March 7, 2019
February 2019 Issue
Brain health is on the forefront of everyone’s mind, no pun intended. We all have seen the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and dementia and want to do everything we can to prevent such diseases happening to us or our loved-ones. Keeping your memory sharp is Memory Matters’ goal at its second-annual Brain Health Summit. Set for March 7, 2019, at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort, the action-packed educational seminar will feature international speakers from Harvard and the University of British Columbia, as well as local experts.
Kicking off the day will be Vik Khurana, MD, PhD, who will explore, “A Solution in Our Lifetime?” Dr. Khurana, Harvard Stem Cell Institute researcher, leads the Khurana Lab at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He will share discoveries regarding “misfolding brain proteins,” using stem cells to “grow” brains for study, and his goal to develop a vaccine for Alzheimer’s.
Next will be Lara Boyd, PT, PhD, who offers real-life interventions in “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Brains.” Dr. Boyd, a neuroscientist, is Canada Research Chair in Neurobiology of Motor Learning and Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. She is a celebrated TEDx Vancouver speaker who will energize the audience with changes to improve brain health and quality of life.
Chef Kim Baretta, a Hilton Head Island expert on the Mediterranean lifestyle, will follow with a live cooking demonstration, featuring food prepared for your lunch. Chef Kim trained at London’s Leiths School of Food and Wine, and she is a sought-after educator and speaker. She will share valuable tips about where to find brain-healthy ingredients and foods on the Island and in Bluffton.
Wrapping up the day will be Steven Plenzler, PhD, who will uncover the crucial connection between sound sleep and brain health. Dr. Plenzler, a Board-Certified specialist in sleep medicine, earned his doctorate in behavioral neuroscience at Bowling Green University. He is Solutions Lead for eviCore Healthcare’s Sleep Program in Bluffton.
The event is open to the public and it will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It costs $50 per person, and seating is limited.
To register or for more information, call 843-842-6688.