Mind and Life Dialogue Participants

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Jon Kabat-ZinnJon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D,. is founder and former executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, and Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founder and former director of the Stress Reduction Clinic, where mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) originated. He received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from MIT in 1971 in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Salvador Luria. His research since 1979 has focused on mind/body interactions for healing and on the clinical applications and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness meditation training for people with chronic pain and stress-related disorders, including a work-site study of the effects of MBSR on the brain and how it processes emotions, particularly under stress, and on the immune system (in collaboration with Dr. Richard Davidson). He has trained groups from a wide variety of professions in mindfulness. Dr. Kabat-Zinn is a founding fellow of the Fetzer Institute, and a fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He received the Art, Science, and Soul of Healing Award from the Institute for Health and Healing, California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco (1998), the 2nd Annual Trailblazer Award for “pioneering work in the field of integrative medicine” from the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California (2001), the Distinguished Friend Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2005), and an Inaugural Pioneer in Integrative Medicine Award from the Bravewell Philanthropic Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (2007). Dr. Kabat-Zinn is the founding convener of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, and a member of the Board of the Mind and Life Institute. He was co-program chair of the 2005 Mind and Life Dialogue: The Clinical Applications of Meditation, held in Washington DC. He is the author and co-author of many books about mindful living, including Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness, and most recently, Arriving At Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness, and with Williams, Teasdale, and Segal, The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness.

Jerome Kagan, Ph.D.

Jerome Kagan is the Daniel and Amy Starch Research Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and a member of the Board on Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Research at the Institute of Medicine. The focus of his research for the past twenty years has been the relation between the infant temperamental qualities of high and low reactivity and the subsequent devlopment of variations in mood and behavior that are called inhibited and uninhibited. He is a recipient of the Distinguised Scientist Award given by the American Psychological Association and the Distinguished Scientist Award given by the Society for Research in Child Development.

Daniel Kahneman, Ph.D.

Daniel Kahneman is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and professor of public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. His research interests include basic processes of vision, pupillary measures of effort, and the role of grouping factors in visual attention. In collaboration with Amos Tversky he has studied judgmental heuristics and framing effects in decision making. He has also done research on fairness in economic decision making, the valuation of public goods, and the psychology of juries. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association and the Hilgard Award for Career Contribution to General Psychology, and of an honorary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Econometric Society.

Nancy Kanwisher, Ph.D.

Nancy Kanwisher is a professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT and an investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. Her research, which makes use of behavioral methods, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and magnetoencephalography, is concerned with the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying visual experience, particularly visual object recognition. Kanwisher received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in Peace and International Security in 1985, a National Institute of Mental Health First Award in 1988, a Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences in 1999, and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow Award from MIT in 2002.

Rajesh Kasturirangan, Ph.D.

Rajesh Kasturirangan is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore where he heads the cognition programme. His initial training was in mathematics followed by a PhD in cognitive science from MIT. His research is a combination of mathematical modeling, philosophy -both Indian and western- and cognitive science. He works on a variety of questions including the interface of language, culture and cognition, the cognitive foundations of mathematics and sociocognition. One of his goals is to bring Indian philosophical traditions to bear upon research on the mind. Apart from his scientific interests, Rajesh wants to use an interdisciplinary mix of science, philosophy and contemplation to understand the relation between the aesthetic, cognitive and religious aspects of human nature.

Father Thomas KeatingFather Thomas Keating, OCSO

Father Thomas Keating received his BA from Fordham University, and entered the Cistercian Order in Valley Falls, Rhode Island in January 1944. He was appointed Superior of St. Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado in 1958, and was elected abbot of St. Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer, Massachusetts in 1961. He returned to Snowmass after retiring as abbot of Spencer in 1981, where he established a program of ten-day intensive retreats in the practice of Centering Prayer, a contemporary form of the Christian contemplative tradition. He is one of the architects of the Centering Prayer movement begun in Spencer Abbey in 1975 and founder in 1984 of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., now an international, ecumenical organization that teaches Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, and the Christian contemplative tradition and provides a support system for those on the contemplative path through a wide variety of resources, workshops, and retreats. He helped to found the Snowmass Interreligious Conference in 1982 and is a past president of the Temple of Understanding and of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue among other interreligious activities. He is the author of many books and video/audio tapes series. His books include, Open Mind, Open Heart, The Mystery of Christ, Invitation to Love, Intimacy with God, The Human Condition, The Better Part, and The Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit.

