2018 Brain Health & Performance Summit

Wednesday April 4

10:00am - Easton Foyer Registration Open

Pick up your registration packet and meet our great exhibitors

Thursday April 5

6:00am - Juniper A Yoga

Start your day with setting an intention for strength, health and balance

7:00am - Regent Foyer Breakfast

7:25am - Easton Ballroom Opening Session

Welcome and thanks from The Stanley D. and Joan H. Ross Center for Brain Health and Performance Director, Dr. John Corrigan.

7:30am - Easton Ballroom Neuroscience Gets Personal

Scientific America's Publisher, Jeremy Abbate opens the 2018 Summit with a very personal and poignant talk on the future of neuroscience.

9:05am - Easton Ballroom Brain Performance in the Workplace

Corporate Leaders from prominent companies will discuss key issues surrounding workplace performance and the strategies, the results and the role of neuroscience in their company's' initiatives to enhance employee brain health and performance.



10:00am - Regent Foyer Networking Break

10:30am - Easton Ballroom Keynote Introduction, Amanda Lucas, MEd, MBA

10:30am - Easton Ballroom Rosalind Picard, ScD, Keynote

Dr. Picard will share stories of some surprising findings from her pioneering efforts to build wearables to measure emotion, but accidentally found important connections between data measured on the surface of the wrist and information generated deep within our brains.

In the spirit of pioneering and adventure, plan to be engaged in a live interactive demo, as Dr. Picard discusses the challenges of ambulatory wearable sensing, and introduces the hardest research challenge we aim to solve next.

11:45am - Easton BR Lunch - Networking

Regent Ballroom 1 Track 1

1:00pm - 1:50pm
Ohio State Lightning Talks


  • Kedar Hiremath, MBA, MPH

Interdisciplinary projects in brain injury and health bridge expertise across Ohio State departments, centers and institutes. Explore the breadth of research and resources at Ohio State in a series of lightning talks, presented by Chronic Brain Injury, a focus area of the Discovery Themes Initiative

2:00pm - 2:50pm
Design Thinking


The discussion will focus on three phases of Design Thinking and creative problem solving to enable you (the audience) to turn the same tools on the very problems that you are trying to answer.  We will dissect cases that succinctly illustrate those principals.  We will use simple frame shifting to radically change how to conceptualize a problem.

The format will be a lecture/workshop- the time will be very interactive, engaging and fun; as a specialist in the brain, how we learn, and behavior change, I recognize that that is the way to not only hook someone but also to profoundly shift the way they do things.  My objective isn't to solve your problem for you, or wow you with some cool idea that is fun but has little to no applicability to your world - it is to give you the tools to dramatically improve your ability to solve the problem yourself.

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." -Maimonides

Regent Ballroom 2 Track 2

1:00pm Combat 24/7 Fitness System: Genesis, Status and Future


2:00pmNRI Research Award Recipient: Spinal cord injury-induced immunodeficiency is mediated by a sympathetic-neuroendocrine adrenal reflex


Acute spinal cord injury (SCI) causes systemic immunosuppression and life-threatening infections, thought to result from noradrenergic overactivation and excess glucocorticoid release via hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis stimulation. Explore the scientific process and findings of this study.

2:30pmNRI Research Award Recipient: Modeling Phenogenetics of Neurological Diseases with patient-derived stem cells, the future is now.


Regent Ballroom 3 Track 3

1:00pm Truly Human


Accenture is the global leader in digital related services. Today half of our revenue is in the NEW. Innovation is at the heart of what we do. To solve the most complex challenges facing our clients and communities, we need to be at our best every day. But are we working in a way that sustains or diminishes our performance?

Accenture epitomizes high performance, but “what got us here, will not get us there”.   We need to tilt the balance away from process compliance and a zero-defect mentality to more entrepreneurial innovation.

We need to transform how we live, learn and lead, to create an environment where our people can sustain their best personally and professionally, unlocking Accenture’s full potential. This new normal means being our whole, best self. Discover how creating a way of living that gives us the energy, focus, the sense of belonging and purpose we need to flourish can help to unlock your full potential.

2:00pm Bioelectronic Medicine Tools to Create Closed-Loop Systems for Therapy


  • Patrick Ganzer, PhD

This talk will highlight previous work from NeuroLife™ team members using closed-loop vagus nerve stimulation to enhance brain rewiring and recovery across preclinical models of stroke, spinal cord injury, and peripheral nerve injury. We will share NeuroLife™ ’s current work to date on preclinical biomarker assessment, closed-loop algorithm development, and novel electrode materials for use in future bioelectronic medicine therapies. We will also discuss future technology requirements and needs in the field.

2:30pm Advances in Neural Bypass Technology to Restore Movement in People with Paralysis


  • Gaurav Sharma, PhD

This talk will highlight the recent advances in the NeuroLife™ clinical study including the demonstration of the real-time cortical control of up to seven functional hand movements by the tetraplegic participant as well as the engineering advances made in miniaturizing the system and making it more user friendly for a future take-home system. We will also discuss future technology requirements and needs in the field.

2:50pm - Regent Foyer Networking Break

3:15pm - Easton Ballroom Digital Health


Learn about the current landscape of digital health technology as it applies to CNS health and performance optimization.

4:15pm - Easton Ballroom Closing Comments/Day Ends

Details coming soon

5:45pm - Regent Ballroom Posters/Cocktails

Mingle with colleagues as the 2018 Abstract Teams present their latest research and findings.

7:15pm - Easton Ballroom Brain Health Hero Dinner and Awards

Celebrate with our 2018 Brain Health Hero award recipient and grant winners.

Friday April 6

6:00am - Juniper A Spinning

Kick-start your Friday with an energizing spin class!

7:00am - Regent Foyer Breakfast Available

7:30am - Easton Ballroom Welcome

Russell Lonser, MD

7:35am - Easton Ballroom Brain Food and Cooking Demo

An interactive session detailing how nutrition and diet can play a role enhancing ones overall brain health and performance.


8:40am - Easton Ballroom Lifestyles and Brain Health

Experts from the various lifestyle components: Sleep, Nutrition, Exercise, Stress, Mindfulness, will discuss the latest research finding. Audience will gain understanding of how lifestyle impacts an individuals overall brain health and performance, how the various lifestyle components interest, and how the concepts can be applied to ones life to improve their overall brain health and performance.



10:20am - Regent Foyer Networking Break

Regent Ballroom 1 Track 1

10:45am Tracking Neurocapacity with an Experiment and Modeling Ecosystem


Per B. Sederberg, PhD

Neurocapacity refers to our moment-to-moment ability for cognitive performance. Most clinical assessment methods involve having participants perform a long battery of tasks that hope to tap into an array of underlying cognitive processes.

In this talk I will present a novel experiment and computational modeling ecosystem designed to assess current cognitive abilities efficiently and accurately. The model-based analyses allow us to quantify significant changes in performance and then map changes in performance to changes in underlying cognitive processes. Applications of the ecosystem to assess a variety of conditions from TBI to Alzheimer's to cognitively normal individuals will be discussed.

11:10am Schulte Session: Light at Night- Edison’s Impact on Sleep and Human Performance


Ulysses Magalang, MD

Light is the most potent entraining cue for circadian rhythms. During this session, preliminary results of pre-clinical and human studies examining the effects of low levels of light (dim light) at night on sleep, daytime function and inflammation will be presented.

11:35am Shulte Session: Remote Monitoring of Motor Recovery Using Game-Based Motion Capture


Lynne Gauthier, PhD

Low-cost consumer-based motion capture systems (e.g., Kinect) have the advantage of collecting data continuously during rehabilitation. The poorer quality of the data compared to lab-based systems is more than offset by the amount of data that can be collected on each individual. This talk will describe how these new motion capture technologies can answer questions that have plagued rehabilitation for decades, revolutionize the way that clinical trials are conducted, and dramatically increase access to data-driven rehabilitation.

Regent Ballroom 2 Track 2

10:45am Sport Science, Wearables and Analytics Applied to Some of the Best Athletes on Earth


The advent of technology, wearable and otherwise, is changing the way we train athletes. This presentation will review the Ohio State Wrestling programs application of sport science and how the program uses technology to profile and promote elite performance.

