Public Events

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.


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, 2016 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Global mental health is slowly but steadily coming out of the shadows. It is benefiting from advances in neuroscience, but not adequately. The potential is much greater. The lecture will present a background of the current state of mental health in the world and then focus on how a closer collaboration between mental health and neuroscience could enhance knowledge and improve population health. Examples from the areas of autism, substance dependence, psychoses, and dementia will help illustrate this potential.


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, 2016, 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 it’s 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.


All presentations at Neuroscience 2016 reflect the views of the individual speakers and do not represent those of the Society for Neuroscience or any of its supporters.