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MEMORY MATTERS TO HOST BRAIN SUMMIT

Memory Matters wants to help you keep your mind and memory sharp. That’s why it’s hosting its second annual Brain Health Summit on March 7 at Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort. The action-packed educational seminar will feature international speakers from Harvard and the University of British Columbia, as well as local experts.

Kicking off the day will be Dr. Vik Khurana, who will explore “A Solution in Our Lifetime?” Khurana, a Harvard Stem Cell Institute researcher, leads the Khurana Lab at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He will share discoveries regarding “misfolding brain proteins,” using stem cells to “grow” brains for study, and his goal to develop a vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Lara Boyd also will speak at the summit, offering real-life interventions in “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Brains.” Boyd, a neuroscientist, is the Canada Research Chair in neurobiology of motor learning and an associate professor at the University of British Columbia. She is a celebrated TEDxVancouver speaker who will encourage the audience to make changes to improve brain health and quality of life.

Chef Kim Baretta, a Hilton Head expert on the Mediterranean lifestyle, will follow with a live cooking demonstration, where she’ll prepare food that will be served for lunch. Baretta trained at London’s Leiths School of Food and Wine, and she is a soughtafter educator and speaker. She will share valuable tips about where to find brain-healthy ingredients and foods on Hilton Head and in Bluffton.

Wrapping up the day will be Dr. Steven Plenzler, who will discuss the crucial connection between sound sleep and brain health. Plenzler, a board-certified specialist in sleep medicine, earned his doctorate in behavioral neuroscience at Bowling Green University. He is the solutions lead for eviCore Healthcare’s sleep program in Bluffton. The event is open to the public and it will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It costs $50 per person, and seating is limited. To register or for more information, call 843-842-6688.

IF YOU GO

Memory Matters will hold its second annual Brain Health Summit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7 at Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort. Cost is $50 per person. To register or for more information, call 843-842-6688.