LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Four-Star Army General John M. Murray, the first commanding general of the U.S. Army Futures Command, opened the 16th Annual World Congress of Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT), urged the importance of a global approach to innovation and collaboration, congratulated the SBMT organizers for their successful convention and stressed the pressing needs for the US to be on the forefront of neurotech innovation through collaboration and data sharing.
"We were honored to have General Murray at SBMT, which has brought together an incredible and eclectic selections of pioneering scientists, engineers, physicians and industry leaders aimed at introducing game-changing therapeutics," said Dr. Saleem Abdulrauf, 17th President of SBMT, Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery at St. Louis University School of Medicine.
Dr. Paul Gilna, director of Biosecurity and Biomedical Initiatives at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, reviewed the lab's pioneering achievements, programs and potential strategic collaboration with SBMT to fast-track lifesaving therapeutics for patients with neurological disorders using supercomputing and AI.
The First World Brain Expo's Brain Health and Fitness panel included Drs. Deepak Chopra, the recipient of the 2019 Humanitarian Award of SBMT, Carl Cotman, Wes Ashford, the past president of SBMT, and Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel. The panel stressed the use of advanced technologies such as AI to better understand human brain and formulate future therapies for neurological, spinal and psychiatric disorders.
"This was a terrific and successful convention with so many fantastic presentations, cadaver labs for brain and spine, the Brain Expo for the general public, remarkable keynotes, neurotech investment sessions; I am proud to be a member of SBMT and urge others to join to this amazing organization," said Eric Kandel.
Top scientists from federal laboratories such as NASA, National Labs, Department of Veterans Affairs, DoD and Uniform Services University Health Sciences (USUHS) presented their latest discoveries in neurotrauma including a new finding by Dr. Daniel Perl, a recipient of the 2019 Pioneer in Medicine Award of SBMT.
Hundreds of experts in the field at the conference were interviewed for the Brain Mapping TV Channel.
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SOURCE Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics