Archive for December, 2017

Top 10 moments from the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit


What a rich and diverse 3-day conversation on the future of brain health and brain enhancement among 50+ Speakers and 200+ participants in 24 countries.

From the dozens of fascinating insights and moments, here are some our favorites:

(Note: slidedecks are now freely available; session recordings require registration and login credentials)

1. That masterful 40-minute overview by Dr. Tom Insel on the past, present and future of mental health (view slidedeck Here)

2. Discussing with Akili’s Eddie Martucci the FDA implications from the significant research findings released just the day before (view slidedeck Here)

3. Exploring the revolution in brain health assessments (view slidedeck Here), as covered in the article Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health at WebMD

4. Discovering the latest in EEG, virtual reality/ augmented reality, and photobiomodulation with experts at UCSF, Emotiv, Stanford, AUGMENTx ad VieLight ((view main slidedeck Here)

5. Previewing why Lumosity is getting into Mindfulness (view slidedeck Here; final presentation)

6. Considering the ethics of different methods of cognitive enhancement, including the growing use of consumer-driven brain stimulation (view slidedeck Here)

7. Learning about the largest new Randomized Controlled Trial on the impact of lifestyle factors such as exercise and nutrition on healthy brain aging (view slidedeck Here)

8. Discussing the upbeat findings about education and cognitive training from a just-published study involving 200,000+ people! (view slidedeck Here)

– Judging Panel for the Brainnovations Pitch Contest

9. Exploring the next 80 years of brain enhancement and Human Computer Interfaces with neuroengineer Randal Koene (view slidedeck for all pm sessions Here)

10. Hearing the great questions and feedback by Judges during the Brainnovations pitch contests to measure brain health and to improve it, to harness Big Data, to boost workplace productivity and resilience (view slidedecks HereHereHere and Here)


In summary, Brain Health and Mental Health will look very different in 2020 than they do today. And not a minute too soon, since the needs and the gaps are so large.

Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy and Prosperous 2018  to you and to your family at home and at work,

Alvaro Fernandez on behalf of the SharpBrains Team


PS1: Summit Participants already have full access to all recordings clicking above or HERE (one-year access to 50+ Speakers, 15+ Hours), using same log-in credentials provided during the Summit.

PS2: If you didn’t participate in the Summit but want access all recordings, they are available for purchase HERE ($150; 10%-off discount-code: sharp2018)


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Congratulations to Brainnovations Winners: NeuraMetrix, AUGMENTx, Sapien Labs, and The Touchpoint Solution

Proud to announce the Winners of the Brainnovations Pitch Contest that took place during the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit last week. What a fascinating discussion and learning experience for everyone involved, already resulting in great media coverage such as Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health (WebMD)!

Please join us in celebrating their work so far and in wishing them all the best forward!

Winner — Top Brainnovation to measure Brain Health & Performance

NeuraMetrix: “NeuraMetrix measures brain health using a digital bio-marker based on consistency of typing cadence. It is passive, independent of language, culture and education and does not require tests or special equipment, sensors, gross motor skills or physician interaction.”

Winner — Top Brainnovation to improve Brain Health & Performance

AUGMENTx: “AUGMENTx’s augmented reality enabled neuromodulatory rehabilitation therapy aims to accelerate neurological recovery from stroke and traumatic limb amputations. The team’s vision is to make the therapy available to all stroke and limb amputation patients around the world at an affordable cost.”

Winner –Top Brainnovation harnessing Big Data

Sapien Labs: “Sapien Labs is a non profit that seeks to accelerate solutions for brain health by building the largest globally representative open access database and research platform for human EEG with stringent data standards to enable large scale analysis of the human brain.”

Winner — Top Brainnovation to boost Workplace Productivity & Resilience

The Touchpoint Solution: “What if you could lower stress by 71% in 30 seconds anytime, anywhere? Cost-effective, non-invasive TouchPoints neuroscience wearables represent next-gen life enhancement…improve focus, performance, calm, sensory integration, and onset of sleep with BLAST technology and live your best life.”

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



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Thank you, Summit Sponsors @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, for helping shape Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age!

Thank you very much, great Summit Sponsors, for supporting the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit taking place next week (Dec. 5-7th) and gathering 50+ Speakers and 200+ participants to working on ways to enhance brain health and performance in the digital age!

Gold Sponsors

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families. Its Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), founded in collaboration with Age UK, is an independent collaborative created to provide trusted information on how to maintain and improve brain health.brain

VieLight has a mission to engineer and commercialize non-invasive devices based on photobiomodulation that are safe and effective, easy to use and affordable – all to truly help improve one’s quality of life. It focuses on developing new-generation home-use brain stimulation devices that are enjoying a growing reputation to be helpful for mental acuity in various presentations. Its products are used by both practitioners and consumers all over the world.

Silver Sponsors


The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation(ARPF) has a mission to empower people to build healthy brains and reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease by conducting clinical research and providing educational and professional development outreach. For 20 years, the ARPF has been on the leading edge by researching, advocating, and educating for an integrative approach to preventing memory loss and Alzheimer’s.

Arrowsmith Program

The Arrowsmith Program, available in 80+ schools in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, is a comprehensive suite of cognitive programs for students with learning disabilities to train key brain functions involved in learning.

Banner Health, based in Phoenix, Arizona, is one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the USA, employing more than 50,000 staff members in 29 hospitals and other settings ranging from home care and long-term care, to laboratories and rehabilitation services.

EMOTIV is a bioinformatics company advancing understanding of the human brain using electroencephalography (EEG) with a mission to empower individuals and accelerate brain research globally.


Lumosity was founded to help people keep their brains challenged thanks to a simple online tool allowing anyone to train core cognitive abilities. From neuroscience to visual art, they combine diverse disciplines to create engaging brain training programs and, through the Human Cognition Project, they collaborate with over 100 leading researchers, clinicians and teachers from institutions around the world.

MindMaze has developed a breakthrough platform to build intuitive human machine interfaces combining virtual reality (VR), computer graphics, brain imaging & neuroscience, enabling exciting new applications in gaming, brain machine control, and healthcare.

During Expo Day–Thursday, December 7th–selected Summit Sponsors and Partners will showcase their most promising brain health & enhancement initiatives and solutions. All times below reflect US Pacific Time.

8.30-9am. Adam GazzaleyUCSF Professor of Neurology, will present Neuroscape.

9-9.30am. Dr. Walter Greenleaf, Medical VR/ AR Expert at Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab, will provide an overview of health applications of virtual & augmented reality (VR/AR).

9.30-10am. Dr. Lew Lim, Founder & CEO of Vielight, will discuss photobiomodulation as a new way to enhance brain function.

10.30-11am. Dr. Bob Schafer, Director of Research at Lumos Labs, will present their expanding vision for brain training, including mindfulness.

11am-Noon. Lunch break

Noon-12.30pm. Dr. Chris Walling, Chairman of the Educational Advisory Committee at
The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF), will present the new Brain Longevity Therapy Training.

12.30-1pm. Dr. Leanne Young, Executive Director of the Brain Performance Institute at UT-Dallas Center for BrainHealth will present the new 62,000-square-foot Brain Performance Institute.

1-1.30pm. Debbie Gilmore, Executive Director of The Arrowsmith Program, will present plans to better equip 100+ schools helping students with special needs.

1.30-2pm. Dr. Randal Koene, Lead Scientist at Kernel, will discuss future directions of neuroenginnering and human computer interfaces.


Looking forward to a great virtual summit!


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