In addition to the plentiful learning opportunities, Neuroscience 2016 will feature two public sessions highlighting the intersection of science and society. 

Those interested in attending these events can get complimentary registration, with their photo ID, on-site only at the Attendee Services counter located in the Sails Pavilion.

Public Advocacy Forum

Art, Music, and the Brain: How the Arts Influence Us From Youth to Maturity

Organizer/Moderator: William J. Martin 
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 15, 3 - 5 p.m.

Everyone knows that art can be profoundly moving; visual arts can influence mood and a symphony orchestra can relay emotion better than words. Recent studies in the field of neuroscience illustrate the importance of creativity across our life spans. Whether that creativity comes in the form of ballet lessons before kindergarten, band practice in college, or music therapy following a stroke, this panel will explore how and why the arts influence us so deeply and how we can use creativity to be healthier and more productive throughout our lives.

Dialogues Between Neuroscience and Society

Shekhar Saxena headshot

Global Mental Health and Neuroscience: Challenges and Opportunities

Speaker: Shekhar Saxena – World Health Organization  

Date & Time: Saturday, November 12, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Global mental health is slowly but steadily coming out of the shadows. While mental health is benefiting from advances in neuroscience, greater potential  exists. This lecture will present a background on the current state of global mental health, and focus on how a closer collaboration between mental health and neuroscience can enhance knowledge and improve population health. Examples from the areas of autism, substance dependence, psychoses, and dementia will help illustrate this potential.