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Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman

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Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman

is Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, where she holds the Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair. A cognitive neuroscientist with 50+ funded research grants and 200+ publications, she is committed to enhancing human cognitive capacity and the underlying brain systems across the lifespan. She applies novel approaches to advance integrated reasoning and strategic memory, strengthen resilience and healthy brain development, and expand innovative thinking.

One of the pioneers creating the field of brain health, in 2017 she launched the Brain Performance Institute to deliver rapidly emerging discoveries in cognitive brain health to the public. Dr. Chapman is also the co-leader of The BrainHealth Project, an international, multi-year research collaboration of brain scientists and change-makers focused on harnessing the brain’s potential to lengthen and strengthen its functionality.

After starting out as a math major at The University of Texas - Austin, Dr. Chapman shifted to a clinical focus, receiving a BA and MA in Communication Disorders from the University of North Texas, where she was later recognized as one of the top 100 graduates in its 100-year history. She received her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from The University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Chapman is also the author of Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain's Creativity, Energy, and Focus. More at www.CenterforBrainHealth.org

 

Dr. Dennis Charney

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Dr. Dennis Charney, MD

is Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs for the Mount Sinai Health System. Charney is a world expert in the neurobiology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, making fundamental contributions to the understanding of the causes of human anxiety, fear, and depression, and the discovery of new treatment for mood and anxiety disorders. His research on depression has led to discovery of new and novel therapies for treatment-resistant depression including ketamine and the first digital treatment for depression (EFMT). He has been honored with many of the major awards in his field for his scientific research, including World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014 and 2015, Ranked 48 out of 1,360 of Most Highly Cited Life Science Researchers in the World. His discovery with his co-inventors of the use of intranasal ketamine for the treatment of treatment-resistant depression was named by Cleveland Clinic on its Top 10 list of 2017 Health Care Innovations. He holds 3 U.S. Patents, and 19 U.S. and Foreign Patent Applications, 10 of which are licensed to 2 companies. He has published 785 articles and book chapters, and 16 books, including Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges, and Charney & Nestler’s Neurobiology of Mental Illness 5th Edition. Charney was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2000, and the National Academy of Inventors in 2017.

 

Dr. Robynne Chutkan

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Dr. Robynne Chutkan

is an integrative gastroenterologist and the bestselling author of Gutbliss, The Microbiome Solution, and The Bloat Cure. Educated at Yale and Columbia, she’s been on the faculty at Georgetown University Hospital since 1997 and is the founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, an integrative gastroenterology practice incorporating microbiome analysis and nutritional counseling as part of the therapeutic approach to digestive disorders. An avid runner, snowboarder, and yogi, she is passionate about helping her patients live not just longer lives, but dirtier ones!

 

Dr. Adam Gazzaley

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Dr. Adam Gazzaley

Dr. Adam Gazzaley obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, completed Neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at University of California, Berkeley. He is now Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco and the Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology creation and scientific research. He designs and develops novel brain assessment and optimization tools to impact education, wellness, and medicine practices. This novel approach involves the development of custom-designed, closed-loop video games integrated with the latest advancements in software (brain computer interfaces, GPU computing, cloud-based analytics) and hardware (virtual/augmented reality, motion capture, mobile physiological recording devices, transcranial electrical brain stimulation). These technologies are then advanced to rigorous research studies that evaluate their impact on multiple aspects of brain function and physiology. This utilizes a powerful combination of neurophysiological tools, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Dr. Gazzaley is also co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive Labs, a company developing therapeutic video games, and co-founder and Chief Scientist of JAZZ Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in experiential technology to improve human performance. Additionally, he has been a scientific advisor for over a dozen companies including Apple, GE, Nielsen, Deloitte, Magic Leap, and the VOID, as well as the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Dr. Gazzaley has filed multiple patents for his inventions, authored over 130 scientific articles, and delivered over 600 invited presentations around the world. His research and perspectives have been consistently profiled in high-impact media, such as The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Discover, Wired, PBS, NPR, CNN and NBC Nightly News. He wrote and hosted the nationally-televised PBS special “The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley”, and co-authored the 2016 MIT Press book “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World”, winner of the 2017 PROSE Award in the category of Biomedicine and Neuroscience. Dr. Gazzaley has received many awards and honors, including the 2015 Society for Neuroscience – Science Educator Award.