Margaret E. KemenyMargaret E. Kemeny, Ph.D.

Margaret E. Kemeny is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Health Psychology Program at the University of California San Francisco. After spending her undergraduate years at UC Berkeley, she received her Ph.D. in health psychology from UCSF and completed a four-year post-doctoral fellowship in immunology at UCLA. Dr. Kemeny’s research has focused on identifying the links between psychological factors, the immune system and health and illness. She has made important contributions to our understanding of the ways in which the mind — one’s thoughts and feelings — shapes biological responses to stress and trauma. Over the past 20 years, she has examined the effects of psychological factors on physiology and disease, particularly HIV infection and inflammation. Her research centers on the impact of cognition and emotion on physiology and health, as well as the effects of psychological interventions on cognitive, emotional and physiological responses. She is particularly interested in the impact of social factors on one’s sense of self, self-conscious emotions and physiology.

Anne Carolyn Klein Anne Carolyn Klein / Rigzin Drolma, Ph.D.

Anne Carolyn Klein / Rigzin Drolma Ph.D., is Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University and a founding director and resident teacher of Dawn Mountain, a center for contemplative study and practice in Houston (www.dawnmountain.org). She lectures and leads retreats widely on contemplative practice as well as on the Buddhist texts and theories of knowing that support these. She writes and practices primarily in the Tibetan tradition, translating both classic texts and oral commentary on them. All her scholarly work inquires into the different functions of the human mind, especially the capacity for intellectual as well as direct knowing. Her books include Knowledge and Liberation, on Buddhist distinctions between cognitive and sensory knowing; Path to the Middle: The Spoken Scholarship of Khensur Yeshe Thupten, on preparing to meet the ultimate; Meeting the Great Bliss Queen, contrasting Buddhist and feminist understandings of self as mere construction or subtle essence; and, with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinopche, Unbounded Wholeness, which translates and discusses a Dzogchen text from the Bön Buddhist tradition. Is the intellect a help or hindrance in cultivating non-conceptual realization? This is a central debate throughout Buddhist history — Anne’s books all explore some aspect of this question. Forthcoming this spring is Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse: A Story of Transmission, Anne’s chantable English translation of foundational practices from the Longchen Nyingthig, with CD of the English and Tibetan chanting. She has commenced translation of two texts which combine theories of knowing with meditation practices opening to Dzogchen. These are Mipham Rinpoche’s The Threefold Great Seal: Abiding, Movement and Awareness (phyag chen pa’i gnas gyur rig gsum) with extensive oral commentary from the renowned Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche, as well as a major text by Khetsun Rinpoche himself coalescing a variety of oral and written sources. She is also in the daunting mid-stages of her own manuscript, The Knowing Body which explores the epistemology of the body’s innate intelligence.

Jack KornfieldJack Kornfield, Ph.D.

Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., was trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India, and has taught meditation around the world since 1974. He is one of the main teachers to introduce Theravada Buddhist practice to the West. His work has been focused on integrating Eastern spiritual teachings in a way that is accessible to Western society. He graduated from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies and holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Saybrook Institute. His doctoral dissertation was one of the first to explore the psychology of mindfulness meditation. Jack is a husband and father, and a founding teacher of two of the largest meditation centers in the West, the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Mediation Center. He has published a number of articles on the interface of eastern and western psychology, and his books include Living Dharma; Seeking the Heart of Wisdom; A Still Forest Pool; Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart; Buddha’s Little Instruction Book; A Path with Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; and The Art of Forgiveness, Loving-Kindness and Peace.

