The Brain and the Neuroscience of Innovation
Every day, neuroscience researchers uncover more about how the brain works, leading not only to important medical breakthroughs but also to better understanding of the neuroscience around innovation. Speakers in this session will present their cutting-edge insights into the brain, health, and creativity.
Robert Bilder is the Tennenbaum Family Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, Chief of Medical Psychology - Neuropsychology at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and Director of the Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity. His research has focused on the links between brain and behavior, using tools spanning genetics, neuroimaging, cognitive and other assessments of human behavior. He is particularly interested in studying dimensions of brain function to help eliminate artificial boundaries between mental illnesses, between health and disease, and between the brain mechanisms involved in exceptional and everyday creativity. Recently he has been engaged in research on the NIMH Research Domains Criteria initiative, with a focus on working memory processes. He also directs the Mind Well pod within UCLA's Healthy Campus Initiative to concentrate on how we can support resilience, well-being and creative achievement at UCLA and beyond. Finally, Dr. Bilder has been studying the brain bases of creativity across species, and identifying brain and behavioral traits associated with exceptional or "Big C" creativity in humans.
Dr. Leo Petrossian is the Co-Founder and CEO of Neural Analytics, Inc., a medical device startup focused on modernizing brain health management. Dr. Petrossian earned his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2014 and earned his PhD & MS in Biomolecular Nanotechnology & Solid-State Device Physics as an NSF IGERT fellow at Arizona State University in 2007. Leo also holds a double B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.
Ramsay Brown is a creative technologist, neuroscientist, escaped circus bear, and oxford comma enthusiast. A SoCal native, Ramsay trained at the Brain Architecture Center @ USC where he worked on brain mapping and pioneered a Google Maps for the Brain. Now he's the Chief Operations Officer at Dopamine Labs, where he and his team use AI and Neuroscience to make apps more persuasive AND help people break app addiction. An emerging leader in Persuasive Technology, Ramsay's obsessed with exploring what lives at the intersection of brains, machines, and the human spirit. You can find his work, ideas, and copious fur on 60 Minutes, TechCrunch, Big Think, and GQ.
Hamet Watt is a Board Partner at Upfront Ventures. He is also co-founder and Chairman of MoviePass, a subscription service for movies in theaters, as well as co-founder and former Chairman of bLife, a wellness innovation company acquired by Canary Health in 2015.
Previously, Hamet was an entrepreneur-in-residence at True Ventures, after exiting another company that he founded called NextMedium, which was acquired by Brand Affinity Technologies. Prior to founding NextMedium, Hamet advised Nielsen Media Research in the development of the first product placement measurement service for network and cable television. Hamet was also a General Partner in the New Africa Opportunity Fund — a $120 million venture capital fund, which was the first US-backed venture fund investing in post-apartheid South Africa.