BRAINMIND GATHERINGS

 

BrainMind convenes invite-only summits and small gatherings cultivating conscientious leadership and investment in brain science, hosted with the world’s pre-eminent 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.

STANFORD

October 12-13, 2019

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BELLAGIO

TBA, 2019

ASILOMAR

TBA, 2020

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OXFORD

TBA, 2020

MIT

TBA, 2020

SPECIAL EVENTS AND DINNERS


Focused Gatherings - Stanford, San Francisco, Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle



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.

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

  • Neuroscience-inspired multi-sensory performances

  • 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

HOSTS

The Summit will be hosted by Michael McCullough, Laura Roberts, Reid Hoffman, Diana Saville, Juan Enriquez, and Calvin Nguyen.

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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 and will host intimate roundtable discussions over lunch. Featured entrepreneurs will present groundbreaking ideas and will host discussion tables during the afternoon program.

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.

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 [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.


PARTICIPANTS

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.


EXPERIENTIAL NEUROLAB

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.

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

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


BREAKOUT DISCUSSIONS

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.


ARTISTIC EXHIBITS

BrainMind will be featuring brilliant artists exhibiting artworks exploring themes of brain-mind-body connection. Artists are offering up their interpretations of how our external and internal worlds impact our lived experience across intellectual, emotional, and physical spheres. These tech-forward exhibits will incorporate tools such as augmented reality, advanced imaging, and data visualization. Below is a sample of the artistic exhibits featured at the most recent BrainMind Summit, which centered on a theme of Digital Consciousness.

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 October 11th through Sunday October 12th

Location: This is a private gathering. Further detail will be disclosed to invited participants. Visit the application page here.

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

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The most recent BrainMind Summit hosted with MIT convened in Cambridge on May 4-5, 2019.

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HIGHLIGHTS


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

Presenters included:


ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT

Featured entrepreneurs will present groundbreaking ideas and pose impact-related questions to participants. Spotlight entrepreneurs will also host breakout discussion tables.


MULTISENSORY MUSICAL EXPERIENCES

Key performances on Saturday and Sunday will be introduced by our Musical Curator, composer Tod Machover. who is who is Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab. Machover and his team are devoted to exploring musical, multisensory experiences for curing disease and promoting wellbeing, including Gamma-embedded instruments and compositions that promote mind-brain health. BrainMind Summit participants will experience an audio-visual selection from Machover’s Brain Opera entitled: Minsky Melodies. Read more about Tod and the other performers here.


Psyche Loui tackles in the MIND (Music, Imaging, and Neural Dynamics) Lab, which studies the neuroscience of music perception and cognition. At BrainMind, she performed on violin and spoke to some of these insights on stage.

Psyche Loui tackles in the MIND (Music, Imaging, and Neural Dynamics) Lab, which studies the neuroscience of music perception and cognition. At BrainMind, she performed on violin and spoke to some of these insights on stage.

Alexandra Rieger, a doctoral researcher in Tod Machover’s Opera of The Future Lab, performed on the GAMMA MOON, a new instrument specially designed to combine 40-hertz audio, light and vibration to encourage immersive entrainment.

Alexandra Rieger, a doctoral researcher in Tod Machover’s Opera of The Future Lab, performed on the GAMMA MOON, a new instrument specially designed to combine 40-hertz audio, light and vibration to encourage immersive entrainment.

Jamie Pabst showcased the physiological power of music to support emotional health. Spiritune is harnessing the neurological underpinnings of music that targets our deeper human needs, such as emotional regulation, stress reduction, performance and overall happiness.

Jamie Pabst showcased the physiological power of music to support emotional health. Spiritune is harnessing the neurological underpinnings of music that targets our deeper human needs, such as emotional regulation, stress reduction, performance and overall happiness.

On Saturday Night, pop artist  Kiesza  kicked off the evening reception with a special live performance.

On Saturday Night, pop artist Kiesza kicked off the evening reception with a special live performance.


EXPERIENTIAL NEUROLAB

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. 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

BrainFood.jpg

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.

Supporters of BrainMind at MIT

We would like to honor and thank Reid Hoffman, David Sze, Bo Shao, and the following supporters of the BrainMind Summit at MIT:

 
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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.