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Center for BrainHealth Public Lecture Series Brings Nationally Recognized Experts to Dallas

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The Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas announced its annual sell-out public lecture lineup today. The Brain: An Owner’s Guide, made possible by the generosity and vision of The Container Store, was designed to translate the latest brain research and treatment developments into cutting-edge topical lectures for the community. The four-part series, held at 2200 W. Mockingbird Lane, begins February 3, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. and continues each Tuesday night throughout the month. "At The Container Store we believe that being organized promotes a sharp mind, so we continuously pursue creative and innovative ways our employees and customers can live their best, most productive and organized life," said Melissa Reiff, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Container Store. "We are proud to be partnering again on the lecture series as it is truly an amazing opportunity for everyone in the community to hear about groundbreaking research and advocacy efforts directly from the experts." Prominent brain research leaders and advocates from across the country will speak about a variety of topics including ways power influences cognitive performance, combating suicide and mental health barriers among our nation’s warriors, our brain’s inherent capability to constantly repair and rebuild itself, and the brain science behind a golfer’s optimal performance. This is the eighth year the Center for BrainHealth and The Container Store have partnered to bring brain health awareness and empowerment into the community. “Our brain is the most adaptable and modifiable organ in our body,” Dr. Sandra Chapman, the Center for BrainHealth’s founder and chief director, said. “This lecture series is an invitation for our community to join the brain health movement and take charge of their cognitive well-being.” The Brain: An Owner’s Guide Lecture Series schedule: February 3: The Emy Lou & Jerry Baldridge LectureThe Winner Effect: How Power Affects Your Brain Ian Robertson, Ph.D. Dr. Robertson, founding director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and co-author of the leading international textbook on cognitive rehabilitation, will share how we can harness the effects of power and empowerment to get the most out of our brains at every age. Dr. Robertson is currently Chair of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and has visiting professorships at University College in London and Columbia University in New York. February 10: The Terry and Major General (Retired) Lee Baxter LectureHeartbreak to Healing: How One Warrior’s Parents are Waging the War Against Veteran Suicide Jean and Howard Somers, M.D. Jean and Dr. Howard Somers’ journey began on June 10, 2013 after their son, Daniel, took his own life following his return from a second deployment in Iraq. At the time, Daniel suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and Gulf War Syndrome. The Somers are determined to use their son’s death to raise awareness of the struggles veterans face once home from war, expose gaps in healthcare for service members and repair a broken Veterans Affairs System. They will share how they are taking their fight from Washington D.C. to the California coast and how you can join their efforts to effect positive change today. February 17: The Bert Headden & Cindy Thomas LectureUtilize Your Brain’s Plasticity for Brain Health Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. Dr. Merzenich, one of the scientists responsible for our current understanding of brain plasticity, the notion that the brain can change itself at any age, and co-founder of three brain plasticity-based therapeutic software companies, will share how we can marshal our greatest asset – our brain – to optimize our health and well-being. Dr. Merzenich and his research have been highlighted in hundreds of books about the brain, learning, rehabilitation, and plasticity, and covered in the popular press including New York Times, the Wall Street JournalTimeForbesDiscover, and Newsweek in addition to many television appearances. April 16: Rescheduled due to inclement weatherThe Brain Science Behind Golf: Why Some Experience the “Yips” Debbie Crews, Ph.D. Dr. Crews, founder of the International Journal of Golf Science, will share the fascinating behavioral, cognitive, and psychophysiological science behind getting the “yips” in the game of golf and learning to play with the yips. Dr. Crews is a Sports Psychology Consultant for the Arizona State University (ASU) Women’s Golf Team and a Faculty Teaching Associate in Exercise and Wellness at ASU. Dr. Crews is also a Master Professional in the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionaland serves on the LPGA National Education and Research Board. The price is $35 for a single ticket to one lecture, $45 for a ticket at the door and $130 for a series pass to all four lectures.

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