About the Author

Dr Selena Bartlett studied mathematics and then followed in her father’s footsteps by completing a pharmacy degree in 1989 and becoming a Pharmacist in her native Australia. Her life took another direction when her sister was hospitalized with mental health problems. The impact this had on both her sister and their family led Selena to realize how little we knew about the brain, and she was determined to do something about it. She decided to understand more about the brain and completed her Ph.D. in neuropharmacology in 1995. She then has continued for the next twenty five years, firstly with a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, in Canberra, Australia.

From 2004 to 2012, Selena directed the Preclinical Development Group at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, a top alcohol- and addiction-research institution, at the University of California at San Francisco. Here she focused on turning basic research discoveries into treatments for neurological problems such as addiction, pain, stress, anxiety, and depression. Selena is now a group leader in addiction neuroscience and obesity at the Translational Research Institute at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, as well as a research capacity building professor in the School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, at the Queensland University of Technology. In 2014 she presented her findings on brain fitness and the neuroplasticity revolution in a TEDx talk. An ambassador for the organization Women in Technology, Selena has received the organization’s Biotech Outstanding Achievement award and Biotech Research awards in 2013. She has written over 80 scientific papers and presented her findings are many Government organizations, companies, institutions, highschools and community organizations. This book is the culmination of many efforts to help people understand the importance of the brain’s plasticity and help people apply practical neuroscience tools to their lives.

Selena presents lectures, seminars, and has designed programs to help government, business, and other organizations improve innovation, decision making, and performance; aid children in learning; assist women and men in strengthening brain health to trim the body; and help retirees in having more vital lives. Her most requested speaking topics are on how to manage stress to grow mindset, embrace change and trim the body; growing leadership mindset; improving team performance; and how adverse childhood experiences shape the brain and what to do about it. Believing this work has the potential to be transformative, even to disrupt the cycle of trauma, poverty, and incarceration, she is a passionate advocate for people who are marginalized. Selena understands that knowing one’s brain drives compassion for other brains.

To learn more about MiGGi Matters or organize a workshop, visit selenab.com; facebook.com/miggimatters; or twitter.com/miggimatters.

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Francesca Foundation, dedicated to raising awareness about the brain to improve the lives of children.

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