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IONS stands at the frontier of consciousness research. Among our dynamic team of scientists, researchers, and visionaries, we have a number of experienced speakers who would be delighted to share their knowledge with your organization. Our interdisciplinary experts can cover a breadth of topics that are sure to infuse your event with science, evidence-based studies, data, and a touch of wonder.

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The Scientists

Helané Wahbeh, ND, MCR

Helané Wahbeh, ND, MCR

Director of Research

Hailing from a long line of trance channelers, Dr. Wahbeh embodies the noetic handshake of science and personal experience. She is one of the first scientists to investigate the neurophysiological state that occurs during trance channeling. Dr. Wahbeh is also a clinically trained naturopathic physician and meditation teacher. Her healing gifts led her to study the mechanisms of meditation for combat veterans, an initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health.

She has spoken internationally on various topics related to physiology, health & healing, and extended human capacities.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Extended human capacities
  • Intention and healing
  • Channeling
  • Complementary & alternative medicine
  • Energy medicine
  • Mind-body medicine
  • Stress & PTSD

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Dean Radin

Dean Radin, MS, PhD

Chief Scientist

Dr. Radin is a luminary in the field of parapsychology. His work has done much to dispel the myths around psi (psychic phenomena) — namely that these commonly reported experiences are myths or illusions. He has written four bestselling books on the scientific evidence for psi, often interlacing these findings with the wisdom of mystics, theories of quantum physics, and practical applications that enable us to live more fulfilling lives.

Dr. Radin has given over 600 invited talks for institutions like Google, Johnson & Johnson, DARPA, the US Army, US Navy, Harvard, Stanford, and more.

Topics:

  • Science of “non-local” consciousness
  • Taboo of psi
  • Convergence of science and spirituality
  • Science of esoteric magic
  • Science of manifestation
  • How science knows that psi phenomena (clairvoyance, precognition, telepathy, psychokinesis) are real

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Arnaud Delorme, PhD

Arnaud Delorme, PhD

Scientist

Dr. Delorme co-created the world-renowned EEGLAB software, the most used EEG software worldwide. He is also a long-time meditator. These interests find a unique intersectection in his research around what happens in the brain during altered states of consciousness — states resulting from meditation, psycho-active agents, and mediumship. His studies on mediumship have garnered much interest, even capturing the eye of the mainstream. He has published more than 100 journal articles, and is an editor at several mainstream journals. He has also trained nine PhD students.

Topics:

  • Science of mediumship
  • Extraordinary states of consciousness and the brain
  • Advanced brainwave analysis
  • Deep learning and electro-encephalography
  • Consciousness and artificial intelligence

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Garret Yount, PhD

Garret Yount, PhD

Scientist

Dr. Yount has a long-standing interest in developing methods and technologies for bridging molecular neurobiology with aspects of consciousness. Some of his earliest research revolved around the effects of alternative healing on glioblastomas (a deadly kind of brain tumor), for which he was received research project grants from the National Institutes of Health. Since then, Dr. Yount has gone on to conduct laboratory experiments with energy healers from all over the world.

He has spoken nationally and co-authored peer-reviewed papers on the topic of establishing rigorous guidelines for research into biofields and micro-psychokinesis.

Topics:

  • Science of energy healing
  • Micro-psychokinesis
  • Methods for exploring the effects of thought and intention on gene expression
  • Extended human capacity perception

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Cédric Cannard

Cédric Cannard, PhD

Senior Research Associate

Cédric completed a Bachelors in sport science and a MSc in neuroscience during which he studied brain atrophies (MRI) associated with Schizophrenia with the ISTCT laboratory in Caen, France, and then on brain oscillations (EEG) involved in color vision processing with the CerCo Laboratory in Toulouse, France. He then moved to California to become a research assistant for the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), and in December 2018 received a 3-year grant to work on his PhD in neuroscience under the co-supervision of Drs. Helané Wahbeh (IONS) and Arnaud Delorme (CerCo, France), focusing on well-being, EEG methods, wearable neurotechnologies, consciousness, and psi. In early 2022, Cédric successfully earned his PhD from Paul Sabatier University, CNRS, France, and joined the IONS Science team full-time as a Senior Research Associate.

Topics:

  • EEG/brain oscillations
  • Well-being
  • Consciousness
  • Precognition

The Visionaries

Claire Lachance

Claire Lachance, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Claire Lachance serves as the CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, leading a team of world-renowned scientists and experiential program professionals located in Northern California.

Prior to joining IONS in 2016, Claire was founder and president of Inspiration Quest, Inc. where she led the delivery of comprehensive management consulting services to hundreds of nonprofit organizations, foundations, public agencies, and social entrepreneurs. Earlier in her career, Claire held executive positions at Pacific Bell and MetLife. She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA magna cum laude in Economics from Tufts University.

Claire Lachance brings a noetic touch to her role as IONS CEO. Intuitive abilities have always been a cornerstone of Lachance’s life, and those gifts perfectly dovetail with an attitude of stewardship. Synchronistically, her role at IONS allows her to make use of all these experiences — a true testament to how we can imbue leadership (and our careers) with noetic wisdom.

Topics:

  • Noetic leadership

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Claudia Welss

Claudia Welss

Board Chairman

How does personal regeneration scale to social and planetary systems? IONS Board Chair and citizen scientist Claudia Welss’ mission is to help humanity consciously evolve through the power of our collective heart, in ways supported by science.

At UC Berkeley’s business school, she directed the center for executive programs and pioneered curricula on social and environmental responsibility for global corporations. While there, she collaborated with both the Heartmath Institute and IONS, giving her unique insights into the fundamental interconnectedness of all Life, and why there’s no sustainable outer change without inner transformation.

Topics:

  • The Overview Effect as a tool for personal and global transformation
  • Noetic Leadership/Leading from Interconnection
  • Global Consciousness Project/Global Coherence Initiative

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Experience

Kerstin Sjoquist

Kerstin Sjoquist, MA

Director of Experience & Engagement

Prior to joining IONS, Kerstin was the founder and CEO of Consciousness Arts, Inc., specializing in psycho-spiritual products, classes, and services to assist people in expanding and enhancing their lives. Blending the imaginative dexterity gained from her time as a Juilliard-trained actor with spiritual dimensions gleaned from decades of personal study, she created the Bliss Trips line of guided meditation journeys.

Topics:

  • Experiential noetic practices
  • Imagination and imagery
  • The mind-body connection

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