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BRAINMIND EVENTS

BrainMind is hosting a series of events bringing together an ecosystem of neuroscience institutions, researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors with the shared purpose of accelerating values-driven brain endeavors – intellectual, entrepreneurial, and ethical.

These private meetings are designed to educate participants on emerging neuroscience and also catalyze thoughtful application of impactful findings in mind and brain science, from basic research to company creation. While the ecosystem is open to those with sincere interest, the summits are reserved for only the most active voices. They are designed so that all the ingredients necessary (selected impactful ideas, capital, leadership, mentorship) are present to selectively accelerate specific applications in the BrainMind field.

UPCOMING SUMMITS AND EVENTS

Stanford

September 8-9, 2018

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OXFORD

April 14, 2019

Cambridge

May 4-5, 2019

Special events AND DINNERS

Silicon Valley: October 5, 2018 and December 7, 2018, Seattle: October 2018, New York: December 2018

Asilomar

January 7-12, 2020


BRAINMIND Summit HOSTED at STANFORD UNIVERSITY

 (2018 BrainMind Summit hosted at Stanford, photo courtesy of  John Werner )

(2018 BrainMind Summit hosted at Stanford, photo courtesy of John Werner)

The BrainMind Summit hosted at Stanford convenes the world’s top thought leaders in both neuroscience and study of human consciousness. Attendees 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.

Participants include Kyoto and Breakthrough Prize winners, BRAIN Initiative leaders, founders of the largest technology companies in silicon valley, chief scientists of major foundations, scientists on the cutting-edge of BrainMind fields, ethics, genomics, amongst others; founders of top venture capital funds, and prolific philanthropists.

The Summit in 2018 was hosted by Michael McCullough, Laura Roberts, Reid Hoffman, and Juan Enriquez.

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Goals

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.

Summit participants will be engaged on the questions worth exploring in the years to come, and on what the current body of knowledge means for future innovation. Some of our discussion sessions are academic and cutting-edge: “Brain Imaging with Holography”, “Prophylactics for PTSD”. A few lean more practical: “Neuroscience of Love,” “Sleep and Vitality of the Mind.”

SPEAKERS

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.

Sample presenters include:

 

EXPERIENTIAL NEUROLAB

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The BrainMind Summit includes a hands-on Experiential NeuroLab with exciting invention and technology demonstrations and 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. The NeuroLab will also include immersive art exhibitions exploring the theme of “digital consciousness.” Content in the lab will be hosted by Laura Roberts, Ed Boyden, David Eagleman, and Andrew Huberman.

 

BREAKOUT MODULES

Special breakout discussions allow attendees to go deeper on specific topics. The event is designed to encourage conversation and collaboration with speakers and other great minds.

Breakout Modules include the following topic areas:

  Attachment  — the science of belonging vs. isolation, connections with autism

Attachment — the science of belonging vs. isolation, connections with autism

  Cognition  — the supercharged brain / the mind in decline

Cognition — the supercharged brain / the mind in decline

  Motivation  — what drives us, from achieving goals to addiction

Motivation — what drives us, from achieving goals to addiction

  Sleep  — benefits of good sleep / conquering sleep disruption

Sleep — benefits of good sleep / conquering sleep disruption

  Resilience  — pathways of healing from trauma to wellbeing

Resilience — pathways of healing from trauma to wellbeing

  Flow  — being in the zone: fluidity in attention and action

Flow — being in the zone: fluidity in attention and action

  Longevity  — slowing the brain's aging process, increasing vibrancy for all

Longevity — slowing the brain's aging process, increasing vibrancy for all

  Strategic Philanthropy and Purpose-Driven Investing  — novel models accelerating neuroscience

Strategic Philanthropy and Purpose-Driven Investing — novel models accelerating neuroscience

  Idea/Company Formation  — Revolutionizing medical Imaging + brain-computer communication with consumer electronics

Idea/Company Formation — Revolutionizing medical Imaging + brain-computer communication with consumer electronics

  Idea/Company Formation  — Treating neurological conditions with non-invasive brain stimulation

Idea/Company Formation — Treating neurological conditions with non-invasive brain stimulation

  Idea/Company Formation  — Discovering curative therapies for Parkinson’s Disease with machine learning

Idea/Company Formation — Discovering curative therapies for Parkinson’s Disease with machine learning

 

 

PARTICIPANTS

The BrainMind Summit at Stanford included over 200 participants. All BrainMind Summit participants are carefully selected for potential contribution, influence, and moral intent. They share a passion for the BrainMind space and significant leadership in their respective careers (scientists, founders, government leaders, venture capitalists, inventors, philanthropists, philosophers). The goal is to foster vital impact investing needed to bridge the resource gap for rapid and impactful innovation in medicine and technology, catalyzing transformative proof-of-concept development in this field. 

