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CANCELED – Public Talk Series: “Controlling Brain Plasticity”
March 5, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This talk has been canceled due to inclement weather. Reschedule date TBA.
Takao Hensch, PhD, Center for Brain Science, Harvard University
Takao Hensch, PhD studies brain plasticity, that is, the ways in which life experience shapes the brain, with particular attention to timing effects, i.e. the effects of early versus late experience. Integrating molecular, cellular and systems neuroscience, he discovered mechanisms that govern the brain’s responsiveness to experience, including mechanisms underlying “critical periods” of particular receptivity, and then developed ways to prolong or reinstate critical periods in animals and, most recently, in humans. In this talk he will explain the scientific bases of critical periods and their manipulation, and discuss the ethical issues raised by such manipulation.
Dr. Hensch received his PhD from UCSF (HHMI Fellow) after training at Harvard, University of Tokyo (MPH) and the Max-Planck Institute (Fulbright Fellow). He leads the NIMH Silvio Conte Center on Mental Health Research at Harvard.
Location: Room 240B, Silverman Hall, 3400 Chestnut St.
The Public Talk Series is open to the University and external community. Visit neuroethics.upenn.edu for additional information. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures will be held from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Due to limited seating, please rsvp to: firstname.lastname@example.org.