Late Registration: BrainMind Summit at Stanford

Late Registration: BrainMind Summit at Stanford


IMPORTANT: This late registration portal will close on Tuesday, October 8th.

The Summit is a non-profit effort, supported by Ecosystem members. As a special invitee, your contribution of $2,750 makes this gathering possible. Email Calvin Nguyen ( if cost is a barrier.

If you received a code, you will be able to apply it during check-out after the registration form.

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Saturday October 12, 2019 @ 8:00am to Sunday October 13, 2019

Arrillaga Alumni Center
Stanford University
325 Galvez St.
Stanford, CA 94305

Accommodation & Travel
Hotels in the area will book up fast due to a Stanford sporting event on Saturday: 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.



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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?
Robert 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

Qi-Gong Exercises with Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun and William Spear

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

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 Stanford Research Translation Accelerator Program (RTAP) Presentations

Sujay Jaswa - Inspiring and Backing Research Entrepreneurs
Hadi Housseini, PhD - Wearable Imaging: Tracking Brain Function “in the Wild”
Karen J. Parker, PhD - Revolutionizing Detection of Autism: A Laboratory-Based Diagnostic Test
Eric Stice, PhD - Train Your Brain for Healthy Eating: Targeting Neural Circuits to Sustain Weight Loss and Prevent Obesity

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

Stealth mode neurotechnology companies will unveil their breakthrough drug discovery and delivery platforms.

3:15 PM  Break

3:30 PM Breakout Discussion Tables

Strategic Philanthropy - Michael McCullough, MD, Calvin Nguyen
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
Using Your Brain Data: Opportunities and Threats - Amanda Pustilnik, JD
Dynamic Neurostimulation - Mahendra T. Bhati, M.D.
The Brain in Childhood - David Hong, MD and Karen Parker, PhD
Who’s Really In Control? Quantifying the Influence of the Unconscious - Heather Berlin, MPH, PhD
Being You - Anil Seth, DPhil
Mindfulness in Integratie Medicine - Hui Tong, PhD
Memories and Meaning - Sharon Naparstek, PhD
Quantum Consciousness - Stuart Hameroff, MD
BCIs: Past, Present, and Future - Tim Mullen, PhD

4:50 PM Reception


6:00 PM Unconference-style 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

9:30 PM After-hours gathering, Venue TBD

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 Supported by CTRL-labs

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

Inner Lives, Outer Signals
Poppy Crum, PhD

Chief Scientist, Dolby Laboratories, Adjunct Professor, Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Program in Symbolic Systems

Decoding Speech
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

Qi-Gong Exercises with Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun and William Spear

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

10:30 AM Break

11:15 AM Plenary Session:

Accelerating Mindfulness Training with Ultrasonic Neuromodulation
Jay Sanguinetti, PhD
Adjunct Professor, University of Arizona, Research Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico

Treatments at the Crossroads of Brain/Mind/Body: Anorexia Nervosa
Jim Lock, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry Senior Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics, Stanford University

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

12:30 PM Lunch with Speakers, Experiential NeuroLab opens

1:30 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 - Calvin Nguyen
Neuroethics Initiative/Asilomar - Laura Roberts, MD, MA
Novel Business Structures - Magali Haas, MD, PhD
Funding Valley of Death Companies - Gwill York, MBA
Accelerating Research Tool Development - Ed Boyden, PhD and Sam Rodriques, PhD
How Investors Can Help High Impact Companies - Juan Enriquez, MBA
Roadmapping Alzheimer’s - Miyoung Chun, PhD
Future BrainMind Salons - Joon Yun, MD

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

9:30 PM After-hours gathering, Venue TBD


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.

New at Stanford

At the Stanford Summit, BrainMind will be unveiling three new major initiatives around roadmapping, translating neuroscience, and neuroethics. We also have evolved this incredible program with more intimate collaborative discussions with speakers and multisensory experiences with music, art, and neurotechnology. The hands-on experiences will include read-and-write technologies that can be set up as a home brain lab. Be ready for neuroscience-inspired musical experiences curated by Jonathan Berger, composer and Chair of the Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. BrainMind will also exhibit the first-ever digital art created by individual neurons, made possible by Harvard University computational neuroscientists. 

You will also engage personally with a carefully selected group of thought leaders. BrainMind speakers not only share their work on the main stage, but also are available for small group discussions and 1-1 meetings. Speakers include Satchin Panda, Pat Kuhl, Alison Gopnik, Antonio Damasio, Ed Boyden, Rob Malenka, and more brilliant scientists from Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, the Salk Institute, UCSF, and other top institutions. You will also meet with entrepreneurs building cutting-edge brain companies, some in stealth.


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.

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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