June 3, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2019 Brain Health and Performance Summit that will be held Wednesday-Friday at the Marriott Columbus University Area will explore trends and research across many disciplines touching brain health and human performance. Featured topics will include the brain-body connection, collaborative science, optimization, technology, lifestyles and innovation.

Presented by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Neurological Institute and The Stanley D. and Joan H. Ross Center for Brain Health and Performance, the summit will focus a separate theme each day showcasing experts from Ohio State and elsewhere. Themes will include Brain Health and Sport: A Focus on Concussion and Mental Wellness; Technology and Analytics and Pain and Performance.

The summit will feature three keynote speakers:

  • Micky Collins, director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Concussion Program, will present the latest methods for assessing and treating traumatic brain injuries, as well as case studies involving both youth and professional athletes. Collins advises numerous athletic organizations – NFL teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NHL Penguins, MLB clubs and several NCAA programs.  This session is at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author David Eagleman will explore the neuroscience and behavior behind human creativity, and the importance of learning how we think – and learning how we can think differently. Eagleman is an adjunct professor at Stanford University and presenter of the PBS series The Brain with David Eagleman. He’s written several books, including The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World; Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain; and The Brain: The Story of You. This session is at 4 p.m. Thursday.
  • Dr. Kevin Hill, director of addiction psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will review common misconceptions about cannabis before covering the latest science in the area of cannabis as pharmacotherapy for chronic pain. He wrote Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World’s Most Popular Weed, and his research interests include the development of medications to treat cannabis use disorder as well as cannabis policy. This session is at 2:15 p.m. Friday.

MEDIA: Click here to view the complete agenda. To make arrangements to cover the Brain Health and Performance Summit at the Marriott Columbus University Area, 3100 Olentangy River Road in Columbus, contact the Media Relations office at 614-293-3737 or Eileen.Scahill@osumc.edu.

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