Bechara Saab

CEO / Mobio Interactive

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At Mobio Interactive, Inc. we are building digital tools that empower better living and faster healing. We blend science and design with internally developed technology that measures mind and body data (psychobiometrics). We rigorously interrogate the efficacy of our products through multiple random controlled trials. Our commitment of using science to ensure our tools work and are tailored to suit each individual user means you can trust a Mobio product will be the most effective tool for you. As a Principal Investigator of the Zurich Neuroscience Centre, my laboratory focused on understanding molecules and brain circuits that give rise to the motivation to learn and explore. In 2009, we made an important discovery on the molecular contribution of environmental exploration to spatial learning, and demonstrated an active role for the hippocampus in driving behaviour. We recently extended this research to reveal roles of cortical and subcortical inputs to the hippocampus in novelty-driven exploration, using optogenetics in the freely behaving animal in combination with wireless electrophysiology, PET and fMRI. This work sheds light on the mechanisms underscoring the intimate relationships between exploration, efficient learning and cognitive disease. At the circuit level, the importance of curiosity for healthy living may parallel the beneficial effects of mindfulness that Mobio delivers to its users. Throughout my career, I have been dedicated to science outreach and mentorship. I firmly believe that face-to-face interaction between researchers and students stands to benefit society on many levels. I was instrumental in establishing the Mount Sinai Hospital Outreach Program in Toronto, was Editor-in-Chief of Hypothesis, received the inaugural CIHR Award for Mentorship, represented Switzerland in Famelab 2012, routinely attend the AFO Science Documentary Film Festival, currently serve on the Scientific Advisory Board of ScienceMatters and deliver keynote speeches at multiple conferences and events throughout the year.