2021 Scientific Symposium Speakers to be Announced
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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.
As a long-time fixture of the Music Festival for Brain Health, the Scientific Symposium provides a welcoming, highly educational experience for everyone who attends. Held in an outdoor tent on the grounds of Staglin Family Vineyard, the Scientific Symposium is moderated by Eric Nestler, MD, PhD, Director Friedman Brain Institute and has featured such all-star guest speakers such as Victor Dzau, MD, President of the National Academy of Medicine; Tom Insel, former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health; Michelle Craske, PhD, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Steven Hyman, MD, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT; and John Krystal, MD, Yale School of Medicine.
Guests of the Scientific Symposium are treated to highly informative presentations about the most current brain science backed by follow on Q&A sessions. The open and accepting environment of the event provides an atmosphere of hope and encouragement for the future of brain health. In addition to the featured speakers, the Scientific Symposium also include the most recent One Mind Rising Star Award winners who give presentations about their funded research projects.
The guest speakers of the 2021 Scientific Symposium will be announced soon, along with the winners of the 2021 One Mind Rising Star Awards.
2021 Rising Star Award Winners Not Yet Confirmed
2020 Rising Star Award Winners
Kevin T. Beier, PhD
Dr. Kevin T. Beier is Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of California, Irvine. Depression is a complex disorder with highly variable clinical presentations. Dr. Beier aims to elucidate biological mechanisms influencing this variability by linking specific depressive behaviors to cellular activity in defined neuronal circuits in the brain. Dr. Beier will then use mathematical and network modeling techniques to integrate anatomical and functional connectivity on a brain-wide scale. These maps will provide a foundation for the development of biomarkers and more effective, targeted treatments.
Gregory A. Fonzo, PhD
Dr. Fonzo is Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. Transcranial Low Intensity Focused Ultrasound Pulsation (LIFUP) is a novel and promising approach for reversibly augmenting brain function because it is able to reach regions deep within the brain, such as the amygdala, that are critically implicated in psychiatric illness. To develop and validate a LIFUP amygdala neuromodulation protocol for bipolar disorder, as well as other psychiatric illnesses, Dr. Fonzo aims to a) demonstrate target engagement and modulation in healthy individuals; b) map the neural circuitry responses associated with amygdala down modulation; and c) determine if repetitive LIFUP amygdala down modulation demonstrates therapeutic benefit.