2014 and 2015
2015 Brain awareness lecture series: the infinite brain
- March 9, 2015
The quest for consciousness
Christof Koch, Ph.D.
Chief scientific officer, the Allen Institute for Brain Science
What is consciousness? What is hiding in our unconscious mind? And how can you harness both for a more fulfilling life? Consciousness is like an orchestra, and our brain is its conductor. Stemming in part from a long-standing collaboration with the late Nobel Laureate Francis Crick, Christof Koch, Ph.D., will be exploring how the flickering of nerve cells in the brain leads to information processing and the unforgettable experiences that make us who we are.
- March 31, 2015
Alzheimer's disease is a world affair
Nicolas Bazan, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Neuroscience Center of Excellence, Louisiana State University
Alzheimer's tops the list as the most feared diagnosis — even more than cancer or heart disease. It's for good reason: One in three people will die with Alzheimer's or some form of dementia. But Nicolas Bazan, M.D., Ph.D. has created a message of exploration and hope: Although Alzheimer's silences the mind, science can help solve the puzzle of the disease. In addition to being a scientist, Dr. Bazan is also the executive producer of the movie Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind, based on his book which has won several film festival awards.
- May 11, 2015
Touching a nerve: the self as brain
Patricia Churchland, B.Phil.
Professor and author, Department of Philosophy, University of California San Diego
Increasingly, philosophers have come to recognize that understanding how the brain works is also essential to understanding the mind. Patricia Churchland, B.Phil., a ground-breaking philosophical neuroscientist, author, educator and MacArthur Award winner will explore the impact of scientific developments on our understanding of consciousness, the self, free will, decision making, ethics, learning and religion.
- May 18, 2015
Breaking the brain: the impact of concussion at any age
Robert Stern, Ph.D.
Professor of neurology and neurosurgery, anatomy and neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine, director BU CTE Center and BU Alzheimer's Disease Center
During collision sports such as football, the developing brain is at particular risk. Nearly 10 percent of athletes in contact sports suffer from concussions: about 135,000 each year for athletes between the ages of five and 18. Concussion rates in the high school game are 78 percent higher than in college, and brain injuries such as concussion lead to structural changes. Concussion may be a risk factor for mood swings, behavioral problems, motor dysfunction and even Alzheimer's disease—especially for football players who start very young. Robert Stern, Ph.D., one of the world's top researchers on the effects of trauma on the brain, will discuss concussion at all ages.
- June 1, 2015
Art and the learning brain
Mariale Hardiman, Ed.D.
Vice dean, academic affairs, professor of education, clinical director Neuro-Education Initiative, Johns Hopkins University School of Education
At a critical time in public education, critics are scrutinizing all aspects of curriculum and teaching styles. As it turns out, arts integration actually improves memory, retention and creativity. Mariale Hardiman, Ed.D. has developed a rich exchange between teachers and neuroscientists. The results are showing in teacher and parent satisfaction, classroom atmosphere and student outcomes: Her Brain-Targeted Teaching Model is recognized as a national model for both arts programming and integration.
2014 Brain awareness lecture series: building brain bridges
Brain connections and control: How does your brain affect your body?
- February 18, 2014
The brain and concussion: What is the impact of traumatic brain injury on soldiers and society?
General Peter Chiarelli
Former U.S. Army General and chief executive officer of the non-profit One Mind for Research
While the general won't be able to present his lecture in person in Portland, he has prepared a video presentation for the Portland audience. And he has sent One Mind for Research's chief financial officer, Janet Carbary, to speak about their group's work to fund research to treat and cure traumatic brain injuries and other brain injuries and diseases.
Congressman Blumenauer, the founder of the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus will be at the lecture and will speak to these issues.
- February 24, 2014
The brain and the heart: Does brain health equal heart health?
Joe Quinn, M.D.
Director, OHSU Parkinson Center Professor, Department of Neurology
Kent L. Thornburg, Ph.D.
M. Lowell Edwards Chair; professor of medicine; director, Center for Developmental Health, Knight Cardiovascular Institute; Director, Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness
Is there such a thing as brain food? What is lifestyle medicine? Brain and heart degeneration can be altered very profoundly, but it needs to happen earlier, before symptoms of decline appear. Learn the very latest on the best ways to improve brain and heart health, along with new research related to the brain/heart connection.
- April 7, 2014
The brain and the adolescent mind: Why is it so special and vulnerable at the same time?
Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital; member, OHSU Brain Institute
- May 12, 2014
The brain and cancer: How does your brain affect cancer — and its future treatments?
