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Release: March 13, 2000
Internationally known neuroscientist to visit UI as
part of Brain Awareness Week
IOWA CITY, Iowa Former University of Iowa professor
and internationally known neuroscientist Rodolfo Llinas will present this
year's Brain Awareness Week lecture.
Llinas' talk, titled, "Neurons and the Generation
of Consciousness: Thalamocortical Resonance in Global Brain Function," will
begin at 7 p.m., Monday, March 20 in the Buchanan Auditorium, W10 Pappajohn
Business Administration Building.
Llinas has had a long and distinguished career researching
brain function all the way from the level of single nerve cells, to circuits
of connected cells, to the functioning of the entire brain. Some of Llinas'
major research contributions have included pioneering studies of how nerve
cells communicate with one another (investigated in the giant synapse of squid)
and of how networks of neurons generate complex kinds of electrical activity
He is currently investigating loops of activity that
connect the cerebellum and the thalamus to the neocortex. This research has
important implications for the understanding of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric
diseases, and for the elucidation of a neural basis for consciousness.
"Rodolfo Llinas has made several seminal contributions
to neuroscience, and his talks are always provocative," said Antonio Damasio,
M.D., UI professor and head of neurology.
Llinas, currently the chair of the department of physiology
and neuroscience and the Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience
at New York University, spent several years as a professor in the UI department
of physiology and biophysics during the 1970s. He served as head of the division
A poster session preceding Llinas' talk will showcase
the work of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty doing neuroscience
research at the UI.
The national Brain Awareness Week campaign, now in
its fifth year, is sponsored the Society of Neuroscience with The Dana
Alliance for Brain Initiatives and a coalition of more than 440 science, advocacy
and other health organizations that share an interest in elevating public
awareness of brain and nervous system research.
For more information about the poster session or the
lecture, contact Andrea Heberlein at 384-9025.
For more information on neuroscience at the UI, including
photos of school visits from last year, please see: http://www.uiowa.edu/~interdis/.
For more information on other Brain Awareness Week
activities around the country, see: http://www.sfn.org/BAW/.
For fun neuroscience information and activities for
kids of all ages, go to: http://www.beemnet.com/
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.