Brookhaven Lecture

"420th Brookhaven Lecture: 'Physics and Neuroscience: Common Ground Between Disparate Fields'"

Presented by Paul Vaska, Medical Department

Wednesday, December 20, 2006, 4:00 pm — Berkner Hall Auditorium

At Brookhaven, methods of experimental physics are being applied to enhance the understanding of the human brain, with the ultimate goal of improving treatments for a variety of disorders ranging from addiction to obesity. We have developed unique strategies to image the brain non-invasively, in human beings and animal models of human brain function. However, anesthesia, which is used in the study of animal models, has significant unintended consequences on brain function. To avoid anesthesia-induced changes in brain function, the speaker and colleages have designed and built the smallest, fully functional brain scanner of its type in the world. It is so small that it can be used to image the brain of a rat while the animal is awake and moving. The significance of this device as well as other related instruments under development at Brookhaven will be discussed.

Hosted by: Fulvia Pilat and Brant Johnson

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