Joe Gray, Ph.D.
Gordon Moore Endowed Chairman, OHSU Department of Biomedical Engineering; Director, OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine; associate director for translational research, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
2012 and 2013
2013 Brain awareness lectures
February 25, 2013
Creating brain resiliency: What is the secret to healthy aging?
Richard Hodes, M.D.
Director, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, Maryland
Richard J. Hodes, M.D. directs the research program of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health. A leading immunologist, Dr. Hodes was named Director of the NIA in 1993 to oversee studies of the basic, clinical, epidemiological and social aspects of aging. He is dedicated to developing a strong, diverse and balanced research program, focusing on the genetics and biology of aging, investigating aging's behavioral and social aspects and reducing disease and disability - including Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive change.
Dr. Hodes is a graduate of Yale University and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He completed training in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and in Oncology at the National Cancer Institute. An author of more than 250 research papers, he is an influential scientist in and contributor to the field of immunology.
March 4, 2013
The subconscious mind: What are our deep and secret thoughts?
David Eagleman, Ph.D.
Director, Laboratory for Perception and Action; director, Initiative on Neuroscience and Law; author, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, Baylor College, Houston, Texas
David Eagleman, Ph. D. is a neuroscientist and a New York Times bestselling author. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. He is best known for his work on time perception, synesthesia and neurolaw. His work of fiction, Sum, is an international bestseller published in 27 languages. His book on the internet and civilization, Why the Net Matters, is available as an app for the iPad and as an eBook. Wednesday is Indigo Blue explores the neurological condition of synesthesia, in which the senses are blended. His latest book, the New York Times bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, explores the neuroscience "under the hood" of the conscious mind - all the aspects of neural function to which we have no awareness or access.
Eagleman is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Next Generation Texas Fellow, a council member on the World Economic Forum, a research fellow in the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and a board member of The Long Now Foundation. He is the scientific advisor for the television drama Perception, and has been profiled on the Colbert Report, NOVA Science Now, the New Yorker, CNN's Next List and many other venues. He appears regularly on radio and television to discuss literature and science.
March 25, 2013
Deep brain stimulation: What can probing deeply into the brain do?
Kim J. Burchiel, M.D.
Co-founder, OHSU Brain Institute; Raaf chair, OHSU Department of Neurological Surgery; president, Society of Neurological Surgeons, Portland, Oregon
Dr. Burchiel is the John Raaf professor and chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at OHSU. Dr. Burchiel's interests include functional and stereotactic neurosurgery, pain surgery and epilepsy surgery. He also researches the physiology of nociception and neuropathic pains, including trigeminal neuralgia, the neurosurgical treatment of movement disorders and image-guided neurosurgery. He is editor of Surgical Management of Pain, (Thieme) which has been referred to as the most comprehensive review in the entire field of neurosurgical pain management.
Deep-brain stimulation (DBS) was first developed in France in 1987. DBS was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for use in treating a movement disorder known as essential tremor in 1997, for Parkinson's disease in 2002 and dystonia in 2003.
First in the US: As part of an investigational device exemption physician-sponsored clinical trial, Dr. Kim Burchiel was the first neurosurgeon in the United States to use DBS to successfully treat a patient with Parkinson's disease in 1990.
Dr. Burchiel leads the Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery program at OHSU and it encompasses a broad spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical treatments to manage and restore neurological function. Special programs include surgical management of movement disorders, surgical pain management, epilepsy surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, radiosurgery and stereotactic computer assisted neurosurgery.
He also leads OHSU's Surgical Pain Management program, which is a national leader in the treatment of orofacial pains, including trigeminal neuralgia (tic douloureaux).
April 2, 2013
The latest research in autism: Why is autism like a broken mirror?
Eric Fombonne, M.D.
Director, Autism Research Center, OHSU Brain Institute; professor, OHSU Department of Psychiatry, Portland, Oregon
Dr. Fombonne's research focuses on epidemiological investigations of child psychiatric disorders and the risks associated with them, with a particular focus on the epidemiology of autism, evaluating environmental risk factors and immunological factors and genes in autism. He has also been involved in family and adoption studies of autism, molecular genetic studies of autism and depression and long-term outcome studies of child and adolescent depression.
Dr. Fombonne is a previous associate editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and has more than 130 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and 25 book chapters. He is a member of the scientific, advisory and membership committees of several professional organizations. He is a permanent member of a National Institute of Mental Health study section and was recently appointed to a special National Institutes of Health advisory board for autism research programs funded as part of the National Institutes of Health Collaborative Programs of Excellence in Autism (CPEA) and Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment (STAART) programs.
