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Thrive: Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

VIRTUAL-ONLY: This talk is a feature of BrainHealth Week, live-streamed during the invitation-only Brain³ Summit. Arianna Huffington is founder and CEO of Thrive, founder of The Huffington Post, and author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and Forbes' list of most powerful women.


The Next Health Revolution

VIRTUAL-ONLY: This talk is a feature of BrainHealth Week, live-streamed during the invitation-only Brain³ Summit. Sanjay Gupta, MD, is the multiple Emmy and Peabody award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN, host of the podcast Chasing Life, special correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes and a five-time New York Times best-selling author.


A Tale About the Frontal Lobes, as Told By a Neurologist

VIRTUAL-ONLY: Register for the virtual season to access this special talk during BrainHealth Week. Mark D’Esposito, MD, is the 2024 recipient of the Charles L. Branch BrainHealth Award, BrainHealth's Highest Science Honor. He is a distinguished professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and the Carol Heller BrainHealth Project Co-Leader.


Family Fair Registration

Engage the whole family in the Great Brain Gain! Learn how brain health connects to astronomy, storytelling and the artform of dance with guests from Carnegie Science Observatories, Fred Rogers Productions and KERA Kids, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, offered as part of BrainHealth Week 2024.


Livestreamed Family Fair Talks

Get curious about your brain with family-friendly talks, livestreamed from Center for BrainHealth. Learn how astronomy, storytelling and dance connect to your brain health, offered as part of BrainHealth Week 2024.


iRest – February 28

Integrative Restoration (iRest®) is a research-based, trauma-informed guided meditation. The practice can work to reduce stress and build resilience for meeting life’s persistent challenges. There is nothing to “do.” Just get comfortable and listen. Invite a sense of wholeness, the feeling of being rested and restored. iRest sessions at Center for BrainHealth are led by certified teachers through the Warrior Spirit Project.


Long-Term Recovery of Adolescents Following Brain Injury

Lori Cook, PhD, is perpetually curious about the developing brain. As both a clinician and research scientist, she has worked for two decades to improve long-term recovery of youth after brain injury, including supporting athletes with persistent effects of concussion.


Everyday Curiosity: Practices That Improve Creativity

Why is curiosity so important to brain health? Discover a framework for inviting a sense of wonder. Cassini Nazir, assistant professor at the University of North Texas, designs conversations, curricula and interfaces, and teaches classes in interaction design.


Advances and New Perspectives in Clinical Music Neuroscience and Neurologic Music Therapy

How can the latest in auditory neuroscience advance neurological rehabilitation? Dr. Michael H. Thaut, professor of music and international research leader in the neuroscience of music, introduces recent discoveries that have transformed Neurologic Music Therapy into an important contributor to global brain health.


Making Cognitive Neuroscience More Open and Reproducible

The last decade has provided clear evidence that there is a reproducibility problem in cognitive neuroscience. Russell Poldrack will discuss some of the threats to reproducibility in neuroimaging research. 


Thinking, Learning and Coping With Brain Health Challenges

Two researchers share transformative tools for building better brain health. Neuroscientist Caroline Leaf, PhD, developed the Geodesic Information Processing theory to outline how we think, build memory, and learn. Psychologist Dr. Charles Wasserman brings nearly decades of experience to the development of processes to improve anxiety, relationships, aging and more.


Learned Excellence: Mental Disciplines for Leading and Winning from the World's Top Performers

Gain insight into the mental disciplines, principles, and tactics of high performance. Eric Potterat, PhD, is a high performance, sport and clinical psychologist, and spent a decade as the head psychologist for the U.S. Navy SEALS.


Exercise and Brain Health

Kirk Erickson, PhD, is the Director of Translational Neuroscience at AdventHealth and Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. He returns as a People's Choice winner for BrainHealth Best Talks, celebrating BrainHealth's 25th anniversary.


Does Exercising Your Body Strengthen Your Brain?

What is the impact of physical activity on brain health? Psychologist Kirk Erickson, PhD delves into this question while exploring several methodological considerations related to how this topic is documented in scientific literature, sharing recent research findings on the mechanisms and moderators of these effects. He is also a People's Choice winner for BrainHealth Best Talks, celebrating BrainHealth's 25th anniversary.


Education and Equity

President and CEO of Big Thought, Byron Sanders is a committed advocate for education, economic development and creating equitable communities. He returns as a People's Choice winner for BrainHealth Best Talks, celebrating BrainHealth's 25th anniversary.


The Science and Practice of Lifestyle Medicine

Can lifestyle prevent, treat or even cure disease? Jane Wigginton, MD, shares insights into lifestyle medicine and brain health. As BrainHealth's chief medical advisor, she brings over 30 years of experience to assist with clinical trials, research protocols, client evaluations and recommendations for care.


Effects of Age-Related Conditions on Higher-Order Semantic Functions

Raksha Mudar, PhD, investigates the effects of normal cognitive aging and brain diseases including mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia, on higher-order semantic functions. In her research, she combines behavioral methods, event-related potentials and functional magnetic resonance imaging.


The Neuroscience of Grief: How We Learn From Love and Loss

How can cognitive neuroscience help to clarify the “why” of grief – why it takes so long, and is so painful? Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD, uses an integrative view of clinical psychology and cognitive neuroscience to explore the brain's critical role in the learning process of grief.


Eating for Better Brain Health: The Power of Neuroprotective Foods

Can what you eat slow down the aging process of the brain? It's true! Physician Annie Fenn, MD, joins neuroscientist Julie Fratantoni, PhD, for a fireside chat about how to improve your life using the science behind brain-protective diets.


Neuroimaging and Genetic Research Into Cerebrovascular Diseases and Acute Stroke

Vascular neurologist Natalia Rost, MD, has devoted her career to neuroimaging of acute stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases, the role of genetics in acute cerebral ischemia, and advancing outcome prediction in patients with acute stroke.