BPF Advisory Board

Brain Preservation Foundation (BPF) advisors are accomplished, high-integrity professionals who are publicly committed to the need for a thorough scientific evaluation of the state of the art of brain preservation technology. Many are constructive skeptics who see the potential value of the technology, yet who recognize there are many complex questions relating to its further development and social diffusion. They help BPF, a nonprofit charitable organization, to execute its mission, and to achieve the highest standards of professionalism, service, effectiveness, ethics, integrity, and transparency. They advise BPF on its Prize structure, competitor support and outreach, communications and public profile, fundraising, policy positions, and other issues relevant to assessing and advancing brain preservation technology. Each honors BPF greatly with their service, and may leave our advisory board at any time. While each BPF advisor may choose to advise on any topic, advisors are loosely grouped into the following functional areas.

Science and Technology
These distinguished individuals give BPF their advice and opinions on scientific and technical questions related to ourmission, our support and outreach to competing scientific teams, and issues of usefulness, verification, falsifiability and professional credibility with respect to competition goals and procedures. Each typically has an advanced degree and a current affiliation with a university or research laboratory.

Cognitive Science and Psychology

  • Michael Cerullo
    Michael CerulloM.D., Psychiatrist, Cincinnati Inst. for Cog. Sci.; Author, Uploading and Branching Identity, M&M, 2014
    • Susan Blackmore
      Susan BlackmorePh.D., writer, lecturer, psychologist, skeptic, author, Consciousness: An Introduction (2011)
      • Jim Blascovich
        Jim BlascovichPh.D., Co-Director of the Research Center for Virtual Environments & Behavior, UCSB
      • Michael Shermer
        Michael ShermerPh.D., Author, Founder, Skeptics Society, Editor, Skeptic magazine
      • Peter Thomas
        Peter ThomasPh.D., Licensed Psychologist, Holiner Group; Practitioner in adolescent, adult, and couples therapy

        Computer Science

        • Daniel Berleant
          Daniel BerleantPh.D., Author, Professor, Information Science, UALR, and Joint UALR/UAMS Bioinformatics Program
        • Ben Goertzel
          Ben GoertzelPh.D., Author, Researcher in Artificial Intelligence; CSO, Aidyia Holdings, CEO, Novamente
        • Dileep George
          Dileep GeorgePh.D., Comp. Neuroscientist, Past HTM Developer, Numenta; Co-Founder, Vicarious Systems
        • Bruce Katz
          Bruce KatzPh.D. Author, Adj. Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Drexel U., Chief Scientist, Coldlight
        • Juergen Schmidhuber
          Juergen SchmidhuberPh.D., Author, Scientific Dir of Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, Professor of AI, USI, Deep Learning expert

        Computational Neuroscience

        • Sebastian Seung
          Sebastian SeungPh.D., Author, Professor of Computational Neuroscience, Dept. of Brain and Cog. Sciences, MIT
        • David Dalrymple
          David DalrympleM.S., Research Affiliate, MIT Media Lab, Director, Project Nemaload, C. elegans emulation
        • Chris Eliasmith
          Chris EliasmithPh.D., Author, Prof., Director, CTN, Lab head, Computational Neuroscience Research Group, Waterloo
        • John-Dylan Haynes
          John-Dylan HaynesPh.D., Prof., Theory & Analysis of Large-Scale Brain Signals, Bernstein Ctr. Comp. Neurosci, Berlin
        • Randal Koene
          Randal KoenePh.D., Co-Founder, CarbonCopies
        • Olaf Sporns
          Olaf SpornsPh.D., Author, Prof. Computational Neuroscience, Indiana U., Investigator, Human Connectome Project


        • Robert A. Freitas Jr.
          Robert A. Freitas Jr.J.D., Author of Nanomedicine; Senior Res. Fellow, Inst. for Molecular Manufacturing
        • Steven Harris
          Steven HarrisM.D., Scientific Advisory Board, Life Extension Foundation
        • Eugen Leitl
          Eugen LeitlM.S., System Administrator/Developer at InfoChem GmbH

        Microscopy and Imaging

        • Kenneth Hayworth
          Kenneth HayworthPresident and Co-Founder of the Brain Preservation Foundation
        • Andrew Bleloch
          Andrew BlelochPh.D., Past PI, SuperSTEM Microscope, Dir. Microscopy, Halcyon Molecular, Inc.
        • Todd Huffman
          Todd HuffmanM.S., CEO, 3Scan, Knife Edge Scanning Microscopy

        Molecular Biology and Genetics

        • João de Magalhães
          João de MagalhãesPh.D., Director, Integrative Genomics of Aging Group, University of Liverpool
        • Adam Marblestone
          Adam MarblestonePh.D., Director of Scientific Architecting, Synthetic Neurobiology Group, MIT
        • Gregory Stock
          Gregory StockPh.D., Author, CEO, Signum Biosciences, Founder, Program on Medicine, Tech and Society, UCLA