May 13, 2013
Neuroimaging: How do we peer deeply into the brain? Marcus
Marcus E. Raichle, M.D., is a professor of radiology, neurology, neurobiology and biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also co-director of the Division of Radiological Sciences at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. Dr. Raichle is known for his pioneering research in the development and use of an imaging technique called positron emission tomography (PET) to map specific brain areas used in emotion and in tasks such as seeing, hearing, reading and remembering. By using PET to monitor blood flow and metabolism in the human brain, Raichle and his collaborators have shown how the brain responds when a subject is asked to perform tasks as diverse as memorizing words or anticipating an unpleasant experience. In addition, they have mapped areas involved in attention, analyzed chemical receptors in the brain, investigated the physiology of major depression and anxiety and evaluated patients at risk for stroke.
Dr. Raichle received a bachelor’s and medical degrees from University of Washington in Seattle. His honors include election to the Institute of Medicine in 1991 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 1996. Most recently, he has received the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Neuroscience Research.
May 20, 2013
Nature vs. nurture: A story of adoption, reunion, neuroscience and shock therapy
Larry Sherman, Ph.D.
Senior scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center, OHSU Brain Institute; professor, OHSU Department of Cell and Developmental Biology; president, Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Portland, Oregon
Larry Sherman is senior scientist in the Division of Neuroscience and a professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Neuroscience Graduate Program and the Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the OHSU School of Medicine. His research focuses on treating neurodegenerative conditions that result from traumatic injury to the brain or spinal cord, stroke or diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Sherman's lab also researches neural stem cells and their potential effects on a damaged nervous system.
Sherman received a B.A. and M.A. in Biology from Reed College and a Ph.D. in cell biology and anatomy from OHSU. He conducted post-doctoral research at the Institut für Genetik at the Forschungszentrum in Karlsruhe, Germany, then became an assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. He joined OHSU in 2002. He serves on a number of national grant review boards, is on the editorial board of the journal GLIA and is the president of the Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Alzheimer's and the brain: What can we do?
Gary Small, M.D.
Director, UCLA Center on Aging, Los Angeles
Alzheimer's disease affects five million people in the U.S. It's true that we have no "cure" for the disease, but Dr. Small shows how genetics account for only part of the risk. Multiple, large-scale studies have found healthy lifestyle choices lower risk and may delay the onset of symptoms, sometimes for years. The only "cure" for Alzheimer's is prevention, and the Alzheimer's Prevention Program shows how to take control.
An American is diagnosed with Alzheimer's every 70 seconds. The Alzheimer's prevention program is an accessible guide for anyone who wants to start on the path to better brain health. Regardless of age, anyone can begin this revolutionary program and hopefully delay the effects of Alzheimer's or never experience the symptoms of the disease.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Law, ethics, humanity and the brain: How do they get along?
Henry Greely, J.D.
Director, Stanford Law School Center for Law and Bioscience, Stanford
Neuroscience increasingly allows us to explain, predict, and even control aspects of human behavior. The ethical issues that arise from these developments extend beyond the boundaries of conventional bioethics into philosophy of mind, psychology, theology, public policy and the law. In classrooms, courtrooms, offices and homes around the world, neuroscience is giving us powerful new tools for achieving our goals and prompting a new understanding of ourselves as social, moral and spiritual beings.
Over the years, humans have been changing our world and ourselves, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. Biomedicine will be creating more and more products that can be used for cognitive enhancement; some will be used in ways that will improve human life and society. How can society successfully balance protecting citizens from crimes while still protecting those with debilitating mental disorders?
Monday, March 19, 2012
New understandings of the brain: Why do we need them and what do we do with them?
Alan Leshner, Ph.D.
Executive Director, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C.
Advances in neuroscience are raising medical hopes for millions of people. Once futuristic ideas are now becoming reality and improving the lives of soldiers, accident victims and others. But with these benefits come critical social and ethical issues.
For example, military research has developed a "robo-rat" that can be controlled through electrodes in its brain. Could other creatures be used as living robots too? How about the use of human tissues or genes? With each development comes the re-examination of traditional boundaries forcing us to question social values and conventions.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Creativity and the brain: What is it, who has it and how do we achieve it?
