Breakthrough neuroscience education enterprise
Primary care physicians, medical education experts and neuroscientists explain the huge void in medical education and patient care in our 2 minute film. We believe our strategy addresses this need.
Emotion is fundamental to every level of higher brain function
Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD are no less physiological than chronic disease. Our learning materials provide physicians with better tools to more effectively diagnose and treat our global health crisis affecting 450 million patients.
The Feeling Brain is the first Visual CME showing the direct relationship between brain circuitry and structure and treatable medical conditions.
Neurobiology of Emotion
Education must be emotionally engaging, interactive, socially collaborative, and relevant to be effective.
Watch highlights from our pilot courses.
The Future of Medical Education
Visual CME Content and Context in 45 Seconds.
Critical evidence-based findings for higher learning systems, point-of-care networks, patient populations and the general public for maximum impact.
Pioneering education strategy on brain function, emotions and behavior for physicians worldwide. Reviewed by experts for AMA Category 1 continuing medical education (CME) accreditation. Distribution through Johns Hopkins networks.
Education must be evaluated for efficacy. Our content will help medical professionals save time, overcome barriers by acquiring new skills, improve diagnostic skills and treatment outcomes, reduce risk and retreatment costs.
MEDNEURO IS THE FORERUNNER TO TRANSLATE VITAL BREAKTHROUGHS
Scientific study of emotion is an emerging field in neuroscience. Technology in the past two decades has outpaced dissemination of these discoveries that have real impact – until now. Our 1st course of 30, at scale – in what will become the most in depth exploration of the emotion sciences ever produced.
No More Excuses
Founder and CEO, Producer/Director
Creator of The Feeling Brain series, Natalie founded MedNeuro to advance medical education and improve communication in science and medicine. She brings 30 years of education design, network production and operations experience. Her productions, segments, and series are broadcast worldwide, and on networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, BET, MTV, MSNBC, PBS, and others. She continues to design innovative integral education for public and private school systems, literary institutions, and others. Author of Sensual Intelligence: An Introduction to Your Body’s Language, she is co-author of an upcoming book for Oxford University Press about consciousness and the the dynamic global work space of the brain.
Co-founder of New Teacher’s Institute and founder of PEN in the Classroom, a program operating in dozens of LAUSD schools – where inner city students accept creative writing awards alongside novelists and screenwriters like Charlie Kaufman, Steven Zaillian, and literary legend Gore Vidal. Board Member of GetLit, nominated HellRaiser by Mother Jones Magazine; member of American Humanist Association, Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and Human Behavior and Evolution Society. Natalie loves her amazing grown children and playing with the integral nature of energy.
Bob Sweeney, DA, MS
Chief Strategy Officer
Bob Sweeney, Executive Director of Challenger Corporation, a leading national CME provider, provides invaluable insight into the needs of physicians and medical professionals worldwide – and the current state of medical education. His areas of expert competencies include emergency medicine, neurological rehabilitation, home health care, managed care and the medical information needs of hospitals and physicians. He holds a doctorate from Carnegie-Mellon University, and is the author of three books and several other publications.
Bob has served on the research staff at MIT and Dartmouth and has taught marketing, economics and related courses at several universities. In 2004, Bob was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Memphis. Bob’s also a practicing martial artist who can swat a fly off your ear before you can flinch.
David Edelman, PhD
Chief Science Officer
David Edelman is a neuroscientist and adjunct faculty member at the University of San Diego, the University of California, San Diego, and a visiting professor at CUNY and Dartmouth. Former professor of Neuroscience at Bennington College. Edelman was Associate Fellow in Experimental Neurobiology at The Neurosciences Institute (NSI).
David has conducted research in a wide range of areas, including mechanisms of gene regulation, the relationship between mitochondrial transport and brain activity, and visual perception in the octopus, among others. A longstanding interest in the neural basis of consciousness led him to consider the importance—and challenge—of disseminating a more global view of brain function to a wide audience. He has embraced this challenge in college and university classrooms. Now, in his role at MedNeuro Media, David extends this mission to translating cutting edge neuroscience research for medical professionals. He plays the violin like a madman.
Stuart Firestein, PhD
Professor and Chair, Dept of Biological Sciences, Columbia University — Moderator, Content Advisor
Dr. Stuart Firestein teaches biology and the popular “Ignorance,” a course inviting professors to speak to students about what they don’t know and what they question in their field. Author of Ignorance: How It Drives Science and Failure: Why Science is So Successful by Oxford University Press, Stuart was recently recognized for his pioneering work on the mammalian olfactory system, elected as fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Firestein’s lab focuses on understanding how mammals, equipped with what he describes as “possibly the best chemical detector on the planet,” are able to sense and discriminate vast numbers of molecules known to us as odors. Dedicated to promoting accessibility of science to public audiences, Stuart serves as advisor for Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s program for the Public Understanding of Science, and was awarded the 2011 Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award for Excellence in scholarship and teaching.
