SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM

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The Scientific Symposium is part of the in-person event held at Staglin Family Vineyard that will also be streamed online for free to anyone around the world. 

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OPENING REMARKS

FRANCIS COLLINS, MD, PhD

Director, National Institutes of Health

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. was appointed the 16th Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. He was sworn in on August 17, 2009. In 2017, President Donald Trump asked Dr. Collins to continue to serve as the NIH Director. President Joe Biden did the same in 2021.  Dr. Collins is the only Presidentially appointed NIH Director to serve more than one administration. In this role, Dr. Collins oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research. 

Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH from 1993-2008.

Dr. Collins is an elected member of both the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007, and received the National Medal of Science in 2009. In 2020, he was elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (UK) and was also named the 50th winner of the Templeton Prize, which celebrates scientific and spiritual curiosity.

2021 KEYNOTE SPEAKER



Deanna Barch, PhD

Washington University’s Chair of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Couch Professor of Psychiatry and a Professor of Radiology.

Dr. Barch is a clinical scientist whose research focuses on understanding normative patterns cognitive function and brain connectivity and the mechanisms that give rise to the challenges in behavior and cognition found in illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression, utilizing psychological, neuroimaging and computational approaches. She is Chair of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University.  She is also the Couch Professor of Psychiatry and a Professor of Radiology. She is Deputy Editor at Biological Psychiatry and Editor-in-Chief of Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science. She is also the President of the Psychology Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Barch is on the scientific boards of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the One Mind Foundation, and the Stanley Foundation. Dr. Barch was on the Executive Committee of the Association for Psychological Science and the Scientific Council of the National Institute of Mental Health. She is a Fellow of both the Association for Psychological Science and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, a member of the Society for Experimental Psychology, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.   

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The 2021 Rising Star Award winners will present their innovative research projects during the Scientific Symposium and participate in a Q&A session after their presentation. 

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2021 FEATURED SPEAKER


Indre Viskontas, MM, PhD

Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of San Francisco and the Director of Communications for the Sound Health Network

Dr. Indre Viskontas combines a passion for music with scientific curiosity and works at the intersection of art and neuroscience. She is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of San Francisco and the Director of Communications for the Sound Health Network, as well as a professional opera stage director.  She has published more than 50 original papers and chapters related to the neuroscience of memory, music, and creativity. Her first book, How Music Can Make You Better, was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. She hosts two podcasts, including Cadence: What Music Tells Us About the Mind, and the forthcoming Audible Original podcast Radiant Minds: the World of Oliver Sacks. She is Creative Director of Pasadena Opera, where she directs contemporary operas in intimate settings, in addition to her freelance opera directing work. The Great Courses have released three of her 24-lecture series courses, and a fourth will be released in 2022 on The Creative Brain. She has made several national television and radio appearances, including co-hosting a docuseries on the Oprah Winfrey Network and a second one on Newsy. In 2020, she published a white paper with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Getty foundation making the case for music education in child development called Music for Every Child. 

2021 Rising Star Award Winners