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Fermilab Lecture Series presents:
Connectomics: Mapping the Brain
Dr. Jeff Lichtman, Harvard University
Friday, August 9, 2013 @ 8 p.m.
Tickets - $7

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Connectional maps of the brain may have value in developing models of both how the brain normally works and how it fails when subsets of neurons or synapses are missing or misconnected. Such maps might also provide information about how brain circuits develop and age. Dr. Jeff Lichtman, works with the Center for Brain Science at Harvard, where his research centers on the question of how mammalian brain circuits are physically altered by experiences, especially in early life.

He has focused on the dramatic rewiring of neural connections through the development of techniques such as a "Brainbow" which allows select imaging of particular classes of central neurons. Recently his efforts have focused on developing new electron microscopy methods to map the entire wiring diagram of the developing and adult brain. This "connectomics" approach is in part aimed at uncovering the ways information is stored in neural networks.

Jeff Lichtman is Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Santiago Ramon y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. He received an AB from Bowdoin (1973), and an M.D. and Ph.D. from Washington University (1980) where he worked for 30 years before moving to Cambridge in 2004. He is a member of the newly established Center for Brain Science. Lichtman's research interest revolves around the question of how mammalian brain circuits are physically altered by experiences, especially in early life. He has focused on the dramatic re-wiring of neural connections that takes place in early postnatal development when animals are doing most of their learning. This work has required development of "Brainbow" techniques for transgenic mice to visualize neural connections and monitor how they are altered over time. Recently his efforts have focused on developing new electron microscopy methods to map the entire wiring diagram of the developing and adult brain. This "connectomics" approach has as one of its aims uncovering the ways information is stored in neural networks.

For a link to Dr. Lichtman's TED talk, click here.

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