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Theme: The State of the Mind

This event occurred on
May 19, 2022
Bloomington, Indiana
United States

All about the brain, mental health and emotional wellbeing

Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
303 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana, 47408
United States
Event type:
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Christopher Hernandez

Christopher J. Hernandez is a scientist and engineering professor. Born and raised in California’s Central Valley, Chris leads a team of students from diverse backgrounds who use mechanical engineering to make discoveries in medicine and biology. His laboratory has found secrets of spongy bone that might lead to better aircraft, how the gut microbiome can contribute to osteoporosis and how bacteria respond when they are hugged.

Vishakh Iyer

Dr. Vishakh Iyer is a neuroscientist by training and a professional medical/scientific communications consultant for pharmaceutical companies. Born and raised in India, Vishakh moved to the United States in 2012 and earned an MS in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience and a PhD in Neuroscience and Psychology. He has spent his research career studying the neuroscientific aspects of opioid addiction, cannabinoids, chronic pain, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, alcohol addiction etc. His primary research focus is directed towards developing novel endocannabinoid-based approaches towards overcoming unwanted side-effects such as addiction, withdrawal, and respiratory depression caused by the use and misuse of commonly prescribed opioids like morphine, oxycodone, and fentanyl. He currently works as a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry and helps to drive, support and execute medical communications strategies and tactical plans through the development of high-quality, scientifically accurate and patient/health care provider driven deliverables.

Zach Peterson

Stand up Comedian Zach Peterson examines his life and struggles with mental illness through the lens of being raised on a farm in Rural Iowa. As far back as any one can remember his family has had a troubled past regarding their mental health. Zach explains how his family broke the cycle of destruction that has plagued his family for generations and why it is important for other rural families to do so themselves.

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