Re-constructing brains in the lab to revolutionize neuroscience
Please Note: This event is free to the public, but the cost for these programs is substantial. If you would like to help support the Ethics Center so that we can continue to offer these programs, please contact The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology to discuss options for a tax deductible donation. Date & Time Wednesday, February 6, 2019, from 5:00-7:00 PM. Join us from 5:00-5:30 PM for a half hour of refreshments and conversation. Our speaker will begin at 5:30 PM. Location Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park Speaker Alysson Muotri, Ph.D., Professor, University of California San Diego, UCSD Stem Cell Program, School of Medicine, Dept. Pediatrics/Rady Children's Hospital-Sanford Consortium Dr. Muotri earned a BS in Biological Sciences from the State University of Campinas in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Genetics in 2001 from University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil. He moved to the Salk Institute as Pew Latin America Fellow in 2002 for a postdoctoral training in the fields of neuroscience and stem cell biology. He has been a Professor at the School of Medicine, University of California in San Diego since 2008. His research focuses on modeling neurological diseases, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, using human induced pluripotent stem cells. His lab has developed several techniques to culture human neurons and glia for basic research and drug-screening platforms. He has received several awards, including the prestigious NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, NARSAD, Emerald Foundation Young Investigator Award, Surugadai Award from Tokyo University, Rock Star of Innovation from CONNECT, NIH EUREKA Award among others. Re-constructing brains in the lab to revolutionize neuroscience Cerebral organoids, also known as mini-brains, are tridimensional self-organized structures derived from stem cells that resemble the early stages of the human embryonic brain. This new tool allows researchers to explore fundamental neurodevelopmental steps otherwise inaccessible in utero experimentally. Dr. Muotri will explain how mini brains are generated in his lab and how this strategy can create novel therapeutical insights on neurogenetic disorders, such as autism. He will also describe the use of mini-brains to explore the uniqueness of the human brain compared to other extinct species, such as the Neanderthals. Limitations and ethical concerns surrounding this exciting technology will be discussed. Parking instructions There are free lots available behind the Fleet Science Center near the entrance to the Community Forum. *Please note: Guests are not required to print their tickets.
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