Participation requires active engagement and attendees will be expected, with orientation to their expertise and potential for impact in the BrainMind space, to learn, explore, collaborate, advise, invest, and inspire the broader community to get involved in this initiative. 

 (Photos from the 2016 BrainMind Summit, co-hosted by the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)

(Photos from the 2016 BrainMind Summit, co-hosted by the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)

The first BrainMind Summit attracted attendees with over $15bn of personal and directed capital (including founders of LinkedIn and PayPal), and other technology and healthcare researchers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and engineers. We are inviting our supporters to be a part of the next high-level convening shaping the future of the field.

Special thanks to our very generous supporters and to the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences who helped to make this event possible. 

 

EVENT DETAILS:

Previous Date: September 8-9, 2018

Location: Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University campus, at 326 Galvez St, Stanford, CA 94305

Program: Presentations are 8:30am-6:00pm on Saturday and 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday, Receptions and Dinners follow the sessions on both evenings. Juan Enriquez will give a special keynote during the Saturday dinner.

Saturday September 8th, 7:30am-9:30pm

Sunday September 9th, 8:00am-6:30pm

Location: Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center

Parking: For Saturday only: Take an Uber if at all possible because of the football game on Saturday. If you absolutely must park Saturday, refer to this link for guidance

Lodging: Book your hotels now! Stanford offers a comprehensive lodging guide here: https://visit.stanford.edu/plan/lodging.html

 


BRAINMIND CAMBRIDGE

On May 4-5, 2019, the BrainMind Summit at the MIT Media Lab will function as a parallel to the summit held on the Stanford campus with a goal to foster vital investing needed to bridge the resource gap for rapid and impactful innovation in medicine and technology, catalyzing transformative  development in neuroscience.

The Summit at MIT will be hosted by Michael McCullough, Ed Boyden, Juan Enriquez, and Reid Hoffman.

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PARTICIPANTS:

BrainMind Summits are invite-only, with space limited to around 200 attendees. Participants are carefully selected for potential contribution, influence, and moral intent. This Summit follows a successful pilot program that convened elite experts in neuroscience, behavioral psychology, medicine, VR technology, and social networks. A limited number of participants will be able to attend. 

 

EVENT DETAILS:

DATE: May 4-5, 2019

LOCATION: MIT MEDIA LAB

 

 


BRAINMIND ASILOMAR

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In 1975, Paul Berg convened a conference in Asilomar, California, of biologists, lawyers, physicians, and others, to discuss how the biotechnology community would voluntarily regulate itself.  The outcome was a set of rules and guidelines that, to this day, have helped biotechnology make great contributions to human life, in a safe and ethical manner.  With the neurotechnology industry entering its period of growth, arguably now is the time to hold an "Asilomar of the Brain". 

In January 2020, we will convene leaders in science, medicine, and industry, as well as philosophers, lawyers, and ethicists, to discuss the guidelines that brain engineers will follow in the years to come, in an open and public way, both to ensure the ethical and safe furthering of this industry, as well as to encourage a dialogue with the public. 

One possible outcome would be a document, signed by the participants, declaring what our values and principles should be, as well as committing to follow them.  Unlike all other neuroethics conferences, which have primarily focused on talks and seminars, this will be highly participatory: the goal is not to talk to each other, but to talk with each other. 

Just as the 1974 Asilomar conference set the stage for a half century of bioengineering, the 2020 Asilomar BrainMind conference has the chance to set the stage for a half century of neuro-engineering.  

We hope you can join us. 

