October 20-21 Boston, MA

Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry, Gazzaley Lab, UCSF

Dr. Adam Gazzaley obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School  of  Medicine in New York, completed clinical residency in Neurology at the University of  Pennsylvania, and postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley. He is now Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the UC San Francisco,  the Founding Director of  the Neuroscience Imaging Center, and Director  of the Gazzaley Lab, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory. His laboratory studies include neural mechanisms of perception, attention and memory, with an emphasis on the  impact of distraction and multitasking  on these abilities. His unique research approach utilizes a powerful combination of human neurophysiological tools, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic and electrical stimulation (TMS & TES). A major accomplishment of his research has been to expand our understanding of alterations in the aging brain that lead to cognitive decline. His  most  recent studies explore neuroplasticity and how we can optimize our cognitive abilities via engagement with custom-designed video  games, and how this can be bolstered by closed loop systems using neurofeedback and TES.  

Dr. Gazzaley is co-founder  and  Chief  Science  Advisor of Akili Interactive,  a  company developing therapeutic  video  games,  and  is  also a co-founder and Chief  Scientist  of  JAZZ  Venture Partners, a venture  capital firm investing in experiential technology to improve human performance. Additionally, he is a scientific advisor  for  over a dozen technology companies including GE and Nielsen.  Dr.  Gazzaley has filed multiple patents for  his inventions, authored over  110   scientific   articles,   and   delivered   over   450   invited presentations around  the  world. His  research  and  perspectives  have  been  consistently profiled in  high-impact media, such as The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Discover, Wired, PBS, NPR, CNN and NBC Nightly News.  He wrote and hosted the nationally televised, PBS  special “The  Distracted  Mind with  Dr.  Adam  Gazzaley”. Dr.  Gazzaley  has  received  many  awards  and  honors,  most recently the 2015 Society for Neuroscience – Science Educator Award.

Follow Adam on Twitter: @adamgazz

See Adam deliver his keynote, Friday, October 21, 10:30am -- Commonwealth Stage.