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2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit


Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Friday, September 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

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The 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, set for September 19-20, 2013, will feature over 30 of the world’s top scientists, innovators and decision-makers addressing the central theme of “How Neuroscience-based Innovation Can Enhance Behavioral and Brain Health.”

The two-day Summit Agenda includes eight sessions chaired by some of the world’s most accomplished and inspiring young leaders under the age of 40, recognized as Young Global Leaders (YGL) by the World Economic Forum.

Summit's Steering Group

 Alvaro Fernandez

Alvaro Fernandez, CEO of SharpBrains (YGL Class of 2012)

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez is the CEO of Sharp­Brains, a lead­ing inde­pen­dent mar­ket research and think tank track­ing health and pro­duc­tiv­ity appli­ca­tions of neu­ro­science. He has been quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Jour­nal, CNN, Reuters, and Asso­ci­ated Press, among oth­ers. Mr. Fer­nan­dez is the editor-in-chief of the new mar­ket report “The Dig­i­tal Brain Health Mar­ket 2012–2020: Web-based, mobile and biometrics-based tech­nol­ogy to assess, mon­i­tor and enhance cog­ni­tion and brain func­tion­ing,” and the co-author of “The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness,” rec­og­nized as a “Best Book” by AARP. He started his career at McKinsey & Co, and led the launch and turn-around of several education-related start-ups. Alvaro has an MBA and MA in Edu­ca­tion from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, and a BA in Economics from Universidad de Deusto.
Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee, VP of Emerging Business at Aetna (YGL Class of 2011)

Andrew Lee is Vice-President at Aetna, where he is Head of Hospitalist Solutions, a new, non-insurance business launched in 2011 to improve the way acute care is delivered in US hospitals. Prior positions at Aetna include Chief-of-Staff to the President and Head of Aetna's Office of Public Policy. Before joining Aetna in 2005, Lee was Executive Director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. From 1996 to 1998, he worked at the Ford Foundation. Lee is a Trustee of the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. He also serves on other boards in the fields of philanthropy, indigenous affairs, healthcare, applied research, the arts, athletics and youth leadership. Lee is co-author of The State of the Native Nations. He holds an AB from Hamilton College and a MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.

Corinna E. Lathan, Founder and CEO, AnthroTronix (YGL Class of 2006)

Dr. Corinna Lathan co-founded AnthroTronix and is currently Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Lathan's diverse background includes extensive research, teaching, and consulting in the areas of human performance engineering, medical device design, and assistive technology.  Her work with children with disabilities and robotics has been featured in Forbes, Time, and the New Yorker magazines as well as led to such distinctions as Maryland's  "Top Innovator of the Year," MIT Technology Review Magazine's "Top 100 World Innovators,” and one of Fast Company Magazines “Most Creative People in Business.” She has also been named a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is currently on their Global Agenda Council for Robotics and Smart devices. She is actively involved in educational outreach programs that empower women and minorities in science and technology.
Hilal Ahmed Lashuel

Hilal Lashuel, Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University (YGL Class of 2012)

Hilal Ahmed Lashuel was born in Taiz, Republic of Yemen. He received his BSc degree in chemistry from the City University of New York in 1994 and completed his doctoral studies in biological chemistry at Texas A&M University and the Scripps Research Institute in 2000. In 2001, he moved to Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women's Hospital. In 2005, Lashuel moved Switzerland to join the Brain Mind Institute at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, where he is now Associate Professor of Life Sciences and Director of the Laboratory of Molecular and Chemical Biology of Neurodegeneration. His research has resulted in the identification of potential therapeutic targets and new hypotheses concerning the mechanisms of pathogenesis in Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and related disorders. Lashuel is a co-founder and Secretary-General of the Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology in the Arab World (SASTA).
Jayne Plunkett

Jayne Plunkett, Head of Casualty Reinsurance at Swiss Re (YGL Class of 2010)

Jayne Plunkett is a Member of the Group Management Board and Division Head of Casualty Underwriting for Swiss Reinsurance worldwide. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, she is responsible for all Casualty reinsurance business written worldwide. Plunkett has worked over 20 years in the insurance and reinsurance industries, holding various technical and management roles at Swiss Re as well as previous employers. Plunkett received a BA in Actuarial Science from Drake University. She is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. She serves on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for Oceans.

Olivier Oullier, Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at France’s Aix-Marseille University (YGL Class of 2011)

Olivier Oullier, Ph.D, is a full professor of behavioral and brain sciences at Aix-Marseille University (France), a research associate at the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and GREQAM. His research at the Cognitive Psychology Lab (UMR 7920) focuses on social coordination dynamics, contagion and neuroeconomics. He heads the “Neuroscience and public policy” program, a unique initiative in charge of evaluating the benefits of insights from psychology, behavioral economics, complex systems and neuroscience in designing more efficient strategies to improve people’s health and well-being. In 2011, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader and the vice-chair of its Global Agenda Council on Neuroscience and Behavior. He works as a strategists for governments, NGOs and corporations.

