The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


2018 Brain Summit featuring Researchers from The Cooper Institute

Experts from the Center for BrainHealth and the Brain Performance Institute, in partnership with Cooper Aerobics and The Cooper Institute, will offer talks and demos on October 11.

The Center for BrainHealth® will mark the first anniversary of its Brain Performance Institute™ on Thursday, October 11, 2018, with a free open house. The Institute, which champions enhancing the brain’s reserve and resilience across the lifespan, will partner with Cooper Aerobics and The Cooper Institute to share insights on how to optimize one’s health.

The celebration will begin at 11:45 a.m. with a ticketed lunch talk, “Leading from the Frontal Lobe.” Starting at 1:00 p.m. and throughout the afternoon, visitors can attend brain-centric classes, lectures and activities that provide tips and insights for enhancing brain performance. Activities will include yoga, massage therapy, a social cognition game-based simulation, the Brain Performance Challenge and brain-healthy nutrition demonstrations. There will also be talks about the effects of injury on the developing brains of kids, as well as insights for Alzheimer’s caregivers. The day will end with the popular Sips & Science ticketed evening event at 6:30 p.m. – a conversation with Dr. Sandra B. Chapman, chief director of the Center for BrainHealth, and Dr. Laura DeFina, CEO and chief science officer of The Cooper Institute, moderated by award-winning broadcast journalist Shelly Slater.

“The tremendous growth we have experienced in our first year confirms that the Brain Performance Institute is filling a true need in the Dallas area,” said Dr. Leanne Young, executive director of the Brain Performance Institute. “What sets us apart is that everything we do here is grounded in science – helping kids focus in school, retraining the minds of those affected by military experiences or sports injuries, bolstering mental acuity among corporate leaders, improving social cognition among those with various degrees of impairment, and more.”

“Science is teaching us more every day about cognitive function, and at the Brain Performance Institute we take that knowledge out of academia and empower people to take charge of their own brains so that we can all have healthier, stronger, more energetic brains,” said Dr. Chapman. “We are pleased to partner with The Cooper Institute during this anniversary celebration because enhancing brain health is deeply intertwined with enhancing the body’s health, and the Cooper team brings vast expertise in this field.”

“Over and over again, science continues to show that exercise and healthy living may be pivotal to keeping our brains healthy,” said Dr. DeFina. “We are excited to be a part of this event to showcase how aerobic fitness can help prevent dementia, depression and memory loss as we age, and to discuss the emerging connection between heart health and brain health.”