11:10am Meeting Brain-Computer Interface User Expectations Using Deep Neural Network Decoding Algorithms


  • David Friedenberg, PhD

Using BCIs, individuals with tetraplegia have demonstrated control of computer cursors, robotic arms, communication devices, and their own paralyzed limbs through imagined movements. In anticipation of these technologies transitioning from the laboratory setting to everyday usage, several groups have surveyed potential BCI users to identify patient priorities and desired characteristics for a clinically viable BCI.

This talk will focus on the neural decoding algorithms used in BCIs and how careful algorithm choices can help meet patient requirements, moving the field closer to devices that can help patients.

11:35am Big Data to Understand Brain Health and Performance


This talk will focus on exploiting Big Data and High-Performance Computing (HPC) technologies to process, manage and understand Brain data. Solutions being derived as a part of the NSF Midwest Big Data Spoke on Advanced Computational Neuroscience Network (ACNN) will be presented. The first solution focuses on using parallel computing techniques to process Brain-LiFE code in an accelerated manner on modern laptops, desktops and servers. The second solution focuses on using Big Data and Deep Learning technology for efficient handling and processing of Neuroscience data.

Regent Ballroom 3 Track 3

10:45am Central Nervous System Models for Enhancing Performance


Certain "cognitive enhancing" drugs claim to increase productivity and focus but aren't as intense as prescription psychostimulants. Centrally acting drugs may also enhance athletic performance through an alteration in central dopamine/serotonin concentrations. Published evidence in sport performance supports the assertion that some ergogenic aids enhance physical performance, stamina, and recovery.

Beyond a competitive sports context, further studies are exploring the relationship of CNS chemical modulation and exercise performance in combination. This potentially synergistic relationship may allow for more optimal physical performance in the neurologically impaired, in turn providing another therapeutic option for these patients. In this workshop I review the ways in which medicine might make bodies and brains function better by modulating motor, cognitive, and affective systems. These potential "quality of life" interventions raise ethical concerns, some related to the individual and others related to society.

11:10am Neuroplasticity in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and Performance


Separate neurological and biomechanical approaches to movement rehabilitation and performance training have been the norm when focusing on achieving healthy outcomes for physically active individuals. Oftentimes clinicians are unaware of the best integrated neuromechanical techniques to either evaluate or correct musculoskeletal deficits with techniques that are clinically efficient and sustainable in the field.

The primary objective of this presentation is to highlight the value of neuromechanical approaches to rehabilitation and performance training with a focus on movement screening and instruction to aid in injury prevention and creating an environment for optimal performance sustainment.

11:35am The Neurological Foundations of Flotation-Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique and Implications for Therapeutic Intervention


11:50am - Regent Foyer Networking Break

12:00pm - Easton Ballroom Neuro Ethics

Gain appreciation of current standards for human subjects' protection and ethical review of neurotechnology products/innovations and related digital products. Relevant ethical, moral, and legal principles will be explored.


1:10pm - Easton Ballroom Lunch

2:15pm - Easton Ballroom Diversity in Neuroscience


Science is increasingly multidisciplinary, and society, interconnected. Research has demonstrated that diverse and inclusive teams can better solve complex problems and be more innovative than homogeneous ones. Yet, our brain has a protective mechanism that may impede a desire to proactively seek diversity and inclusion. Can new neural pathways be created that mitigate this? In this session, you are invited to join in a dialogue about the intersection of diversity, inclusion and neuroscience.

3:30pm - Easton Ballroom Keynote Introduction, Michael V. Drake, MD

3:30pm - Easton Ballroom David Brooks Keynote

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist and PBS NewsHour Contributor, David Brooks will discuss his learnings and thoughts on the social implications of the power of emotion, unconscious processing and development and mastery of skills.

4:45pm Closing Comments

Dr. John Corrigan reflects on the 2018 Summit and makes some big announcements for the 2019 Summit.

5:00pm End of Session

Details coming soon

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Nurses: CNE Credit: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15510, for 12.5 credits. 

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