The Brain Research Awareness and Information Network (BRAINet) is the volunteer outreach organization of the OHSU Brain Institute. Each month, they come together for a lecture luncheon. March’s special guest was Eric Gouaux, Ph.D.
Here are five things we learned about Dr. Gouaux and his research:
1. As a Senior Scientist and Principal Investigator for the Vollum Institute, Eric Gouaux’s lab studies the molecular principles underpinning the structure and function of chemical synapses.
3. His research seeks to answer big questions like:
How do we function optimally throughout life to create the best outcome?
What are the crucial communication events between brain cells?
4. Neurological issues are often beyond the scope of many therapies. There are differences and often a disconnect between treatments for the mind and treatments for other disorders. These therapies have seen some improvement over the last fifty years, but we still only can see the tip of the iceberg. He studies the basic science behind these events and is committed to making his research publicly available so others can develop therapies.
5. How does he keep his brain sharp? Well, he’s got his eye on a colleague’s easy chair, so sleep is number one for him. Exercise and maintaining a positive social community have all been shown to help maintain brain health.
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