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Admiral and Mrs. William McRaven Receive Center for BrainHealth Legacy Award

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McRavens to serve as national spokespersons for The BrainHealth Project. On October 23, the Center for BrainHealth® at The University of Texas at Dallas presented Admiral William McRaven and his wife Georgeann with its highest honor, the Legacy Award. This annual award recognizes individuals whose vision and dedication to brain research enable the center to explore and advance the vast potential of the human mind. “Hope is our founding principle at the Center for BrainHealth. We do serious science, seeking brain health solutions for every individual so that our best brain years can be ahead of us,” said Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth and Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair. “Georgeann and Bill McRaven embody that message of hope in everything they do, and we are proud that they are this year’s Legacy Award recipients.” In addition to being one of our country’s greatest military leaders of this century, Admiral McRaven most recently served as Chancellor of The University of Texas System. In this latter role, he established the Brain Health Quantum Leap, and he actively supported the vision and growth of the Center for BrainHealth and its translational arm, the Brain Performance Institute. “Bill and I thank the Center for BrainHealth for all the work being done to improve lives every day,” said Georgeann McRaven. “We truly believe that brain health is the next great revolution that will improve lives everywhere, and we are honored to serve as national spokespersons for The BrainHealth® Project.” The BrainHealth Project, an international, multi-year research collaboration led by the Center for BrainHealth, grew out of then-Chancellor McRaven’s Brain Health Quantum Leap. Launching publicly in 2019, the Project will fill the gaps in immediate translation of scientific knowledge about optimizing and extending the brain’s cognitive capacity, and will start a movement – scientific and popular – focused on rewiring the brain to build resilience, integrated reasoning and innovation, thus unlocking humanity’s greatest potential. About the Legacy Award DinnerJason Garrett served as honorary chair for the event, and Patty Huffines was the dinner chair. The host committee included: Stacey and Dan Branch, Debbie and Jim Francis, Kay and Steve Head, Carol and Jeff Heller, Anna and Ryan Moss, Julie and Jim Musselman, Julie and Pat Oles, Linda and Joel Robuck, and Cammy Wynne and Del Williams. Major donors at the 2018 Center for BrainHealth Legacy Award Dinner included: Carol and Jeff Heller, The Eugene McDermott Foundation, Jane and Bud Smith, Julie and Jim Musselman, Teresa and David Disiere, Kay and Steve Head, Patty and James Huffines, Margot and Ross Perot, PlainsCapital Bank, Linda and Joel Robuck, and The University of Texas System. Past BrainHealth Legacy Award recipients include Dianne Cash, Debbie Francis, T. Boone Pickens, James Huffines, Dee Wyly, Daryl Johnston and Lee Roy Jordan, Jane and Bud Smith, Lyda Hill, Clint Bruce, Rep. Dan Branch, and the late Margaret McDermott. Media contact: Stephanie Hoefken – 972.883.3221 – stephanie.hoefken@utdallas.eduCONTACT Stephanie Hoefken 972.883.3221 stephanie.hoefken@utdallas.eduABOUT CENTER FOR BRAINHEALTH Center for BrainHealth®, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, is a translational research institute committed to enhancing, preserving, and restoring brain health across the lifespan. Major research areas include the use of functional and structural neuroimaging techniques to better understand the neurobiology supporting cognition and emotion in health and disease. This leading-edge scientific exploration is translated quickly into practical innovations to improve how people think, work and live, empowering people of all ages to unlock their brain potential. Translational innovations build on Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Tactics (SMART™), a proprietary methodology developed and tested by BrainHealth researchers and other teams over three decades.

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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project

Adm. William H. McRaven (Ret.)

Four-Star Admiral (retd.) U.S. Navy


Legacy Award

The Legacy Award recognizes individuals who championed countless others in realizing their brain potential. BrainHealth's highest non-science honor, the prize honors their unwavering passion for protecting and healing the brain throughout the lifespan.