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Dear Friends and Collaborators — Past, Future, and Present,
We are pleased to invite you to the BrainMind Summit at Stanford. This event will bring together top scientists, investors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and thinkers together around one mission, to surface and support the most impactful ideas and companies in the science of the brain and mind. Together, we can get a lot done during this special weekend and in the months and years to follow.
Thank you for coming.
The BrainMind Advisory Board
Saturday October 12, 2019 @ 8:00am to Sunday October 13, 2019
Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University
325 Galvez St., Stanford, CA 94305
Accommodation & Travel
Please reserve your hotel room as early as possible. For good options, see the Stanford's visitor lodging guide. While parking will be available, we recommend that attendees use a car hailing service.
Speakers at the BrainMind Summit are chosen for their uniquely disruptive contributions to their respective fields. All speakers are available to engage with Summit participants and will host intimate roundtable discussions over lunch. Featured entrepreneurs will present groundbreaking ideas and will host discussion tables during the afternoon program.
SATURDAY, October 12th, 2019
8:00 AM Breakfast & Registration
9:00 AM Welcome to BrainMind at Stanford with Laura Roberts, Michael McCullough, Juan Enriquez, and Diana Saville
Musical Performance by Elena Georgieva, researcher, Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
9:20 AM Plenary Session Supported by the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute:
Disruptive Psychopharmacology: Are the 60’s Back?
Rob Malenka, MD, PhD
Nancy Friend Pritzker Professor in Psychiatry Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, Associate Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Deputy Director, Stanford Neurosciences Institute.
The Baby Brain
Patricia Kuhl, PhD
Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, Co-Director, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington
The e-Brain Model
Magali Haas, MD, PhD
CEO & President, Cohen Veterans Bioscience
Engineering a New Era of Psychiatric Therapeutics
Amit Etkin, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stanford University, and VA Palo Alto
BrainMind - The Path Ahead
Michael McCullough, MD
Founder, BrainMind, Entrepreneur in Residence, Greylock Partners
Qi-Gong Exercises with Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun and Willian Spear
10:30 AM Break
11:15 AM Plenary Session
Socioeconomic Status and the Brain: Prospects for Neuroscience-informed Social Policy
Martha Farah, PhD
Director, Center for Neuroscience & Society, Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Natural Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
Circadian Metabolism for Brain Health
Satchinanda Panda, PhD
Professor, Regulatory Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
HypNOpioids – Pain Relief Without Drugs
David Spiegel, MD
Wilson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine Stanford University
Stanford RTAP Presentations
Karen Parker, PhD - Revolutionizing Autism Detection: A Laboratory-Based Diagnostic
Hadi Housseini, PhD - A Brain Imaging Wearable: Daily Tracking of Brain Function
Eric Stice, PhD - Brain Training: Devaluation of High Calorie Foods
12:45 PM Lunch with Speakers, Experiential NeuroLab opens
1:45 PM Guided Meditation led by Hui Qi Tong, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor S,tanford University School of Medicine
2:15 PM Musical Performance by Fernando Lopez-Lezcano, composer; and lecturer, Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
2:30 PM Entrepreneur Spotlight supported by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Selected entrepreneurs present their ideas and pose one impact-related question to participants.
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Breakout Discussion Tables
Strategic Philanthropy - Calvin Nguyen and Andrew Lee, MBA
Alzheimers’ Prevention and Genetic Risk - Richard Isaacson, MD and Marwan Sabbagh, MD
Flow States, Imagination, and Creativity - John Seely Brown, PhD and Rodney Mullen
Psychedelic Medicine - Charles DeBattista, MD
Memories and Meaning - Sharon Naperstek, PhD
Aha Moments: The Neural Basis of Insight - Heather Berlin, MD
Being You - Anil Seth, DPhil
Mindfulness and Self Mastery - Hui Tong, PhD
Children’s Mental Health - David Hong, MD and Karen Parker, PhD
Quantum Consciousness - Stuart Hameroff, MD
4:45 PM Reception with performance by hip hop artist Baba Brinkman
6:00 PM (Dinners By Special Request Only)
Dinner exploring innovative work on Alzheimer’s Prevention and Genetic Risk with Dr. Richard Isaacson, Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, Associate Professor of Neurology, Assistant Dean of Faculty Development and Director of the Neurology Residency Program at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Marwan Sabbagh, MD, Director of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at Cleveland Clinic Nevada, Camille and Larry Ruvo Endowed Chair for Brain Health, and Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology, UNLV
SUNDAY, October 13th, 2019
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Welcome and Recap with Laura Roberts, Michael McCullough, Juan Enriquez, and Diana Saville
Musical Performance by Jonathan Berger, composer and Chair of the Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
9:20 AM Plenary Session
Towards the Comprehensive Mapping of Normal and Pathological Brain Mechanisms
Ed Boyden, PhD
Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology at MIT, Leader, Synthetic Neurobiology Group, Professor, MIT Media Lab and McGovern Institute, Departments of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Co-Director, MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering
Poppy Crum, PhD
Chief Scientist, Dolby Laboratories, Adjunct Professor, Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Program in Symbolic Systems
Eddie Chang, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Neurological Surgery, Jeanne Robertson Distinguished Professor, William K. Bowes Jr Biomedical Investigator, Co-Director, Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses at UC Berkeley and UCSF Weill Institute of Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco
Building on the Science of Resilience
Manpreet Singh, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director, Stanford Pediatric Mood Disorders Program, Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine, Stanford Maternal Child Health Research Institute
CMOS to Mind, Merging Computers and Brains
Nick Melosh, PhD
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University
Qi-Gong Exercises - Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun and Willian Spear
10:30 AM Break
11:15 AM Plenary Session:
Treatments at the Crossroads of Brain/Mind/Body: Anorexia Nervosa
Jim Lock, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics, Stanford University
Accelerating Mindfulness Training with Ultrasonic Neuromodulation
Jay Sanguinetti, PhD
Adjunct Professor, University of Arizona, Research Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
Why Babies Are More Conscious Than We Are
Alison Gopnik, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Team Up with Thine Enemy: A New Way to Make Progress in Consciousness Research
Dawid Potgeiter, DPhil
Senior Program Officer, Head of Program Management, Templeton World Charity Foundation
Feeling and Consciousness
Antonio Damasio, MD, PhD
Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology & Philosophy, Director, Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California
12:45 PM Lunch with Speakers, Experiential NeuroLab opens
1:45 PM Guided “Wheel of Awareness” Meditation led by Daniel Siegel, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and executive director of the Mindsight Institute.
2:15 PM Spiritune Musical Demo, Jamie Pabst
2:30 PM Ecosystem Brainstorming Session
EIR in Labs Program, Neuroethics Initiative, Funding Support for Valley of Death Companies, Roadmap and Funding Gaps fo Alzheimer’s, Accelerating Research Tool Development, Future BrainMind Salons
3:30 PM Fireside Chat with Reid Hoffman
4:30 PM Closing Remarks with Laura Roberts and Michael McCullough
4:45 PM Closing Reception with performance by hip hop artist Baba Brinkman
6:00 PM (For Consciousness Day Participants Only) Kickoff Dinner for Consciousness Day with Keynote by Dr. Christof Koch, Chief Scientist and President of the Allen Institute
BrainMind Summits are invite-only, with space limited to around 200 attendees. All participants are members of the BrainMind ecosystem and are carefully selected for potential contribution, influence, and intent. Because only a small subset of the ecosystem can participate, only the most active members of the community will attend multiple summits.
The Summit is built around the following principles of BrainMind:
Build a collaborative roadmap for effective forward progress in the science of the brain and mind with top scientists and leaders in the field.
Within this wider roadmap, surface and focus special attention on the areas and ideas in most need of coordinated support.
Leverage new forms of capital and infuse leaders in the entrepreneurial, investing, and philanthropic communities to support these pivotal ideas from the lab to society.
FEEDBACK from the 2018 Summit:
“I’ve been going to TED for 14 years and this is the best conference I’ve ever been to. Amazing aggregation of  people. No one here that I wouldn’t be delighted to sit next to on a very long flight and that’s a rare statement.”
“The next Google could be two people who met here.”
“Enormous amount of cross-fertilization going on. Building on the dramatic success of this, I think they’re going to have an amazing caliber of speaker and schedule of folks that will be mind-boggling and they have a basis to attract an incredible audience.”
“It takes so much time to get different people together… this entire weekend everyone was so inspired and so everyone was willing to contribute and make a big impact together.”
“What BrainMind is all about is: Can we have a fundamental, exponential impact on this space and the benefits for humanity? This is what we all should be doing.”
“That synergy and compounding effect that’s happening here is really rare. There are waves and movements in culture that come in certain points and intersections in history, that are important. And BrainMind is one of those intersections in time.
The BrainMind Summit includes a hands-on Experiential NeuroLab with exciting inventions, technology demonstrations, and artistic exhibits. Experiences include mind-controlled visual media, AR and VR-based technologies, real human brains and 10-100x expanded brains, neuroscience-driven perceptual illusions, immersive education experiences, and more. More info on the 2019 Neurolab exhibits will be available in late September.
Special breakout discussions allow participants to go deeper on specific topics. Roundtables with 8-12 participants convene around preselected BrainMind topics with subject matter experts. breakouts are designed to encourage conversation and collaboration with speakers and other great minds.
