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Neuroscientists to attend McGovern symposium on brain research areas

"New Approaches in Neuroscience," the inaugural symposium of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, will feature some of the world's leading scientists in the fields of neuroscience, molecular neurobiology and cognitive science. The free symposium will be held in Wong Auditorium May 13 and 14; registration is not required.

"This symposium is an exciting event for anyone who is working on the frontiers of higher brain functions in humans," said Institute Professor Phillip A. Sharp, director of the McGovern Institute. "It is organized around the cutting edges of neuroscience and will address many of the most pressing issues in the field today."

Among the speakers and panelists are Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University, Richard Andersen of Caltech, Mahlon R. DeLong of Emory University, Catherine Dulac of Harvard University, Nikos Logothetis of the Max-Planck Institute and Anders Bjorklund of the Wallenberg Neuroscience Center. The four core sessions will be on "Novel Avenues for Electrophysiology," "Genes in Neuroscience," "Imaging the Brain" and "Neural Stem Cells and Repair."

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For more information, click here.

The symposium's major sponsor is Merck Research Laboratories. Additional sponsors include Schering-Plough Research Institute, Amgen, Pfizer, Genzyme and Transkaryotic Therapies.


The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT is a research and teaching institute committed to advancing human understanding and communications. The goal of the Institute is to investigate and ultimately understand the biological basis of all higher brain function in humans through integrated research in neuroscience, genetic and cellular neurobiology, cognitive science, computation and related areas.

By determining how the brain works, from the level of gene expression in individual neurons to the interrelationships between complex neural networks, the McGovern Institute's efforts will help to improve human health, discover the basis of learning and recognition, and enhance education and communication. Understanding the brain will foster better ways of communicating at all levels of society, both nationally and internationally. The work will ultimately contribute to the most basic knowledge of the fundamental mysteries of human awareness, decisions and actions.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 8, 2002.

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