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In-Person Events

The crowd mingles and enjoys the Art-Infused Happy Hour at BrainHealth Week 2023.
Whether you seek the latest in neuroscience breakthroughs or a better understanding of your personal brain fitness, our educational talks and in-person events help raise awareness about the importance of brain health.
In 2024, Center for BrainHealth celebrates its 25th anniversary – and our continued commitment to discovering new science-backed approaches to bring to the public.
Questions about virtual events? Email brainhealthevents@utdallas.edu

iRest – March 6

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.

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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.

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Everyday Curiosity: Practices That Improve Creativity (In person)

Why is curiosity so important to brain health, especially to the aging brain? This desire propels deeper engagement, superior performance and more meaningful goals.

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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. Sponsored by Marlane J. Miller.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Mental Disciplines for Leading and Winning from the World's Top Performers (In-Person)

We are all performers, at work, at school, at home and at life. "Learned excellence" merges the mental disciplines, principles, and tactics of high performance, empowering each of us to perform at our very best in every aspect of our lives.

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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. Sponsored by Tiffany and Patrick Boyce.

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Exercise and Brain Health (In-Person)

Psychologist Kirk Erickson, PhD, is director of Translational Neuroscience at AdventHealth and a 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.

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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.

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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.

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Education and Equity (In-Person)

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.

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Education and Equity

President and CEO of Big Thought Institute, 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. Sponsored by Gloria and Juan Ernesto Snead.

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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.

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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.

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The Neuroscience of Grief: How We Learn From Love and Loss (In-Person)

How can cognitive neuroscience help to clarify the “why” of grief – why it takes so long, and is so painful? Examine a new paradigm for understanding love, loss, and learning.

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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.

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Eating for Better Brain Health: The Power of Neuroprotective Foods (In-Person)

Can what you eat slow down the aging process of the brain? It's true! Eating right can protect from neurodegenerative diseases and even improve memory and thinking skills.

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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.

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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.

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