UTD's Center for BrainHealth To Offer
Popular Lecture Series for Second Year
RICHARDSON, Texas (Aug. 13, 2003) - The
Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) will resume its popular lecture
series on the inner workings of the human brain beginning on Sept. 9 with a talk about depression.
The series, titled "The Brain: An Owner's Guide" and now in its second year, will consist
of four lectures in September. It is cosponsored by the Center for BrainHealth, the Neuroscience
Center at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and KERA 90.1.
All of the lectures will be held at Presbyterian's
Fogelson Forum Auditorium, located at 8200 Walnut Hill Lane in Dallas, and will run from 7 to 8:15
p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays.
"Brain health is one of the most exciting new
frontiers in medicine,” said Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, director of UTD's Center for BrainHealth.“Prevention
and healing of diminished brain function were unheard of before. Now they are within reach. This
lecture series will provide an opportunity to hear about new scientific breakthroughs that could
potentially change lives."
The following topics will be discussed:
- Sept. 9 - The Many Faces of Depression -
Dr. Les Secrest of Presbyterian will discuss how depression wears many masks, has different underlying
causes and has divergent treatment options. Symptoms that distinguish depression from those that
indicate a person is merely feeling low will be addressed.
- Sept. 16 - How to Rewire Your Brain -
Dr. Larry Cauller of UTD will address how the brain, in its complexity, is constantly trying
to make sense of the world. Highlights will include scientific evidence that the brain is always
working and changing, and how people’s interaction with the world guides this change.
- Sept. 23 - Breaking the Code of Brain
Health - Dr. Chapman will discuss new discoveries that unravel the role
of learning and genetic contributions in overcoming brain damage after injury, warding
off Alzheimer’s disease and optimizing brain function in healthy individuals of all ages.
The talk will highlight the latest research about mental activities that build a strong
- Sept. 30 - Hormones, Nutrition and
Emotion: Helping or Hindering the Brain - KERA 90.1's Glenn Mitchell will
lead a panel discussion with Drs. Lynne Kirk and Ramon Diaz-Arrastia of The University
of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas and Dr. Bert Moore, dean of UTD's School
of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The discussion will focus on new evidence about the
effects of estrogen on cognition in postmenopausal women and on the risk of dementia.
The use of supplements such as gingko biloba and folic acid to help the brain function
better and how the brain "feels" and how feelings "think" also will
The cost to attend is $25 per lecture or $75 for the
entire series, and all talks will be open to the public and geared to a lay audience. For more information
or to reserve a seat, please contact Jennifer Zientz at (214) 905-3007, or register online at www.centerforbrainhealth.org.
About the Center for BrainHealth
The Center for BrainHealth is part of UTD's School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and is housed at the
Callier Center for Communication Disorders, which is located on Inwood Road in Dallas, adjacent to
such major medical facilities as The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, St.
Paul Hospital and Parkland Hospital. The center integrates research, treatment, academic training
and community outreach and is one of the few facilities in the United States to provide continued
follow-up to enhance and monitor functional recovery in children and adults with brain injury, brain
disease and complications of normal aging. Through this innovative approach, the center is discovering
commonalities across brain maladies that are yielding similarities in brain repair mechanisms and
resulting in new treatments for improving life for patients with brain injuries and diseases. One
of the center's top priorities is achieving healthy mental aging by translating scientific findings
into treatment. The center is currently in the midst of a $20-million fundraising effort. For more
information about the Center for BrainHealth and its work, please visit the organization's web site www.centerforbrainhealth.org.
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart
of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor,
enrolls more than 13,000 students. The school's freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront
of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment
of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please
visit the university's Web site at http://www.utdallas.edu.