Special Breakout and Saturday Dinner: Alzheimer’s Prevention Vertical
One in ten people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s dementia. Over 60% of persons with Alzheimer’s have at least one APOE-ɛ4 allele, which increases the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s and is associated with an earlier age of onset. Despite these statistics, steps can be taken to help prevent and delay Alzheimer’s in some and prevent it altogether in others. BrainMind is developing the first Alzheimer’s Prevention vertical focusing specifically on those genetically at-risk, gathering experts to discuss the most important work being done in the space. Since the emergence of genetic testing around for Alzheimer’s alleles in 2016, a growing number of people are discovering they are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s. If you had your genome sequenced two+ years ago or have never been tested, consider consulting a genetic counselor and subsequently ordering genetic testing such as 23&Me that includes the APOE-ɛ4 allele.
Key performances on Saturday and Sunday will be introduced by our Musical Curator, composer Jonathan Berger. Berger is the Denning Family Provostial Professor in Music at Stanford University, where he teaches composition, music theory, and cognition at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He was the founding co-director of the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SICA, now the Stanford Arts Institute) and founding director of Yale University’s Center for Studies in Music Technology.
Described as “gripping” by both the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, “poignant”, “richly evocative” (San Francisco Chronicle), “taut, and hauntingly beautiful” (NY Times), Jonathan Berger’s recent works deal with both consciousness and conscience. His chamber operas, Theotokia and The War Reporter explore hallucination and haunting memories, while his monodrama, My Lai portrays the ethical dilemmas of an individual placed in an impossible situation.
Baba Brinkman is a rap artist, science communicator, and award-winning playwright based in New York, NY. Best known for his “Rap Guide” series of science-themed plays and albums, Baba has toured the world and enjoyed successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and off-Broadway. The series so far includes rap guides to Evolution, Human Nature, Religion, Climate Change, Consciousness, and the brand-new Rap Guide to Culture.
Called “Astonishing and brilliant” by the New York Times, Baba is a Scotsman Fringe First Award winner for Exceptional New Writing, and a two-time Drama Desk Award Nominee, for “Outstanding Solo Performance” and “Unique Theatrical Experience”. His latest science/rap/comedy show, about the neuroscience of consciousness, recently concluded an eight-month run off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse.
BRAIN | MIND | BODY
During the Summit, Qigong Master Guan-Cheng Sun and Integrative Health and Healing faculty William Spear will lead a series of somatically based experiences meant to balance the “heady” content of the presentations. These experiences will include stretching, moving, and breathing exercises, enriched with immersive visuals and contextualized with the Chinese view of brain and mind. “With two primary forces at work: the intellect and cognition, and the dream state and ideation, that which lies beyond those two is a non-dualistic form -- wei wu wei, or "doing non-doing," neither left or right, yang or yin, what is often said to be the source of 1+1=3, the nameless Dao.” Some exercises will focus in the “hara”, or “Dan Tian” through deep breathing, giving attendees an opportunity to return to a sense of emptiness, and to find and release tensions in the body. All of these sessions could potentially, though subtly, enhance participants’ experience by breaking up time spent sitting, thinking, talking, note-taking, etc. with quiet, contemplative practices that calm the busy mind and revitalize presence. Meant solely as a complement rather than a distraction, we sincerely believe these experiences will contribute value to the gathering.
The BrainMind Summit hosted with Stanford will convene on October 12-13, 2019.
BrainMind is building a best-in-class community around the mission to advance neuroscience innovation that will most benefit humanity. This summit will catalyze focused and informal collaborations between sector-defining scientists, entrepreneurs, operators, investors, leaders, thinkers, and philanthropists.
Far from the typical scientific meeting, this private gathering is centered around opportunities to have a direct impact on the science presented, and to meaningfully engage with a carefully curated, truly multidisciplinary community. Along with the world’s top thought leaders in neuroscience and philosophy of mind, all Summit participants have been personally selected for their brilliance, effectiveness, sincerity, and intent.
Invited participants explore a curated collection of cutting-edge discoveries in neuroscience, engage with the scientists behind those ideas, and advise promising early-stage companies - all with the goal of bringing brain science to the world at scale.
If you have joined us previously at Stanford and MIT, you already know that the audience is a really special group and we expect this upcoming gathering to knock your socks off.
What to Expect
Awe-inspiring short talks from the world's top brain researchers and entrepreneurs
Opportunities to break bread with speakers in small group settings
A chance to discover high-impact companies in the BrainMind space
Brainstorming sessions on philanthropic ventures in strategic investing to accelerate impactful brain science
Expert-led breakout discussions on topics like maintaining a youthful brain, psychedelic medicine, flow states and creativity, cognitive enhancement, and childhood brain development
A hands-on space to explore the next-generation of neurotechnologies
Immersive art exhibitions exploring themes of brain-mind-body connection
Brain-healthy meals and snacks provided throughout