Stephen M. Kosslyn, Ph.D.

Stephen M. Kosslyn is the John Lindsley Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and associate psychologist in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research has focused primarily on the nature of visual mental imagery, visual perception, and visual communication; he has published seven books and more than two hundred papers on these topics. He has received the American Psychological Association’s Boyd R. McCandless Young Scientist Award, the National Academy of Sciences Initiatives in Research Award, the Cattell Award, the J.-L. Signoret Prize (France), and has been elected to Academia Rodinensis pro Remediatione (Switzerland), the American Academy of of Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Experimental Psychologists.

Muni Mahendra Kumar

Muni Mahendra Kumar is a versatile scholar of diverse disciplines like Physics, Mathematics, Bioscience, Philosophy (Indian as well as Western), Psychology, Parapsychology, Ancient History and Meditation besides being conversant with modern languages including English, German, Hindi, Gujarati, Rajasthani, and ancient languages like Sanskrit, Prakrit and Pali. He is a prolific writer, a competent translator and critical editor of more than sixty books. He has been awarded the honor of epithets-”Agama Mamshi” and “Preksha Pradhyapka”. He is the honorary professor at Jain Vishva Bharti University and under his guidance several students have completed their research thesis for Ph.D. He is a “Shatavadham” – his demonstration of Avadhan Vidya (ancient science of memory and mathematics) at various universities and International Conferences has earned him an epithet of “Human Computer.” Born in 1937, at Bombay as a son of Shri J.S.Zaveri, he graduated from the University of Bombay in 1957, was initiated as a Jain Monk by Acharya Shri Tulsi in 1957; he has traveled over 10,000 miles on foot in several states of India and has remained a close associate of Acharya Shri Tulsi and Acharya Shri Mahaprajna, making a significant contribution to researches in Jain Canonical Literature.

Eric LanderEric Lander, Ph.D.

Eric Lander, Ph.D., a geneticist, molecular biologist, and mathematician, is a member of the Whitehead Institute and the founder and director of the Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research, one of the world’s leading genome centers. He is one of the driving forces behind today’s revolution in genomics, the study of all of the genes in an organism and how they function together in health and disease. Dr. Lander has been one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project. He is also professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Under Dr. Lander’s leadership, the Center for Genome Research has been responsible for developing most of the key tools of modern mammalian genomics. The Whitehead Center led the effort to develop genetic and physical maps of the human and mouse genomes, providing a critical foundation for both genome sequencing and the study of disease genetics, and made the largest contribution to the international project to sequence the human genome, producing about 30 percent of the total sequence In addition, the Center launched a revolution in the study of genetic variation and its application to understanding human disease and led a collaborative effort to identify more than 1.5 million sites of common genetic variation in human beings. It also organized the ongoing effort to sequence the mouse genome. The Center has made these tools immediately and freely available to the scientific community, with the aim of accelerating progress in biomedical research. Dr. Lander earned his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University in 1978 and his Ph.D. in mathematics from Oxford University in 1981. In addition to his work in biology, he was an assistant and associate professor of managerial economics at the Harvard Business School from 1981 to 1990. Dr. Lander was named a Rhodes Scholar in 1978 and received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1987 for his work in genetics. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 1997, the U.S. Institute of Medicine in 1998, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999. He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, and has served on many advisory boards for governments, academic institutions, scientific societies, and companies.

Linda LantieriLinda Lantieri, M.A.

