The Brain: An Owner’s Guide, the Center’s annual sell-out public lecture series, delivers groundbreaking brain health research straight from renowned leaders in the field every Tuesday night in February. Join us for sips, bites and an illuminating evening.

Although we have not increased ticket prices for the past couple of years, the cost to produce “The Brain: An Owner’s Guide” lecture series has increased significantly. We have made the tough decision to modestly raise ticket prices, but we hope that you will find that they remain competitive with other lecture series in the area.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge Lecture
Alzheimer’s: Conquering the Coming Epidemic
Gregory Petsko, PhD

Around the globe, longer lifespans are resulting in a sharp increase in the senior citizen population. In most respects, this is great news – but it carries with it a dark side: a looming epidemic of age-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s, and Parkinson’s disease. Biochemist Dr. Gregory Petsko, director of the Appel Alzheimer’s Disease Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medicine and one of the “30 Most Influential People in the World of Public Health,” examines the scope of the challenge before us and shares some surprising insights into how these diseases could one day be cured.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Fluor Corporation Lecture
The Eye as a Window into the Brain of Neurodegenerative Disorders
Elliot Frohman, MD, PhD

Can we prevent brain injury? Can we protect ourselves from neurodegenerative disorders like multiple sclerosis? Can we restore basic functionality to people with the disease? Join Dr. Elliot Frohman, founding director of the MS and Neuroimmunology Program at UT Southwestern and director of the National MS Treatment Training Program, as he addresses these questions within the emerging field of bioelectronic medicine, explores the fascinating interactions between the nervous and immune systems, and discusses his pioneering approach to treating MS.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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The Teenage Brain: Harnessing the Power of Change
Adriana Galván, PhD

Ever find yourself baffled by the teenage brain? Join Dr. Adriana Galván, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Brain Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, as she examines, in detail, the strangely excitable, often impulsive, and constantly changing adolescent brain. Dr. Galván makes a compelling case that the continued maturation and plasticity of the teen brain – so often blamed for poor decision-making – can actually enact learning, independence and emotional well-being. As director and principal investigator of UCLA’s Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory, Dr. Galván is leading a new wave of research that promises to deepen our understanding and respect for the teenage brain.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Greystone Foundation Lecture
Reading the Mind in the New World of Neuroscience
Read Montague, PhD

The recent advent of noninvasive brain imaging technology has made it possible to “eavesdrop” directly on the human brain – and neuroscientists have a front-row seat. Director of the Human Neuroimaging Lab and Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Dr. Read Montague offers a captivating glimpse into human cognition and discusses the far-reaching implications of today’s fMRI technology. Dr. Montague holds a Principal Research Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London where his work centers on computational depictions of social exchange and their use in understanding mental health and disease. Drawing specifically from his research in human social interaction, he shows how the ability to monitor people’s brain activity while they think, imagine, and socialize is revolutionizing our understanding of mental illness and mental health.

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