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The Brain: An Owner’s Guide, 2020 Lecture Series


  • AUDITORIUM ($60): View the speaker and presentation slides live. NO food or drink is allowed in the Auditorium.
  • RECEPTION HALL ($50): View a live video feed of the speaker and presentation slides. Food and drink are allowed in the Reception Hall.



TIME: Doors open at 6:15PM–at which time the pre-lecture reception in the Center for BrainHealth will begin and the lecture seating areas (Center for BrainHealth’s Auditorium and Center for BrainHealth’s Reception Hall) will open. Entry into lecture seating areas prior to 6:15PM to save seats is NOT permitted. Lectures will begin promptly at 7:00PM and conclude at 8:15PM.

LOCATION: Center for BrainHealth, 2200 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75235; Phone: 214.905.3007 / 972.883.3400 (At the corner of West Mockingbird and Forest Park).


ONLINE TICKET SALES: Online ticket sales will close at 6PM the day of each lecture. If tickets are still available, they can be purchased at the Registration/Will Call Desk the evening of the lecture. Tickets purchased at the door will increase to $70 per ticket for the Auditorium seating, and $60 per ticket for Reception Hall seating. All tickets are NONREFUNDABLE.

NO PRINTED TICKETS: No printed tickets will be mailed or distributed. Please check in at the Registration desk in the Center for BrainHealth upon arrival the evening of each lecture.

RESERVED SEATING: There is no reserved seating. Seating is first come, first serve in both seating areas.

PARKING: We offer complimentary valet parking for lecture attendees, and there will also be a designated area for self-parking.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: In the event of inclement weather, the Center for BrainHealth will send an email to all ticket purchasers by 3PM the day of the lecture notifying them if the lecture will proceed as scheduled or will be cancelled. This notification will also be on the Center for BrainHealth’s website (www.centerforbrainhealth.org) and through BrainHealth’s social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).




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The Greystone Foundation Lecture


Charles J. Limb, MD

Music and the Brain – A Window into Creativity



Musical creativity has existed since the earliest days of human civilization. Until recently, how the brain actually produces musical ideas was poorly understood. Recent advances in brain imaging allow us to address questions of artistic significance that were previously felt to be inaccessible to scientific inquiry. Improvisation—the spontaneous generation of musical material—provides an inspiring tool to study the multiple creative processes that take place in music. This presentation will highlight several functional neuroimaging studies that examine the process of musical improvisation by expert jazz and hip hop musicians, as a window into the complex neural processes that give rise to creativity.


Dr. Charles Limb is the Francis A. Sooy Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Chief of the Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at UC San Francisco. He is also Director of the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center at UCSF and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery.


Dr. Limb’s expertise covers the full scope of otology and neurotology, with a focus on the treatment of hearing loss and auditory disorders. He specializes in all surgeries of the temporal bone, with particular expertise in acoustic neuroma surgery, cochlear implant surgery, implantable hearing aids, stapes surgery, cholesteatoma surgery, and cancers of the ear. His current areas of research focus on the study of the neural basis of musical creativity as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants.


He is past Editor-in-Chief of Trends in Amplification (now Trends in Hearing), the only journal explicitly focused on auditory amplification devices and hearing aids, and an Editorial Board member of the journals Otology & Neurotology and Music and Medicine. His work has received international attention and has been featured by National Public Radio, TED, National Geographic, New York Times, PBS, CNN, Scientific American, the British Broadcasting Company, the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sundance Film Festival, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the American Museum of Natural History.


Dr. Limb received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his medical training at Yale University School of Medicine, followed by surgical residency and fellowship in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Hearing Sciences at Johns Hopkins with Dr. David Ryugo studying the development of the auditory brainstem, and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. 



The Linda and Joel Robuck Lecture


Satchin Panda, PhD

When to Eat to Sleep Better



Most people naturally wake up, get hungry throughout the day and fall asleep at generally consistent times. Indeed, coordination of circadian clocks underlies the daily rhythms in physiology, metabolism, behavior and sleep. Now, science is uncovering the links between our circadian rhythm and overall health. While the neural clock is considered the master driver of circadian rhythms, emerging evidence indicates that circadian rhythms in metabolic organs also play a role in sleep and arousal. When we consume a consistent daily caloric intake within a consistent window of 8-12 hours, there is an unexpected improvement in sleep. This observation is bringing new understanding that “when you eat” plays a role in whether or not you get a good night’s sleep. Dr. Panda’s findings have had a vast impact on public health, improving the mental and metabolic health of millions of people. He speaks to the role of sleep and eating – popularized as intermittent fasting – in helping prevent, manage and reverse metabolic diseases.


Dr. Satchin Panda is author of The Circadian Code and a professor at The Salk Institute in San Diego, where he focuses on circadian rhythms. His findings have had a vast impact on public health, improving the mental and metabolic health of millions of people. His discovery that blue light-sensing nerve cells in our retina mediate the diverse effects of light on mood, sleep and hormones is fueling a new revolution in the lighting industry to re-engineer lighting and in turn help reduce depression, support sleep and improve brain health. He also discovered that irrespective of what we eat, maintaining a consistent period of eating and fasting – now popularized as intermittent fasting – can help prevent, manage and reverse metabolic diseases.