Linda Lantieri, M.A. is a Fulbright Scholar, keynote speaker, and internationally known expert in social and emotional learning, conflict resolution, intergroup relations, and crisis intervention. Currently she serves as the Director of The Inner Resilience Program (formerly Project Renewal), a project of the Tides Center, which is an initiative that equips school personnel with the skills and strategies to strengthen their inner resiliency in order to model these skills for the young people in their care. She is also the cofounder of the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP). Started in 1985, RCCP is now one of the largest and longest running research-based school (K-8) programs in social and emotional learning in United States. Linda is also one of the founding board members of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Linda has almost 40 years of experience in education as a former teacher, assistant principal, director of an alternative middle school in East Harlem, and faculty member of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Hunter College in New York City. Linda is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She is the coauthor ofWaging Peace in Our Schools (Beacon Press, 1996) editor of Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers (Beacon Press, 2001), and author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children (Sounds True, 2008 forthcoming).

Lord Richard Layard, Ph.D.

Richard Layard is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, where he was until 2003 the founder-director of the Centre for Economic Performance. He now heads the Centre’s Programme on Well-Being. Since 2000 he has been a member of the House of Lords. His book Happiness – Lessons from a New Science was published in March 2005 and appears in 20 languages. Since then he has been heavily involved in promoting the government’s programme of Improved Access to Psychological Therapy. He is also joint-coordinator of the Local Well-Being Programme through which three local authorities have introduced the Penn Resilience Programme into the curriculum for their 11-year-olds. Richard Layard was an active member of The Children’s Society Inquiry into The Good Childhood and was co-author of its recent report: A Good Childhood – Searching for Values in a Competitive Age, Penguin (Feb 2009). He has worked on unemployment, inflation, education, inequality, and post-Communist reform. He was an early advocate of the welfare-to-work approach to European unemployment, and co-authored Unemployment: Macroeconomic Performance and the Labour Market (OUP 1991, 2nd ed 2005) which has influenced policy in many countries.

Robert B. Livingston, M.D.

Robert B. Livingston is Professor of Neurosciences Emeritus at UCSD. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford University. Prior to founding the world’s first Department of Neurosciences, the first department in the new School of Medicine at UCSD in 1965, he taught Neuropathology at Stanford, Neurophysiology at Yale, Psychiatry at Harvard, and Physiology and Anatomy at the UCLA Medical School. He also served as Executive Assistant to the President of the National Academy of Sciences and Chairman of the National Research Council; and as Scientific Director for both the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness. Livingston has held research and teaching fellowships at the Université de Genève, Collège de France, Oxford University, Göteborg University, University of Hawaii, and University of Zürich. He is active in Physicians for Social Responsibility, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, and Beyond War. He participated in the founding of the Council for a Livable World, the Institute for Policy Studies, and the Elmwood Institute.

Pier Luigi LuisiProf. Dr. Pier Luigi Luisi

Prof. Dr. Pier Luigi Luisi has been Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, one of the most prestigious technical universities of Europe, since the early 1980s. Earlier, he traveled and worked in Italy (where he got his degree), the United States, Sweden, and the former Soviet Union. His major interest in research is in the phenomena of self-assembly and self-organization of chemical systems, and on the emergence of novel functional properties as a consequence of the increase of the molecular complexity. He is presently well known in the field of origin of life and origin of protocells, where he combines a hard-core experimental approach with the basic philosophical questions about minimal life. In this field, he is a follower of the theory of autopoiesis as proposed by Varela and Maturana and developed it further into the experimental chemical autopoiesis. Professor Luisi is also responsible for an intense program that bridges science with humanities, the Cortona-Weeks project. He is author of over 300 scientific papers and also author of literature books, including children’s books.

Antoine LutzAntoine Lutz, Ph.D.

Antoine Lutz is a post-doctoral fellow at the Keck laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests focus on the relationship between brain integrative mechanisms, such as neural synchrony, and high-order cognitive and emotional activities, including consciousness. He currently does research with Dr. Richard Davidson on the neuro-functional and neuro-dynamical characterization of meditative states of long-time Buddhist practitioners. An Engineer in Telecommunication and Computer Science (INT), he also received a BA in Philosophy at the Sorbonne University, Paris. He worked during his doctoral research in cognitive neuroscience with Dr. Francisco Varela at Paris University on the use of first-person methods to study the relationship between large-scale brain dynamics and subjective experience (neurophenomenology approach). (http://tezpur.keck.waisman.wisc.edu/~lutz/index.html)

Helen S. MaybergHelen S. Mayberg, M.D.