Author, Imagine: How Creativity Works and Proust Was a Neuroscientist, Los Angeles
Can we learn how to be more creative? As it turns out, we can, says Jonah Lehrer. Lehrer is the journalist whose writings on neuroscience—for Wired, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, among others—become immediate flashpoints for discussion. In his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, Lehrer, the bestselling author, most recently of How We Decide, shows us that creativity is not some near-mystical trait that some people seem to possess, and which others try desperately to capture. We can—all of us—take practical steps to become more creative in everything we do.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Addiction and the brain: What is the toll it can take on the brain and on society?
Nora Volkow, M.D.
Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda
Addiction is both subtle and profound. It sneaks up on individuals and ruins families. Through neuroscience, we know more about addiction today than ever before. One of the country's leading experts on addiction, Dr. Nora Volkow, will explore how addiction starts, what it is and what can be done about it. She will present the most current findings on addiction which could ultimately lead to breakthroughs in preventing it.
Monday, June 25, 2012
The brain on fire: Can inflammation cause diseases that destroy the brain?
Story Landis, Ph.D.
Director, National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda
Inflammation is part of the body's natural immune response to tissue damage. However, chronic inflammation is associated with many diseases. Why does the brain "turn on itself?" What is neuroinflammation? In the brain, it's thought to play a role in aging and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
By linking so many illnesses to inflammation, researchers are now rethinking their assumptions about what makes us sick and looking for ways to treat inflammation—and perhaps avoid these outcomes. Much of the scientific work that is discovering the causes and potential treatments for such neuroinflammatory diseases is being done by The National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
2010 and 2011
- February 7
Window into the brain: a new approach to depression
Helen Mayberg, M.D., Emory University
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a revolutionary technology—electrodes implanted in the brain so that low-voltage electrical currents stimulate regions to counteract disease. This relatively new medical technique, already benefitting thousands of Parkinson's disease patients, may one day be employed to treat a wider range of diseases including: depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette's syndrome, dystonia, chronic pain and depression.
"DBS opens a new horizon of therapies for many of the chronic brain ailments that trouble humanity."
–Dr. Mehmet Oz, Vice chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University and author of YOU: The owner's manual: An insider's guide to the body that will make you healthier and younger.
- February 14
From genes to brains: a new understanding of autism
Daniel Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D., UCLA
Autism is a tragic disease, for the patient and for the family. It is a poorly understood disorder. Nevertheless, the frequency among U.S. children is greater than that of pediatric cancers, diabetes and AIDS combined. Even more concerning: the prevalence of autism is increasing—one of every 110 children is diagnosed with the disease. In recent years, few medical conditions of childhood have stoked deeper concern—and ignited greater controversy. What is happening? Where does it come from? What can be done?
- February 21
Pain and the brain: perception and the pathways to relief
Howard Fields, M.D., Ph.D., UCSF
Pain is both a sensation and a motivation. Our expectations, mood and perspective on pain powerfully influence how much something actually hurts—and the decisions we make every day. The relief of pain and production of pleasure are closely related functions in the brain. Both have strong influences upon and are influenced by learning. Most people think of pain as a result of physical injury or disease, but psychological factors also play a huge role in pain perception. Pain is intimately tied to brain functions that govern behavior and decision making, including expectation, attention and learning. Pain competes for our attention and reaches far into our psyches. Neuropathic pain is especially difficult to live with and to treat. It is the result of damage to the body's nervous system and can cause excruciating pain.
- March 15
The brain and the immune system: How the body can turn on itself and cause such problems as M.S., Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, stroke and other disorders
Stephen Hauser, M.D., UCSF
Sometimes our bodies turn on us. The immune system becomes our own worst enemy. This can especially happen with the brain and nervous system causing a neuro-inflammatory response that can lead to such diseases as MS, Alzheimer's, Stroke, and Parkinson's. Neuroinflammation is a new and rapidly expanding field that has revolutionized our understanding of chronic neurological diseases. This field has grown to encompass researchers with backgrounds in many diverse fields, including pathology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, clinical medicine, and epidemiology. Important contributions to this field have come from work with populations, with patients, with postmortem tissues, with animal models, and with in vitro systems.
- $10 Marquam Hill Lecture
Joel Nigg, Ph.D.
- February 1
How we decide: from brains to behavior Temporarily out of stock
At times, man is faced with life or death decisions or forced to make choices that have lifelong impacts. But how exactly does the brain make decisions when faced with complex problems? Are our brains efficient and well equipped to make choices? At what age do we develop good decision making abilities and why are some of us better equipped to make tough choices? Does reason or emotion rule?
