Dr. John Medina has written many books such as the New York Times bestseller “Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School” — a provocative book that takes on the way our schools and work environments are designed. Medina’s book on brain development is a must-read for parents and early-childhood educators: “Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five.” His latest book in the series is “Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp.” Other titles include The Genetic Inferno, The Clock of Ages, Depression, What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s, The Outer Limits of Life, Uncovering the Mystery of AIDS, and Of Serotonin, Dopamine and Antipsychotic Medications. He also writes the “Molecules of the Mind” column for the Psychiatric Times and serves as an academic contributor and advisor to MindEDU, as well as article contributions to notable periodicals such as Harvard Business Review, New York Post, Business Week, and the Seattle Times.
Medina is a developmental molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. He has spent most of his professional life as a private research consultant, working primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on research related to mental health. Medina served as the founding director of the Talaris Research Institute, a Seattle-based research center originally focused on how infants encode and process information at the cognitive, cellular, and molecular levels. Medina’s lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information—combined with being a father of two boys—sparked an interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children.
His notable achievements include being appointed to the rank of affiliate scholar at the National Academy of Engineering in 2004, named Outstanding Faculty of the Year at the College of Engineering at the University of Washington; the Merrill Dow/Continuing Medical Education National Teacher of the Year; and, twice, the Bioengineering Student Association Teacher of the Year.
Medina is currently an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine and in addition to his research, consulting, and teaching, Medina speaks often to public officials, business and medical professionals, school boards, and nonprofit leaders.
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