2017 Research Symposium – Who is coming?
April 26th & 27th – Toronto – register here. Early bird rate until February 28th.
Join us for two days of enlightening, stimulating and diverse talks on the latest from neuroscience, psychology and sociology.
We’ll explore brain science, resilience, wellbeing and the roles of business, government, journalism and philanthropy in solving society’s problems. This is our list of confirmed speakers. More to come.
KEYNOTE: Dr. Dan Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is the acclaimed author of The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are which introduced us to interpersonal neurobiology. He has written extensively for professional publications which have been translated into more than 30 languages. He has also written four parenting books. His latest book (2016) is Mind, A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, “offers a deep exploration of our mental lives as they emerge from the body and our relations to each other and the world around us.”
Dr. Marco Iacoboni is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center. Dr. Iacoboni is a neurologist and neuroscientist originally from Rome, Italy. He joined the faculty of the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center at UCLA in 1999. In particular, his group investigates the human mirror neuron system and its role in social behavior and its disorders. He is the author of Mirroring People: The New Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others.
The Social Ecology of Resilience: Families, Schools, and Communities – Dr. Michael Ungar is the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and the Founder/Director of the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University. He is among the best known researchers on the topic of resilience. A family therapist and Professor of Social Work, Dr. Ungar has written 14 books, numerous manuals for parents, educators, and employers, as well as more than 150 scientific papers. Dr. Ungar has adapted ideas from his research and clinical practice into best-selling works like Too Safe For Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive and I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from their Parents.
Bart Weetjens is the founder of APOPO, an NGO that trains rats to sniff out landmines. He had traveled through Africa as a student and became focused on solving the landmine crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a boy he had a pet rat and read an article about gerbils as scent detectors and wondered if rats could be trained to detect landmines. He moved his research operations to Tanzania in 2000 and three years later, APOPO won the World Bank Development Marketplace Global Competition, which provided seed funding for its tuberculosis detection research program. Weetjens and what he now calls his HeroRATS are saving lives in multiple countries.
The Intersection of Business, Government, Philanthropy and Journalism –
A Panel Discussion on Tackling Social Problems
Panelist 1: David Bornstein is co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network which seeks to legitimize and spread solutions journalism: rigorous reporting that examines responses to social problems. He has been a journalist for 26 years. He co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times. His books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. He is a native Montrealer who now lives in New York.
Panelist 2: Paul MacMillan has been a management consultant and strategic advisor to government leaders for over 25 years. As the Global Public Sector Leader for DTTL (Deloitte), Mr. MacMillan is responsible for the network’s client service innovation to support public purpose organizations around the world. Paul is the co-author of the book The Solution Revolution.
Two other guests to be confirmed.
Mary Black is Assistant Director of Health and Social Wellbeing at the Public Health Agency (PHA) in Northern Ireland. Her professional career has been characterized by a commitment to reducing health inequalities. She has extensive experience in the community and voluntary sector, and is a former chair of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland where she was a Trustee for 17 years. She is an honorary member of the Faculty of Public Health and in 2008 was awarded a CBE for services to healthcare and the community of Northern Ireland.
Maurice Meehan works for the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland (NI) as Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement. In this role he has thematic responsibility for facilitating Early Years interventions that support the corporate theme of ‘Giving Every Child the Best Start in Life’. Key work developed includes increasing the profile of Roots of Empathy across NI, establishing an Infant Mental Health Strategic Framework and developing evidence-based parenting programmes and family support services.