BPF Advisory Board   (Click Names for Brief Bios)

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 

        • Christopher DiMattina
            Christopher DiMattinaPhD; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Florida Gulf Coast University
          • Jacopo Annese
              Jacopo AnneseAsst. Professor in Residence in the Dept. of Radiology, U.C.S.D. School of Medicine; President and CEO, Institute for Brain and Society
            • 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


                  • S. Andrew Hires
                      S. Andrew HiresPhD; Professor of Biological Sciences, Neurobiology Section, U. of Southern California
                    • 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.

                        • Richard Doyle
                            Richard DoylePhD; Professor of English and Liberal Arts, Penn State University.
                          • 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.

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                              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.

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