Light Up Your Mind

BrainFutures 2017 is a one-and-a-half-day conference featuring renowned leaders sharing research-to-practice innovation to optimize brain health and transform mental health care.

Continuing education credits are available

September 6-7

Gaylord National Resort (Washington, D.C.)

BrainFutures Inc.

Light Up Your Mind

Until recently, scientists believed that brain development came to a halt during adulthood. Today we know that our brains are constantly changing throughout our lives and forming new pathways in response to our environment, actions, thinking and emotions. This is good news for all of us, whether we want to improve learning outcomes for kids, maintain sharp thinking as we age, optimize functioning at work or enhance treatment for a mental health or substance use problem.

Breakthroughs in understanding of brain plasticity have spurred new directions in neuroscience research, producing a wide range of practical applications through the use of:

  • games, apps and computer-assisted learning
  • magnetic and electrical medical devices
  • new medication and therapies
  • mindfulness practice, diet and exercise

Join us at BrainFutures 2017 as we explore these innovations to restore and strengthen pathways in our brains, and in doing so, improve brain functioning and the quality of lives.

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BrainFutures 2017 caters to a diverse audience of:

Care providers and payers in health, behavioral health and older adult services

Educators and administrators in primary and secondary schools

Employers and human resources professionals

Policymakers and the public


BrainFutures 2017 features a world-renowned lineup of presenters discussing advances in treatment, brain fitness across generations, the value of technology in treating mental illness and substance use problems, and the range of therapy options that can improve outcomes.

BrainFutures Speakers

Sandra Chapman, PhD

Founder and Director, Center for Brain Health, UT Dallas
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Norman Doidge, MD

Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher & author
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Adam Gazzaley MD, PhD

Chief Science Officer, Akili
BrainFutures Speakers

Rep. Patrick Kennedy

Founder, Kennedy Forum
BrainFutures Speakers

Ali Smith

Founder, Holistic Life Foundation
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Bruce Wexler, MD

Founder, C8 Sciences & Professor, Yale Medical School
Sponsor and Exhibit Opportunities

BrainFutures 2017 provides a unique opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to connect with more than 500 of the nation's most progressive decision makers. Showcase your product or research, engage with early adopters, and capitalize on national visibility. Learn more about sponsorship and expo packages.

Brainfutures Sponsors

A leader in mental health support, recovery and advocacy Learn More

The Kennedy Forum

Revolutionizing the way mental health care is delivered in America Learn More


Advanced medical Technology Based on Solid Science and Research Learn More


Engineering photobiomodulation devices to improve quality of life Learn More


Providing cutting-edge treatment for patients with memory loss Learn More


Biotechnology R&D focused on neurologic, psychiatric and endocrine related disorders Learn More


The nation's largest non-profit provider of psychiatric care for mental and behavioral issues Learn More