TGen Deputy Director presents "A Visit to the Brain" at TEDx Talk in Arizona

Dr. Michael Berens among a dozen speakers April 30 urging 'Act Today … Change Tomorrow' at first TEDxArrowheadRanch event

GLENDALE, Ariz. - April 19, 2016 - Dr. Michael Berens, Deputy Director of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), will present "A Visit to the Brain" at the first TEDxArrowheadRanch, part of the TED Talks series that enable unique ideas and passions to be shared worldwide.

Dr. Berens will join a dozen other speakers under the theme "Act Today … Change Tomorrow," emphasizing the power and lasting effect that one person, one voice, one action, one choice, one question today can have on our society and our world tomorrow.

TEDxArrowheadRanch is set for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 30 at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, AT&T Auditorium, 59th Avenue and Greenway Road in Glendale, Ariz. Tickets are $45-$60.

"We believe spreading worthwhile ideas and sharing unique stories have the power to inspire and connect us to our communities and beyond," said Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, lead organizer and curator of TEDxArrowheadRanch.

Dr. Berens will speak about: "A visit to the brain, its structure and composition, and what happens when brain cells turn malignant. What are better ways to control brain tumors? By acting today, how can affected individuals and their families help change tomorrow for future victims of this disease?"

"This is certainly a unique opportunity for us at TGen to inform the world about advances being made in our laboratories, and how they are quickly being translated to patients in the form of new diagnostics and treatments for neurological disorders, pathogens, and the many types of cancer that plague humanity," said Dr. Berens, who also is Professor and Director of TGen's Cancer and Cell Biology Division.

Dr. Berens' research focuses on how cancer spreads. Specific projects include: accelerating drug discovery and development for glioblastoma, a lethal form of brain cancer; use of genomic profiling for treatment planning in cancer patients, also known as Precision Medicine; and biomarkers of tumor response to therapy. Dr. Berens holds four patents, has launched two biotech companies, and is active in the entrepreneurial and business development community in Arizona.

What are TED and TEDxArrowheadRanch?

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. It was started in 1984, and has become an annual event bringing together the world's leading thinkers and doers, shaping our lives and ideas ever since. Over the years, TED has grown to include scientists, educators, entrepreneurs, social activists, adventurers, and leaders in all disciplines, all sharing their ideas and passions with the world through the TED stage. The most inspiring and powerful of these TED Talks can be found online at

In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," TED created TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, live speakers and TED Talk videos, combined with musical and artistic performances, offer a setting and opportunity to learn, discuss, and connect.

TEDxArrowheadRanch is a non-profit, independently organized TED event.

"I am extremely proud of the program my team and I have put together for the first TEDxArrowheadRanch. The hope is that it becomes a local forum for ideas within the Arizona community that inspires people to change their lives, their futures and, ultimately, their world. There is an abundance of valuable 'ideas worth spreading' right here in Arizona," said Dr. Tipirneni, an emergency physician and Scientific Review Officer at SRA International. "Our local TEDx Talks eventually will be available online, and may even be selected to be posted on"

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About TGen
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life changing results. TGen is focused on helping patients with neurological disorders, cancer, and diabetes, through cutting edge translational research (the process of rapidly moving research towards patient benefit). TGen physicians and scientists work to unravel the genetic components of both common and rare complex diseases in adults and children. Working with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities literally worldwide, TGen makes a substantial contribution to help our patients through efficiency and effectiveness of the translational process. For more information, Follow TGen onFacebook,LinkedInandTwitter @TGen.

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