Heather Berlin, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine — Content Development
Heather A. Berlin is an American neuroscientist focusing on brain-behavior relationships affecting the prevention and treatment of impulsive and compulsive psychiatric disorders. She is also interested in the neural basis of consciousness, dynamic unconscious processes, and creativity. Dr. Berlin is host of the international Discovery Channel series Superhuman Showdown and of the CUNY TV and PBS series Science Goes to the Movies.
Dr. Berlin conducts research to better understand the neural basis of impulsivity, compulsivity, and emotion with the goal of more targeted treatment. She employs neuroimaging and neuropsychological and psychopharmacological testing of brain lesion and compulsive, impulsive, and personality disorder patients. She is also interested in the neural basis of consciousness and dynamic unconscious processes. Dr. Berlin has conducted clinical research at hospitals in both the US and UK including Bellevue Hospital and the Institute of Psychiatry in London. She is a Visiting Scholar at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Vassar College, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)/University of Zurich, and at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dr. Hassan Tetteh
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Hassan Tetteh is a cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in critical care and heart and lung transplantation at MedStar Health, Howard University Hospital, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Dr. Tetteh serves our country as a U.S. Naval Commander and Combat Surgeon. In 2007, Dr. Tetteh received the Alley Sheridan Award from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, (TSFRE) and that same year was selected as a fellow for the Society for Black Academic Surgeons Leadership Institute.
In 2008 he received a National Institute of Health, (NIH) and National Medical Association, (NMA) travel grant for young clinical investigators and completed his thoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Tetteh went on to complete an advanced cardiac surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, MBBS, MACP
Medical Advisory Board
Professor of Medicine, former Faculty Dean for CME at Harvard Medical School, Senior Consultant in Hepatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and author. Elected Master of American College of Physicians, 2009. Editor-in-Chief of Hepatology section of Up To Date, Sanjiv led the most robust academic CME enterprise in the world, to 80,000 clinicians in more than 160 countries each year, including 7 Current Clinical Issues in Primary Care (CCIPC) conferences with UCLA, Johns Hopkins, Baylor College of Medicine, Univ of Miami, Northwestern Univ and Columbia Univ College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Recipient of the American Gastroenterological Association’s Distinguished Educator Award, his numerous books include Dr. Chopra Says: Medical Facts and Myths Everyone Should Know, Leadership by Example: The Ten Key Principles of all Great Leaders, and The Big Five: Five Simple Things You Can Do to Live a Longer, Healthier Life. Dr. Chopra was elected as a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2009, an award given to individuals for being “citizen physicians, educational innovators, scientific thinkers and humanists who inspire those around him or her and sets the standards for quality in medicine.
Dr. Jay N. Giedd
Chief, Brain Imaging Unit, Child Psychiatry Branch NIMH and Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UCSD — Content Advisor, Course Expertise
For more than 20 years, Dr. Jay Giedd and his team at the Child Psychiatry Branch of The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) have conducted longitudinal neuropsychological and brain imaging studies of healthy twins and singletons, as well as clinical groups, including individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and childhood-onset schizophrenia between the ages of 2 and 30 years.
Dr. Giedd’s work highlights one of the most compelling features of the human brain: its ability to modify itself and adapt to the demands of a changing environment. Jay presides as Chief of the Brain Imaging Unit, Child Psychiatry Branch NIMH, and is the Director of the Child Psychiatry Department, University of California, San Diego. His work has been prominently featured in the general media with cover stories in Time, National Geographic, and national newspapers as well as over 30 television documentaries.
Dr. Scott Russo
Asst Professor of Neuroscience, Director, Russo Lab of Neural and Immune Mechanisms of Psychiatric Illness, Mount Sinai School of Medicine — Content Advisor, Course Expertise
Russo Lab uses a wide variety of experimental approaches to understand how the brain adapts to stress and drugs leading to altered synaptic connectivity and to guide future behavioral changes relevant to depression and addiction.
By integrating well-established behavioral models, with molecular and biochemical techniques and traditional neuroanatomy, we are uncovering fundamental biochemical pathways regulated by stress to alter cellular connectivity in brain reward regions to define more selective drug targets that reduce side effects and more effectively treating the core behavioral symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Neurobiological mechanisms of stress – particularly Aberrant growth or retraction of dendritic spines and neurite processes – have been implicated in a multitude of psychiatric and neurological diseases, including drug addiction, stress disorders, X-linked mental retardation and schizophrenia.
