You can grow new brain cells

Sandrine Thuret

Can we, as adults, grow new neurons? Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret says that we can, and she offers research and practical advice on how we can help our brains better perform neurogenesis—improving mood, increasing memory formation and preventing the decline associated with aging along the way.

Why are we so afraid of dying?

Scilla Elworthy

Scilla Elworthy is the founder of the Oxford Research Group, a non-governmental Organisation she set up in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics. She served as its executive director from 1982 until 2003, when she left that role in order to set up Peace Direct, a charity supporting local peace builders in conflict areas. From 2005 she was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson in setting up The Elders.

She is a member of the World Future Council and the International Task Force on Preventive Diplomacy. She has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Price and in 2003 she was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize for her work with the Oxford Research Group.

Clemens van Blitterswijk

Future of regenerative medicine

Clemens van Blitterswijk is a renowned name in the tissue engineering and regenerative medicine field due to his unique multidisciplinary approach. He is one of the most frequently cited Dutch scientists in Materials Sciences, the applicant and co-applicant of over 100 patents, and has co-founded multiple biomedical companies. Today, he combines his Professorship at Maastricht University with a Founding Partnership of the new LSP-Health Economics Fund (LSP-HEF) of the European healthcare investment group Life Sciences Partners (LSP).

Johnny Huard

Fountain of youth in stem cells?

A native of Canada, Dr. Johnny Huard is a world-renowned scientist and is currently a Professor, Distinguished Chair for Orthopaedic Research, and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; McGovern Medical School. He studies cutting-edge science in the field of stem cell research with expertise in regenerative medicine.