So much of what is learned in brain science stays in science. It’s rare for practitioners and scientists to work in conjunction, translating the latest advances into programs to improve the lives of individuals. That’s what makes the Center unique.
The Brain: An Owner's Guide, the Center's annual sell-out public lecture series, delivers groundbreaking brain health research straight from renowned leaders in the field every Tuesday night in February. Join us for sips, bites and an illuminating evening.
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The Emy Lou & Jerry Baldridge Lecture
Imagining the Future of Brain Restoration
Geoffrey Ling, M.D., Ph.D.
Deputy Director of the Defense Sciences Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Dr. Ling, Deputy Director of the Defense Sciences Office for DARPA,will share how neuroscientists, engineers, and mathematicians are working together to create leading edge tools that measure and recreate dynamic brain activity. Learn how these latest advancements are creating therapeutic treatments that aim to restore function to the injured brain. In addition to his position at DARPA, Dr. Ling serves as an attending neurocritical care physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The J. Baxter Brinkmann Lecture
Sleep for Success! Everything You Wanted to Know About Sleep (But Were Too Tired to Ask)
James B. Maas, Ph.D.
CEO: Sleep for Success! & Sleep to Win!; Former Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Professor and Past Chairman of the Department of Psychology, Cornell University and faculty member Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar
To be a peak performer you need to be fully alert, dynamic, energetic, in a good mood, cognitively sharp and healthy. You must be able to concentrate, remember, make critical and creative decisions, communicate persuasively, and be productive all day long. None of this is possible without quality sleep. Furthermore, sleep deprivation is associated with hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, and has been proven to be the single most important determinant in predicting longevity. Dr. Maas' highly interactive and humor filled multi-media presentation explores the nature of sleep, addressing questions that range from the consequences of sleep deprivation and how to get better sleep to the latest in brain imaging and causes of the most common sleep disorders.
The The Greystone Foundation Lecture
The Optimism Bias
Tali Sharot, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences, University College London
Are humans more optimistic than realistic? Dr. Tali Sharot shares new research in neuroscience, psychology and behavioral economics that suggests healthy brains are more efficient at processing positive, rather than negative, information about the future—and how that can be both dangerous and beneficial.
The Amelia & Kyley Harvey Lecture
Addiction: Why the Brain Wants What it Wants
Francesca Filbey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Francesca Filbey, associate professor for the school of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, will share why some individuals are more vulnerable than others to having their brain “hijacked” by addiction. Her research explores genetic components, environmental factors, and neuroimaging data to determine who is most susceptible to addiction, identify biomarkers for addiction, and ultimately inform effective treatment solutions. Learn how substance abuse rewires reward pathways in the brain to override the body’s most basic survival instincts. Dr. Filbey is the lead addiction researcher at the Center for BrainHealth.