The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley and its partners at the Center for BrainHealth, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, present the annual Reprogramming the Brain to Health Symposium to be held at the Center for BrainHealth this year.

The Symposium brings together distinguished brain scientists to share breakthroughs in innovative ways to measure brain health.

The annual Symposium is designed to engage cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, physicians, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, researchers, educators and students.

The goal of this symposium is to discuss and offer the first roadmap for a Brain Health vital multidimensional index derived from the diverse work of leading brain health experts.

0.7 American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) continuing education hours will be offered for those attending over half of the conference.

Abstract submission has now closed. 

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The 2018 Charles L. Branch BrainHealth Award Recipient and Keynote Lecturer is Pasko Rakic, MD, PhD from the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience.

Dr. Rakic was the founder and served as Chairman of the Department of Neurobiology at Yale for 37 years, and was founder and Director of the Kavli Institute for Neuroscience for 10 years. He is best known for explaining the mechanisms involved in the development of the cerebral cortex. Dr. Rakic is notable for his studies of the development and evolution of the brain. More specifically, he has discovered and formulated basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of proliferation and migration of neurons in the cerebral cortex, the brain’s outer layer, which plays a key role in cognition and human exceptional mental capacities.

2018 Symposium Schedule

Welcome and Introduction
Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD
Center for BrainHealth
The University of Texas at Dallas

Session 1 | Neural Networks and Cognition

Elisabeth Wilde, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine

Gagan Wig, PhD
Center for Vital Longevity
The University of Texas at Dallas

Randall Engle, PhD
Georgia Institute of Technology

Paul Burgess, PhD
University College London

Lunch* and Panel Discussion

Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD – Center for BrainHealth
Mark D’Esposito, MD – University of California, Berkeley
Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD – Johns Hopkins University
Ian Robertson, PhD – Center for BrainHealth
Henry Mahncke, PhD – Posit Science Corporation

*Lunch can be purchased by selecting the corresponding ticket type using the registration link.

Session 2 | Neurotransmitters and Cognitive Reserve

Gary Aston-Jones, PhD
Rutgers’ Brain Health Institute

Yaakov Stern, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center

Charles L. Branch BrainHealth Award Recipient and Keynote Lecture
Pasko Rakic, MD, PhD
Yale School of Medicine
Department of Neuroscience


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