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Our Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Aron K. Barbey

Aron K. Barbey, PhD, professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He’s the co-chair of the Intelligence Systems Research Theme, leader of the Intelligence, Learning and Plasticity Initiative, and director of the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

Professor Barbey received a PhD in Psychology from Emory University in 2007 and completed a research fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2011.

His research investigates the neural mechanisms of human intelligence and decision making, with a focus on enhancing these functions through cognitive neuroscience, physical fitness and nutritional intervention. He has won more than $25 million in federal and private research grants since joining the University of Illinois in 2011 from:
• NIH BRAIN initiative
• The research division of the United States Director of National Intelligence (IARPA)
• The Department of Defense (DARPA)
• The National Science Foundation (NSF)

Professor Barby is also the co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence and Cognitive Neuroscience and serves on the editorial board of Intelligence, Thinking & Reasoning, and NeuroImage.

Dr. Patricia Walicke

Patricia Walicke, MD, PhD earned her medical degree from the Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology Program and her PhD from the Harvard Dept. of Neuroscience in 1980. She has nearly 40 years of experience working in University Medical Centers, private practice, and biotechnology companies.

From 1984 to 1989, Dr. Walicke was on faculty at University of California San Diego (UCSD) with a joint appointment at the Salk Institute providing clinical neurology care and pursuing research on growth factors for CNS regeneration. She served under Dr. Robert Katzman, a pioneer in Alzheimer disease research. In 1989 she started a clinical neurology practice where participation in clinical research sparked a new passion for the development of medications. In 1996 she joined the biotechnology industry and contributed to programs for development of medications for neurologic disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis, as well as autoimmune disorders such as psoriasis and Crohn’s disease. She was an active member of the start-up community in the San Francisco Bay area, serving in roles from consultant to Chief Medical Officer at more than 25 companies. She served as a consultant to the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS) for two years.

Dr. Walicke has published 40 papers, five book chapters, and holds three patents. She retired in 2017 and moved to Sedona, AZ, where she has a small wellness coaching practice. The vicissitudes of drug development have led her to believe that widely available and relatively inexpensive interventions such as nutrition and natural supplements are key to real-time, real-world approaches to maintaining and improving health — a path which led her interest in beta-caryophyllene (BCP).

Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla

Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, PhD earned his doctoral degree from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and currently serves as a Professor at the same institution.

Dr. Gomez-Pinilla has a longstanding research career studying the mechanisms by which the brain adapts to environmental challenges, physical damage and diseases.

His work also played a major role in understanding the molecular mechanisms by which diet and exercise influence the brain and spinal cord, and how the therapeutic action of select dietary components reduce the burden of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Gomez-Pinilla has participated in top scientific panels organized by the National Institute of Health (NIH), Institute of Medicine, Society for Neuroscience and other academic institutions with a focus on optimizing brain health. His contributions include over 150 articles for scientific journals, and he has been invited to give plenary lectures at elite international events in more than 18 countries.

Dr. Gary Small

Gary Small, MD, is Behavioral Health Physician in Chief for Hackensack Meridian Health and Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center. Previously, he was Professor of Psychiatry and Aging at UCLA where he also directed the university’s Longevity Center.

Dr. Small’s team invented the first PET scan brain imaging technology to detect brain amyloid and tau in Alzheimer’s disease years before patients show symptoms. In addition to testing medicines for delaying the onset of age-related cognitive decline, Dr. Small has developed healthy aging lifestyle and memory training programs that are available throughout the U.S. in senior centers and community hospitals.

Dr. Small has authored over 500 scientific works and received numerous awards and honors, including the American College of Psychiatrist’s Research Award in Geriatric Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association’s Weinberg Award for Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry, and the Senior Investigator Award from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology. He is the author of 12 popular books, including The New York Times bestseller, The Memory Bible.

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