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New Dallas Brain Performance Institute Promotes Brain Wellness

The Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas is a scientific research institute committed to understanding, protecting and healing the brain. With more than 75 fully funded research projects, scientific exploration at the Center for BrainHealth is innovative; improving lives today and translating groundbreaking discoveries into practical clinical application.

The Center for BrainHealth recently broke ground on its Brain Performance Institute in Dallas’ growing medical district. Slated to open in the spring of 2017, the 62,000-square-foot facility will make scientifically validated programs and assessments that enhance individual brain performance and health available to the public.

Cognitive neuroscience experts at the Center for BrainHealth and its Brain Performance Institute are dedicated to developing and delivering effective, evidence-based protocols to build brain resilience, achieve brain regeneration, reverse losses in cognitive capacity and train the brain to maximize performance in people of all ages and stages.

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.
“Many people don’t think about their brain until it is injured, diseased or aging. But just like physical health, almost everyone can improve brain health,” says Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., Center for BrainHealth founder and chief director. “The Brain Performance Institute will be the first facility of its kind, not an acute treatment center, but a place where healthy people, as well as people who have sustained a brain injury or disease, have the opportunity to help their brain become healthier, more efficient and less stressed.”

The Institute has already served more than 40,000 people in the last two years from the Center for BrainHealth and via mobile training teams. Clients range from professional athletes and executives to military veterans and teens. Some programs are covered by private philanthropy and are offered at no cost to military service members, veterans and military spouses and caregivers and students in more than 100 middle schools across the country. With opening of the new center, brain wellness services will be more readily available for North Texas residents.

“This facility will house state-of-the-art imaging, stimulating learning platforms and community-focused events featuring experts from around the world,” says Eric Bennett, Brain Performance Institute executive director. “Having our own facility will allow us to reach so many more people. Initial offerings will include BrainHealth physicals, virtual reality training for teens and adults on the autism spectrum, as well an array of high-performance brain training programs.”

Brain Performance InstituteThe Brain Performance Institute was established in 2013 as a delivery system for the programs and resources developed and tested by the team of neuroscientists, clinicians and medical doctors at the Center for BrainHealth. The Center for BrainHealth has more than 75 funded, ongoing research studies ranging from healthy aging and teen reasoning to autism, Alzheimer’s and bipolar disorder, as well as concussions, post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction.

“It is exciting to know that this is just the beginning. Advancements in brain health are growing rapidly,” says Debbie Francis, Center for BrainHealth advisory board chair. “We cannot even imagine the types of treatments and programs that will be offered 10 years, even five years, from now.”

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