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Thursday, November 17

Panel Experts

Norman Doidge, MD

Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, author, essayist and poet. He is on the Research Faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York, and the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry. He is a native of Toronto. Dr. Doidge has been described as “being a master of explaining science to the rest of us”. His work has been discussed in or appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American Mind, on PBS, CBS, CNN, Oprah, CBC, ABC, NPR and many others around the globe.

His book, The Brain That Changes Itself, on neuroplasticity, has been described by Oliver Sacks as “Fascinating...a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.” The New York Times has written that The Brain That Changes Itself, has “implications…not only for individual patients with neurologic disease but for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history.” Available in over 100 countries, it has been made into two documentary films, and has received scholarly and academic awards, including the U.S. National Alliance on Mental Illness 2008 Ken Book Award, "for an outstanding literary contribution toward a better understanding of mental illness." Dr. Doidge recently hosted the 25 hour television series, The Mysterious Mind: From Brilliant to Broken. Find out more information about him at his website.

Cynthia R. Green, PhD

Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D., is one of America’s memory fitness and brain health experts. Dr. Green is the founder and president of Memory Arts, LLC, a company that provides memory fitness and brain health training to organizations, corporations, and individuals. She is also the author of four book, and a sought after and respected lecturer. Dr. Green has appeared on Good Morning America, The Early Show, 20/20, Fox News, CNBC, and National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation,” as well as in the pages of Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Standard, Good Housekeeping, Prevention, and Parenting, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.Find more information at her website.

Paul D. Nussbaum, PhD

Doctor Nussbaum is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. Having earned his Doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona in 1991, Dr. Nussbaum completed his internship and Post-Doctoral fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is an adjunct Professor in Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Doctor Nussbaum has 25 years experience in the care of older persons suffering dementia and related disorders. An expert in neuroanatomy and human behavior, Dr. Nussbaum has published many articles, books, and chapters within the scientific community. Dr. Nussbaum is an international leader in the area of brain health lifestyle ®. His books on brain health including his 2010 Save your Brain (www.amazon.com) and 2009 Your Brain Health Lifestyle: Application to the School, Library, Corporate Setting, and Home are easy to read and informative guides to increasing the health of your brain.

Dr. Nussbaum serves as the National Director of Brain Health for Emeritus Assisted Living (www.Emeritus.com), Chief Scientific Officer for Vivitylabs (www.vivitylabs.com), Chief Scientific Officer for Fitbrains, Inc (www.Fitbrains.com), Senior Advisor on Brain Health and Education for the International Center for Leadership in Education (www.leadered.com, Chair of the Advisory Board for Alzheimer's Prevention by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (www.alzprevention.org), Chief Scientific Officer for VibrantBrains (www.VibrantBrains.com) and Senior Brain Health Advisor to Moxxor (www.mymoxxor.com/drpaul).

Vince Henderson, MD

Dr. Vincent Henderson is a Board Certified Family Practice Physician with Memorial Medical Group. In addition to over 20 years of caring for members of our community across their lifespan, Dr. Henderson is part of physician leadership at Memorial. Dr. Henderson received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. He is board-certified in family medicine. Find more information from his website (requires Adobe Reader.)

Bradford J. Eaton, PhD

Dr. Bradford Eaton is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who has worked with adults and seniors for over 25 years. He is in private practice in Mishawaka, and also serves as a consulting neuropsychologist in the area acute care and rehabilitation hospitals. He provides services to individuals who may have traumatic brain injuries, strokes, dementia, or other neurological impairments. In additional to neuropsychological testing, he also counsels individuals and families who are coping with neurological illness. He may be reached through email at bradfordjeatonphd@gmail.com or via phone at 574-254-1700. Dr. Eaton is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who has worked with adults and seniors for over 25 years. He provides services to individuals who may have traumatic brain injuries, strokes, dementia or other neurological impairments. Dr. Eaton also counsels individuals and families who are coping with neurological illnesses.

Dawn C. Matthews, MS, MBA

Dawn C. Matthews, President and CEO, brings over 23 years of management experience in the life sciences industry. Before co-founding Abiant, she served as CEO of MIICRO, Inc., a medical imaging technology company, from 2000-2005. Earlier, she was Director of Business Development for Motorola BioChip Systems, an entrepreneurial venture in which she led business development, marketing, and customer support. She was a founder of Aksys, Ltd., a company focused on the development of a novel system for home kidney dialysis, where she served as Vice President of Business Development, Director of Marketing and Systems Engineering, and Acting CFO during multiple private financings and the company's Initial Public Offering. Previously, she was a Senior Principal Engineer at Baxter Healthcare. Ms. Matthews holds a B.S.E.E. from the University of Notre Dame, a M.S.E.E. from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

Kevin Ladd, PhD

Kevin Ladd considers himself a social psychologist. But he is more than that. He is one of the leading researchers of prayer in the country and, possibly, the world. Ladd and his team of student researchers have put IU South Bend on the center stage in the study of how people pray. With the help of a three-year, $735,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Ladd and 12 IU South Bend students are combining science and faith in an effort to understand prayer. Find out more information about him on his website.

Ladd is a former pastor, as was his father. He earned a Master of Divinity from Princeton University but while there he became drawn to the discipline of psychology. He decided his talents could best be used in studying the psychology of religion. He earned a doctorate degree in psychology at the University of Denver where he found his path to the study of prayer and met his wife. Ladd came to IU South Bend in 2001 and has now secured one of the largest research grants in the university’s history. The funding allowed Ladd to hire undergraduate research assistants who are heavily involved in all aspects of the research. They are working with more than 800 individuals from more than 25 churches in the South Bend area. The research consists of personal interviews, surveys, labyrinths, life-sized mannequins, and photography, all trying to gather descriptions of how people engage in their faith through prayer. You can find out more information about the prayer study online.

Further Reading

Recommended Books

  • Aging with Grace Cover Aging with Grace
    by David Snowden, Ph.D.

    Tracking the lives of 678 elderly nuns who are members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame to assess the effects of aging.

  • The Brain That Changes Itself Cover The Brain That Changes Itself
    by Norman Doige, M.D.

    More evidence is turning up to show that the brain can rewire itself, even in the face of catastrophic trauma.

  • Brain Power Game Plan Cover Brain Power Game Plan
    by Cynthia Green, Ph.D.

    This revolutionary program can help you Improve your everyday memory up to 78%!

  • 30 Days to Total Brain Health Cover 30 Days to Total Brain Health
    by Cynthia Green, Ph.D.

    Based on her multi-dimensional, integrated Total Brain Health® model, Dr. Green has laid out 30 days of simple tips certain to boost your everyday memory and reduce your dementia risk.

  • Save Your Brain Cover Save Your Brain
    by Paul Nussbaum, Ph.D.

    This is a complete system for getting the brain in the best shape possible and keeping it there for life.

  • The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer  From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest Cover The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest
    by Dan Buettner

    Coping practices that will add years to your life and life to your years

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