Get some answers from author Jonah Lehrer, author of "How We Decide," and a contributor to Wired Magazine, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. Mr. Leher is a graduate of Columbia University and a Rhodes Scholar; he has worked in Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Erik Kandel's laboratory, edits the Mind Matters blog for Scientific American and writes his own highly regarded blog, The Frontal Cortex.
- February 15
Battling brain disorders: the critical importance of mental health advocacy for the individual and for society
Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island
Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Oregon, filled in when Congressman Patrick Kennedy was not able to attend
A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has devoted his entire career to public service. He gave an inspiring and committed talk about his belief in the critical importance of neuroscience research... to help families coping with neurological and psychiatric problems as well as to better understand of the nature of decision-making in policy development.
- February 22
The mercurial mind: bipolar disorder and creativity
Kay Redfield Jamison
How can one survive if their brain is constantly riding an emotional rollercoaster? That is a question faced by those who suffer from bipolar disease, otherwise known as manic-depressive illness.This relatively common mental disorder can cause unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and even influence one's ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. It can also lead to unbridled exuberance and creativity. What does make the artistic temperament so unique and so volatile?
Psychiatrist and author Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., is one of the nation's foremost experts on bipolar disorder. She has suffered from the disease her entire adult life. She is the author of several national bestsellers including An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide, and Touch with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament. She is co-author of the standard medical text on manic-depressive illness and the recipient of national and international scientific awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship. Dr. Jamison will share her understanding, experiences and insights and discuss the heights and depths the mind can achieve.
- March 1
The emotional brain: the mysterious underpinnings of emotional life
We know our emotions by their intrusions (welcome or otherwise) into our conscious minds. Understanding emotion in the human brain is clearly an important quest, as most mental disorders are emotional disorders. Emotions become powerful motivators of future behaviors. Mental health is maintained by emotional hygiene and mental problems, and to a large extent reflect a breakdown of emotional order.
Joseph LeDoux , Ph.D., is one of the top world experts on emotional memory. His work, especially on fear, has given us insight into the biological mechanisms of learning about and storing information about danger. This understanding of the role of the amygdala in conscious and subconscious memory and the role of cognition in regulating the fear reaction is both complex and exciting. Dr. LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science and Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at New York University. He is also the director of the Center for the Neuroscience of Fear and Anxiety … and a singer and guitarist in the science-themed rock band; The Amygdaloids!
- March 8
The executive brain: the frontal lobes and the civilized mind
Can the characteristics of leadership be defined and mapped in the brain? Can we change our own brains to resemble those of outstanding leaders? Are there training programs for more "leader-like' brains? Is there such a thing as "executive intelligence"?
When we stimulate our brain by actively thinking, we are sculpting our own neural architecture," says Jordan Grafman, Ph.D., chief of the Cognitive Neuroscience Section in the NINDS. How mental activity improves cognition (and reduces dementia risk in later life by setting up a cognitive reserve in the brain) is a central area of his research; denser synaptic connections equals more flexibility, adaptability and neuroprotection. When you put your brain to work, you make the science of cognitive fitness work for you. Putting it all together means enriching your brain, and your life, and increasing your chances of maintaining your mental edge and functional independence. Cognitive fitness is the next big thing; use it or lose it.
2008 and 2009
2009 Brain awareness lecture series: The power and potential of the brain- Oregon's most natural resource
- January 26th, 2009
Neuroplasticity: The amazing adaptability of the brain, DVD
Mike Merzenich, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
- February 2nd, 2009
The arts and cognition panel, DVD
Panel featuring: Helen Neville, Ph.D. (University of Oregon), Chris Coleman (Portland Center Stage), Dan Wieden (Wieden + Kennedy), Mike Posner, Ph.D., (University of Oregon)
- February 9th, 2009
Aging brain plasticity: It's never too late to learn or improve, DVD
Carl Cotman, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
- February 16th, 2009
10th anniversary celebration of OHSU brain awareness, DVD
Featuring: Valerie Day, Darrell Grant, Larry Sherman, Ph.D., Portland Chamber Orchestra original performance, Brain chemistry for lovers by well known Portland pop and jazz artist Valerie Day, with Portland Chamber Orchestra, Pianist Darrell Grant and Larry Sherman, Ph.D., OHSU neuroscientist.
- In search of memory, DVD
Eric Kandel, M.D.
Many adults can easily recall their childhood phone number or school locker combination. Where are these memories stored in the mind and how can we hold on to them for so many years? Answering questions like these earned neuroscientist Dr. Eric Kandel the Nobel Prize. Hear how his memory research helped form the basis of modern neuroscience. You may also learn why you always forget where you left your car keys.
