Programs & Events

Science Cafe: What is President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative all about?

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Science Talks
Mar. 12, 2014 | Wednesday, 7:00pm
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Discussion starts at 7pm, followed by Q&A
Location: Nature Research Center - The Daily Planet Cafe

Special Programming! 

From flies to humans and every animal in between, brains make behavior happen. Come explore this at a special brains- and behavior-themed Science Cafe on March 13!  From 6–7pm and 8–8:30pm, meet local neuroscientists and interact with hands-on brains and behavior exhibits suitable for all ages. Celebrate national Brain Awareness Week (March 10-16) and learn what local neuroscientists are discovering.  At 7 pm, our special guest, prominent neuroscientist Larry Swanson from the University of Southern California will lead a Science Cafe on emotion, cognition, and the brain. 

In April, 2013, President Obama announced a bold and inspirational initiative to map the human brain to cure Alzheimer’s disease and other devastating mental health problems. Join us to discuss the thinking behind this initiative and why it is so timely.

MRI comparing normal with Alzheimer's brains

About our Speaker

Larry W. Swanson is University Professor and Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and past president of the Society for Neuroscience. His research focuseson the parts of the brain controlling motivation and emotion. His most recent book is "Brain Architecture: Understanding the Basic Plan."

Image courtesy of Institut Douglas