Helen S. Mayberg is Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine. She received her B.A. in Psychobiology from University of California, Los Angeles and the MD degree from the University of Southern California. Following an internship in Internal Medicine at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and a Residency in Neurology at the Neurological Institute, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Nuclear Medicine at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Mayberg has held academic positions at Johns Hopkins, the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, and was the first Sandra Rotman Chair in Neuropsychiatry at the Rotman Research Institute and the University of Toronto. The central theme of her research program is the use of functional neuroimaging methods to define critical neural pathways mediating normal and abnormal mood states in health and disease. Converging findings from a series of studies has led to a neural systems model of major depression. This model provides the foundation for ongoing experiments examining mechanisms of standard antidepressant treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy as well as development of novel surgical interventions for treatment resistant patients. Since her move in 2004 to Atlanta, these studies have been expanded to further address neurobiological markers predicting treatment response, relapse and resistance as well as depression vulnerability, with a goal towards developing imaging-based algorithms that will discriminate patient subgroups and optimize treatment selection in individual patients.

Kathleen McCartney, Ph.D.

Kathleen McCartney is the Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development. She is a developmental psychologist whose research informs theoretical questions on early experience and development as well as policy questions on child care, early childhood education, poverty, and parenting. Since 1989, she has served as a Principal Investigator on the National Institute of Child Heath and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, a study of 1,350 children from birth through 16 years. The NICHD Early Child Care Research Network summarized their findings in a 2005 book, Child Care and Child Development, published by Guilford Press. In 2006, McCartney and Deborah Phillips edited The Blackwell Handbook of Early Childhood Development. McCartney’s work has been informed by her experience as the director of the University of New Hampshire Child Study and Development Center, a laboratory school for children from birth through kindergarten. McCartney received her B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University. She has been named a Fellow by both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, and she was recently named to the Tufts University Board of Trustees.

Joyce McDougall, D. Ed.

Joyce McDougall received her D. Ed. from Otago University, New Zealand. She was trained in psychoanalysis in London and Paris. Since 1954, she has lived and practiced in Paris, where she is now the supervising and training analyst to the Paris Psychoanalytical Society and the Institute of Psychoanalysis. Dr. McDougall is a frequent contributor to a number of psychoanalytic books and journals in European languages, and the author of several books including Plea for a Measure of Abnormality (IUP, New York, 1980), Theaters of the Mind (Basic Books, 1985), and Theaters of the Body: A Psychoanalytic View of Psychosomatic Phenomena (W. Norton, 1989), all translated into many languages.

Michael MeaneyMichael Meaney, Ph.D.

Michael Meaney, Ph.D. is currently James McGill professor of Medicine and full professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology and Neurosurgery. He is also Director, Program for the study of Behavior, Genes and Environment at McGill University. He is interested in the mechanisms by which adversity in early life might alter neural development so as to render certain individuals at risk for pathology later in life. Early life events serve as potent determinants of vulnerability/resistance to chronic illness, including depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and drug abuse.