 

Max Lugavere

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Max Lugavere

is a filmmaker, health and science journalist and the author of the New York Times best-selling book Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life. He is also the host of the #1 iTunes health podcast The Genius Life. Lugavere appears regularly on the Dr. Oz Show, the Rachael Ray Show, and The Doctors. He has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, CNN, and the Daily Beast, has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and in The Wall Street Journal. He is a sought-after speaker and has given talks at South by Southwest, TEDx, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, and many others.

 

Rave Mehta

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Rave Mehta

Ravé is an engineer, entrepreneur and innovator as well as an award-winning pianist and bestselling author. Ravé is the founder of Flow Labs and has spent 15+ years researching the science behind fear and flow to gain a deeper understanding of how we can transcend our boundaries and access more of our superpowers. Ravé applied these insights to his creative endeavors including music and has performed around the world integrating the principles of flow into his piano sound baths to help others drop into a deep healing state for a unique sound meditation experience. 

Prior to Flow Labs, Ravé was a co-founder of Modis technologies, which created virtual reality training and simulation systems for the DoD through integrating proprietary AI algorithms with game technology to create accelerated learning states. Ravé also served as a board member of Space Florida (Florida Space Agency) and helped with the transition from the national space shuttle program to launching the commercial space program.

Ravé is the author of 'The Inventor', a bestselling graphic novel based on the true story of Nikola Tesla. The Inventor is now being used in schools across the country to engage kids to read and learn while inspiring STEM learning as discussed in his TEDx talk “Reimagining Education for a Hypervisual Culture”.

Ravé is also a recipient of the Tesla Vision Award by the Tesla Science Foundation and has spoken internationally on several topics including hacking fear and how he used the principles of flow to heal himself of Lyme disease. His work has been featured in various publications including Wired, WSJ, Bloomberg, Reuters and most recently, Ravé was featured in renown bio-hacker Dave Asprey’s new book “Game Changers”

 

Jamie Metzl

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Jamie Metzl

 is a leading futurist, geopolitical expert, science fiction novelist, and media commentator and a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council.  In February 2019, Jamie was appointed to the  World Health Organization expert advisory committee on developing global standards for the governance and oversight of human genome editing. Jamie previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society and with the United Nations in Cambodia. Jamie appears regularly on national and international media discussing global issues and his syndicated columns and other writing on Asian affairs, genetics, virtual reality, and other topics are featured regularly in publications around the world. He is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide, the historical novel The Depths of the Sea, and the genetics sci-fi thrillers Genesis Code and Eternal SonataHis new book Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity will be released April 23. An avid ironman triathlete and ultramarathoner and former White House Fellow and Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, Jamie holds a Ph.D. in Asian history from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and is a Phi Beta Kappa Magna cum Laude graduate of Brown University. www.jamiemetzl.com

 

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)

 

Dr. Dean Ornish

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Dr. Dean Ornish

is the founder and president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the author of seven books, all national bestsellers. He has received numerous honors, including the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of Texas, Austin, and the National Public Health Hero Award from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Ornish was recognized as a “TIME 100 Innovator;” by Life magazine as “one of the 50 most influential members of his generation;” by People magazine as “one of the most interesting people of the year;” and by Forbes magazine as “one of the world’s seven most powerful teachers.” He is currently directing the first randomized controlled trial to determine if intensive lifestyle changes can reverse the progression of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Dr. Satchin Panda

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Dr. Satchin Panda

is a professor at the Salk Institute, La Jolla, California, and author of the book “The Circadian Code”. He is a frequent speaker in international conferences on metabolism, exercise and chronic diseases. His research focuses on how circadian clocks regulate behavior, physiology and metabolism. His discovery of how a blue light sensor in the eyes affect sleep-wake cycle, depression and alertness is leading a new revolution in managing light to improve health. Recently he discovered that maintaining a daily feeding-fasting cycle – popularly known as Time-restricted eating (TRE) – can prevent and reverse many chronic diseases and increase lifespan.