Dr. Panda earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture, specializing in genetics and plant breeding, from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology. After earning a master’s degree in biotechnology at Tamilnadu Agricultural University, he joined the graduate program at The Scripps Research Institute where he studied the circadian oscillator mechanism in plants under Dr. Steve Kay. He received his PhD from The Scripps Research Institute and conducted postdoctoral research in Dr. John Hogenesch’s lab at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation in San Diego. 



The Caliber Home Loans Lecture


Sandi Chapman, PhD

Ian Robertson, PhD

Geoff Ling, MD, PhD

Tom Leppert, MBA 

Unlocking human potential: Inside The BrainHealth Project 



Our brain health hasn’t kept up with our heart health, which has doubled the lifespan thanks to the fitness revolution. Our bodies are now outliving our brains by an average of 20 years, but neuroscience has revealed that the brain’s decline is not inevitable. Come Inside The BrainHealth Project and learn about the roadmap to empower people to become “citizen scientists” and unlock their own brain’s potential. See how far and fast you can make your brain a more athletic and fit version of itself. Become part of the BrainHealth revolution by joining the The BrainHealth Project to achieve your best brain health and performance.


Dr. Sandi Chapman is Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, where she is the Dee Wyly Distinguished University Professor. A cognitive neuroscientist with more than 50 funded research grants and 200+ publications, she applies novel approaches to advance higher-order reasoning and strategic memory, strengthen resilience and adaptability, and expand innovative thinking throughout life. She is the author of Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain’s Creativity, Energy, and Focus. Dr. Chapman sees the brain as the most significant path to raise the standard of living globally, and she coined the term “brainomics” to describe the immense economic gains from strengthened brain performance across all sectors of society.


Dr. Ian Robertson is Co-Director of the Global Brain Health Institute (gbhi.org) and was Founding Director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He also is the T. Boone Pickens Distinguished Scientist at UT Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth. Dr. Robertson is known for his translational research into human attention, brain plasticity and rehabilitation. Most recently, his efforts with GBHI have focused on building a worldwide alliance to train future leaders in brain health who will shape policies and practices around the globe to enhance brain health and delay or prevent dementia. He has written more than 400 papers and several books, including co-authoring the leading international textbook on cognitive rehabilitation. In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for Psychological Science in recognition of his “sustained and outstanding distinguished contributions to psychological science.”


Dr. Geoff Ling is a world-renowned neurologist and visionary who is a Professor at Johns Hopkins and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is also Acting Vice Chair for Research at Inova, a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia. In 2014, he championed the development of responsive, brain-controlled artificial limbs and served as the founding director of the DARPA Biological Technologies Office at the Department of Defense. Dr. Ling is board certified in both Neurology and Neuro Critical Care and retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Colonel in 2012. He was considered the Army’s premier subject matter expert on traumatic brain injury and has more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters to his credit.


Mr. Tom Leppert has a distinguished record of accomplishment that includes high-profile leadership positions in the private and public sectors. Under his leadership as Mayor of Dallas (2007-2011), Dallas emerged as one of the focal points in the nation in public safety, economic development, education and the environment. Mr. Leppert has led major national and international corporations in the areas of construction, financial services and banking, homebuilding, real estate and education, including as CEO of The Turner Corporation, the nation’s largest general building company, and Kaplan, Inc., a leading global educational services company. Earlier in his career, he was a Principal/Partner with McKinsey & Co. and a White House Fellow. He has been recognized as “CEO of the Year” by D Magazine, and “Texas Businessman of the Year” by the Texas Association of Business. He received the “Torch of Conscience Award” from American Jewish Congress and “The Global Cross Millennium Award for Corporate Environmental Leadership” from Global Green. 



The Janis and Roy Coffee Lecture


Igor Grant, MD

The Therapeutic Potential of Cannabis: Fact vs. Fiction


Recent advances in neurobiology are providing an improved basis for understanding the potential therapeutic role of cannabis and various natural and synthetic cannabinoids. This presentation will review the evidence for the therapeutic efficacy of cannabis to better understand the facts.


Dr. Igor Grant is Distinguished Professor and Director of the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program and the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Grant served as Chair of the UCSD Department of Psychiatry from 2014 to 2019. Since 2000, Dr. Grant has been Director of the State of California-funded Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR). The Center was funded following passage of California Prop 215, the “Compassionate Use Act” which envisioned providing patients under doctor supervision with access to medicinal cannabis when their medical condition warranted it. California established the CMCR to develop a knowledge base concerning cannabis. The Center has completed seven short-term studies on medicinal cannabis in relation to neuropathic pain and muscle spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis. All the studies produced evidence of at least short-term benefit of medicinal cannabis.


The CMCR is conducting a number of studies on both therapeutic potentials (e.g., with pain, autism, tremor) and potential risks (e.g., automobile driving) of medicinal cannabis. Studies are beginning to explore modes of administration and specific cannabinioids (e.g, THC, CBD). CMCR has been the source of authoritative information that is developing on medicinal cannabis and has consulted with the Legislature of the State of California, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of California (Blue Ribbon Commission’s Regulatory & Tax Structure Working Group), and contributing to the recent National Academies report, “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research” (2017).


Dr. Grant graduated from the University of British Columbia School of Medicine (1966) and received specialty training in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania (1967-1971), with additional training in neurology at the Institute of Neurology (Queen Square) (1980-1981) in London. He has contributed to approximately 800 scholarly publications and is principal investigator of several NIH studies.

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