Tai Chi and the Brain

On the Front Lines Connecting Practice with Science

The academic program for the 2014 Symposium will present educational lectures that are linked to the theme of “Tai Chi and the Brain.” The lectures will be based on original research linking Tai Chi as a prevention or intervention strategy. There is no area of biological sciences that have equaled the advances achieved in the past decade in studies of the brain. Significant studies of the brain have occurred over the past few years. New developments concerning brain physiology has great relevance to the potential brain benefits of the practice of Tai Chi.

The academic program for the 2014 Symposium will serve to educate participants about developments in brain science and the relevance of Tai Chi and brain health.

The goal is to present the latest research and to discuss the need and topics for continuing study in areas related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Autism and other neurological disorders.

Research teams led by Yang Chengfu Tai Chi Chuan Center Directors Holly Sweeney-Hillman Dave Barrett Sergio Arione and Angela Soci will lead the academic presentations. The presentations are structured to provide general overviews of the latest research followed by literature review sessions for future proposals and questions from Symposium participants.