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Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation Presents “A New Path to Brain Health” with Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. on September 22, 2014Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation Presents “A New Path to Brain Health” with Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. on September

Santa Barbara, California—The public is invited to attend the 6th annual Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation’s Empowerment through Medical Rehabilitation Educational Series. Events will take place on Monday, September 22, 2014 at The Fess Parker: A Doubletree Resort by Hilton located at 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara. This year’s topic is “A New Path to Brain Health” presented by Michael Merzenich, Ph.D., co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science Corporation in San Francisco and author of the acclaimed book Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life.

According to Dr. Merzenich, “Our brains are continually a work in progress.” This public event will feature his research, unique insights about the brain and exercises to help rejuvenate cognitive abilities and get started on a better, safer path to brain health. From 6:00-7:00 p.m., Dr. Merzenich will give a presentation; and from 7:30-9:30 p.m., he will participate in a panel discussion with local experts after dinner.

Dr. Michael Merzenich
Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.
For nearly five decades, Dr. Merzenich has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. In the late 1980s, he was on the team that invented the cochlear implant (a surgically implanted electronic device providing a sense of sound for someone profoundly deaf or severely hard-of -hearing.) In 1996, Dr. Merzenich was the founding CEO of Scientific Learning Corporation which markets and distributes software applying principles of brain plasticity to assist children with language learning and reading. Dr. Merzenich has published more than 150 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals (such as Science and Nature), received numerous awards and been granted nearly 100 patents. His work is often covered in the popular press and he appears extensively on television including four PBS specials. Dr. Merzenich earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Portland and his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before becoming a professor at the University of California, San Francisco and retired in 2007 to focus on writing and research.

Tickets for this special event series are now available for the presentation only for $25 per person/$15 per student and for the presentation, dinner, and expert panel discussion for $250 per person. Tickets are available online at or by calling Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation at (805) 569-8999 ext. 82143. Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. The purpose of the CRHF Empowerment through Medical Rehabilitation Educational Series is to share important information with the community about current topics and research and to advance understanding of medical rehabilitation.

About Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital
Cottage Rehabilitant Hospital (CRH) is dedicated to providing excellent care for survivors of stroke, brain and spinal cord injury, orthopedic injury and other conditions. For more than 50 years, the not-for-profit CRH (formerly known as Rehabilitation Institute of Santa Barbara) has provided comprehensive medical rehabilitation services for both outpatient and inpatient care. CRH is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs, Stroke Specialty Programs and Brain Injury Specialty Programs. CRH’s Transdisciplinary Team works together with the patient and caregiver to achieve maximum successful outcomes. CRH is a program of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Cottage Health System, which includes Cottage Children’s Hospital, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital.

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation (CRHF) is a separate philanthropic foundation, directed by an independent board of directors, and devotes its energies solely toward charitable giving which supports CRH.

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