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Press Releases

Inaugural BrainHealth Week Empowers People to Thrive With Better Brain Health

BrainHealth Week (Feb. 20-24) celebrates the brain’s ability to get stronger, empowering people of all ages. The week offers five days of free brain-healthy activities and insights, on-site and live-streamed events and a Daily Text Challenge (text BRAIN to 888-844-8991).

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BrainHealth Research Demonstrates Positive Impact of Online SMART Training

Newly published research demonstrates the effectiveness of online delivery of SMART. Findings from a recent study suggest that participating in the training may have a long-term impact, with participants experiencing reduced depression and stress for at least six months post-training.

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Standing in order from left to right are Charlie Branch, Sarah Branch, Sylvia Branch, and Dan and Stacey Branch at the 2023 Branch Award ceremony.

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Center for BrainHealth Celebrated Holiday Reception and Branch Award Despite Chilly Weather

Center for BrainHealth combined its 2022 annual holiday reception with a special celebration of the year's Charles L. Branch BrainHealth Award, pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Brenda Milner, with a mixed purpose event held at the Dallas Arboretum’s Alex Camp House on December 8.

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2018 Legacy Award Dinner honoring Admiral (ret.) William H. McRaven.

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Hillwood’s Todd Platt To Receive Center For BrainHealth’s 2023 Legacy Award

Todd Platt, CEO of Hillwood Investment Properties, a Perot Company, will be honored as Center for BrainHealth's 2023 Legacy Award recipient during a special dinner at the Dallas Country Club. Sarah and Ross Perot Jr. will join the event as honorary co-chairs, celebrating Todd's longstanding advocacy for the center's translational research.

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The low immersion virtual reality open world in Charisma Virtual Social Training and additional prop features were designed to facilitate dynamic interactions.

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BrainHealth Research Demonstrates Impact of Virtual Social Training

New research from Center for BrainHealth demonstrates Charisma Virtual Social Coaching supports social skill development in a virtual environment. This award-winning, avatar-driven virtual gaming environment combines social cognitive strategy training, strengths-based coaching and real-time practice to improve overall daily social interactions.

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News Coverage

Digital Parenting: The Effect of Cell Phones in Schools

How can parents and educators balance the need to stay connected with the real distractions smartphones can create in schools? Dr. Lori Cook discusses this topic with with WFAA Daybreak, sharing why the brain becomes distracted and how to take proactive steps to support students.

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The six 2022 Art of Kindness finalists.

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Art Immersion in the Neuroscience of Empathy

Center for BrainHealth hosted the fourth annual Art of Kindness with returning sponsor Bank of Texas. The popular student art competition was conducted in collaboration with UTD’s School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology on November 10, in celebration of World Kindness Day.

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Legacy Award Dinner honoring McRavens. Speaking: Dr. Richard C. Benson.

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Todd Platt to Receive One of BrainHealth’s Highest Honors, The Legacy Award

On February 2, 2023, Center for BrainHealth will honor Todd Platt with its annual Legacy Award during a dinner at the Dallas Country Club. Since 2006, the prestigious award has been given to individuals whose unwavering passion and dedication enable Center for BrainHealth to empower people in unlocking their brain potential.

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How Social Media Can Impact Your Child's Brain – and What You Can Do

Dr. Julie Fratantoni spoke with WFAA Daybreak about the impact of social media on the developing brain, and the incredible neuroplasticity that allows children to "rewire" their cognitive processes through intentional, brain-healthy habits.

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2022 Friends of BrainHealth Winners and Finalists: Stephen Campbell, Patricia Monique Sanchez, Amy Berglund-Barraza, Kristen Platt, Pariya Zaro, Jehong Kim

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Young Scientists Pitched Their Programs at "Shark Tank”-Style Luncheon

Center for BrainHealth makes scientific discovery more fun with the annual Friends of BrainHealth Scientist Selection Luncheon. The 2022 event awarded four emerging scientists with funding for novel brain health studies and also marked a new record in annual giving for this donor circle.

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Our Common Values

In this op-ed, neuroscientist Dan Krawczyk delves into the science of human values, exploring the core set of ten values identified by social psychologist Shalom H. Schwartz. Research suggests that approaching disagreement by identifying common ground can strengthen interpersonal relationships, as well as challenge patterns of either/or thinking.

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The BrainHealth Patch Program with the Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas promotes possibility thinking and social resilience.

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New Girl Scouts Patch Focuses on Brain Health to Spark Curiosity, Creativity and Courage

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) and Center for BrainHealth have partnered to bring the BrainHealth Patch Program to Girl Scouts of all levels, empowering girls to focus on brain health while promoting possibility thinking and social resilience.

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Can We Design for Happiness?

Rather than taking an "office cubicle" approach to designing an efficient workplace, the BrainHealthy Workplace program looks for ways to merge individual and organizational happiness, building upon the interconnectedness of health, social engagement and personal contentment.

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Jeahong Kim, Daniel Krawczyk, Stephen Campbell, Brandi Sinclair, Amy Barraza, Brian Conroy, Pariya Zare

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2022 Friends of BrainHealth Award Recipients

Center for BrainHealth hosted the annual Friends of BrainHealth Scientist Selection Luncheon at the Dallas Country Club, sponsored by Barbara and Steve Durham. The 2022 Visionary New Scientist Award was determined by a live audience in a “Shark Tank” style vote among three finalists.

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Supporting BrainHealth Solutions for North Texas Youth

Center for BrainHealth raised $56,840 from 63 donors (11 first-time donors) during North Texas Giving Day. The funds will go toward students and teachers in under-resourced communities around the Dallas area, to train them in brain-healthy practices and strategies shown to help people thrive, whatever their individual circumstances.

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