Heyheyhey! We’re rolling into our last Nerd Nite for a few months. Call it summer vacation: a time to put on our best speedo, throw back our shoulders, and strut around the beach for a few months. Fear not, though! We’ve got a super Nerd Nite set up for you. Three dope talks, and some herb-themed musical entertainment in between. Thyme for Nerd Nite!

What: Nerd Nite ATL, No. 21
Where: Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland
When: Thurs, 6/18, 8pm
Cost: $5

“The Head and the Heart: the Neuroscience and Health Implications the Brain-Immune Connection” by Matthew Young.

How does your mind feel when you’re sick? How does body feel when your stressed? Neuroscientists, psychiatrists and physicians are researching how the mind and the immune system are connected to better understand behavior, psychological distress, and how this connection can be leveraged to improve treatment outcomes. The idea that the mind and the body are connected isn’t a new idea, but it holds the potential to transform the way we understand ourselves.

Bio: Matthew Young is the co-organizer and co-founder of Nerd Nite ATL. Before that, he was a co-organizer and inaugural speaker at Nerd Nite Philadelphia. Matt received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, and is now a researcher at Emory University. His research is pre-clinical in nature, and focuses on understanding the biology of fear and discovering novel treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder.

“The World Is Round, Michael Jackson Was a Weirdo, and Herbal Medicine is Safe During Chemo–Things That Should Be Obvious By Now”, by Oscar Sierra.

In the open-source internet age, it takes only days for useful “life hack” type information to disseminate amongst the mass populous.  Eg: peeps, poopers, and plumbers alike learn how to unclog toilets using only hot water and salt on YouTube.  Cancer is obviously a much more serious issue and sadly just as ubiquitous.  Potential cancer therapies should be scrutinized more than plumbing issues, but there is no excuse as to why it currently takes an avg. of 14-17 yrs. for what researchers know to be safe & useful medicine to translate into clinical Standard of Care, especially when it has already been validated for millennia–and especially when people are dying by the millions every year and being told “there’s nothing else we can offer.”  Oscar will explore paradigms & postulations impeding progress in conventional medicine whilst touching upon what traditional medicine has been proven to offer.  Also, his band, The Purple Fedora Project, will also be performing their eclectic herb songs between Nerd presenters.

Oscar Sierra, is a board certified herbalist & acupuncturist (NCCAOM), one of a handful of U.S. clinicians certified in (ETMS) wholistic cancer care (Mederi Foundation), member of the American Herbalists Guild, the Ga Mushroom Club, and elected boardmember of the Ga. Herbalists Guild.  He practices both Chinese & Functional Medicine, currently is a Sr. partner at Buckhead Acupuncture & Herbal Center, and also sees patients at Wellstar’s Kennestone Hospital

“Elephant Sanctuaries” by Misty Herrin.


Bio: TBA