Inaugural Brain Health Summit Kicks Off National Effort to Increase Brain Health Fitness

Released: 28-Apr-2014 5:00 PM EDT
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Newswise — DALLAS, April 28, 2014 -- More than 150 public policy experts, think tank scholars, educators, Congressional staff members and others gathered today at the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, DC, where the Center for BrainHealth held its inaugural Brain Health Summit titled "The Human Brain: Resilience and Regeneration." The event focused on innovative research advances, awareness efforts and practical application to promote brain health fitness.

Featured speakers included Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) and U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Leaning Libby Doggett. Other participants represented some of the nation's leading organizations and institutions, such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Institute on Aging, McKnight Brain Research Foundation, AARP, Kaplan Learning and Innovation, National Public Radio (NPR) and more.

"Pioneering research has shown that the brain is capable of substantive improvement in cognitive capacity and performance across the lifespan," said Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth. "The focus of today's summit is to raise awareness of this important fact, to incite new research directions and encourage everyone to take steps to strengthen their brains today."

The 2014 Summit kicked off the Center for BrainHealth's new, national effort to increase brain health fitness, which also includes the launch of www.BrainHealthDaily.com.

"We are thrilled to announce the launch of BrainHealthDaily which will provide visitors with timely insight into matters of the mind," Chapman said. "The safety, preservation and improvement of the human brain have risen to the top of our national discourse, and we are proud to provide a platform highlighting the very latest on brain health, brain injury and brain disease.

BrainHealthDaily.com is the gateway to curated, scientifically relevant news and opinion on the brain from around the world. The site is now live and houses video from today's event, including panel discussions and keynote speeches.

Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas was created in 1999 and has flourished because of its unique commitment to its mission and the most significant cause of the century: To understand, protect and heal the brain. Scientific exploration at BrainHealth is leading edge, innovative and transformative, improving lives today and changing how the public thinks and acts about the brain and its health.

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