From flies to humans and every animal in between, brains make behavior happen. Come explore this topic at a special brains-and-behavior-themed Science Café on March 17. At 7pm, prominent neuroscientist Dr. Marina Picciotto from Yale University will lead a Science Café on addiction, a mental illness directly mediated by changes in brain function. Before (6-7pm) and afterwards (8-8:30pm) you can meet local neuroscientists and interact with hands-on brains and behavior exhibits suitable for all ages. Plus, short, accessible talks by neuroscientists in the SECU Daily Planet Theater will celebrate national Brain Awareness Week and tell you what local neuroscientists are discovering.
About our speaker
Dr. Picciotto is a world-class expert on the effects of nicotine on the brain. She and her colleagues use molecular, genetic and pharmacological approaches to link the biochemical, cellular and anatomical levels of investigation to complex behaviors, including addiction, depression, feeding and learning. Her primary interest is the role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in brain function and development. Dr. Picciotto is currently the Charles B.G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, Professor of Neurobiology and of Pharmacology, and Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering by President Clinton and the Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award for Innovative Research in Drug Addiction and Alcoholism by the Society for Neuroscience.