My name is Lou Halamek and I am a neonatologist, caring for critically ill premature and full term newborns in the delivery rooms and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Packard Children’s Hospital on the campus of Stanford University. I would like to welcome you to this online learning program program that introduces important concepts and strategies in human performance optimization. As a self-directed course, how you participate is up to you and can involve a number of different learning strategies including reviewing the content on this site, developing and refining wikis with colleagues from around the world, and participating in discussion boards. If you would like to author your own online materials and have them posted to this collaborative site as a new course section, please contact my colleague, Gary Hamill, Ed.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org for discussion of this process. I look forward to the opportunity to interact with you as we explore this field together and learn from each other, new ways of achieving peak performance in all of the varied domains in which we work.