Bio

A molecular biologist and New York Times bestselling author, John Medina shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from birth to age 5 in his talk, “Brain Rules for Baby.”  Medina bridges the gap between what scientists know and best practices for caring for children. Through fascinating and funny stories, Medina unravels how a child’s brain develops–and what you can do to optimize it.

Medina is a developmental molecular biologist in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. His research interests focus on the genes behind brain development and psychiatric conditions. He is also the founding director of the Talaris Research Institute, studying how infants encode and process information at the cognitive, cellular and molecular level. He is the author of 10 books, including:  “Brain Rules for Baby,” “Attack of the Teenage Brain” and the New York bestseller, “Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving at Work, Home and School.” His latest book, “Brain Rules for Aging Well,” describes how to keep the brain sharp and fit during the aging process.