        • Robert L. Blum
          Robert L. BlumM.D., Ph.D., Independent Scholar, Affiliate, Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation, Stanford U
        • Leslie Stephen Coles
          Leslie Stephen ColesM.D., Ph.D., Lecturer, UCLA, Co-Founder, Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group
        • Nicolás F. Lori
          Nicolás F. LoriPh.D., Research Assistant Professor, IBILI, Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Portugal
        • Erik Viirre
          Erik ViirreM.D., Ph.D., Professor of Surgery and Otoneurology and Cognitive Science, UCSD


        • David Eagleman
          David EaglemanPh.D., Author, Director, Laboratory for Perception and Action, Baylor College of Medicine
        • Shella Keilholz
          Shella KeilholzPh.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University School of Medicine
        • Stephen Macknik
          Stephen MacknikPh.D., Author, Director, Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience, Barrow Neurological Institute
        • Susana Martinez-Conde
          Susana Martinez-CondePh.D., Author, Director, Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience, Barrow Neurological Institute
        • Read Montague
          Read MontaguePh.D., Author, Director, Human Neuroimaging Lab and Computational Psychiatry Unit, Virginia Tech
        • Peter Passaro
          Peter PassaroPh.D., Research Fellow, Neural Dynamics and Consciousness Lab, University of Sussex
        • Thomas Ramsøy
          Thomas RamsøyPh.D., Blogger, Prof., Decision Neurosciences Resrch Group, Copenhagen Bus. Sch. and DRCMR

        Business and Fundraising

        • John Smart
          John SmartVice President and Co-Founder of the Brain Preservation Foundation
        • Jose Cordeiro
          Jose CordeiroMBA, Ph.D., Faculty, Singularity University, Chair, Millennium Project - Venezuela Node
        • Daniel Crevier
          Daniel CrevierPh.D., Author, Founder, Coreco, now subsid. of Teledyne Tech
          • Rudi Hoffman
            Rudi HoffmanCFP, CLU, ChFC, CEO of Hoffman Planning
          • David Kekich
            David KekichCEO, TransVio Tech Ventures, President, Maximum Life Foundation
          • John Mauldin
            John MauldinAuthor, Pres., Millennium Wave Investments, Editor, Thoughts from the Frontline, Mauldin Economics

          Media and Community

          • Keith Wiley
            Keith WileyPhD Computer Science. Data Scientist and Senior Software Engineer at Atigeo, Seattle, WA
          • Marshall Brain
            Marshall BrainM.S., Author, Founder of How Stuff Works
          • Michael Chorost
            Michael ChorostPh.D., Author, Rebuilt (2006) and World Wide Mind (2011)
          • Charles B. Olson
            Charles B. OlsonM.S., Author, A Possible Cure for Death, Medical Hypotheses 26:77-84
            • Giulio Prisco
              Giulio PriscoTelepresence developer, teleXLR8, blogger, former manager in the European Space Agency
            • Robert Tercek
              Robert TercekInnovation blogger, Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing, and Commerce

            Policy and Legal

            Philosophy, Ethics, and Society

            • Mark Walker
              Mark WalkerProf., Dept of Philos., New Mexico State U., Author, Personal Identity and Mind Uploading, JET 22:37-51
              • Nicholas Shackel
                Nicholas ShackelPh.D., Sen. Lect. Philos., Cardiff U.; Dist. Resrch Fellow, Uehiro Ctr for Practical Ethics, U. Oxford
              • Susan Schneider
                Susan SchneiderAuthor, Asst Prof., Department of Philosophy, faculty, Center for Neuroscience and Society, UPENN
              • Toby Ord
                Toby OrdPh.D., Research Fellow, Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology at the University of Oxford
              • James Hughes
                James HughesPh.D., Author, Exec. Director, Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies
              • Robin Hanson
                Robin HansonPh.D., Author, Prof., Economics, George Mason U; Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford
              • Peter Hankins
                Peter HankinsPhilosopher, author, Conscious Entities, weblog on human consciousness and cognition
              • James Giordano
                James GiordanoPh.D., Chief, Neuroethics Studies Prog, Georgetown UMC
              • Andy Clark
                Andy ClarkPh.D., Author, Prof. of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
              • David Chalmers
                David ChalmersPh.D., Author, Director, Centre for Consciousness, Australian National U.
              • David Brin
                David BrinPh.D., Physicist, futurist, reciprocal transparency advocate, science fiction author and resident contrarian

              BPF Advisors have their own views and opinions that are not necessarily those of BPF staff, and vice versa. Being a BPF Advisor does not create legal liability, either to or on behalf of BPF, with the exception of those advisors who at any time may also be directors or agents of BPF.

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