2020 The Brain: An Owner’s Guide, the Center’s popular February 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 four illuminating evenings!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Greystone Foundation Lecture

Music and the Brain – A Window into Creativity
Charles J. Limb, MD

Musical creativity has existed since the earliest days of human civilization. Until recently, how the brain actually produces musical ideas was poorly understood. Recent advances in brain imaging allow us to address questions of artistic significance that were previously felt to be inaccessible to scientific inquiry. Improvisation—the spontaneous generation of musical material—provides an inspiring tool to study the multiple creative processes that take place in music. This presentation will highlight several functional neuroimaging studies that examine the process of musical improvisation by expert jazz and hip hop musicians, as a window into the complex neural processes that give rise to creativity.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Linda and Joel Robuck Lecture

When to Eat to Sleep Better
Satchin Panda, PhD

Most people naturally wake up, get hungry throughout the day and fall asleep at generally consistent times. Indeed, coordination of circadian clocks underlies the daily rhythms in physiology, metabolism, behavior and sleep. When we consume a consistent daily caloric intake within a consistent window of 8-12 hours, there is an unexpected improvement in sleep. This observation is bringing new understanding that “when you eat” plays a role in whether or not you get a good night’s sleep. Dr. Panda’s findings have had a vast impact on public health, improving the mental and metabolic health of millions of people. He speaks to the role of sleep and eating—popularized as intermittent fasting—in helping prevent, manage and reverse metabolic diseases.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Caliber Home Loans Lecture

Unlocking human potential: Inside The BrainHealth Project™
Sandi Chapman, PhD
Ian Robertson, PhD
Geoff Ling, MD, PhD
Tom Leppert, MBA

Our brain health hasn’t kept up with our heart health, which has doubled the lifespan thanks to the fitness revolution. Our bodies are now outliving our brains by an average of 20 years, but neuroscience has revealed that the brain’s decline is not inevitable. Come Inside The BrainHealth Project™ and learn about the roadmap to empower people to become “citizen scientists” and unlock their own brain’s potential. See how far and fast you can make your brain a more athletic and fit version of itself.

Become part of the BrainHealth revolution by joining the The BrainHealth Project™ to achieve your best brain health and performance.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Janis and Roy Coffee Lecture

The Therapeutic Potential of Cannabis: Fact vs. Fiction
Igor Grant, MD

Recent advances in neurobiology are providing an improved basis for understanding the potential therapeutic role of cannabis and various natural and synthetic cannabinoids. This presentation will review the evidence for therapeutic efficacy of cannabis to better understand the facts. Since 2000, Dr. Grant has been Director of the State of California-funded Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR). The Center was funded following passage of California Prop 215, the “Compassionate Use Act” which envisioned providing patients under doctor supervision with access to medicinal cannabis when their medical condition warranted it. California established the CMCR to develop a knowledge base concerning cannabis. The Center completed seven short-term studies on medicinal cannabis in relation to neuropathic pain and muscle spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis.

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  • Auditorium ($60): View the speaker and presentation slides live. NO food or drink is allowed in the Auditorium.
  • Reception Hall ($50): View a live video feed of the speaker and presentation slides. Food and drink are allowed in the Reception Hall.

This course is offered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level, Related area)

Each lecture is worth .1 for a total up to .4 CEUs for the series

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