EVENT DETAILS:

DATE: Jan 7-12, 2020

LOCATION: ASILOMAR CONFERENCE GROUNDS

 


BRAINMIND SPECIAL DINNERS AND GATHERINGS

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Throughout the year, BrainMind convenes semi-regular dinners/gatherings to energize the ecosystem. Members of the ecosystem are invited to collect informally around the country for dinners with speakers on specific topic areas, social gatherings, and half-day events.

Upcoming events include evening speaker receptions on October 5th and December 7th in Menlo Park. Future events will take place in New York City, Chicago, Boston, and Seattle.


 

PAST SPEAKERS

The following speakers presented at the 2016 BrainMind Summit, co-hosted by the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

 

Laura Roberts, M.D., M.A. serves as Chairman and the Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is an internationally recognized scholar in bioethics, psychiatry, medicine, and medical education. Over two decades, Dr. Roberts has received scientific, peer-reviewed funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, and private foundations to perform empirical studies of modern ethical issues in research, clinical care, and health policy, with a particular focus on vulnerable and special populations. Her work has led to advances in understanding of ethical aspects of physical and mental illness research, societal implications for genetic innovation, the role of stigma in health disparities, the impact of medical student and physician health issues, and optimal approaches to fostering professionalism in medicine.

Dr. Roberts has written hundreds of peer-reviewed articles and other scholarly works, and she has written or edited several books in the areas of professionalism and ethics in medicine, professional development for physicians, and clinical psychiatry. Dr. Roberts was recently appointed as the Editor-in-Chief, Books for the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Roberts has been the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Academic Psychiatry since 2002 and serves as an editorial board member and peer reviewer for many scientific and education journals. 

 

 

David Eagleman, Ph.D.  is an American writer and neuroscientist, serving as an adjunct associate professor at Stanford University in the department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. He also independently serves as the director of the Center for Science and Law. He is known for his work on brain plasticity, time perception, synesthesia, and neuro law. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a council member in the World Economic Forum, and a New York Times bestselling author published in 28 languages. He is the writer and presenter of the international six-hour television series, The Brain with David Eagleman.

 

 

 

 

Reid Hoffman focuses on building products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects.  An accomplished entrepreneur and executive, Reid has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. He possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses, as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive, “blitzscale” growth.

Reid co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service, in 2003. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 400 million members around the world and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising, and software licensing. He led LinkedIn through its first four years and to profitability as Chief Executive Officer.  Reid currently serves as a Partner at Greylock Partners. 

 

Helen Fisher, Ph.D.  Biological Anthropologist, is a Senior Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute, member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Internet dating site Match.com. She has conducted extensive research and written six books on the evolution and future of human sex, love, marriage, gender differences in the brain and how your personality style shapes who you are and who you love. She is currently using her knowledge of brain chemistry to discuss the neuroscience of business leadership and innovation.

 

 

 

Mary Lou Jepsen, Ph.D. creates bold visions of the future, takes them through R&D and delivers them to scale. She is acclaimed for her work at Google [x], Facebook, Oculus, and One Laptop per Child in consumer electronics, computers, TV, software and web services. Her breadth spans further into design, internet, automotive and medical devices. 

She currently leads advanced consumer electronics at Facebook and Oculus. Previously she had a similar role at Google and Google [x], where she was also a close advisor to Sergey Brin. She co-founded One Laptop per Child (OLPC) with Nicholas Negroponte, and was the lead inventor and architect of the $100 laptop. She built OLPC’s partnerships throughout Asia to deliver the $100 laptop into high volume production. She has worked extensively with the Asian manufacturing hubs in Taiwan, China, Japan and Korea, living in Taiwan for six years. Her startup CEO experience includes the world’s only fabless display screen company which was based in Taipei.

 

 

Paul Ekman, Ph.D.  Professor Emeritus in Psychology at UCSF, is the researcher and author best known for furthering our understanding of nonverbal behavior, encompassing facial expressions and gestures. In addition to his own distinguished academic career, Ekman has authored more than 100 published articles and holds several honorary doctoral degrees. A pre-eminent psychologist and co-discoverer of micro expressions with Friesen, Haggard and Isaacs, Ekman was named by the American Psychological Association as one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, and TIME Magazine (2009) hailed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2014, Dr. Ekman was ranked fifteenth among the most influential psychologists of the 21st century by Archives of Scientific Psychology.

