Grounds for Science: Neural machinery, natural and designed

Presentation | January 13 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960 Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Tomer Langberg, Molecular & Cell Biology; Ryan Neely, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

 Science@Cal

Grounds for Science presents cutting-edge research from the graduate student community at UC Berkeley in a relaxed science cafe setting. This month features short talks by Tomer Langberg and Ryan Neely, exploring the biological machinery that creates the senses, and technology being developed to understand the nervous system.

Sensory perception
Tomer Langberg
The neurons in our brain responsible for sensation are activated by particular features in our environment, such as a certain touch or sound. The features that a given neuron represents, however, can change throughout life. This property, known as “plasticity,” is fundamental to learning and memory. Tomer Langberg will discuss the neural activity underlying sensory perception and how this activity may be altered in some autism spectrum disorders.

Electroceuticals
Ryan Neely
New understanding of the peripheral nervous system and advances in micro-electronics have given rise to a new field known as electroceuticals. Instead of drugs, new medical treatments may utilize tiny electronic devices injected into the body that monitor and adjust how organs function. Ryan will discuss the concepts that make such treatments possible as well as the future potential and limitations of this technology.

 All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

 All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

 drinks and food available for purchase

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