Moran Cerf, PhD
Professor of neuroscience and business at the Kellogg School of Management and the neuroscience program at Northwestern University — Course Expertise
Moran Cerf, PhD additionally holds a position at the department of neurosurgery, where he studies patients undergoing brain-surgery to examine behavior, emotion, and decision making.
This is done by directly recording the activity of individual nerve cells using electrodes implanted in the patient’s brain for clinical purposes. Dr. Cerf is visiting faculty at NYU and a member of the institute on complex systems. Recently, his focus has been on the neural mechanisms that underlie decision-making, thereby offering a new perspective on predicting future choices and investigating how much free will we have in our decisions. Dr. Cerf holds multiple patents and his works have been published in wide-circulation journals such as Nature and Science, as well as Scientific American Mind and leading neuroscience journals.
Additionally, his work has been featured in numerous media and cultural outlets such as CNN, Wired, BBC, Bloomberg, NPR, Time, MSNBC, Slate.com, Gizmodo, New Scientist, the Venice Art Biennial and dozens of others.
Dr. Marcel Kinsbourne
Neurologist and Cognitive Neuroscientist, Professor of Psychology, Director of Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, The New School — Course Expertise
Marcel Kinsbourne is an Austrian-born pediatric neurologist and cognitive neuroscientist who was an early pioneer in the study of brain lateralization.
Kinsbourne has spent much of his life questioning, challenging, refuting, and reconstructing several previously accepted ideas about how the brain works. He studies clinical syndromes in patients for clues about brain function and uses his knowledge and discoveries about the brain to devise treatments for neurological disorders.
He moves effortlessly through two levels of neural function: the central nervous system (CNS) and the conceptual nervous system (cns). In a sense, Kinsbourne is the grandfather of what is currently referred to as the cognitive neuroscience view of regional specialization. He is author of over 400 scientific papers, author or editor of 9 books, and served on editorial boards of 26 scientific journals.
Series Production Advisor
Emmy Winning Filmmaker, William Gazecki is a documentary filmmaker and former sound mixer best known for his Academy Award-nominated and News & Documentary Emmy Award winning film Waco: The Rules of Engagement. and is Producer/Director of the Documentary film Sophie Tucker. As record producer, he earned Gold and Platinum Record Albums for Bette Midler’s The Rose, The Doors’ Alive She Cried and The Doors’ Greatest Hits Vol. 2. After The Rose, he moved on to build a successful career in sound mixing for television and film, earning three Emmy nominations (two for Hill Street Blues and one for the mini-series, Foxfire) and his first Emmy win for St. Elsewhere.
Earning an Academy Award nomination and a second Emmy win for his first feature documentary, WACO: The Rules of Engagement. William is also a recipient of the International Press Academy’s Golden Satellite Award for Outstanding Feature Documentary — an honor he received for his second feature documentary, Reckless Indifference.
After completing his work as the Picture Editor for the feature-length documentary Vanishing of the Bees in 2009, he was invited into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. He now sits on the judging committees for both the Oscars and the Directors Guild of America Best Documentary Director award.
Episode Director, Series Production Advisor
Emmy-winning Filmmaker Jim Lindsay has written, produced, directed and executive produced/show-run prime time special programs and series for HISTORY, DISCOVERY, INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY, DESTINATION AMERICA, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, A&E, NBC, FOX, MSNBC, CBS, PBS and LIFETIME. He has co-authored two feature motion pictures premiering on SHOWTIME and USA. Based in Los Angeles, Jim has filmed in 49 of the 50 U.S. states, the UK, central and eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Productions range from action & visual effects driven docudramas (A HAUNTING, HOSTAGE: DO OR DIE, REAL VICE MIAMI, THE TRUE STORY OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT, ANDREW JACKSON) to personality-driven specials (THE MEXICAN AMERICAN WAR hosted by Oscar de la Hoya, PEARL HARBOR: ATTACK ON AMERICA hosted by General H. Norman Schwarzkopf), investigative series (THE PATH TO VIOLENCE, UNSOLVED MYSTERIES, UNSOLVED HISTORY), science specials (MODERN MARVELS, BONE DETECTIVES) and cinema verite’ documentaries (SOUTHERN JUSTICE, ROCKY MOUNTAIN LAW, BREAKING POINT, CONVICT COWBOY).
Each project reflects a careful balance of style with substance, entertainment with information, and a sense of story carefully defined and executed to fit specific network demographics and budgets … crafted with the help of a highly skilled team of writers, production designers, casting directors, videographers, producers, editors, visual effects artists, composers, sound designers and colorists. Stylized feature-quality docudramas have prompted critics to describe the productions as “movies with interviews.” Jim has received 7 regional Emmy awards, one national Emmy nomination and the highest awards from film festivals including the San Francisco Golden Gate and Chicago Gold Hugo
Peter Shelton’s three decades as a highly experienced film and video editor in both London and New York have contributed a wide range of productions. His documentary work includes the Peabody Award-winning American Masters biography of producer John Hammond for PBS, and has consulted and edited films for Amnesty International and other non-profits.
