Merzenich Honored In China; Seeks Asian Research Partner

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Merzenich Honored in China; Seeks Asian Research Partner

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    Michael Merzenich, PhD., co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science, has been honored by

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which has invited him to give the Serena Yang Lecture in Rehabilitation

Science this week.  Dr. Merzenich's keynote lecture will be "The Brain Plasticity Revolution."

    Dr. Merzenich is in China at the invitation of several universities to give a series of lectures and to consult

with members of the faculty at those universities about their interest in establishing a center for brain

plasticity research.  This trip is intended to narrow the search for the location of an Asian center.


    He will give the following talks:

    --  Oct 16 - Beijing Normal University -  "Controlling Cortical Plasticity"

    --  Oct 16 - Institute of Biophysics, Beijing - "Brain Plasticity-Based Therapeutics"

    --  Oct 18 - Hong Kong Polytechnic University - "Brain Plasticity-Based Training for Addressing

Developmental Impairments"

    --  Oct 20 - Hong Kong Polytechnic University - "Brain Plasticity-Based Training for Addressing Cognitive

Deficits in Normal and Pathological Aging"

    --  Oct 20 - Hong Kong Polytechnic University - "The Brain Plasticity Revolution"

    --  Oct 21- East China Normal University - "Brain Plasticity-Based Training"

    Dr. Merzenich is the Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science Corporation, the leading provider of cognitive

training software programs.  Those programs are proven to be effective in numerous randomized controlled

trials and more than 30 published peer reviewed papers.  

    Dr. Merzenich may be best known today for his featured role in the 2007 public television pledge drive

special "The Brain Fitness Program," which has aired more than 10,000 times on some 170 PBS stations.

The television program has been so popular that a sequel will air starting in November. 

    Dr. Merzenich is Professor Emeritus at University of California San Francisco, where he still maintains an

active lab at the Keck Center for Neuroscience.  He has been elected to the National Academy of Science

and to the Institute of Medicine for his contributions to the fields of neuroscience and medicine. He has been

honored with many other awards and has published more than 200 scientific articles. He holds more than 50

US patents and his work is often featured in the popular press. 

    About Posit Science 

    Posit Science is the leading provider of clinically validated brain fitness products and services. The

company works with more than 50 scientists from prestigious universities around the world to design and test

its computer-based programs. More than 30 published papers show that the company's patented

technologies significantly increase processing speed, improve memory, and enhance the quality of everyday

life. Posit Science has received numerous grants and awards from groups such as the National Institutes of

Health (NIH), the American Society on Aging (ASA), and CNBC. For more information, visit or call 1-800-599-6463. 

SOURCE:  Posit Science

    CONTACT:  Peggy Jara of Posit Science 



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