Rajiv Mehrotra

Rajiv Mehrotra was educated at St Stephen’s College, Delhi and the Universities of Oxford and Columbia. He manages, as the Secretary/Trustee, The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH the Dalai Lama that was established with the Nobel Peace Prize. He has been a personal ‘chela’ of His Holiness for more than 30 years. His books include The Mind of The Guru, Understanding The Dalai Lama, The Essential Dalai Lama, Thakur – a biography of Sri Ramakrishna and Conversations with The Dalai Lama, on Life, Living and Happiness. Awaiting publication is The Spirit of The Muse. He is working on a spiritual biography of His Holiness and a feature length documentary film on Swami Vivekananda. He also works as an independent film maker, Managing Trustee & Commissioning editor of The Public Service Broadcasting Trust that has produced more than 400 independent documentary films. His films have won about a hundred international and eighteen national awards from the President of India. He was Chairman of the Jury for the awards during their 50th anniversary. Mr. Mehrotra has twice addressed plenary sessions at The World Economic Forum at Davos and was nominated a Global Leader for Tomorrow by them. He was a Judge of the Templeton Prize for Spirituality and serves on the Boards of several institutions including the Norbulinka Institute of Tibetan Culture, the Core Group of The Press Council of India etc. Till recently he hosted one of the country’s longest running, and most widely viewed talk shows on public Television, In Conversations. It was rated the most watched programme in its genre across all television channels in India. He has been a familiar face on Indian television for more than 40 years.

Michael M. Merzenich, Ph.D.

Michael M. Merzenich graduated from the University of Portland, then received his Ph.D. as a student of Vernon Mountcastle at Johns Hopkins University, in 1968. He moved to his present position at the University of California at San Francisco after additional post-doctoral training with Jerzy Rose, Clinton Woolsey and John Brugge at the University of Wisconsin. He is currently the Director of the Coleman Laboratory, and the Francis Sooy Professor in the Keck Center for Integrative Neurosciences at UCSF. Directly pursued research interests are in cortical network physiology and plasticity, cortical contributions to learning and memory, central auditory and somatosensory neuroscience, cortical bases of recovery from brain damage and stroke, cortical contributions to normal and abnormal child development, cortical contributions to the origins of and the remediation of acquired neurological and psychiatric impairments and illnesses, and the development of practical intensive training programs for ameliorating neurological dysfunction and “disease” in child and adult populations. Dr. Merzenich’s research group has published more than 200 papers in these research areas. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of number of international awards. Dr. Merzenich is the co-inventor of a commercially applied cochlear implant, and the co-inventor on a variety of training instruments and intensive behavioral training methods applied for remediating learning disabilities, developmental and adult acquired motoric disabilities, and disorders of attention, mood and thought. He is the Chief Scientific Officer of Scientific Learning Corporation, a Berkeley, California-based company dedicated to the development of training aids for language learning-, cognitively- and motorically-impaired children and adults.

David MeyerDavid Meyer, Ph.D.

David Meyer is a faculty member of the Cognition and Perception Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A mathematical psychologist and cognitive scientist, he received his Ph. D. from Michigan and subsequently worked for almost a decade as a Member of Technical Staff in the Human Information Processing Research Department at the Bell Telephone Laboratories before returning to academe. His teaching and research — sponsored by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health, and Office of Naval Research — have dealt with fundamental aspects of human perception, attention, learning, memory, language, movement production, multitasking, executive mental control, human-computer interaction, personality and cognitive style, cognitive aging, cognitive neuroscience, mathematical models, and unified computational theories. Numerous reports of this research have appeared in books and journals such as Science, the Psychological Review, Cognitive Psychology, Memory & Cognition, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Journal of Memory and Language, and volumes of the Attention and Performance symposium series. After completing their doctoral degrees, Professor Meyer’s many graduate students have taken professional positions at major universities and research institutions throughout the U.S. and abroad. For his diverse scientific contributions, Prof. Meyer has been elected as a Fellow in the Society of Experimental Psychologists, American Psychological Society, American Psychological Association, and American Association for The Advancement of Science. The American Psychological Association has honored him with its Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. His professional activities have also included extensive service on journal editorial boards, government review panels, and international administrative committees. More information about Professor Meyer may be obtained at his laboratory website, www.umich.edu/~bcalab.

Edward D. Miller, M.D.

