Keynote Speakers

Tony Buettner, National Spokesperson and Sr. Vice President, Business Development, Blue Zones
Gregory Licholai, MDCo-Director, Yale Center for Digital Health and Innovation
John Campo, MD (Introductory Comments), Chief Behavioral Wellness Officer and Asst. Dean for Behavioral Health, WVU RNI
Sam QuinonesJournalist and Bestselling Author of “Dreamland”

Patients Breaking Barriers

Ian Burkhart and Terre BurkhartPioneers in spinal cord injury research
Judi Polak and Mark Polak, MDPioneers in Alzheimer’s research


George Bennett, PhD, Founder and CEO, Good Measures
James H. Berry, DOInterim Chair, Dept. of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, WVU RNI
Karl Biermann – Chronic pain patient
Neal BrownHead Coach, Football, WVU
Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MDColonel, US Army (RET) Program Director, Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM)
Lindsay Chura, PhDSenior Policy and Research Advisor, AARP Chief Scientific Officer, Global Council on Brain Health
Bill J. CrouchCabinet Secretary, WV Dept. of Health and Human Resources
Pierre-François D’Haese, PhDCEO, NeuroTargeting


Victor Finomore, Jr., PhDDirector, Research, Development, and Data Analytics, WVU RNI
Greg Fiore, MDExec. VP & Chief Medical Officer, Sollis Therapeutics
Kevin GallowayDeputy Director, Strategic Communications & Policy DVCIPM
Scott Galster, PhDVice Chair, Applied Research, WVU RNI
Bill Gaussa, MBAHead of Advanced Innovation, Philips
E. Gordon Gee, JD, EdDPresident, West Virginia University
David “Ted” George, MDSenior Scientist National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Josh Hagen, PhDDirector, Human Performance Innovation Center, WVU RNI
Jon HammondHead Coach, Rifle, WVU
Marc Haut, PhDVice Chair and Director, Clinical Research and Education, WVU RNI
Major General James HoyerThe Adjutant General, West Virginia
Nikki Izzo-BrownHead Coach, Women’s Soccer, WVU
Mike JosephHead Coach for Strength and Conditioning, Football, WVU
Lothar Krinke, PhDCEO, Magstim Group, and Adjunct Asst. Professor, Neuroscience, WVU
Mark Lee, MD, PhD, MBAChair, Dept. of Neurosurgery, WVU RNI
Ben Leedle, Jr.CEO, Blue Zones, LLC
Clay Marsh, MDVice President & Executive Dean for Health Sciences
Geoffrey Martha, Executive VP & Group President, Restorative Therapies Group, Medtronic
Garrett Moran, PhDAssociate Director of Services and Policy Innovation, WVU RNI
Randy J. Nelson, PhDChair, Department of Neuroscience and Director of Basic Research, WVU RNI
Miles O’Brien (Moderator)PBS NewsHour Science Correspondent
Ben PlessCEO, Pivotal Design Labs
Steven RatliffRecovery Patient
Ali Rezai, MDExecutive Chair, WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI)
The Honorable John “Jay” Rockefeller IV1985-2015 U.S. Senator for West Virginia 
Alan J. Russell, PhDHighmark Distinguished Career Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering Director, Disruptive Health Technology Institute, CMU
Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhDLieutenant General, U.S. Army (RET) Director, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)
Andrea Serino, PhDHead of Neuroscience, MindMaze
Mark Stephenson, MSDirector of Player Performance, Detroit Lions
Matt ThomasVP & VP & General Manager, Pain Stimulation and Early Interventions, Medtronic
Ginny Thrasher2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Rifle, WVU
Rick Vaglienti, MD, MBADirector of WVU Center for Integrative Pain Management
David Watson, MDChair, Department of Neurology, WVU RNI
Albert Wright, Jr.President & CEO, West Virginia University Health System
Frank Zanow, PhDCEO, ANT Neuro

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