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 late 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
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.
Uma Naidoo, MD 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. Learn More
Postponed – 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
Heidi Hanna, PhD
Heidi has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit and ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit. A NY Times Best Selling author of The SHARP Solution, Heidi is CEO and founder of SYNERGY, an integrative neuroscience partnership that provides brain-based training for individuals and organizations. www.heidihanna.com
December 16, 2019: Brain Health and Social Engagement: Social Engagement, Social Support, & Your Brain Health
Shelley Carson, PhD
Dr. Shelley Carson received her PhD in psychology from Harvard University, where she conducts research, teaches, and advises students. She’s served as a senior consultant and subject matter expert for a US Department of Defense project, which provides online mental health assistance to service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. Her research on creativity, psychopathology, and resilience has been widely published in both national and international scientific journals. https://www.shelleycarson.com/
Wednesday, January 22, 2020: Physical Activity and Implications to Brain Health: Exercise is Medicine for your brain
John J. Ratey, MD is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, part-time, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Ratey has been a leading teacher and researcher on brain and personality and treatment of aggression and the development of disabilities as well as the psychological and cognitive benefits of exercise and play. He has written extensively on Attention Deficit Disorder, learning disabilities, brain differences that affect social skills and has published Shadow Syndromes, a book that has helped broaden our understanding of how the brain affects everyday life. Dr. Ratey is the author or co-author of more than 85 scientific publications and eight books including Driven to Distraction and The User’s Guide to the Brain and Spark: The New Revolutionary Science of Exercise and the Brain and Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind From the Afflictions of Civilization. www.johnratey.com
Monday, February 17, 2020: How to Be Better in Bed: Sleep is a fundamental pillar of Brain Health.
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 was one of the youngest people to have passed the Board at age 31 and, with a specialty in Sleep Disorders, is one of only 168 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Dr. Breus is on the clinical advisory board of The Dr. Oz Show and appears regularly on the show (39 times in 8 seasons). https://thesleepdoctor.com/