Center for BrainHealth Brings Top Minds Together for Lecture Series in February

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The Brain: An Owner’s Guide, will be held Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24. For more information, visit

The Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas will present The Brain: An Owner’s Guide, a four-part lecture series this winter. The series will translate the latest brain research and treatment developments into topical lectures for the community.

Prominent brain research leaders and advocates from across the country will speak about a variety of topics, including ways power influences cognitive performance, combatting suicide and mental health barriers among our nation’s servicemen and women, our brain’s inherent capability to constantly repair and rebuild itself, and the brain science behind a golfer’s optimal performance.

The series will begin with the Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3. Dr. Ian Robertson, founding director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, will present “The Winner Effect: How Power Affects Your Brain” at the Center for BrainHealth, 2200 W. Mockingbird Lane in Dallas.

The series, which is sponsored by The Container Store, will continue at the same time and location on Feb. 10, 17 and 24. The price is $35 for a single ticket to one lecture, $45 for a ticket at the door and $130 for a series pass to all four lectures. For more information or to register, visit

“Our brain is the most adaptable and modifiable organ in our body,” said Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth and Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair at UT Dallas. “This lecture series is an invitation for our community to join the brain health movement and take charge of their cognitive well-being.”

This is the eighth year the Center for BrainHealth and The Container Store have partnered to bring brain health awareness and empowerment into the community.

“At The Container Store, we believe that being organized promotes a sharp mind, so we continuously pursue creative and innovative ways our employees and customers can live their best, most productive and organized life,” said Melissa Reiff, president and chief operating officer of The Container Store. “We are proud to be partnering again on the lecture series as it is truly an amazing opportunity for everyone in the community to hear about groundbreaking research and advocacy efforts directly from the experts.”

The Brain: An Owner’s Guide Lecture Series Schedule

Feb. 3: The Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge Lecture: “The Winner Effect: How Power Affects Your Brain” — Dr. Ian RobertsonRobertson, founding director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and co-author of the leading international textbook on cognitive rehabilitation, will share how we can harness the effects of power and empowerment to get the most out of our brains at every age.

Feb. 10: The Terry and Retired Major Gen. Lee Baxter Lecture: “Heartbreak to Healing: How One Warrior’s Parents are Waging the War Against Veteran Suicide” — Jean and Dr. Howard Somers, moderated by Krys Boyd, host of Think on KERA-FMThe Somers’ son, Daniel, took his own life after returning from a second deployment in Iraq. At the time, Daniel suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and Gulf War Syndrome. The Somers are determined to raise awareness of the struggles veterans face once home from war and expose gaps in health care for service members.

Feb. 17: The Bert Headden and Cindy Thomas Lecture: “Utilize Your Brain’s Plasticity for Brain Health” — Dr. Michael Merzenich

Merzenich, one of the scientists responsible for our current understanding of brain plasticity, will share how we can employ our brain to optimize our health and well-being.

Feb. 24 “The Brain Science Behind Golf: Why Some Experience the Yips” — Dr. Debbie Crews

Crews, founder of the International Journal of Golf Science, will share the fascinating behavioral, cognitive and psychophysiological science behind getting the “yips” in the game of golf and learning to play with the yips.

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