 

 

Juan Enriquez is one of those unique individuals who lives in the future and works on the cutting edge of discovery. He is an active investor in early-stage private companies in the life sciences sector, and is one of the world’s leading authorities on the uses and benefits of genomic research. His book, with Steve Gullans, is Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth. In Evolving Ourselves, Juan and Steve Gullans conduct a sweeping tour of how humans are changing the course of evolution — sometimes intentionally, sometimes not.

Bio-science is beginning to affect the way we live, work, and do business, and Juan is an articulate and effective advocate of its promise. Synthetic Genomics, which he co-founded, is a company developing breakthrough genomic-driven solutions for major global issues. They are focused on energy and chemical solutions first but researching a wide range of business solutions in human health (vaccines) and food and water production and the environment.

In addition to his entrepreneurial work in the life sciences, Juan writes and speaks engagingly about the profound changes that genomics and other life sciences will cause in business, technology, politics and society.

 

 

Michael McCullough, M.D., M.Sc. is an entrepreneur, impact investor and Partner at Capricorn Healthcare, social entrepreneur, and emergency room professor at UCSF. Michael’s personal interest in the brain extends from a childhood brain hemorrhage which resulted in hydrocephalus and a severe stutter, partially corrected by brain surgery at age 10 and requiring Michael to retrain himself to speak through high school and early college at Stanford. Accomplishing fluent speech also required extensive biofeedback and meditation practice.  After returning from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, Michael co-founded QuestBridge during free hours in medical school at UCSF and his surgical residency at Stanford. QuestBridge, a national non-profit, now places more talented low-income students into top colleges like Stanford, Yale, Caltech, and MIT than all other non-profits combined. Michael has since founded or co-founded 12 successful companies and non-profits. 

Michael is a founder of RegenMed Systems, a co-founding investor of HeartFlow, and on the founding board of 2U -- all top performing impact investments. Michael also served/serves on the boards of the Metabiota, the Global Leadership Incubator, QuestBridge, and the Dalai Lama Foundation among others, and serves as an on-call ER physician for the Dalai Lama during his visits to the West Coast. 

 

 

Thomas Insel, M.D. is an American neuroscientist and psychiatrist who led the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 2002 until November 2015. Prior to becoming Director of NIMH, he was Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is best known for research on oxytocin and vasopressin, two peptide hormones implicated in complex social behaviors, such as parental care and attachment. He announced on Sept. 15, 2015, that he was resigning as the director of the NIMH to join the Life Science division of Google X.

 

 

 

Leslie Prichep, Ph.D is Chief Scientific Officer of BrainScope.  Until early 2015 Dr. Prichep was the Director of the Brain Research Laboratories (BRL) and Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, where she remains a Professor in retirement. She has extensive experience and recognition as a pioneer in the field of quantitative electrophysiology, clinically applied translational research, source localization and multivariate classification methodologies. She was responsible for the direction of the largest existing database of quantitative electrophysiological data from normal subjects and neuropsychiatric patients, which includes traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome, PTSD, and dementia patients. Dr. Prichep and her colleagues at BRL were the first to publish normative equations demonstrating that features of the EEG could be lawful as a function of age. Dr. Prichep has over 125 publications, with another 55 book chapters, books, published proceedings and monographs, holds a number of patents, and is considered one of the preeminent research scientists in the field of computerized electrophysiology. Dr. Prichep has been working with BrainScope since its inception in 2006.

 

Julie Hanna is an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor, working with purpose-driven tech companies and public institutions to solve humanity’s greatest challenges. In 2015, President Obama appointed her Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs.  Hanna is Executive Chairman of Kiva, the world's largest crowdfunding marketplace for underserved entrepreneurs. During her tenure, Kiva has reached 190 countries and delivered $1 Billion loans to over 2 million people.

Serving in roles that ranged from founding executive to founder and CEO, Hanna has pioneered products and led companies that have allowed millions of people to connect, communicate and collaborate globally. She has been founder, CEO or founding executive of five venture-backed technology companies, including Healtheon (WebMD), onebox.com, ($850M acquisition NASDAQ: UPIP), Portola (acquired by Netscape), and open source pioneer Scalix.  Hanna was named the United States Woman Icon of APEC and is a recipient of the 2016 Global Empowerment Award.