Monday, November 16th 2015, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


208 Light Hall

Hosted By 

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine



Annual Felts Lecture
Dr. Jeremy Richman
The Avielle Foundation

Brain science is the least explored of all our science. As a result, there is a lot of fear, trepidation, and stigma associated with the invisible world of brain illnesses (referred to as “mental illnesses”).  People are afraid to advocate for themselves and their loved ones to get appropriate help in times of need. But the brain is just another organ and, as such, can be healthy or unhealthy. In this presentation we will discuss what is known in regard to risk factors for engaging in violent behavior and protective factors for building connection and compassion. At the Avielle Foundation, we seek a better understanding of the biological and environmental factors associated with violence and compassion. Once a deeper understanding has been established, we can apply these insights to educate the everyday citizen (students, parents, teachers, health care providers, and law enforcement) about how to identify the signs and symptoms of someone troubled or in crisis, how to responsibly advocate for those at risk of violence to themselves or others, and most importantly, how to foster healthy compassionate individuals connected to communities.

Dr. Richman has extensive research experience that spans the range from neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology, to cardiovascular biology, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, immunology, and inflammation. He has worked in the research and drug discovery arena for over two decades and is passionate about helping people live happier and healthier lives. Dr. Richman is dedicated to reaching out and educating youth and believes our future relies on their imaginations. This is manifest in his teaching martial arts, biology, neuroscience, and rock climbing to children and teens for the past 25 years. Most importantly, he believes it is critical to empower youth to advocate for themselves and their peers when it comes to brain health and brain illnesses. Toward this end, Dr. Richman and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, started the Avielle Foundation, committed to preventing violence and building compassion through brain health research, community education, and engagement.


Lunch provided for those that RSVP in advance -