Edward D. Miller was named Chief Executive Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine, the 13th Dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Vice President for Medicine of The Johns Hopkins University in January 1997. His appointment followed a year-long national search for the first-ever CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, a new organization which formally integrates operations and planning of the School of Medicine with The Johns Hopkins Health System and Hospital to ensure their continued preeminence in education, discovery and patient care. He received his A.B. from Ohio Wesleyan University and his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He was a Surgical Intern at University Hospital in Boston, Chief Resident in Anesthesiology at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, and a Research Fellow in Physiology at the Harvard Medical School. In 1981-82, he spent a sabbatical year as Senior Scientist in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology of Hopital Necker in Paris. An anesthesiologist who has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters, Dr. Miller joined Hopkins in 1994 as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, a post he held until May 1999. He was named Interim Dean of the School of Medicine in 1996. He came to Hopkins after eight years at Columbia University in New York, where he served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Prior to that, he spent 11 years at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he rose from Assistant Professor to Professor of anesthesiology and surgery and Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Under his aegis, both The Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine continue to be ranked among the very best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and the School continues to rank at the top in NIH research funding.

Kazuo MurakamiKazuo Murakami, Ph.D.

Kazuo Murakami is the director of a research team on mind/heart and genes and an emeritus professor at the University of Tsukuba (Applied biochemistry) in Japan. He was educated at Kyoto University in Japan, where he received his B.A. and Ph.D. in biochemistry. His professional fields are 1) biochemistry, molecular biology of cardiovascular disease; and 2) the relationship between mind and genes. Professor Murakami has also written more than 400 chapters and journal articles in the above fields. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his work including the Max Plank Research Award (Humboldt Foundation, Germany ) and the Japan Academy Prize (Japan Academy). He has proposed a hypothesis on the interaction between mind/heart and genes and is focusing on the relationship between positive emotion and gene regulation.

Aditya Murthy, Ph.D.

Dr. Murthy is an associate professor at the Centre for Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Dr. Murthy’s research addresses the question of how information processed by the visual system guides the motor systems to produce overt behavior. His research interests span across the fields of visual perception, decision-making, and the generation of motor behavior and involve the application of cognitive/psychophysical, neuropsychological and physiological techniques in human and non-human primates. The main question that motivates research in his laboratory is to understand how our brains control actions. This entails an understanding of how actions are planned and initiated, how partially prepared actions are canceled and how the consequences of actions are registered. Understanding how the normal brain controls action is necessary to understand the causes underlying various psychopathologies and motor abnormalities where there is a failure of control, such as observed in Parkinson’s disease, for example. Prior to joining the Centre for Neuroscience, Dr. Murthy was at the National Brain Research Centre at Manesar for about 8 years. His undergraduate training was at St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai and Bombay University where he obtained his Masters degree. His doctoral training was with Dr. Allen Humphrey in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh where he examined the neural mechanisms involved in the processing of motion in the visual system. For his postdoctoral training he worked with Dr. Jeffrey Schall at Vanderbilt University studying the primate visuomotor system to more directly relate neural activity to psychological functions and behavior.

Hongasandra Rama Rao Nagendra, Ph.D.

