Chen Institute Brain & Mind Lecture

Chen Institute Brain & Mind Lecture
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
7 pm
Morrison Planetarium

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Thanks to the generosity of the Chen Institute, the Academy is thrilled to announce the Chen Institute Brain & Mind Lecture series, an annual event exclusively for members and donors that explores brain science and mind health in our rapidly changing world.

For the inaugural lecture, A New Era of Experiential Medicine: Technology to Enhance Cognition, UCSF's Dr. Adam Gazzaley will describe his research on integrating technology and neuroscience to improve brain function. Inside the Academy’s Morrison Planetarium, the audience will take a fully immersive journey into an anatomically realistic 3D brain visualization depicting real-time, source-localized activity from electroencephalographic (EEG) signals, courtesy of the GlassBrain software developed by Gazzaley’s UCSF team. Gazzaley will describe how emerging technologies can inform and enhance neuroscience research and reveal how video games and other interactive technologies can potentially treat such conditions as ADHD, dementia, and depression.

About Dr. Adam Gazzaley

Portrait of UCSF neuroscientist Dr. Adam Gazzaley

Dr. Adam Gazzaley is the David Dolby Distinguished Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at UCSF, and the Founder/Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology creation and scientific research. He designs and develops novel brain assessment and optimization tools to impact education, wellness, and medicine practices. This new approach involves the development of custom-designed, closed-loop video games integrated with the latest advancements in software, VR/AR, and motion capture hardware. These technologies are then advanced to rigorous research to evaluate their impact on brain function and physiology.

A prolific inventor, writer, and scientific communicator, Dr. Gazzaley’s research and perspectives have been consistently profiled in high-impact media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Wired, PBS, NPR, CNN, NBC Nightly News and more. Dr. Gazzaley has received many awards and honors, including the Society for Neuroscience – Science Educator Award, 2020 Global Gaming Citizen Honor, and is a Board of Trustee and Science Council Member of the California Academy of Sciences.


Health and safety reminders

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