Aspen Brain Lab

The only conference where neurology lectures and laughter meditation sessions live together in perfect harmony

Dr. Kaf Dzirasa

Dr. Kaf Dzirasa

Kafui Dzirasa is the first African American to complete a PhD in Neurobiology at Duke University. His research interests focus using neural technology to understanding how changes in the brain produce neurological and mental illness. In 2009, Kafui obtained an MD from the Duke University School of Medicine. He was subsequently appointed as an assistant professor.

Kafui has served on the Board of Directors of the Student National Medical Association: a national organization dedicated to the eradication of health care disparities. Through his service, Kafui has participated in numerous programs geared towards exposing youth to science and technology and providing health education for underserved communities. He was awarded the International Mental Health Research Organization Rising Star Award, and his laboratory was featured on CBS 60 Minutes in 2011. In 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. 

 

Mick Ebeling

Mick Ebeling

A recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s, Mick Ebeling has sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation. As a career producer and filmmaker Ebeling harvests the power of technology and story to change the world.

Ebeling founded Not Impossible Labs, a multiple award-winning social innovation lab and production company, on the premise that nothing is impossible. His mantra of ‘commit, then figure it out’ allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers and thinkers to create devices that better the world by bringing accessibility for all. The company’s first project was the development of the award-winning ocular tracking device, the EyeWriter, which enables individuals with paralysis to communicate and create art using only the movement of their eyes.

Following suit was Project Daniel, Don’s Voice and Music: Not Impossible. Ebeling’s style of fearless innovation has revolutionized the inflated markets of medical industries and inspired collaboration around the world.

Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Dr. Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board-certified family physician, 6 X NY Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods.

Dr. Fuhrman presently serves as the President of the Nutritional Research Foundation.  He has published multiple medical journal articles on human nutrition and he is involved with multiple ongoing studies addressing heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  His foundational discoveries on food addiction and human hunger were published in the scientific journal, Nutrition Journal, in November 2010. 

Dr. John Gray

Dr. John Gray

Mars, Women Are from Venus. USA Today listed his book as one of the top 10 most influential books of the last quarter century. In hardcover, it was the #1 bestselling book of the 1990s. Dr. Gray’s books are translated into approximately 45 languages in more than 100 countries and continues to be a bestseller.

Dr. Gray has written over 20 books. His most recent book is Beyond Mars and Venus. His Mars/Venus book series has forever changed the way men and women view their relationships.

John helps men and women better understand and respect their differences in both personal and professional relationships. His approach combines specific communication techniques with healthy, nutritional choices that create the brain and body chemistry for lasting health, happiness and romance.

His many books, blogs and free online workshops at MarsVenus.com provide practical insights to improve relationships at all stages of life and love. An advocate of health and optimal brain function, he also provides natural solutions for overcoming depression, anxiety and stress to support increased energy, libido, hormonal balance and better sleep.

He has appeared repeatedly on Oprah, as well as on The Dr. Oz Show, TODAY, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, and others. He has been profiled in Time, Forbes, USA Today, and People. He was also the subject of a three-hour special hosted by Barbara Walters.

John Gray lives in Northern California with his wife, Bonnie. They have been happily married for over 30 years and have three grown daughters and four grandchildren. He is an avid follower of his own health and relationship advice.

Ed Harrold

Ed Harrold

Ed Harrold is an inspirational leader, public speaker, coach and educator. Ed’s mastery in the science of mindful breathing has guided him to apply conscious breathing practices in corporate performance coaching, fitness & athletic training, healthcare trainings, stress reduction and overall health and well-being. Ed’s book “Life With Breath” to be release in 2017.

Today, Ed blends the fields of neuroscience and the wisdom of contemplative traditions into effective strategies to improve well-being in Corporate America, Healthcare, athletic performance and individual health. Ed’s fluency in mindfulness-based strategies combined with the belief in the human potential gives him the depth and understanding to meet individuals and group needs across industries and platforms.

Ed is a contributing health & wellness editor for Huffingtpost, Thrive Global, MindBodyGreen, PTOnTheNet & Corporate Wellness Magazine. Learn more about Ed at www.edharrold.com

Kevin Hines

Kevin Hines

Kevin Hines is a mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (19 years of age), he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility. He is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy. The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. Today, Kevin dedicates his life to saving lives by spreading the message of hope and sharing his art of living mentally well. He is one of the most respected and admired voices of lived experience. Kevin’s story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder for us to love the life we have.

Nathan Huber

Nathan Huber

Nathan Huber is, at heart, an entrepreneur and technologist. As an executive producer Nathan has led projects for a long list of clients such as: Disney, Dell, Budweiser, Cedar Fair Theme Parks, and more. He is a specialist in stereoscopic 3D content creation and display optics.

After many years working in film, television and live events, Nathan founded 3D Live-Axo, a company dedicated to innovating the concert and live event experience. Through the invention of their next generation imaging hardware, 3D Live-Axo has led in the development of a new visual language based in “holographic” compositions.

His visionary approach in creating the world’s first real-time interactive Stereo 3D virtual environments on stage have solidified 3D Live’s place as a leader in immersive entertainment. 3D Live is the only company to launch multiple successful Live 3D tours and shows in the world and is now pushing forward into the VR and AR space.

He is currently leading 3D Live’s team of engineers, software developers, and artists in growing an array of Live Shows, VR programs, and Theme park rides that push the boundaries of immersive entertainment.

His youthful approach to sculpting 3D Live has afforded the company the ability to grow quickly and maintain flexibility as they continue to develop and enhance their core technologies. Under Nathan’s leadership, 3D Live has made a mark in a crowded industry and is now becoming a leader in new multi-technology platforms.