Pete has edited ground-breaking music videos for performers such as Talking Heads, Public Enemy, Billy Joel and Grace Jones. Corporate and commercial clients include Samsung, Verizon, Karl Lagerfeld, Pfizer and The Rolling Stones. Whatever the project’s subject or purpose, his emphasis is always on narrative clarity and flow.
Alexander Tsiaras and his stellar 3D animations team help us illustrate complexity and beauty of the brain and anatomy. TheVisualMD is an award-winning producer of visually rich health content. Our compelling, human stories are brought to life using high-end 3D visualizations based on actual human data acquired from MRIs, CT Scans, Electron Microscopy and other medical imaging technologies. The Company uses pioneering visualization technology to create awe-inspiring images from deep inside the human body. Several original 3D animations grace our pilot series.
David Bolinsky – emersionist
Medical Illustrations – 3D Animations
David Bolinsky is an accomplished and award-winning medical illustrator and animator whose ground-breaking career in digital animation spans 31 years. After holding the position of Senior Medical Illustrator at the Yale School of Medicine, David founded the world’s first digital medical animation company, Advanced Imaging, Inc., in 1984. David is passionate about bringing the power of animation to science education, through both cutting-edge advances in interactive technologies and innovations in publishing with diverse clients including PBS, Disney Imagineering, HBO “The Medicine Show,” NBC, Discovery Channel, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Surgical Corp, Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, Grey Healthcare Group, to name a few.
In 2000, David co-founded XVIVO Scientific Animation with Mike Astrachan. Major clients included global corporations such as Merck, Genentech, Novartis, and Pfizer, museums such as the Smithsonian and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, DARPA and universities such as Yale, Johns Hopkins and Harvard. Through his current company, e*mersion, David is passionate about bringing the power of computer animation to science education, through both cutting-edge advances in interactive technologies and innovations in publishing.
He has spoken on this subject at numerous US and international conferences, including the FutureMed Lectures at Singularity University, the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington DC and the World Science Festival in New York. He is a two-time speaker at the TED Conference, where, in 2007, he presented the highly acclaimed animation “The Inner Life of a Cell.”
Center for Mind and Brain, Department of Psychology, UC Davis — Early Stage Development and Communications
Alea Skwara is now a PhD student in the Psychology Department, University of California at Davis. Former Lab Manager, Affective Neuroscience and Development Lab Harvard University.
Alea is, at her core, a communicator and a director. Formerly an Account Executive at Bliss PR in New York City, Ms. Skwara has developed her communication skills in many areas: from acting, to directing, to making formal presentations, to writing press releases. Her biggest strengths are 1) her ability to take highly specialized information and make it comprehensible and accessible to a wider audience, and 2) her ability to aid others with their communication processes–whether it be through developing and delivering presentations, acting as a conduit, or teaching skills so they can then present the information on their own. Alea acts as a catalyst, support, and mediator for all levels of communication and thought development. Her education includes New York University, Davidson College, L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and the Asheville School.
Art Direction, Graphic Design
Barry has designed and produced presentations for top level executives from IBM, Deloitte, Pfizer and others. His understanding of brand and production enable cross-media application of identity and content with consistent outcomes. His design education at Rhode Island School of Design and over two decades of professional consulting translate to a principled aesthetic, with a keen eye for messaging, typography and branding.
He has led production teams in presentation, exhibit content, brand compliance, animation and video production, delivering solutions to global corporations and NFPs. Titles, strategic nomenclature, corporate communications, publication and collateral, events – whatever the end product, Barry always endeavors to make the message effective and beautiful.
Alison Anthoine, Esq
Legal Strategist, Media Rights, Licensing
Entrepreneurial business and legal strategist, Alison is a seasoned media attorney and senior manager of media related enterprises. Alison handles legal/business affairs for Mansueto Ventures, and is general counsel for the Magazines Fast Company & Inc.
Richard Brown, PhD
Professor of Philosophy, City University of New York — Content Development & Strategy
Dr. Brown is a philosopher at the City University of New York. In particular, Richard is a Professor in the Philosophy Program and Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Program at LaGuardia Community College, and a member of the NYU Project on Space, Time, and Consciousness. This project is sponsored by the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Studies and is directed by David Chalmers.
Richard earned his PhD in Philosophy with a concentration in Cognitive Science from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2008. From 2002-2003 Richard was at the University of Connecticut, where he earned his M.A. in Philosophy (and did some work in the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory led by James Chrobak), and from 2000-2002 was at San Francisco State University where he worked in the Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratory led by Mark Geisler and completed all requirements for the M.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Physiological Psychology.