Aspen Brain Lab

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

Sheryl Barto

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Sheryl Barto

Special needs mom, business owner, and equine professional, Sheryl Barto co-founded Smiling Goat Ranch in Carbondale in 2015, along with her attorney/rancher husband, Karl Hanlon.

She combined her experience as an autism mom, horsewoman and PR professional to start Smiling Goat Ranch using horses, movement and the natural environment to help children autism and veterans with PTSD. 

Using the Horse Boy Method– the only equine therapy that really works for the brain and nervous system –   which was devised by both adult autists themselves and neuro-scientists from Europe and the USA.  The method now serves tens of thousands of families in more than 20 countries. It is the cutting edge in equine therapy for not just autism but for ADD, ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, depression, borderline and most other neuro-sensory diagnoses.

Through years of observation and experimentation, and now confirmed by neuroscientists, if you set up a more autism friendly - aka sensory friendly - learning environment, and allow the child the freedom to move within this environment you will cancel out this stress and open the child up to learning in ways that can be astonishing.

Sheryl has taken this work with horses and autism to also help veterans suffering from the tragic reality of PTSD.  Through sensory work – body-to-body on the horse – veterans experience direct work on their own sensory systems. Also movement on horseback reduces the stress hormone cortisol. Recent studies show PTSD symptoms, in a flight or fight mode like an autist’s brain, plummets dramatically after just six weeks of consistent equine sensory sessions.

With her legion of amazing volunteers and four-legged team of horses, dogs, goats, and rabbits, Smiling Goat Ranch offers a natural environment for healing.  www.smilinggoatranch.com

 

Dr. Dale Bredesen

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Dr. Dale Bredesen

Dale E. Bredesen, M.D., UCLA and Buck Institute | Professor of Neurology, Easton Laboratories for Neurodegenerative Disease Research | David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Founding President and CEO, Professor Emeritus, Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, CA/Dr. Bredesen received his undergraduate degree from Caltech and his medical degree from Duke. He served as Resident and Chief Resident in Neurology at UCSF, then was postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Nobel laureate Prof. Stanley Prusiner. He was a faculty member at UCLA from 1989-1994, then was recruited by the Burnham Institute to direct the Program on Aging. In 1998 he became the Founding President and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, and Adjunct Professor at UCSF; then in 2013 he returned to UCLA as the Director of the Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

The Bredesen Laboratory studies basic mechanisms underlying the neurodegenerative process, and the translation of this knowledge into effective therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions, leading to the publication of over 220 research papers. He established the ADDN (Alzheimer’s Drug Development Network) with Dr. Varghese John in 2008, leading to the identification of new classes of therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease. His group has developed a new approach to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, and this approach has led to the discovery of subtypes of Alzheimer’s disease, followed by the first description of reversal of symptoms in patients with MCI and early Alzheimer’s disease, with the ReCODE (reversal of cognitive decline) protocol, published in 2014 and 2016. His book, The End of Alzheimer’s, is a New York Times Bestseller.

 

Richard P. Brown, MD

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Richard P. Brown, MD

Richard P. Brown, MD, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians, gives over 150 lectures each year, including full-day courses at the American Psychiatric Association. He completed his MD at Columbia University, Psychiatry Residency and fellowship in Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology at Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Brown co-authored over 100 scientific articles, chapters, and award-winning books. As a neuropsychiatrist and pioneer in Integrative Psychiatry, his innovative treatments appear in major textbooks of the American Psychiatric Association Publishing and other academic publishers. His integrative treatments for improving brain function include conventional medications, herbs, nutrients, nootropics, cerebrovascular vasodilators, and other brain enhancers. Clinical trials have been validating his neurophysiological theory regarding the benefits of yoga breathing in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD, cognitive function, and stress-related medical conditions. A long-term Zen meditator and a certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), yoga, Qigong, and meditation, Dr. Brown worked with his wife, Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, to create Breath-Body-Mind programs for healthcare providers, survivors of mass disasters, first responders, active duty military and veterans, families, and patients with a wide range of psychiatric and medical conditions. See www.Breath-Body-Mind.com.

 

Scott Carney

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Scott Carney

Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney (scottcarney.com) has worked in some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world. His work blends narrative non-fiction with ethnography. Currently, he is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a 2016-17 Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism in Boulder, Colorado. His books include the New York Times best seller"What Doesn't Kill Us" as well as "The Red Market" and "The Enlightenment Trap." 

Carney was a contributing editor at Wired for five years and his writing also appears in Mother Jones, Men's Journal, Playboy, Foreign Policy, Discover, Outside and Fast Company. His work has been the subject of a variety of radio and television programs, including on NPR and National Geographic TV. In 2010, he won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for his story "Meet the Parents," which tracked an international kidnapping-to-adoption ring. Carney has spent extensive time in South Asia and speaks Hindi.

 

Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD, FRCP

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Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD, FRCP

Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD, FRCP graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard College, was subsequently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and received his PhD in Neuro- and Bio-behavioral Sciences and his MD from Stanford University. He is Director of the Sleep Health Institute and Chief of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders in the Departments of Medicine and Neurology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital; the Frank Baldino, Jr, PhD Professor of Sleep Medicine, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Division of Sleep Medicine, and an Affiliate Faculty Member in the Neuroscience Program at Harvard Medical School (HMS).  His research is in the field of basic and applied research on human circadian rhythms and sleep-wake function and the impact of sleep loss on vigilance, neurobehavioral performance, and health. Dr. Czeisler is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Clinical and Climatological Association, the International Academy of Astronautics, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), the American Physiological Society, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Association of American Physicians. He was formerly President of the Sleep Research Society and Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation.