Tan Le, CEO, Emotiv Lifesciences (YGL Class of 2009)

Tan Le is a technology entrepreneur, business executive and sought-after speaker. She is founder and CEO of Emotiv Lifesciences, a bioinformatics company that advances understanding of the human brain and identifies biomarkers for mental and other neurological conditions using electroencephalography (EEG). She is pursuing the dream of performing inexpensive and widespread brain function screening to catch early signs of autism, epilepsy, learning disabilities, ADHD, and other conditions. Tan has received many awards and appeared in innumerable ‘Who’s Who in Australia’ lists; she was named among Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010 and Forbes‘ 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011. In 2009, she was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader since 2009, and in 2011, she was recognized with the AutoVision Innovations Award and honored as a Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the Summit take place? Over the Internet. You can participate from any location - you just need a computer with Internet connection. All live sessions will take place between 8am and 5pm US Pacific Time.

Who should attend? Inno­va­tors, decision-makers, researchers, and prac­ti­tion­ers in tech­nol­ogy, consumer/ behavioral/ occupational/ men­tal health, gam­ing, life/ health insur­ance, human resources, dig­i­tal health­care, senior ser­vices, cog­ni­tive and affec­tive neu­ro­science. This is by design a cross-sector, innovation-oriented con­fer­ence.

What is a “vir­tual con­fer­ence”? The Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit is just like a phys­i­cal con­fer­ence — we gather in a forum to hear dozens of speak­ers present and dis­cuss lat­est infor­ma­tion, to con­nect with each other, to explore oppor­tu­ni­ties and part­ner­ships, to dis­cover new tools pre­sented by spon­sors and exhibitors. How­ever, rather than hav­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple spend sig­nif­i­cant time and money trav­el­ling to a con­fer­ence, the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit trav­els to you. Thanks to a participant-only web­site, you access each pre­sen­ta­tion either by join­ing the live web­cast or by access­ing a record­ing after the pre­sen­ta­tion. Par­tic­i­pants are able to dis­cuss and con­nect with speak­ers and par­tic­i­pants, before, dur­ing, and after, the con­fer­ence.

Why are there only 350 tickets available? To ensure that every participant gets the opportunity to ask good questions and to interact with Speakers and with other participants. The moderated Q&A sessions are often one of the highlights of the event. The virtual "watercooler" is another one.

I can­not par­tic­i­pate live in all sessions.  Will they be recorded? All ses­sions will be recorded and avail­able at no extra cost to participants for six months after the Summit.

Do you offer CEUs/ CMEs?We don't. We do offer a Certificate of Attendance to those who request it.

What Participants Said about the 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

This is what a num­ber of speak­ers and par­tic­i­pants said after last year's Summit: 

