioneers and win a prize package that could give a boost to your venture and solution.

GUIDELINES, FAQS AND SUBMISSION FORM HERE

We look forward to a fantastic Pitch Contest and Summit overall!

12 Finalists will get to pitch on December 6th, and the Sharp Tank will select a Winner per category, facilitated by Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains‘ CEO & Editor-in-Chief, and Dr. Bob Bilder, Director of the UCLA Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity.

Top Brainnovations in Healthcare will be judged by:

  • 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. David Barash, Chief Medical Officer and ED of Global Health at GE Foundation
  • Dr. Edward Kliphuis, Investment Director at Merck Ventures
  • Dr. Karen Postal, President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN)

Top Brainnovations in the Workplace will be judged by:

  • Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at Bridge Builders Collaborative
  • Danny Dankner, CEO and Co-founder of Applied Cognitive Engineering
  • Lisa Neuberger, Managing Director of Strategy + Innovation at Accenture Corporate Citizenship
  • Kathleen Herath, Associate Vice President Health & Productivity at Nationwide Insurance

Top Brainnovations in Education will be judged by:

  • Bill Tucker, Senior Advisor to the K12 Education Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Eduardo Briceño, CEO and Co-founder of Mindset Works
  • Neil Allison, Director of Business Model Innovation at Pearson North America
  • John Cammack, Angel Investor

Top Brainnovations for Quality of Life will be judged by:

  • Alexandra Morehouse, Chief Marketing Officer at Banner Health
  • Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evangelism Officer at InteraXon
  • Dr. Bill Reichman, President and CEO of Baycrest
  • Colin Milner, Founder and CEO of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
  • Zack Lynch, General Partner at JAZZ Venture Partners

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Meet 40 Experts and Innovators shaping Brain Health & Enhancement on December 5-7th, at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

We are proud to announce these 40 confirmed Summit Speakers, Chairs and Judges at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit on December 5-7th. What an incredible brain trust shaping the future of brain health and enhancement!

Here are just a few:

Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Professor of Neurology and Founding Director of Neuroscape at UCSF

Dr. Gazzaley is a faculty member in the Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry departments, and Director of a cognitive neuroscience laboratory conducting research on the neural mechanisms of attention and memory. Dr. Gazzaley is also co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive Labs, a company developing therapeutic video games, and co-founder and Chief Scientist of JAZZ Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in experiential technology to improve human performance.

Dr. Adam Haim, Chief of the Clinical Trials Operations and
Biostatistics Branch at the NIMH

Dr. Haim oversees the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Both programs help small businesses fund R&D with strong potential for technology commercialization, and a significant portion of their current grant portfolio is focused on the development and evaluation of mHealth interventions and digital health technology.

Alexandra Morehouse

Alexandra Morehouse, CMO of Banner Health

Alexandra M. Morehouse is Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for Banner Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems. Prior to Banner Health, she was the Vice President of Brand Management at Kaiser Permanente, and CMO of AAA. She has served on the boards of the Harvard Business School Community Partners, SnapFish, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC Dance, and UC Davis.

Dr. Alison Fenney, Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO)

Dr. Fenney runs the Neurotechnology Industry Organization, a global trade association representing companies involved in neuroscience, brain research institutes and patient advocacy groups. Prior to NIO, Alison was Manager of Industry Relations at the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) in Canada, and also worked in Equity Research at Bloom Burton & Co.

Álvaro Fernández, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of SharpBrains

Álvaro Fernández, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Human Enhancement, runs SharpBrains, an independent market research firm tracking health and performance applications of brain science. Mr. Fernandez is the co-author of “The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age”, and the Editor-in-chief of SharpBrains’ market report on Pervasive Neurotechnology.

 

For more, here you can Meet 40 Experts and Innovators at the frontier of Brain Health & Enhancement.

 

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Last 24 Hours to Register at Early-bird Discounted Rates @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th)

Dear colleague,

There are just 24 hours left to register for the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit at early-bird discounted rates — fyi, we just crossed 100 registrants, in 11 countries!

You can learn more and register HERE. Early-bird rates expire tomorrow Friday, October 6th, at noon US Pacific Time.

Also, a few great additions to the already world-class Speaking Roster:

  • Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Professor of Neurology and Founding Director of Neuroscape at UCSF (confirmed)
  • Dr. Alison Fenney, Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO) (confirmed)
  • Belén Guerra-CarrilloNSF Fellow and graduate student researcher at University of Califonia, Berkeley (confirmed)
  • Dr. Carlos Peña, Director of the Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices Division at the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) (in process)
  • Kate Sullivan,  Director of the Brain Fitness Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (in process)
  • Nancy Briefs, President and CEO of Digital Cognition Technologies (confirmed)
  • Nikhil Sriraman, IP Analyst at SharpBrains (confirmed)
  • Dr. Olivier Oullier, Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Aix-Marseille University (confirmed)
  • Pooja Wagh, Director of the Health Community at MIT Solve (confirmed)

 

They will join an incredible ecosystem for innovation encompassing industry, tech, research, policy and practice.

Summit Sponsors include: AARP, VieLight, The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF), the Arrowsmith Program, Banner Health, EMOTIV, and Lumosity.

Summit Partners include: Aging 2.0, BrainFutures, the Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO), MIT Solve, the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI), Neuroscape, NeuroTechX, the Center for BrainHealth at UT-Dallas, and the National Core for Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

— Judging Panel for the Brainnovations Pitch Contest

And please remember that the Summit will host a Brainnovations Pitch Contest — the Call for Submissions is open until October 31st, 11 PM US Pacific Standard Time.

“We are honored to count on such a distinguished ‘Sharp Tank’ to discuss and select the most promising startups in the digital health and neurotech space,” says Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains‘ CEO & Editor-in-Chief, who will co-facilitate the contest with Dr. Bob Bilder, Director of the UCLA Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity.

Looking forward to a great event — please consider joining us!

The SharpBrains Team

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