Jenni Bullington, UTD, (972) 883-4431, [email protected]
Jon Senderling, UTD, (972) 883-2565, [email protected]
'Reprogramming the Human Brain' To Be Subject
Event Sponsored By Three Leading Research Centers
DALLAS, Texas (March 10, 2003) - Two Nobel laureates and more than a dozen other experts on the human brain will participate in a scientific conference here April 10-11 sponsored by three leading area research centers - the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and the Neuroscience Center at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
The groundbreaking conference, which will bring together scientists and physicians, will focus on the "plasticity" of the human brain - that is, the brain's capacity to repair or "rewire" itself - and how to translate new research developments in brain science into clinical practice. The conference, which will not be open to the public, will be held at UT Southwestern.
Two luminaries in the field of brain research - Dr. Torsten Wiesel of Rockefeller University and Dr. David Hubel of Harvard - will address the conference and be honored for the collaboration for which they won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1981 along with the late Dr. Roger Sperry. Sperry was awarded the prize that year for his discoveries concerning the functional specialization of the cerebral hemispheres, and Wiesel and Hubel won for their discoveries related to information processing in the visual system. Wiesel and Hubel's work provided the clearest example of the clinical applicability of neuroscience research in brain reorganization.
Wiesel and Hubel will lead discussions on the most promising directions in brain science and the importance of international collaborations in achieving rapid developments in this important new frontier of medicine - brain repair.
Other speakers at the conference will include Dr. Chapman, Dr. Roberto Cabeza of Duke University, Dr. Charles D. Gilbert of The Rockefeller University, Dr. Steven Kernie of UT Southwestern, Dr. Michael Kilgard of UTD, Dr. Stephen Lomber of UTD, Dr. Michael Merzenich of the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Eric Nestler of UT Southwestern, Dr. Paul Sanberg of the University of South Florida, Dr. Thomas C. Sudhof of UT Southwestern, Dr. Mriganka Sur of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dr. Keith R. Thulborn of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Roger Rosenberg of UT Southwestern, Dr. Aage Moller of UTD and Dr. William Woodfin of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas will help relate the discussions to various clinical applications.
Drs. Sanberg and Thulborn also will speak about their exciting new work in the area of brain science at a breakfast on the first day of the conference, Thursday, April 10.
The breakfast, hosted by the Center for BrainHealth and sponsored by KERA 90.1, will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at a club in North Dallas and will be open to the public. Anyone interested in more information about the conference or in making a reservation for the breakfast may call the center at 214-905-3007. There is a $20 charge to attend the breakfast.
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