Walter Isaacson

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Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. He has been chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine. Isaacson’s most recent book is The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (2014). He is also the author of Steve Jobs and several other best-selling biographies. Isaacson is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is vice-chair of Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private group tasked with forging ties between the US and Muslim world. He formerly served as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. He is chair emeritus of Teach for America and serves on the board of United Airlines, Tulane University, the New Orleans City Planning Commission, the New Orleans Tricentennial Commission, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Society of American Historians, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. From 2005-2007, he was vice-chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority.

Jamie Metzl

Jamie Metzl

Jamie Metzl is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, novelist, blogger, syndicated columnist, media commentator, and expert in international affairs and biotechnology policy. He previously served as Executive Vice-President of the Asia Society, Deputy Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senior Coordinator for International Public Information at the U.S. State Department, Director for Multilateral Affairs on the National Security Council, and as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations in Cambodia and was a partner in a global private equity firm. Jamie appears regularly on national and international media and his syndicated columns and other writing on international affairs, genetics, virtual reality, and other topics are featured in publications around the world. He is the author of an Asian history book and the novels The Depths of the Sea , Genesis Code, and Eternal Sonata, holds a Ph.D. from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and is a graduate of Brown University. www.jamiemetzl.com

Gina Murdock

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Gina Murdock

Gina Murdock is a writer, yoga teacher, and community organizer. She is founder of the Aspen Yoga Society and Aspen City of Wellbeing. She and her husband Jerry Murdock created and support the Mind, Body, Spirit Series at The Aspen Institute hosting speakers and events to raise consciousness. Murdock has a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica with an emphasis in consciousness, health, and Healing.

Gina is a founding member of Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Self Directed Biological Transformation Initiative and is a member of The Chopra Foundation Board of Directors working to raise consciousness. Gina is also an active board member of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), The Center for Living Peace in Orange County and Aspen and an advisor for the Aspen Brain Institute. Gina is an International Editor at Origin Magazine, a contributor to Mantra Yoga and Health Magazine, and an ambassador for the mobile well-being platform Jiyo. Gina lives by these mantras: “Let the beauty you Love, be what you do.” (Rumi), “Be the change you wish to see in the world” (Gandhi) and “Wooo-Hooo!” (Gina)

 

Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber

Dr. Kelly Posner-Gerstenhaber

Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber is a philanthropist and visionary scientist, whose work is saving lives in 45 nations on 6 continents. According to Israeli government official, her work “is not only saving millions of lives it is literally changing the way we live our lives”. The CDC noted her work is “changing the paradigm in suicide risk assessment in the US and worldwide.”  Jim Shelton, Former US Deputy Education Secretary has said, “Dr. Posner’s work has the potential to keep our 64 million children in our schools safe”. The APA President noted her work “could be seen as really a watershed moment, like the introduction of anti-biotics….”

The Department of Defense called it “nothing short of a miracle,” and states, “her effective model of improving the world will help propel us closer to a world without suicide”. Dr. Posner’s work was noted in a recent key note at the White House as well as presented during congressional hearings. After being commissioned by the FDA, a front page article The New York Times called her work “one of the most profound changes of the past 16 years”.

Her scholarly work was included in the most important research in the history of the study of suicide. Named one of New York Magazine’s “Most Influential” people,  she received the New York State Suicide Prevention Award, the most Distinguished Alumna of her graduate school over the past 50 years and gave the invited presentation on tackling depression and suicide to the leaders of the E.U. She has been named one of New York’s “100 Socially Responsible” by City & State, where, of these recipients, she also received the “Angel Award”. Dr. Posner Gerstenhaber is a longtime advocate of education reform; founding chairman of the board of Turnaround for Children; co-founder The Speyer Legacy School, the first independent school for accelerated learners, focusing particularly on high-achieving, low-income students; named “EducationPhilanthropist of the Year” by Avenue; received the Kaufman Music Center Educational Leadership Award; and received the Partnership for Children award.

 

Bob Roth

Bob Roth

Bob Roth is one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in America. Over the past 40 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to many thousands of people and authored an authoritative book on the subject, fittingly entitled, Transcendental Meditation, which has been translated into 20 languages. Bob currently serves as the CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity which has brought meditation to over 500,000 inner-city youth in underserved schools in 35 countries, to veterans and their families who suffer from post-traumatic stress, and women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Bob also directs the Center for Leadership Performance, another nonprofit, which is bringing meditation to Fortune 100 companies, government organizations, and nonprofit charities. Bob is the host of the SiriusXM radio show, "Success Without Stress" and has spoken about meditation to industry leaders at such gatherings as Google Zeitgeist, Aspen Ideas Festival, Wisdom2.0, and Summit.

Dr. Gary Small

Dr. Gary Small

Dr. Gary Small is a professor of psychiatry and director of the *UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. His research, supported by the National Institute of Health, has made headlines in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s leading innovators in science and technology. Dr. Small lectures throughout the world and frequently appears on The Today Show, Good Morning American, PBS, and CNN. He has written six books, including The New York Times best seller, The Memory Bible.

Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman is the New York Times best-selling author of A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, the novels Love and TreasureRed Hook RoadLove and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter's Keeper, as well as of the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace and the Mommy-Track Mystery series. She is the editor of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons and of the forthcoming Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation. She was a Federal public defender and an adjunct professor at the UC Berkeley law school where she developed and taught a course on the legal implications of the War on Drugs. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, Michael Chabon, and their four children.

Talk title is the title of my book: A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in my Mood, My Marriage and My Life. 

 
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