September 6, 2017
For centuries it was believed that our brain, compared with other organs, was fixed and unregenerative — unable to recover mental abilities lost due to damage or disease. Dr. Norman Doidge explains the brain’s highly dynamic capacities, presents real life examples of individuals whose lives have been transformed through neuroplasticity-based treatments, and shares practical advice for practitioners including the five stages of neuroplastic healing.
Dr. Adam Gazzaley is a Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at UC San Francisco, the founding Director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center, and Director of the Gazzaley Lab, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory. The Gazzaley Lab studies neural mechanisms of perception, attention and memory, with an emphasis on the impact of distraction and multitasking on these abilities. A major accomplishment of his research has been to expand our understanding of alterations in the aging brain that lead to cognitive decline. His most recent studies explore neuroplasticity and how we can optimize our cognitive abilities via engagement with custom-designed video games, and how this can be bolstered by closed loop systems using neurofeedback and TES.
Dr. Gazzaley is co-founder and chief science advisor of Akili Interactive Labs, a company developing therapeutic video games, and serves as scientific advisor for more than a dozen technology companies. Dr. Gazzaley has filed multiple patents based on his research, authored over 110 scientific articles and delivered more than 425 invited presentations around the world.
Dr. Gazzaley obtained an MD and a PhD in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, completed clinical residency in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley.
Alvaro Fernandez, named a Young Global Leader, runs SharpBrains, an independent market research firm tracking applied neuroscience. A recognized public speaker, he has been quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Reuters, and Associated Press, among others. Alvaro is the Editor-in-chief of seminal market reports on Pervasive Neurotechnology and Digital Brain Health, and co-author of the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness.
September 7, 2017
The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the nation’s leading political voice on mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. The son of Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, he decided to leave Congress not long after his father’s death to devote his career to advocacy for brain diseases and to create a new, healthier life and start a family. He has since founded The Kennedy Forum, which unites the community of mental health, and co-founded One Mind for Research, a global leader in open science collaboration in brain research. Kennedy is also the co-author of “A Common Struggle”, which outlines a bold plan for the future of mental health in America.
John H. Cammack is Managing Partner of Cammack Associates, which specializes in early stage investing in enterprises advancing brain fitness and educational attainment. John is currently on the boards of: CureViolence.org, ABAG (Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers), Baltimore Corps (Chair), Venture for America (Baltimore Chair), Betamore Advisory Board (Chair), Citelighter and Calvert Education Services. Past roles include Chairmanships of the United Way of Central Maryland, the Mutual Fund Education Alliance, and board assignments with the Foundation for Financial Planning and CFP Board of Standards.
From 1991 to 2009, John was a senior executive at T. Rowe Price where he served as Division Head and member of firm’s Operating Steering Committee, Institutional Marketing Steering Committee, Compliance Oversight Committee and T. Rowe Price Investment Services Board.
John is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Denison University with a BA in History and received his MBA from Columbia University.
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair and author of Make Your Brain Smarter, is committed to maximizing cognitive potential across the entire lifespan. As a cognitive neuroscientist with more than 40 funded research grants and more than 175 publications, Dr. Chapman's scientific study elucidates and applies novel approaches to advance creative and critical thinking, strengthen healthy brain development, and incite innovation throughout life.
Dr. Chapman collaborates with scientists across the country and around the world to solve some of the most important issues concerning the brain and its health. On the frontier of brain research, her scientific study melds interdisciplinary expertise to better understand how to evaluate and achieve optimal brain performance through preserving frontal lobe function, the area of the brain responsible for reasoning, planning, decision-making and judgment. Dr. Chapman coined the term "brainomics" to define the high economic cost of poor brain performance, and she sees the brain as the most significant path to raise the standard of living globally. Dr. Chapman is actively studying and discovering informative pathways to improve brain function and cognitive performance in health, injury and disease; identifying novel non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment approaches, and testing the effect of brain training to exploit brain potential.