“The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit is a rare vehi­cle for get­ting mul­ti­ple expert per­spec­tives on cur­rent devel­op­ments in improv­ing brain func­tion in a con­cise and clear way. The Sum­mit is a valu­able resource for both experts and non-experts.”  - Dr. Michael Pos­ner, Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus, Uni­ver­sity of Oregon
“The 2012 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit was fan­tas­tic– it is clear that we are mov­ing into a new phase in study­ing human per­for­mance using big data. Our bod­ies are out­liv­ing our brains– what we need most now is evidence-driven design to develop appli­ca­tions to help our brains remain as strong as our bod­ies! Fan­tas­tic con­fer­ence, can’t wait for next year!” — Sheryl Flynn PT, PhD, CEO, Blue Mar­ble Games
“An impres­sive vir­tual con­vo­ca­tion of lead­ing sci­en­tists and devel­op­ers and adopters of cog­ni­tive enhance­ment tech­nol­ogy; it would be hard to match in a sin­gle phys­i­cal space.” — Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psychology-Neuropsychology, UCLA Semel Insti­tute for Neuroscience
“This was a sem­i­nal event, full of won­der­ful insights and remark­able ini­tia­tives, at a time when the brain is going main­stream.”- Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man, Brain Resource
“A very time-efficient man­ner to get a state of the art update on the lat­est inno­va­tions in assess­ing and pro­mot­ing brain health, and from the com­fort of your own office.” — Dr. Keith Wesnes, Prac­tice Leader, Bracket/ United BioSource Corporation
“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
“The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit is unique in its impres­sive abil­ity to unite a diverse col­lec­tion of cutting-edge thinkers in a “vir­tual” con­fer­ence that is shared glob­ally with­out a hitch. I am delighted and hon­ored to have been able to par­tic­i­pate in this Sum­mit since its incep­tion.” - Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter at UCSF
“The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit pro­vides com­mon ground for prac­ti­tion­ers, sci­en­tists and indus­try lead­ers to work towards the com­mon goal of dri­ving brain health and fit­ness for­ward with a thought­ful, ana­lyt­i­cal and prac­ti­cal approach.   The vir­tual rela­tion­ships you can form through this con­fer­ence are price­less.” - Kate Sul­li­van, Direc­tor of the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter at Wal­ter Reed National Mil­i­tary Med­ical Center
“The 2012 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit proved to be a highly reward­ing, enjoy­able and extremely use­ful expe­ri­ence. The hands-on information-rich work­shops are help­ing take our cur­rent efforts to the next level” — Josep M Tor­mos, Research Coor­di­na­tor, Insti­tut Guttmann
“The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit brings together lead­ers in all rel­e­vant cog­ni­tive fields from busi­ness to aca­d­e­mic com­mu­ni­ties, as well as pro­vid­ing a forum to address the evo­lu­tion of this emerg­ing indus­try. Alvaro and his team delve into a vari­ety of top­ics — both on macro and niche lev­els, mak­ing the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit the per­fect forum for dis­cov­ery and idea exchange “- Stan­ley Yang, CEO, NeuroSky
“I can­not rec­om­mend the Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit highly enough. It’s a fan­tas­tic forum for knowl­edge shar­ing in the com­plex area of brain health pro­vid­ing access and dis­cus­sion with world lead­ers in the field. I found the vir­tual for­mat actu­ally enhanced the learn­ing expe­ri­ence and the short ses­sions focused the con­tent in an engag­ing way which is often lack­ing in other tra­di­tional con­fer­ence set­tings” — David Coleiro, Part­ner, Strate­gic North
“Great exam­ple of how bring­ing sci­en­tific lead­ers and inno­va­tors together can spur thought­ful dis­cus­sion about our most vital organ – the brain. Brain sci­ence is a rapidly chang­ing field with expan­sion and devel­op­ments hap­pen­ing in small pock­ets around the world. The vir­tual sum­mit facil­i­tates the esca­la­tion of pub­lic atten­tion on brain health and informs trans­la­tion of sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery into imple­men­ta­tion.” - Dr. San­dra Bond Chap­man, Direc­tor, Cen­ter for Brain­Health at The Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Dallas
“The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit is a great gath­er­ing place for the ‘inside edi­tion’ of what is hap­pen­ing at the neuroscience/consumer inter­face.”  - Joan Par­sons, CEO, start-up
“Com­ing from far-off New Zealand, the Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit was enlight­en­ing, excit­ing, inter­ac­tive, acces­si­ble, and left me feel­ing much less iso­la­tion in my mem­ory clinic work here. I am already dis­cussing with sev­eral par­tic­i­pants how to bring this knowl­edge to our respec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.” — Dr. Alli­son Lam­ont, Direc­tor, Christchurch Mem­ory Clinic
“The sum­mit is a great place to learn about the lat­est devel­op­ments in tech­nol­ogy for cog­ni­tive and brain health and well­ness. Plus the water cooler chats are a very effi­cient way to con­nect with other peo­ple in the field lead­ing to some very impor­tant local, national and inter­na­tional oppor­tu­ni­ties.” — Sher­rie All, PhD, Mather LifeWays
“The Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit is the sin­gle global point of con­tact for cog­ni­tive health inno­va­tors, high­light­ing the state-of-the-art themes in tech­nol­ogy, research and con­sumer demand.” - Jaan Tul­viste, CEO, Cognuse
“Great com­bi­na­tion of emerg­ing research with real life case stud­ies. It puts us sev­eral years ahead of what appears in more pop­u­lar pub­li­ca­tion sources and con­fer­ences.” - Steve Zanon, Founder, Proac­tive Ageing
“There is per­haps no bet­ter oppor­tu­nity to expand one’s mind on how to address brain-based chal­lenges that impact our com­mu­ni­ties than to attend a Sharp­Brains Sum­mit.” — Dr. Peter White­house, Pro­fes­sor, Case West­ern Reserve University
“A vir­tual for­mat is the best way to go …no travel no worry and no hurry.  The Sharp­Brains team has done another fan­tas­tic job, pro­duc­ing the best brain con­fer­ence avail­able today.” — Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD, Pres­i­dent, Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation
“This sum­mit is a MUST for all those work­ing in the cognitive/brain health field — lat­est research and cur­rent appli­ca­tions make this con­fer­ence HIGHLY rel­e­vant! Amaz­ing speak­ers, and with­out any time spent on travel.” — Patty Gould, Cen­ter Direc­tor, LearningRx
“The Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit was a amaz­ing oppor­tu­nity to con­nect with and learn from other pro­fes­sion­als to help bridge the gap between the emerg­ing sci­ence of neu­ro­plas­tic­ity and how in prac­tice we develop young brains and minds” — San­dra Heusel, Eaton Arrow­smith School
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Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Friday, September 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

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SharpBrains is an independent market research firm tracking health and well-being applications of brain science. We maintain a state-of-the-market report,  produce an annual virtual conference, publish a book for the general public, and provide advisory services. is one of the most popular brain blogs with 100,000+ monthly readers and 45,000+ eNewsletter subscribers. 

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