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2022 Speakers

Each month, the most fascinating speakers participate in interactive conversations about the latest advances in brain health science, technology and real-world application.

All talks are virtual and free of charge. Register for the season and attend as many talks as you like. Please contact brainhealthevents@utdallas.edu with any questions. For more information, visit our events FAQ.

Spring 2022


The Future of Wellbeing

Deepak Chopra, MD


Dr. Chopra is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup Organization. He has authored over 90 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. Hear his vision of wellbeing and personal transformation, which can help unlock potential through improved brain health. Event sponsored by The Container Store

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Good Anxiety

Wendy Suzuki, PhD


What if our preoccupation with avoiding anxiety is costing us something? What if we could learn how to harness the brain activation underlying our anxiety and make it work for us, turning it into a superpower

Dr. Suzuki, a professor of neural science and psychology at New York University, unpacks the cutting-edge science that will help readers channel their anxiety for positive outcomes. This shift from bad to good anxiety accelerates focus and productivity, boosts performance, creates compassion,  and fosters more creativity.

Learn how to channel your good anxiety and tap into your superpower.

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Navigating the Digital Brain Health Market

Alvaro Fernandez


Mr. Fernandez, named a Young Global Leader, runs SharpBrains, an independent market research firm tracking applied neuroscience will present the latest trends in digital brain health and society's march toward pervasive neurotechnology.

He is the editor-in-chief of seminal market reports on Pervasive Neurotechnology and Digital Brain Health, and co-author of the books The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness and El Cerebro Que Cura.

Myths of Brain Performance

Sanjay Gupta, MD


Sanjay Gupta – neurosurgeon, medical reporter and author – is a leading voice on health, wellness and active living, and a trusted resource for expert advice on how to stay healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the country's premier narrator of health, he makes important scientific developments relatable. He will share insights from his recent NY Times best-seller Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age.

Mark D'Esposito in a light-blue dress shirt in front of a red brick wall. Distinguished BrainHealth Scientist; Collaborator, The BrainHealth Project

The Social Network That Matters Most: Your Brain

Mark D'Esposito, MD


Learn about the neural mechanisms underlying social interactions, working memory, cognitive control and frontal lobe function. How can we leverage them and strengthen them? Dr. D'Esposito is a professor of neuroscience and psychology and director of the Wheeler Lab for Advanced Brain Studies at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley. He is also a practicing neurologist.

A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he has authored 400+ research publications and seven books on behavioral neurology and cognitive neuroscience.

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Lifestyle Medicine for Alzheimer's Prevention

Ayesha Sherzai, MD and Dean Sherzai, MD


Explore the value of healthy lifestyle choices – from nutrition to sleep and relaxation. Take control of your own health and positively affect the most important organ in your body.

Husband-wife team Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai are co-directors of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University. Dean is a behavioral neurologist and neuroscientist dedicated to revolutionizing healthcare through behavioral change models at the community and population level. Ayesha is a neurologist focused on the prevention of neurological disease.