Dr. Rudy Tanzi

SPARK’s Co-Founder is World Renowned Alzheimer’s Expert,
Musician and New York Times Best Selling Author

Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D.

Dr. Tanzi is the Professor of Neurology at Harvard University
and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

His Ph.D. in neurobiology is from Harvard Medical School where his doctoral thesis
was on the discovery and isolation of the first Alzheimer’s disease gene.

Click HERE to watch “Curing Alzheimer’s with Science and Song” with Dr. Tanzi & Chris Mann at TEDx Natick

Recently, Dr. Tanzi also appeared on CBS, NBC and Fox to discuss the current state of Alzheimer’s research and the new PBS documentary “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts”.

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME 201510 Interesting Facts about Dr. Tanzi

  • Co-author with Deepak Chopra of the books Super Brain and Super Gene
  • Co-author of the book Decoding Darkness: The Search for the Genetic Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Awarded the prestigious Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award
  • Received two high awards for Alzheimer’s disease research: The Metropolitan Life Award and The Potamkin Prize
  • Co-author of over 475 research articles, including three of the top ten most cited papers on Alzheimer’s disease
  • Chair of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium
  • Named one of The Harvard 100: Most Influential Alumni
  • Chosen by the Geoffrey Beene Foundation as a “Rock Star of Science”
  • Plays keyboards professionally, most notably in concert with Joe Perry and Aerosmith

SPARK Co-Founders:

Poonacha Machaiah

Poonacha Machaiah has over 20 years of global experience, and is among the new breed of emerging social entrepreneurs using approaches from the commercial world and cutting edge technology to tackle social and environmental problems. Today he is levering his vast global experience and technology domain expertise to bring to communities transformative educational solutions and ubiquitous access to the masses via mobility.

Poonacha co-founded Jiyoa wellbeing platform, with internationally renowned physician and author Deepak Chopra, M.D.  He also founded and is CEO of ABOVE – A Bunch of Versatile Entrepreneurs; ABOVE delivers industry-leading solutions.

Dave Rahn &
John Bradley

Dave and John believe in the power of music. They are experienced radio broadcast programmers, on air hosts, music curators and advisors to radio stations in the USA and Canada. They’ve seen how music connects with people via the radio. They’ve helped companies enhance their branding using music. Dave and John are co-founders and managers of digital music company Custom Channels, providing in-store music for thousands of businesses. The company is also prolific in streaming radio technology and expert in music licensing and royalties. SPARK’s music soul & inspiration are generated by Dave and John.

Lauren Cleaver

Lauren is an innovator and entrepreneur. The idea for SPARK Memories Radio came to her when she put a playlist together for her mother who was struggling with Alzheimer’s. She watched as her mother moved into another reality, her father as primary caretaker rejoiced – getting a needed break, and she knew that she had created a huge amount of happiness for her mother, her father, and even herself – a win, win, win. Lauren theorizes that the right music creates “flow” – (a mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity, proposed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi and keenly associated with the Positive Psychology and the Psychology of Happiness as outlined by Dr. Marty Seligman, et al; the ability to experience “flow” is typically lost by AD/Dem patients because of their inabilities to focus and recall.

SPARK’s mission: awaken minds through the power of music!