Nagendra is at present the President of VYASA, Bangalore, VYASA, International, VYERTI, Melbourne and Vice Chancellor of SVYASA Deemed University. He has authored and co-authored about 35 books on yoga, nearly 35 research papers on engineering and 60 on yoga. He has awards from the Ministry of Health, a Yoga Sri award from BKS Iyengar and a Senior Citizens award from New Delhi. He is a yoga consultant to many universities in Australia and the USA, and is member of several bodies in the Indian government. After graduation, Nagendra got his M.E. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in 1965 and 1968, researched at University of British Columbia, Canada, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, as Post Doctoral Research Associate and at Harvard University Engineering Sciences laboratory as a Consultant between 1969 and 72 and Imperial College of S&T, London before he returned to IISc. He joined Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, a service mission as an honorary director of training in 1975. Developing yoga and yoga therapy programs for the modern youth and ailing sick with Dr Nagarathna, he spent nearly a decade before shifting his Head Quarters to Bangalore, Prashanti Kutiram to translate the vision of Swami Vivekananda to combine the best of the East with the best of the East by combining modern scientific research to examine the efficacy of yoga to solve the challenges of the modern era. As the team developed, the campus Prashanti Kutiram took shape, the research papers started getting published in leading main stream journals of the world, VYASA started gaining greater momentum with nearly 70 research publications on yoga, 200 dissertations by students of Certificate and Diploma Courses, acquiring accreditation from DST, Ministry of Health and FW, Dept of AYUSH, UGC recognizing it as one of the premier yoga institutes of the country, recognized by Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore and Rajiv Gandhi Universities from 1991 to 2001, Hindu University of America in 2002 and finally acquiring the status of a Deemed University named Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (Research Foundation) SVYASA for short, offering courses from Certificate to Doctoral programs in Yogic Sciences. So far about 60 M Sc students and one Ph D have graduated from this unique Yoga University, Five Ph D from Bangalore University and one from HUA. At present we have about 100 MSc and 50 Ph D students working with VYASA and SVYASA.

Charles B. NemeroffCharles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., was born in New York City in 1949. After graduating from the City College of New York in 1970, he enrolled in graduate school at Northeastern University and received a Master’s degree in Biology in 1973. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. (Neurobiology) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His residency training in psychiatry was conducted at both the University of North Carolina and at Duke University, after which he joined the faculty of Duke University. At Duke he was Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology and Chief of the Division of Biological Psychiatry before relocating in 1991 to Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is the Reunette W. Harris Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His research has concentrated on the biological basis of the major neuropsychiatric disorders. His clinical research is focused on understanding the pathophysiology of depression. In recent years he has uncovered the neurobiological mechanisms that mediate the increased risk for depression in victims of child abuse. Dr. Nemeroff has received numerous honors during his career, including the A.E. Bennett Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry (1979), both the Kempf Award in Psychobiology (1989) and the Samuel Hibbs Award (1990) from the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and the Gold Medal Award and the Research Prize (1996) from the Society of Biological Psychiatry. In 1993 he was awarded the Edward J. Sachar Award from Columbia University and the Edward A. Strecker Award from The Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. In 1997, he was the recipient of the Gerald Klerman Award from the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Disorders Association and the Selo Prize from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression. In 1998 he was the recipient of the Research Award in Mood Disorders from the American College of Psychiatrists. He was awarded the Menninger Prize in 2000 from the American College of Physicians, the Research Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2001, and the Burlingame Prize from the Institute of Living in 2002. In 2006 he received the American Psychiatric Association Research Mentoring Award and Vestermark Award. With Alan F. Schatzberg, MD, he is co-Editor of the Textbook of Psychopharmacology published by the American Psychiatric Association Press. He has served on the Mental Health Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Mental Health. He is past President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the American College of Psychiatrists. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and President of its Scientific Council. He is chair of the APA Committee on Research Training. In 2002 he was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is currently the recipient of several research grants from the NIH, including a Conte Center for the Neurobiology of Major Mental Disorders, and has published more than 850 research reports and reviews.

Helen J. NevilleHelen J. Neville, Ph.D.

Helen J. Neville was awarded the B.A. degree from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. from Simon Fraser University and Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her postdoctoral training was at the University of California, San Diego in the Department of Neurosciences. Her major research interests are the biological constraints and the role of experience in neurosensory and neurocognitive development in humans. Methods include behavioral measures and event-related brain potentials (ERPs), and structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Her work experience includes Director of the Laboratory for Neuropsychology at the Salk Institute and Professor, Department of Cognitive Science, UCSD. Dr. Neville is currently The Robert and Beverly Lewis Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Associate Director of the Institute of Neuroscience, Director of the Brain Development Lab, and Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She has published in many books and journals including Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex and Brain Research. She has received many honors and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Academic Panel of Birth to Three and is active in many educational outreach programs.


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