Aspen Brain Lab

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

What is the AspenBrainLab?

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

Glenda Greenwald, Founder and President of the Aspen Brain Institute, realized that the sophisticated, educated lay public of Aspen was passionately interested in every aspect of the brain. So in 2013, Geenwald created the AspenBrainLab, convening at the Aspen Institute, and first keynoted by Walter Isaacson, President of the Aspen Institute. 

The mission of the AspenBrainLab is to nurture the brains and minds of our growing community of 21 st century global seekers, who seek to be delighted and informed at the cutting-edge.


Glenda Greenwald

President and Founder of the Aspen Brain Institute

Greenwald, a social entrepreneur and innovator in the area of applied Brain Science, organized the first Aspen Brain Institute conference in 2010, an annual meeting of International Brain Researchers in Aspen, partnering with the New York Academy of Sciences.  Aspen Brain Institute's mission is to support global collaboration on Brain Research to Fight Brain Disease.  Aspen Brain Institute's newest event is AspenBrainLab, started in 2013. 

Greenwald was Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Aspen Center for Integral Health, a national institute convening conferences on integrative and preventive medicine from 2000-2010.  Prior to ACIH, Greenwald was Founder and Chair of the WISH List (Women in the Senate and House) a national organization supporting pro-choice Republican women candidates for Congress, Senate, and Governorships.  Before that she was publisher and editor of the Michigan Woman magazine, targeted to 50,000 business and professional women.  In 1970 she founded the Human Intelligence International Newsletter distributed to educators, psychologists, and neuroscientists in 26 countries.  


Joseph Dial

Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board, Aspen Brain Institute  Foundation (2009 -Present). 

Joseph has coordinated four Aspen Brain Institute conferences with ABF President Glenda Greenwald and the New York Academy of Sciences (2010-2013). He created, organized and moderated the 2012 Aspen Brain Institute conference on “Cracking the Neural Code”. Joseph previously served as Executive Director of the Mind Science Foundation (2003-2008) co-sponsoring conferences with His Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as overseeing the funding of textbooks on neuroscience and consciousness, international consciousness conferences, and empirical consciousness research resulting in articles in Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Lancet Neurology, Scientific American, and Scientific American MIND. Joseph served as Executive Director of the Texas Film Commission and the Texas Music Office. He lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he co-wrote and co-produced a film about classical music Maestro, Heitor Villa-Lobos. He optioned and wrote a screenplay based on the New York Times bestseller “Einstein’s Dreams”.  His original screenplay, “Everything But Love”, was a finalist at the Beverly Hills Film Festival (2014). Joseph lives in San Antonio and manages his family ranching business in South Texas. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese and French. He writes screenplays and poetry and is a recently inducted member of the “Lollygagger’s Club”.


AspenBrainLab Sponsors:

Aspen Brain Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Buck Institute on Aging
The Rob & Melani Walton Foundation
Alpine Bank
Access Circles


Proceeds benefit the non-profit 501C3 organization Aspen Brain Institute whose Mission is to support International Brain Research to fight Brain Disease

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