Dr Sarah McKay is a neuroscientist, TEDx speaker, TV presenter and author of The Women’s Brain Book: The Neuroscience of Health, Hormones and Happiness.
Sarah’s keynotes explore the brain science of everyday life, health and wellbeing and prove relevant for those work in the classroom, clinic or corporation.
Because neuroscience has a seductive allure, with neuro-explanations persuasive and compelling, Sarah’s goal is to explain the brain in simple terms using her trademark wry sense of humour and gift for storytelling. Ultimately, Sarah bridges the gap between the neuroscience research lab and our everyday lives, and teaches us how to tap into promise and potential of brain science wisely.
Sarah is the founder and director of The Neuroscience Academy, which brings professional development in applied neuroscience and brain health to a global audience. She's a passionate advocate for adult education and her digital programs are designed to democratise neuroscience education.
Sarah is Australia's go-to speaker for brain health and applied neuroscience and has graced the stages of conferences and meetings in Australia, New Zealand, US, UK, Ireland and Fiji. In 2019, Sarah presented an episode of the ABC science documentary show Catalyst exploring brain ageing, biohacking and longevity. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Grazia, Sydney Morning Herald and Body & Soul, and can be seen and heard on SBS Insight, ABC Radio National, Radio National, ABC Catalyst, and Channel 7.
Sarah grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, and graduated in Otago University’s first cohort of degree-holders in neuroscience. After winning a Wellcome Trust doctorate scholarship she headed to Oxford University for her Masters and PhD training in neuroscience. She sums up her thesis research as: Nature, Nurture and Neuroplasticity.
After five years postdoctoral research in brain plasticity, development and spinal cord injury, Sarah hung up her lab coat to start up a communications business bridging the information gap between the neuroscience research lab and everyday life.