Help us design the best Brain Health Initiative and Study!
We want to hear from you about our Brain Health Initiative and Pilot Study. The pilot study will be launching in the spring of 2020. We want to make this the best possible experience for the community. That’s why we will be inviting you to attend a meeting to share your opinions. We will be crowd sourcing concepts from those who are on the front lines of brain health and brain illness: all of you.
Listening Campaign Goals
- Share information about the next steps for our study
- Receive your feedback on our survey measures
- Brainstorm ideas for participant recruitment
Be on the lookout for an email from our research team inviting you to attend this meeting.
For more information contact: Dr. Erin Dunn (Director of Research) at BrainHealthStudy@mgh.harvard.edu
This lecture series is designed to improve our community’s awareness about brain health. Each month, through June of 2020, a new brain health factor will be featured in the Brain Health Matters! Lecture Series. Our goal is to equip our community with the skills and knowledge needed to lead a brain healthy lifestyle by: providing the tools needed to optimize daily brain performance, increasing the adoption of brain health protective factors, and creating supporters and advocates of brain health.
Register Now – February 17: Sleep and Your Brain with Michael Breus, PhD
Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He has supplied his expertise with both consulting and as a sleep educator (spokesperson) to brands such as Princess Cruise lines, Six Senses Hotel and Spa, Lighting Science Group, Advil PM, Breathe Rite, Crowne Plaza Hotels, Dong Energy (Denmark), Merck (Belsomra), iHome, and more. He also lectures all over the world for organizations such as Young Presidents Organization, AT&T, on stage for Tony Robbins, hospitals and medical centers, financial organizations, and product companies. Dr. Breus spearheads The Insomnia Blog, can be found regularly writing for The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and Sharecare, and has served as the Sleep Expert for WebMD for over 14 years. In private practice for 20 years, he’s been interviewed on platforms like CNN, Oprah, The View, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Ray, Fox and Friends, The Doctors, Joy Behar, The CBS Early Show, The Today Show, and more. View Michael’s Bio
After learning about the impact of sleep on brain health why not enjoy a brain healthy meal to nourish your mind, mood and soul? Following the lecture, a brain healthy dinner will be available at Grove in Lakewood Ranch. This three-course, brain healthy, prix-fixe menu was designed by the Brain Health Initiative’s Dr. Uma Naidoo, MD, a Nutritional Psychiatrist, professional chef, nutrition specialist and author, in collaboration with Chef Greg Campbell at Grove.
Reserve your table by clicking the link below.
Save the Date – March 16: Nutrition and the Brain
with Dr. Uma Naidoo
Michelin-starred chef David Bouley described Dr. Uma Naidoo as the world’s first “triple threat” in the food as medicine space. She is a Harvard trained psychiatrist, Professional Chef graduating with her culinary schools’ most coveted award, and a trained Nutrition Specialist. Her niche work is in Nutritional Psychiatry and she is regarded both nationally and internationally as a medical pioneer in this field.
Dr. Naidoo founded and directs the first hospital-based clinical service in Nutritional Psychiatry in the USA. She is the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) & Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital Academy while serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Naidoo graduated from the Harvard-Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in Boston during which she received several awards, some of which included a “Junior Investigator Award” (American Psychiatric Association); “Leadership Development for Physicians and Scientists” award (Harvard), as well as being the very first psychiatrist to be awarded the coveted “Curtis Prout Scholar in Medical Education”.
She has recently piloted the first Culinary Medicine & Nutrition class for first year Harvard medical students. She was asked by the American Psychiatric Association to write the first academic book in Nutritional Psychiatry.
In addition she is now the author of the upcoming title: “This is Your Brain on Food”! Learn More
Save the Date – April 28: Brain Health & Emotional Wellbeing: How Emotional Health Impacts your Brain Health with Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 28 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture – with 900,000 copies in English alone. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA and Google, and at Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and he’s taught in meditation centers worldwide..
Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University, served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and was president of the board of FamilyWorks, a community agency. He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, California. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with 150,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free. View Bio
May • Meaning/Purpose
June • Cognitive Stimulation