 

Dr. Vincent Pedre

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Dr. Vincent Pedre

is the Medical Director of Pedre Integrative Health and Founder of Dr. Pedre Wellness, Medical Advisor to two health-tech start-ups, MBODY360 and Fullscript, Chief Medical Officer for United Naturals, and a Functional Medicine-Certified Practitioner in private practice in New York City since 2004. He is also certified in yoga and Medical Acupuncture. In 2017, he joined Orthomolecular as the chief Clinical Expert in the Pillars of GI Health Program. And in 2018, he joined the faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine, teaching the first ever introductory functional medicine courses to practitioners in Lima, Peru, Brisbane, Australia and Mexico City. He believes the gut is the gateway to a better brain and excellent health. As the bestselling author of “Happy Gut—The Cleansing Program To Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy and Eliminate Pain”—he has helped thousands of people resolve their digestive and gut-related health issues.

 

Dan Porterfield

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Dan Porterfield

is President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Previously, Dan served for seven years as the President of Franklin & Marshall College. He has been recognized as a visionary leader and advocate for expanding educational opportunity and improving the human condition and was named a White House Champion of Change in 2016. Prior to his appointment at Franklin & Marshall College, Dan served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Development and an English professor at his alma mater, Georgetown University, and for four years as a senior public affairs official in the US Department of Health and Human Services. He earned B.A. degrees from Georgetown and Oxford—where he was a Rhodes Scholar—and his Ph.D. from The City University of New York Graduate Center where he was awarded a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities.

 

Louie Psihoyos

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Louie Psihoyos

The Executive Director of Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), Louie Psihoyos is widely regarded as one of the world's most prominent still photographers. Psihoyos mission is to use the art of storytelling to scale social change.

Psihoyos' first documentary film, "The Cove," a film about the mass slaughter of dolphins in Japan, has won over 100 awards globally from festivals and critics, including the Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature in 2009. It became the first doc in history to sweep all the film guilds. More importantly the activism inspired by the film, helped reduce cetacean deaths by thousands per year and some over 93% since the film’s release.

His latest film "Racing Extinction," was seen by 36 million people in over 220 countries and territories on a single day. The projections from that film of endangered species on the United Nations, The Empire State Building and The Vatican has been viewed over 5 billion times, became the top trending global event on Facebook and Twitter and helped lead to legislation banning the trafficking of endangered species.

His third film, Game Changers, documents elite athletes on a plant based diet, and bust myths that meat-centric diet is optimal for strength, endurance, virility and recovery.

He is currently working on a film about Dr. Dean Ornish and his unified theory of health to see if his program, which has proven to reverse heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and prostate cancer can also reverse a disease for which there is no know cure, Alzheimer’s.

 

Dr. Momo Vuyisich

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Dr. Momo Vuyisich

Momo Vuyisich is a founder and Chief Science Officer of Viome. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Tech. Besides providing scientific leadership at Viome, Momo focuses on product development, clinical certification, and clinical research.

Before co-founding Viome in 2016, Momo spent 12 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was the leader of the Applied Genomics team. His research focused on applying modern genomics to the areas of gut microbiomes, host-pathogen and microbial inter-species interactions, pathogen detection, cancer biology, toxicology, infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance, forensics, etc. He also helped set up several genome centers in Africa and Asia.

Momo received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Utah, and BS in Microbiology from the University of Texas at El Paso.

 
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