Surprising Brain Principles to Thrive and Survive at Work, School and Home

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Registration open through 10/17/2018 10:59 PM Central Time (US & Canada)

Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know—like the need for physical activity to get your brain working its best. What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains?

In this important discussion, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. Here are brain rules about what scientists know for sure about how our brains work—and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.

Medina’s fascinating stories and infectious sense of humor breathe life into brain science. Participants will discover how:
Every brain is wired differently
Exercise improves cognition
Sleep is powerfully linked with the ability to learn
Stress changes the way we learn

In the end, you’ll understand how your brain really works—and how to get the most out of it.


Dr. John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. He has spent most of his professional life as a private research consultant, working primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on research related to mental health. Medina is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

In 2004, Medina was appointed to the rank of affiliate scholar at the National Academy of Engineering. He has been named Outstanding Faculty of the Year at the College of Engineering at the University of Washington; the Merrill Dow/Continuing Medical Education National Teacher of the Year; and, twice, the Bioengineering Student Association Teacher of the Year. Medina has been a consultant to the Education Commission of the States and a regular speaker on the relationship between neurology and education. He also writes the “Molecules of the Mind” column for the Psychiatric Times.

Medina’s books include: Brain Rules (New York Times Bestseller), Brain Rules for Baby, Brain Rules for Aging Well, As the father of two boys, he has an interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and In addition to his research, consulting, and teaching, Medina speaks regularly to public officials, business and medical professionals, school boards, and nonprofit leaders. Medina lives in Seattle with his wife and two sons.

Continuing Education Credits
Professional Development Credit: Hours - 1.5


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