Dr. John Ratey will present three programs during the week:
-Exercise and Play: A Way to Keep Your Brain Young
-Exercise to Maximize School Performance
-ADHD the Mystery and Non-Medical Treatments
John J. Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Research Synthesizer, Speaker, and Author, as well a Clinical Psychiatrist maintaining a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has lectured and published 60 peer reviewed articles on the topics of Aggression, Autism, ADHD, and other issues in neuropsychiatry.
Dr. Ratey has authored "A User's Guide to the Brain" (2000) and co-authored "Shadow Syndromes" (1997) with Catherine Johnson, PhD. From 1994 to 2005 he co-authored "Driven to Distraction" (1994), "Answers to Distraction" (1995) and "Delivered from Distraction" (2005) with Edward Hallowell, MD, all published by Pantheon/Random House. Additionally, he has edited several books including "The Neuropsychiatry of Personality Disorders" (1994), published by Blackwell Scientific.
Most recently, Dr Ratey has penned, "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain" published by Little Brown. In Spark, Dr. Ratey guides the reader to an understanding of neurobiology and inspires the reader to reach for their potential, and embrace exercise that is crucial for the brain and body to operate at peak performance.
Spark is fueling a movement to re-engineer school practices and medical recommendations to establish curriculum, lifestyles and corporate practices based on scientific principles. Providing the scientific foundation and research data, Dr Ratey has been drafted into the groundswell of those whose mission it is to revitalize schools, combat the obesity crisis, stave off the encroaching epidemic of Sedentarism, by returning to evolutionary principles of physical exercise and proper diet thereby combating syndrome X, the underlying causation of much chronic disease.
"Dr. Ratey's work is going to save physical education, by reforming it. Exercise and the youth of this generation will be the vanguard that will lead the nation back to health." - Phil Lawler, Architect of the Naperville PE Project.
Each year since 1995, Dr. Ratey has been selected by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America. In his dedication to the changing the world, Dr. Ratey has founded The Ratey Institute whose mission is to broadcast life changing science and establish the best practice policies first in our school and then other organizations to reclaim human health
"Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain," released in 2008, is the culmination of years of experience with the brain body connection, new research data, and the synthesis of biological sciences. Spark is revolutionizing how we see the human species. A call to return to our evolutionary roots; to get in sync with our metabolic design honed through eons of survival to optimize mental and physical health. Dr. Ratey is the spark that will set your old paradigms on fire, which will clear your mind to see a new vision for mankind, and inflame a passion of commitment to create a healthy future for our posterity.