Colonel Dr. Geoffrey Ling will spearhead Center for BrainHealth’s latest initiative – to double human brain performance in the next 10 years. His high-profile accomplishments include assisting with the organization and launch of president Obama’s BRAIN Initiative and heading the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) research team that pioneered the first brain-controlled artificial limb for amputee victims.
Dr. Ling is an internationally recognized expert in brain health. In addition to his role in several start-up biotechnology companies, Dr. Ling is a Professor of Neurology and Attending Neuro-Critical Care Physician at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions; a Professor of Neurology, Director of the Neurotrauma Laboratory, and the founder of the Center for Military Clinical Neurosciences at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science (USUHS). He is Vice-Chair of Research in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Inova Fairfax Medical Center, Fairfax, VA, where he provides leadership for the research programs in neurosurgery, neurology and physical medicine rehabilitation. He was the founding Director of the Biological Technologies Office at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While at DARPA, his research efforts included establishing and managing the Prevent Violent Explosive Blast program, which sought to elucidate the mechanisms by which battlefield blast explosions cause brain injury; the Reorganization and Plasticity to Accelerate Injury Recovery program, which developed a predictive quantitative model of brain reorganization during recovery; and the Restoring Active Memory program, which developed technology to restore memory following brain injury. Under President Obama, Dr. Ling served as Assistant Director for Biomedical Innovation, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President, where he assisted in organizing and launching the President’s BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative.