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Super Brain with Dr. Rudy Tanzi
Watch Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 7am & Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1pm on WMHT TV.
Ever since it became possible to view the human brain as it lights up with activity, researchers have had to change long-held assumptions about an organ that has been called “the three-pound universe.” With the field of neuroscience exploding with new findings by the day, SUPER BRAIN explores new discoveries that maximize the potential of the human brain in practical and actionable ways. Introduced by his co-author, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Harvard Medical School professor Rudy Tanzi takes advantage of cutting-edge research to show the way to maximize our brain’s potential.
Dr. Tanzi crosses the next horizon in brain functioning where every person can reach a higher level of fulfillment and achievement by harnessing the brain’s hidden potential for change, creativity and intelligence. “Super brain” isn’t an exaggeration or a speculation by futurists. When Dr. Tanzi explains and demonstrates new techniques for keeping the brain youthful and retaining mental acuity as we age, the program dispels many long-held myths, including “aging in the brain is irreversible” and “the brain’s hard wiring cannot be changed.”
Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Tanzi has been investigating the genetics of neurological disease since the 1980s, when he participated in the first study using genetic markers to find a disease gene (Huntington’s disease). Dr. Tanzi co-discovered the first Alzheimer’s disease gene and several others, as head of the Alzheimer’s Genome Project. He is currently developing several promising new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Tanzi serves on dozens of editorial and scientific advisory boards, and as Chair of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium. He has received numerous awards, including the two highest awards for
Alzheimer’s disease research: The Metropolitan Life Award and The Potamkin Prize. Dr. Tanzi was included on the list of the “Harvard 100 Most Influential Alumni,” and was chosen by the Geoffrey Beene Foundation as a “Rock Star of Science.” He serves on national and federal committees to address the impact of Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. Dr. Tanzi has co-authored more than 400 scientific research articles and book chapters. He also co-authored the book Decoding Darkness: The Search for the Genetic Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Deepak Chopra, M.D., is the author of more than 65 books, including numerous New York Times best-sellers. His medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Adjunct Professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Distinguished Executive Scholar, Columbia Business School, Columbia University, and a Senior Scientist at the Gallup organization. He participates annually as a lecturer at the Update in Internal Medicine event sponsored by Harvard Medical School, Department of Continuing Education and the Department of Medicine, Beth Israel.