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Center for BrainHealth Expands Scope of Advisory Board

New 2023-2024 advisory board members gather at Center for BrainHealth. Pictured left to right: Niki McCuistion, Chuck Funai, Ellen McStay, Bruce Esterline, Chad West, Kevin Ann Marcyes, Ellen McStay, Laura Freeland, Maisie Heiken, Maria Vehslage and Adriana De Urquidi. Not in photo: Dr. April Bee, Bonnie Uzelac and Ted Uzelac.

Center for BrainHealth

Center for BrainHealth, a cognitive neuroscience research institute and part of The University of Texas at Dallas, has welcomed a new crop of local leaders and philanthropists to their growing advisory board. Over one dozen new members have joined for the 2023-2024 fiscal year, representing varied community sectors. Sharing the center’s vision of enhancing and extending brain health across the lifespan, this group of innovators includes: Dr. April Bee, wellness coach and writer; Adriana De Urquidi, director of DEI at The Concilio; Bruce Esterline, retired senior vice president for grants and strategic initiatives at The Meadows Foundation; Laura Freeland, executive director at Southern Dallas County IPTMA; Chuck Funai, president at Barga, LLC; Maisie Heiken, wealth management advisor; Kevin Ann Marcyes, senior vice president of administration at Sammons Corporation; Niki McCuistion, partner at The McCuistion Consulting Group, LLC; Ellen McStay, president at Morning Star Family Foundation; Bonnie and Ted Uzelac, president at Fischer; Maria Vehslage of MMV Services; and Chad West, attorney and Dallas City Council Member. David Jacobs and Lindsay Wilson return as chair and co-chair, leading the center’s continued effort to broaden the impact of their translational research and science-backed approaches. A longtime BrainHealth board member, David brings extensive experience in real estate investment, and Lindsay serves as co-president of Corgan, a leading architecture firm that embraces a brain-healthy approach to design. ABOUT CENTER FOR BRAINHEALTHCenter 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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