Neuroscience Public Lecture Series

The next Penn Neuroscience Public Lecture, entitled “Sleep on It: The Science of Snoozing” will be held on ThursdayApril 20th at 6:30pm in the Rubenstein Auditorium, Smilow Center for Translational Research (3400 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA, 19104).
This FREE lecture will feature 3, 15 minute TED-style talks from Penn faculty members Drs. Matt Kayser, Sigrid Veasey, and David Dinges.

To register for this event, click here.

Check-in begins at 6pm, as well as fun, interactive demonstrations! A reception with snacks and refreshments will follow, so be sure to stick around to enjoy the food and interact with some of the scientists!
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The next Penn Neuroscience Public Lecture, entitled “Food for Thought: The Neuroscience of Eating” will be held on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 6:30pm in the Rubenstein Auditorium, Smilow Center for Translational Research (3400 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA, 19104).
This FREE lecture will feature 3, 15 minute TED-style talks from Penn faculty members Drs. Matt Hayes, Bart De Jonghe, and Ariana Chao.

To register for this event, click here

Check-in begins at 6pm, as well as fun, interactive demonstrations! A reception with snacks and refreshments will follow, so be sure to stick around to enjoy the food and interact with some of the scientists!
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Approximately 250 people attended the Spring 2016 Penn Neuroscience Public Lecture entitled,“The Autistic Brain: Piecing Together The Puzzle” held on Thursday, March 31st at 6:30pm! This FREE lecture featured 15 minute TED-style talks from Penn faculty members,
Dr. Marc Fuccillo, Dr. Frances Jensen, and Dr. Robert Schultz.

View videos from “The Autistic Brain: Piecing the Puzzle Together” below!

Introduction by Penn PhD Candidate Kait Folweiler

From Mice to Man: Can Animals Help Us Reveal Autism’s Biggest Secrets? (Marc Fuccillo, MD, PhD)

The Hidden Connections Between Epilepsy and Autism (Frances Jensen, MD)

Lab websites
Dr. Marc Fuccillo
Dr. Frances Jensen
Dr. Robert Schultz

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Approximately 290 people attended the Fall 2015 Penn Neuroscience Public Lecture entitled,“Neuroengineering: Where Biology Meets Technology” held on Thursday, November 19th at 6:30pm! This FREE lecture featured 15 minute TED-style talks from Penn faculty members,
Dr. Danielle Bassett, Dr. D. Kacy Cullen, and Dr. Timothy Lucas.

Click here to view the Fall 2015 Public Lecture Program!

View videos from “Neuroengineering: Where Biology Meets Technology” below!

Introduction by Penn PhD Candidate Kait Folweiler

The Network Architecture of Human Thought (Danielle Bassett, PhD)

Restoring the Structure and Function of the Nervous System with Tissue Engineered ‘Living Scaffolds’ (D. Kacy Cullen, PhD)

Brain Computer Interfaces Meet Body Area Network (Timothy Lucas, MD, PhD)

Lab websites
Dr. Danielle Bassett
Dr. D. Kacy Cullen
Dr. Timothy Lucas


Over 270 people attended the Spring 2015 installment of the Penn Neuroscience Public Lecture series on Thursday, March 12th, 2015. The lecture was entitled, “Degeneration in the Aging Brain” and featured 3 fifteen minute TED-style talks on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease from Penn faculty members Virginia Lee, Alice Chen-Plotkin, and Harry Ischiropoulos.

Click the links below to view videos from “Degeneration in the Aging Brain.”

Introduction (PhD Candidate Leonardo Guercio)

Transmission of misfolded proteins in neurodegenerative disorders (Dr. Virginia Lee)

The oxygen paradox: The blurry line between life and neuron death (Dr. Harry Ischiropoulos)

Biomarkers: Trying to bridge bench to bedside in Parkinson’s Disease (Dr. Alice Chen-Plotkin)

Lab websites:

Virginia Lee

Alice Chen-Plotkin

Harry Ischiropoulos


 

The Fall 2014 installment of the Penn Neuroscience Public Lecture series was held on Thursday, October 16th, 2014. The lecture was entitled “Your ‘Plastic’ Brain: How Stress, Injury, and Sleep Change Your Brain” and  featured 3 fifteen minute TED-style talks on stress, traumatic brain injury, and sleep from Penn faculty members Tracy Bale, Akiva Cohen, and Amita Sehgal.

Click the links below to view videos from “The ‘Plastic’ Brain”!

Introduction: What is ‘Plasticity’? (PhD Candidate Leonardo Guercio)

Blaming Your Parents for Everything: How Parental Stress Changes Brain Development (Dr. Tracy Bale)

Traumatic Brain Injury: It’s All About Balance! (Dr. Akiva Cohen)

Staying Healthy: The Importance of Timing and Sleep in Daily Life (Dr. Amita Sehgal)

Lab websites:

Tracy Bale lab

Akiva Cohen lab

Amita Sehgal lab


 

The first annual free Penn Neuroscience Public Lecture for Brain Awareness Week hosted by the Penn Neuroscience Graduate Group was held on March 13th, 2014. This Neuroscience public lecture featured four 10-15 minute TED-style talks geared towards the general Philadelphia public. Thank you very much to all who attended!

Click here for a complete video of all the lectures. Or click on the links below to watch a specific talk.

Introduction and brief history of Neuroscience – Leonardo Guercio (Neuroscience PhD Candidate)

We are what we eat: How diet affects the brain – Dr. Teresa Reyes

The hidden rationality of quitting – Dr. Joseph Kable

Memory deficits in the children and grandchildren of cocaine experienced fathers – Dr. R Christopher Pierce

Bionic connections: interfacing with the nervous system – Dr. Douglas Smith

Lab webpages, and press coverage:
Chris Pierce’s lab
as mentioned on the Colbert Report
Joe Kable’s lab 
as mentioned in the New York Times
Doug Smith’s lab
as seen in Head Games and as mentioned in Scientific American
Teresa Reyes’ lab
as mentioned on NPR

publec_groupPublic Lecture Planning Committee Fall 2015: Meghan Healey (co-chair), David Reiner (co-chair), Shachee Doshi, Yunshu Fan, Kait Folweiler, Leonardo Guercio, Blake Kimmey, Patti Murphy, Trishala Parthasarathi, Isaac Perron, Sarah Reitz, Yeri Song, Morgan Taylor, and Barbara Terzic. Not pictured: Julia Kahn,  Ari Kahn