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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

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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

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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Learn more & Reserve your Spot HERE

(10%-off promo code for SharpBrains readers: sharp2017)

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The landscape of digital brain health & enhancement: 177 experts and pioneers in 23 countries (and counting)

Registrants for the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th) as of November 23rd, 2017

Quick update on how registration stands for the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th) — THANK YOU to everyone who has registered already 🙂

We are pleased to report that so far 177 experts, pioneers and practitioners are registered to participate. 130 seem to be based in the US and 47 abroad (based on IP address during registration), with the following country breakdown: 

  • United States 130
  • Australia 7
  • Canada 7
  • Israel 5
  • United Kingdom 5
  • France 3
  • Italy 2
  • Norway 2
  • Spain 2
  • Sweden 1
  • Portugal 1
  • Singapore 1
  • Taiwan 1
  • South Korea 1
  • Japan 1
  • Estonia 1
  • India 1
  • Ireland 1
  • Brazil 1
  • Argentina 1
  • United Arab Emirates 1
  • South Africa 1
  • Brunei  1

 

 

THANK YOU also to the 14 just confirmed excellent additions to the stellar Speaker Roster.

As director of the Infancy Studies Laboratory at the Rutgers Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience,  Dr. April Benasich’s research focuses on brain development in infancy and early childhood, specifically the neural processes necessary for normal language and cognitive development. She uses a mix of cutting-edge technologies, including measurement of auditory evoked brain potentials (EEG/ERPs) and naturally sleeping MRI/fMRI, that add converging noninvasive physiological measures to her lab’s extensive behavioral battery.

Dr. Olivier Oullier, just appointed as the new President of EMOTIV, is a neuroscientist, strategist, and contributor to Fortune Magazine, He is the former Head of Strategy in Global Health and Healthcare and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum, where he was in charge of an international project on value-based care involving more than 50 global companies and organizations. Olivier is a Full Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Aix-Marseille University and taught at the Universities of Oxford and Geneva’s executive education programs.

And, pitching the latest thinking and solutions for brain health and performance, during the Brainnovations Pitch Contest we will see:

Dr. Albert Kwon, Co-Founder & CEO of AUGMENTx

Dr. Amy Serin, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer at The Touchpoint Solution

Bill Wisialowski, COO of NeuraMetrix

David Klein, Co-Founder & CEO of Click Therapeutics

Greg Wong, VP Product Management at Savonix

Ignacio de Ramon, Co-Founder & CEO of Sincrolab

Jafar Sabbah, Founder & CEO of Beam Riders

Martina Ratto, Cognitive Scientist at MyCognition

Paul Lefrere, Innovation Lead at WEKIT — Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training

Ruth Poliakine Baruchi, Founder & CEO of MyndYou

Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, President & Chief Scientific Officer of HealthTech Connex

Tara Thiagarajan, Founder and Chief Scientist at Sapien Labs

 

Looking forward to a great conference!

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Please join us to explore the latest brain science, tech tools and market trends, and to help shape Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age.

Learn more & Reserve your Spot HERE

(10%-off promo code for SharpBrains readers: sharp2017)

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The future (of Brain Health & Enhancement) is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed

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The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed” — William Gibson

Last week we asked the question, Have you ever used–for yourself or for others–technologies or products that you think would fall into the category of brain enhancement? a) If Yes, what did you use and what lessons learned can you share? b) If No, what issues would you like to see addressed before considering doing so?

Thank you everyone for your great answers and comments!

They are very valuable in helping us finalize the agenda of the the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th).

As a token of appreciation, we are issuing 4 complimentary Summit passes for Eva, A. Mark, Kitt and Gwyneth to join the Summit and add their perspectives and questions to the mix, based on these insightful answers (lightly edited for clarity). Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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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Neuroplasticity: Past, Present and Future

— One of Ramón y Cajal’s iconic images, showing a Purkinje neuron with its treelike structure

The Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis hosts a wonderful temporary exhibit highlighting the medical illustrations of neuroplasticity pioneer Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Titled The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, it will remain open until May 21st, 2017.

Who was Ramón y Cajal? Why does his research on neuroscience and neuroplasticity matter? Keep reading article over at The Creativity Post.

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Book discount to honor Mental Health Awareness Month

LarryKing_TheSharpBrainsGuideMay is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we would like to contribute to worldwide educational efforts.

We are offering the Kindle edition of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness at an 80% discount, from today until May 31st. If you still don’t have your copy, or know of someone else who would enjoy the book, please take a minute or two to learn more…

Wishing lifelong Brain and Mental Health to everyone,

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