- February 19, 2008
The developing human brain, DVD
Pat Levitt, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Do our childhood experiences affect the development our brains? Is it possible to prevent depression or disability by addressing these problems early in life? Dr. Pat Levitt is an expert in diagnosing and disrupting abnormal brain development. As a parent, learn what you can do to spot early warning signs and attack brain disorders head on.
- Gender and the brain, DVD
Larry Cahill, Ph.D.
Men may be from Mars and women may be form Venus, but sometimes it feels like we're from different solar systems entirely. Dr. Larry Cahill is an expert on gender and the brain. His research has identified the many differences and similarities between the male and female brains and has resulted in some mind-boggling findings. Hear how our brains can sometimes cause conflict but often compliment one another.
57 minutes, March 3, 8
- February 25, 2008
The sleeping brain, DVD
Al Lewy, M.D., Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University
Can sleep improve your memory and your mood? What's more important when it comes to sleep, quantity or quality? Distinguished sleep neuroscientist and body clock expert, Dr. Al Lewy reveals the silence of sleep in a lively lecture guaranteed not to make you drowsy.
2003 – 2007
- February 6, 2007
Hearing and the brain, DVD
Teresa Nicolson, Ph.D., OHSU Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D., McGill University
How composers exploit the way our brains make sense of the world? Why we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers? Why 10,000 hours of practice, rather than talent, is the key to musical expertise? How those insidious little jingles (called earworms) get stuck in our heads?
- February 13, 2007
The senses and substances, DVD
Martin Paulus, M.D., University of California, San Diego
Drugs heighten the senses for many, but at what costs. Learn how decision-making dysfunctions contribute to transition from causal use of drugs to drug dependence and how these dysfunctions contribute to relapse.
- February 20, 2007
Vision and the brain, DVD
David Wilson, M.D., Casey Eye Institute, OHSU
The eyes are the window for the brain. Yet, there are many mysteries about how we see and how our brain makes sense of what we see. Why is our visual system 20/20? How do we perceive art? Why do woodpeckers not get headaches…or detached retinas? The visual system is an incredible and vulnerable asset to human existence. Learn about the complexity and potential of vision.
- Pain and the brain, DVD
Alan Basbaum, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
Chronic pain adversely influences the daily lives of millions of people. This fascinating lecture will not only touch on the mechanisms that underlie the development of chronic pain but will explore the idea that chronic pain is a disease itself and not merely a symptom of another disease. The lecture will explain the differences between acute and chronic pain and discuss the nature of the changes that occur as the disease of pain develops. Most importantly, breakthroughs in our understanding of the molecular basis of the generation of pain have identified a host of novel therapeutic targets. These were discussed in the context of treating diverse pain conditions including those arising from tissue injury (arthritis, cancer) as well as the "neuropathic pains" that result from injury to the nervous system itself, such as occurs in complex regional pain syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, multiple sclerosis or after spinal cord injury.
- March 13, 2007
Our sense of self, DVD
John Frohnmayer, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
We perceive our environment through our senses. The brain integrates and interprets these perceptions and, in turn, this helps shape our psyche and our intellect; who we are. We often communicate and translate these perceptions through the arts…and how the arts reflect our being is often strange and wondrous…and controversial. Art can reflect the real world or the surreal; how the artist senses and expresses the world is part of the human experience. John Frohnmayer has had extensive experience with the legal, the political, and the artistic worlds.
- Behavior and addiction and the brain, DVD
Bob Hitzemann, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University
John Crabbe, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University
Now more than ever, society and especially parents are concerned about the impacts of drugs and alcohol on the brain. A person's decision to take drugs or drink irresponsibly can impact their lives for years. In some cases, these decisions can result in physical changes to the brain. Hitzemann and Crabbe of OHSU investigate the impacts of abuse.
- February 4, 2004
The bard on the brain: Understanding the mind through the art of Shakespeare and the science of brain imaging, DVD
Paul Matthews, M.D., Oxford University
Neuroscientist and author Paul M Matthews, M.D., illuminates the fascinating parallels between Shakespeare and the current quest of neuroscience to reveal the secrets of the brain. His lecture will feature live performances of some of the most compelling scenes of Shakespeare's plays with actors from Portland's Artists Repertory Theatre.
96 minutes. Includes Q & A.
VHS tape, $10
- The brain/body connection, VHS tape
Inside the mind of Ira Flatow
Ira Flatow, award-winning host of NPR's "Talk of the Nation: Science Friday", shares his passion for all things scientific.