Diane Hennacy Powell

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Ohio State University, USA


Expertise: Neurochemistry, Biophysics, Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology and Neuroscience


Diane Hennacy Powell, M.D. is an author, public speaker, scientific researcher and theoretician, and practicing psychiatrist. She worked in neurochemistry, biophysics, neuroanatomy, and neurophysiology laboratories while studying biophysics and neuroscience on a full scholarship as an undergraduate at Ohio State University. She wanted to understand human consciousness and chose to go into medicine, rather than graduate school, to apply science towards improving the lives of others.

She graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she stayed to complete postdoctoral training in medicine, neurology, and psychiatry. She spent six months at The Institute of Psychiatry in London, England with Sir Michael Rutter, who was knighted for his work on autism. After returning to the US, she joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School, where she taught neuropsychiatry and was the Assistant Clinical Director of Psychiatric Consultation Services at Cambridge Hospital.

Her academic publications were primarily on the genetics of neuropsychiatric conditions. In 1989, I moved to San Diego and joined a molecular biology lab at the University of California, San Diego as part of The Human Genome Project. In 1996 I was invited to become one of the original members of a think tank at the Salk Institute called the La Jolla Group for Understanding the Origin of Humans. It included such world-renown scientists as Floyd Bloom, V.S. Ramachandran, George Palade, Fred Gage and Francis Crick.

For the past two decades, her research has focused on the neuroscience of anomalous experiences. She is currently studying autistic savants who are reported by their clinicians and caregivers to be “telepathic” and/or “precognitive.” If proved scientifically, these phenomena would require a revamping of the model in neuroscience, which she regards as incomplete. This is discussed in her 2008 book The ESP Enigma: A Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena, and her chapter in the 2012 academic compilation, Seriously Strange: Thinking Anew about Psychical Experiences sponsored by the Brueninger Foundation.


Related Conferences :

World Neuroscience and Neural Disorders Summit