We were honored to host Adam as the keynote speaker for our inaugural PureTech Health Brain-Immune-Gut (BIG) Summit. His talk on "The Hunter-Gatherer Brain in the 21st Century" was a highlight of the programming for the more than 100 pharmaceutical and biotech CEOs, R&D leaders, preeminent scientists, and life science investors who attended. Adam has a rare ability to distill complicated concepts like evolutionary biology and cognitive neuroscience into an accessible and engaging talk
Adam Gazzaley MD, Ph.D.
Featured Keynote Programs
Technology Meets Neuroscience - A Vision of the Future of Brain Optimization
A fundamental challenge of modern society is the development of effective approaches to enhance brain function and cognition in both the healthy and impaired. For the healthy, this should be a core mission of our educational system and for the cognitively impaired this is should be a primary goal of our medical system. Unfortunately, neither of these systems have effectively met this challenge.
Dr. Gazzaley presents a novel approach he developed at UCSF Neuroscape that uses custom-designed video games to achieve meaningful and sustainable cognitive enhancement via personalized closed-loop systems.
He also shares the next stage of his research program, which integrates closed-loop video games with the latest technological innovations in software (e.g., brain-computer interfaces, AI) and hardware (e.g., virtual reality, mobile EEG, motion capture, physiological recording devices, brain stimulation) to enhance our brain’s information processing systems with the ultimate aim of improving our brain function.
Audiences: technologists, engineers, medical professionals, educators, pharma, investors, companies
Examples of Keynotes: Deloitte (2018), Doximity (2018), Puretech Health Summit (2018), CES (2018), BayLearn - Apple (2017), Google X (2017), Tiger21 (2017)
The Distracted Mind
Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World
Our increasingly information-saturated world, coupled with growing expectations of constant availability and immediate responsiveness, place excessive demands on our brains. The consequences are detrimental effects on our safety, health, education, workplace, and relationships with family and friends.
Dr. Gazzaley takes us on a journey into how and why we struggle with interruptions and distractions that emerge from both our inner and outer worlds. He will present a unique evolutionary perspective that the very essence of what has evolved in our brains to make us most human collides headfirst with our brain’s limitations in cognitive control.
He concludes by offering practical strategies for modifying our behavior, as well as the latest innovations from his research in enhancing our brain's function so that we can better survive and thrive in the information age.
Audiences: technologists, teachers, educators, companies
Examples of Keynotes: EduTech Australia 2018), Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society (2018), Commonwealth Club (2017), Fortune Brainstorm Health (2017)
Raging against Aging
The Future of Brain Optimization and Longevity
One of the greatest achievements of modern times has been to dramatically increase the longevity of our species. While this is a cause for celebration, it should be recognized that it has resulted in numerous challenges to maintain a quality of life due to a near-ubiquitous decline in cognitive function with aging.
Dr. Gazzaley describes the latest research on the aging brain and the challenges faced by an increasingly older population on a global level.
He shares practical advice on how to retain our cognition as we age, as well as a novel approach that he has been developing to use cutting-edge technology (custom-designed video games, artificial intelligence, brain stimulation, and Virtual reality) to achieve meaningful and sustainable cognitive enhancement throughout our lives.
Audiences: technologists, investors, lawyers, judges, companies
Examples of Keynotes: Optimal Wellness (2018), AFest MindValley - Sardinia (2018), International Conference on Ageing- Adelaide (2017), Assigned Judges Conference (2017)
The Promise of Virtual Reality and the Brain
The long-awaited arrival of virtual and augmented reality is upon us. Consumer available products hold seemingly infinite promise in changing communication, entertainment, and commerce. But what about our brains?
Dr. Gazzaley takes us on a deep dive into how virtual and augmented reality technologies can help enhance our cognition, with benefits to our memory, attention, decision-making and even empathy and compassion.
In this context of improving cognition, he discusses the potential educational and medical uses for these powerful new technologies.
Audiences: technologists, engineers, medical, educators, pharma, investors, companies
Examples of Keynotes: Games for Change (2017), High Fidelity (2018)
I curate many meetings internationally and consider speaker choice a critical element of event success. Adam Gazzaley is the epitome of the speaker who makes an event successful. He has a rare combination of world-class scientific credibility and the mastery of how to engage the audience and communicate complex ideas. It is always a pleasure to collaborate with Adam on events. I would recommend him without any reservation.
Adam was extremely easy to work with, very responsive and supportive of the program and the team. Not only was he able to adapt his research to a variety of topics, but he was also able to draw the crowd in. I highly recommend Adam.