BRAINMIND GATHERINGS

 

BrainMind hosts invite-only summits and smaller gatherings cultivating conscientious leadership and investment in the science of brain and mind, hosted with the world’s pre-eminent brain research institutions.

 
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UPCOMING

BrainMind is hosting a series of gatherings 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 BrainMind fields.

MIT

May 4-5, 2019

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BELLAGIO

TBA, 2019

STANFORD

October 12-13, 2019

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OXFORD

TBA, 2020

ASILOMAR

TBA, 2020

SPECIAL EVENTS AND DINNERS



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The BrainMind Summit hosted with MIT in Cambridge will convene on May 4-5, 2019.

BrainMind is building a best-in-class community around the mission to advance neuroscience innovation that will most benefit humanity, proposing a draft of the BrainMind roadmap, and catalyzing focused and informal collaborations between sector-defining scientists, entrepreneurs, operators, investors, leaders, thinkers and philanthropists.

As with the BrainMind Summit at Stanford and other BrainMind gatherings, this will be far from the typical scientific meeting - with opportunities to have a direct impact on the science presented, and meaningful engagement with a carefully curated, truly multidisciplinary audience. You have all been selected for your brilliance, effectiveness, sincerity, and intent.

This gathering will bring together the world’s top thought leaders in both neuroscience and study of human consciousness. 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.

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 and advise high-impact companies in the BrainMind space

  • Discussions on creating a roadmap for philanthropic ventures in brain science

  • Expert-led breakout discussions on topics like cognitive enhancement, longevity, human-machine symbiosis, motivation,sleep, and emerging neurotechnologies

  • Live neuroscience-inspired multisensory performances

  • A hands-on space to explore neurotechnology

  • Immersive art exhibitions exploring the theme of digital consciousness

  • A breathtaking community space at the heart of MIT for the BrainMind Ecosystem to connect with each other

  • Brain-healthy meals and snacks provided throughout

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


SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS

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. Speakers delivering mainstage talks will also be hosting intimate roundtable discussions over lunch and during the afternoon program.

Presenters include:

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.

BrainMind Summit participants will also be brought to the tip of the spear on topics such as the neural basis of consciousness, the brain in love, improved circuits of learning, aging with vibrancy, childhood brain development, brain-mind interfaces, psychedelics, artful applications of AI in clinical brain health, new breakthroughs in depression and PTSD, preventing Alzheimer’s, wearable neurotechnology, and some special surprises.

PARTICIPANTS

BrainMind Summits are invite-only, with space limited at the MIT event to under 300 attendees. All participants are members of the BrainMind ecosystem and are carefully selected for potential contribution, influence, and intent. 




EXPERIENTIAL NEUROLAB

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 the MIT Media Lab, the McGovern Institute, and the Picower Institute.

Expansion Microscopy Image Credit:  Gao et al./  Science  2019

Expansion Microscopy Image Credit: Gao et al./ Science 2019



BREAKOUT DISCUSSION MODULES

Special breakout discussions allow attendees to go deeper on specific topics. Roundtables with 8-12 participants convene around preselected BrainMind topics with subject matter experts, including topics like Sleep, Longevity, Resilience, Flow, Attachment, Brain-Computer Interfaces, and Deep Brain Stimulation. The breakouts are designed to encourage conversation and collaboration with speakers and other great minds.


ART EXHIBITIONS

BrainMind is featuring brilliant artists exhibiting artworks exploring the theme of digital consciousness. Artists are offering up their interpretations of how we manifest perception, awareness, visualization, and imagination in the digital age. These tech-forward exhibits utilize technology such as augmented reality, electron microscopy, electroencephalography, and data visualization. 

Ginny Ruffner will be previewing Reforestation of the Imagination, next at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Ginny Ruffner will be previewing Reforestation of the Imagination, next at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Grace Ng’s Mind Paint Interactive Installation will be featured in the Experiential NeuroLab.

Grace Ng’s Mind Paint Interactive Installation will be featured in the Experiential NeuroLab.

Andrew Paul Leonard will be exhibiting a selection of his microscopic photography of neurons and glial cells.

Andrew Paul Leonard will be exhibiting a selection of his microscopic photography of neurons and glial cells.

David Bolinsky’s animations of molecular machinery in neurons and somatic cells will be featured in video format as well as in print.

David Bolinsky’s animations of molecular machinery in neurons and somatic cells will be featured in video format as well as in print.


BRAIN-HEALTHY CUISINE

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New research indicates that diet plays a significant role in brain function, impacting everything from memory to risk for brain diseases. We put these exciting findings into practice at our Summits. You won’t find junky conference fare at our event. Meals and snacks served at the Summit feature foods and ingredients with published findings for brain health benefit. Learn more about our approach here.


DETAILS

Dates: Saturday May 4th through Sunday May 5th

Location: This is a private gathering. Further detail is shared with registered participants. Visit the application page here.

Lodging:  Both the Marriott Boston Cambridge and the Kendall Hotel both have MIT rates (just mention that you are coming to Cambridge for MIT-related business). Below is a list of suggested hotels from MIT: 

Boston Marriott Cambridge
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 494-6600 

Courtyard by Marriott
777 Memorial Drive
Cambridge MA 02139
Phone: (617) 492-7777

Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 492-1234

The Kendall Hotel
350 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 577-1300

Le Meridien Cambridge-MIT
20 Sidney Street 
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 577-0200

Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston MA 02215
Phone: (617) 933-5000

The Marlowe
25 Edwin Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: (617) 868-8000

Fairfield Inn and Suites
215 Monsignor O’Brien Highway
Cambridge, MA  02141
Phone: (617) 621-1999

Royal Sonesta Boston
40 Edwin Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: (617) 806-4200

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ATTENDEE FEEDBACK from September 2018:

I’ve been going to TED for 14 years and this is the best conference I’ve ever been to. Amazing aggregation of [250] 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.

(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 brain science. 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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Summit participants engage on the questions worth exploring in the years to come, and on what the current body of knowledge means for future innovation. Some 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.”

(Photos from the 2018 BrainMind Summit, co-hosted by the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) Special thanks to John Werner for these wonderful photos.

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.

Past Speakers and Discussion Leaders:

EXPERIENTIAL NEUROLAB

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Image credit: Boyden Lab

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 has been hosted by Laura Roberts, Ed Boyden, David Eagleman, Andrew Huberman, and a curated collection of startup neurotech companies.



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

Cognition — the supercharged brain / the mind in decline

Motivation — what drives us, from achieving goals to addiction

Sleep — benefits of good sleep / conquering sleep disruption

Resilience — pathways of healing from trauma to wellbeing

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

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

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 — Treating neurological conditions with non-invasive brain stimulation

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


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

EVENT DETAILS

Date: September 12-13, 2019

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

Program: Programming 8:30am-6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, Receptions follow on both evenings.

Lodging: Please refer to Stanford’s comprehensive lodging guide.





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 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: Date TBA, 2020

LOCATION: ASILOMAR CONFERENCE GROUNDS 

Private Dinners, Special 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 in Menlo Park. Future events will take place in New York City, Chicago, Boston, and Seattle.