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 communications and public profile, Prize structure, policy positions, competitor support and outreach, fundraising, 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 our mission, 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 Cognitive Science; 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

        • Jeff Alstott
            Jeff AlstottPhD, Research fellow at MIT Media Lab and Singapore University of Technology and Design
          • Anders Sandberg
              Anders SandbergPh.D., Computational Neuroscience, Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford
            • 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, Past 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


            • Michael Cerullo
                Michael CerulloM.D., Psychiatrist, Cincinnati Inst. for Cognitive Science; Author, Uploading and Branching Identity, M&M, 2014
              • Robert L. Blum
                Robert L. BlumM.D., Ph.D., Independent Scholar, Affiliate, Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation, Stanford U
              • 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 PassaroD.Phil., 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

              These philanthropic individuals help BPF with nonprofit business and strategy and with Prize or endowment fundraising activities.

              • Craig Holden
                  Craig HoldenProfessor of Finance and Boquist-Meyer Faculty Fellow at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University
                • 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

                  These accomplished advisors help with scientific, technical, and social issues around our public message, media relations, educational materials, or community development for the nonprofit.

                  • 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

                    These legal and policy professionals help BPF with policy positions, legal, or governance issues and activities.

                    Philosophy, Ethics, and Society

                    These leading scholars help BPF consider the philosophical, ethical, and social implications of brain preservation technologies, and help BPF draft positions on these topics.

                    • Peter Hankins
                      Peter HankinsPhilosopher, author, Conscious Entities, weblog on human consciousness and cognition
                    • Robin Hanson
                      Robin HansonPh.D., Author, Prof., Economics, George Mason U; Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford
                    • Toby Ord
                      Toby OrdPh.D., Research Fellow, Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology at the University of Oxford
                    • Susan Schneider
                      Susan SchneiderAuthor, Asst Prof., Department of Philosophy, faculty, Center for Neuroscience and Society, U. Penn.
                    • Nicholas Shackel
                      Nicholas ShackelPh.D., Sen. Lect. Philos., Cardiff U.; Dist. Resrch Fellow, Uehiro Ctr for Practical Ethics, U. Oxford
                    • Mark Walker
                        Mark WalkerProf., Dept of Philos., New Mexico State U., Author, Personal Identity and Mind Uploading, JET 22:37-51
                      • James Hughes
                        James HughesPh.D., Author, Exec. Director, Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies
                      • 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

                      Late Advisors

                      These distinguised former advisors have passed away. We thank them deeply for their service to BPF and the world.

                      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.

                      Apply to Be an Advisor
                      Are you a high-integrity individual with an interest in BPF’s mission and an accomplished background in any of the above functional areas? Please contact us, we’d love to hear from you.

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                      Thank You for Your Support

                      Please give only what you feel you can easily afford at our BPF Donation Page$5 or more is a typical online annual donation for individual donors to small nonprofits. Alternatively you may find it convenient to give using Amazon Smile, where Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charitable nonprofit of your choice (these donations go to the BPF General Fund). You may also donate in Bitcoin using the addresses indicated below.

                      The Brain Preservation Foundation was incorporated in Delaware on August 27, 2010. We hold Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as a not-for-profit scientific research organization. Your contributions are fully tax deductible. You can donate publicly or privately, as you prefer.

                      Donation Options

                      1. General Fund If you donate to the BPF General Fund, directors will place your donation in the category of greatest current need.

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                      2. Evaluation Fund Your donation to the BPF Evaluation Fund helps us evaluate competitor submissions.

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                      3. Technology Prize Your donation to our Technology Prize increases the size of the award.

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                      4. Operating Fund Your donation to the Operating Fund allows us to selectively advertise, do competitor support, and fundraise.

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                      5. Endowment Your donation here is a way to provide permanent operating support to BPF as an organization, via endowment interest. Endowment principal may not be spent as long as BPF is a legal entity. To make a major gift to the BPF endowment, please contact John Smart or Kenneth Hayworth.

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