 

Joshua M. Hare, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A.

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Joshua M. Hare, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A.

Dr. Joshua Hare is Chief Sciences Officer, Senior Associate Dean for Experimental and Cellular Therapeutics, Director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI), and Louis Lemberg Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  Dr. Hare is an expert in cardiovascular medicine and specializes in heart failure, myocardial infarction, inflammatory diseases of the heart, and heart transplantation.  He is an internationally acknowledged pioneer in the field of stem cell therapeutics for human heart disease, currently seeing and evaluating patients from all over the world for this new experimental therapy.  Dr. Hare has published multiple clinical trials testing the use of mesenchymal stem cells in patients with heart or age related disorders and is the Principal Investigator of two major NHLBI programs that advance cell based therapy.

 

Pete Holman

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Pete Holman

Pete Holman is a Physical Therapist, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist & US National TaeKwon-Do champion & team captain. His passion for health & fitness has stimulated a successful adjunct career as an inventor. Producing several products in the fitness industry, most notably the TRX Rip Trainer and the Glute Drive, Pete has positively impacted fitness communities on all 5 continents. Specializing in biomechanics, core performance and agility, Pete uses his experience as an elite level athlete and his unique knowledge of the human body, to bring out the “athlete” in us all. Pete is a top presenter at IDEA Fit, the largest provider of personal training continuing education in the world, as well as, an active contributor to PTontheNet, IDEA Fitness Journal and STACK Magazine.

President of Aspen Integrative Kinetics
Creator of the TRX Rip Trainer Physical Therapist Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist: NSCA US National TaeKwon-Do champion & team captain Concept 2 Certified Rowing Instructor Cell# 970-948-2210 #BUSHIDOLIFE

 

Dr. Mark Hyman

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Dr. Mark Hyman

Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician, a 11-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in the field of Functional Medicine. He is the Pritzker Foundation Chair in Functional Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is Founder and Director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, medical editor of The Huffington Post, and a regular medical contributor in the media for CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, and more.

 

Gina Murdock

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Gina Murdock

Writer, Community Organizer and Yoga teacher Gina Murdock is a writer, yoga teacher, and community organizer. She is founder of the Aspen Yoga Society, The Aspen City of Wellbeing, Lead with Love, The Love Ninjas and the Mind, Body, Spirit Rx content brand. Gina and her husband Jerry 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 a special emphasis on consciousness, health, and healing. Gina is a certified Chopra yoga and meditation teacher as well as a certified Bikram and Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and retreat guide who teaches internationally. Gina is also a published author and speaker. Gina is a founding member of Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Self Directed Biological Transformation Initiative and has willingly submitted her body to science to prove the effectiveness of mind/body practices! Gina is an active board member of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), The Center for Living Peace, The Aspen Brain Institute, and The Chopra Foundation as well as an advisor to CTZNWELL. 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)

 

Rod Stryker

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Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He has taught for more than 35 years, dedicating his life to improving lives through his lectures, writing, creativity, leadership, service and family life. Renowned for his depth of knowledge, practical wisdom, and unique ability to transmit the deepest teachings to modern audiences, Rod is a leading spokesperson for living a life of purpose, fulfillment and freedom on two fronts. One, he offers accessible wisdom and practices to wide audiences, those who simply want to live more joyfully and effectively and two, through ParaYoga, he is a leading authoritative source for experienced students and teachers of yoga and meditation. Rod is mentor to hundreds of yoga teachers and thousands of students worldwide.

 

George Vradenburg

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George Vradenburg

George Vradenburg is the Chairman and Co-Founder of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2), a disruptive and catalytic force committed to stopping Alzheimer’s by 2020. The UsA2 platform seeks to escalate the fight against Alzheimer’s through a broad range of powerful voices from various walks of life.

UsA2 serves as the convener of the only industry coalition dedicated to stopping Alzheimer’s -- the Global CEO Initiative (CEOi) on Alzheimer's – as well as the co-convener of a 60+ member coalition of the Alzheimer’s-serving community -- Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease.

As a result of his UsA2 work, George was appointed to the World Dementia Council by the UK Secretary of State for Health in March, 2014.

In 2011, the United States Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services named George to serve on the National Alzheimer’s Advisory Council on Research, Care and Services for the first-of-its-kind National Alzheimer’s Strategic Plan.

In 2013 George was appointed by Congress to the Long Term Care Commission charged with devising a comprehensive long term support and services plan for the United States.

Among other efforts, George has testified twice before the U.S. Congress regarding the Global Alzheimer’s pandemic; conceived and supported the Alzheimer’s Study Group; and, through the Vradenburg Foundation, has supported the Alzheimer’s Disease International World Alzheimer’s Reports and the National Institute of Health's Global Alzheimer's Research Summit.

 

Jamie Wheal

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Jamie Wheal

Jamie Wheal, Executive Director of the Flow Genome Project and co-author of the Pulitzer nominated global bestseller, Stealing Fire, is an expert on peak performance and leadership, specializing in the neuroscience and application of Flow states.

Jamie has advised everyone from the U.S. Naval War College and Special Operations Command, the athletes of RedBull, and the owners of NFL, NBA, MLB and Premier League teams, to the executives of Google, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Cisco, The Bohemian Club and the Young Presidents' Organization.

 

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.

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