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Find out how recent advances in neuroscience offer the potential to transform our lives in this conversation.
HUBweek is pleased to host Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, two visionaries in the field of neuroscience and health.
Co-authors of Super Brain (2012) and Super Gene (2015), and a new book to be released early next year. Drs. Chopra and Tanzi have advanced the idea that breathtaking new advances in neuroscience offer the potential to transform our lives – and our health—by using the power and untapped potential of our brain.
Presented by HUBweek co-founder Mass General Hospital, the evening is designed to both educate and inspire. Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall, a foundation of the American Revolution, is a fitting location for a “revolution of the mind.”
Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, Founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing and Jiyo.com is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Clinical Professor in Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and Researcher in Neurology and Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH - Boston). TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as "one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”
With over 15 million in his social media community (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and his affiliate websites), Chopra is sharing his insights to help to create a more peaceful, just, sustainable, happier and healthy world. The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked Dr. Chopra #17 influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine.”
With more than 85 books, including twenty-five New York Times Bestsellers which have been translated into over forty-three languages, You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why it Matters coauthored with Menas Kafatos (Harmony, February 7, 2017) became an instant New York Times Bestseller as an important book not just for readers, but for the world. Dr. Chopra is esteemed by Watkins’ Books and Magazine’s 2016 list of the “100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People – spiritual teachers, activists, authors and thinkers that change the world.”
His ground-breaking bestsellers, Super Genes and Super Brain, coauthored with Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi (Harmony, November 2015) focuses on revolutionizing how we understand ourselves and the health of those around us. His New York Times bestseller, Radical Beauty, co-written with Kimberly Snyder (Harmony, September 2016) offers the six pillars of healthy living: Internal and External Nourishment, Beauty Sleep, Primal Beauty, Movement, and Spiritual Beauty. Two of his books, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind (1993) and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (1995) have been recognized on “The Books of the Century Bestsellers List”.
Chopra serves as the Founder of The Chopra Well on YouTube, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Professor of Consciousness Studies at Sofia University, Faculty at Walt Disney Imagineering and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization.
Dr. Rudolph Tanzi is the Vice Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and serves as the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Tanzi received his B.S. (microbiology) and B.A. (history) at the University of Rochester in 1980 and his Ph.D. (neurobiology) at Harvard Medical School in 1990. In his research achievements, Dr. Tanzi served on the team that was the first to find a disease gene (Huntington’s disease) using human genetic markers, helping to launch the field of neurogenetics.
Dr. Tanzi co-discovered all three early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease genes and identified several others as leader of the Alzheimer’s Genome Project supported by the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, for which Dr. Tanzi also serves Chair of the Research Consortium. He also discovered the Wilson’s disease gene and several other neurological disease genes.
He and his team used Alzheimer’s genes and human stem cells to create “Alzheimer’s-in-a-Dish”. This is a three-dimensional human stem cell-derived neural culture system that is the first to recapitulate both pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease: plaques and tangles.
This model has made drug screening for Alzheimer’s disease considerably faster and more effective. Dr. Tanzi has developed several novel therapies for AD including gamma secretase modulators aimed at plaque pathology.
Most recently, Dr. Tanzi and his team have discovered that beta-amyloid, the main component of senile plaques, may play a role in the innate immune system of the brain operating as an anti-microbial peptide, suggesting a possible role for infection in the etiology and pathogenesis of AD.
Dr. Tanzi has published over 500 research papers and has received the highest awards in his field, including the Metropolitan Life Foundation Award, Potamkin Prize, Ronald Reagan Award, Silver Innovator Award, and the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award, the top national award for invention and innovation.
He serves on dozens of editorial boards and scientific advisory boards and was named to TIME magazine’s list of TIME100 Most Influential People in the World (2015). He co-authored the popular trade books “Decoding Darkness”, New York Times bestseller, “Super Brain”, and international bestseller “Super Genes.”
Reverend Liz Walker is pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church. She was called to this ministry after 21 years as Boston’s first African American Television News Anchor on WBZ TV and 12 years of humanitarian work in war torn Sudan where she co founded My Sisters’ Keeper, a grassroots initiative that built a school for girls, the first of its kind in that country’s southern region.
Under Reverend Walker’s leadership, Roxbury Presbyterian Church is home to the Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing, an innovative effort that addresses the epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder in a low income African American community too often overrun by violence. The Healing Program works to increase community awareness of PTSD as well as improving access to mental health services, and empowering community members with the skills to cope with and respond to PTSD. According to Reverend Walker, these are real steps our neighbors can take to participate in their own healing and the healing of the community. “We must learn to really see and listen each other.”
In addition to building the girls’ school in Akon, South Sudan, Reverend Walker helped initiate an inter-tribal women’s program called Sisterhood for Peace, a network of Sudanese women that collaborated for peace across race, ethnicity, religion and geography. Reverend Walker is an advisor to the Women2Women International Leadership Program which is creating a network of promising young activists from around the world, and she has done extensive work with the State Department in Brussels, Belgium helping young Muslims, Christians and Jews develop intercultural communications skills.
A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Liz Walker received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Olivet College in Olivet Michigan. She attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where she studied Television Communications. Before Boston, her career in television news took her from Arkansas to Colorado then on to San Francisco where she received television’s highest honor, the Emmy Award for her coverage of the Jonestown massacre, one of the most horrific tragedies in American history.
A 2005 graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Reverend Walker is a member of the Core Strategy Team of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and serves on the Board for the New England Chapter of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. She has also served on the Board of the Tufts Health Foundation and the Board of Overseers for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and been awarded honorary degrees from numerous institutions including University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, Boston College, Simmons College and Salem State University.
Liz Walker’s is one of the world’s most healing voices. From her Sunday sermons at RPC to her poignant words after the Boston Marathon Bombing to her inspirational and motivational speeches before audiences around the globe, Liz Walker offers vitally important instruction on hopeful living in challenging times.
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