Keynotes and highlights
Student Choice Keynote
Nicholas J. Strausfeld, Ph.D., Regent's Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Arizona
"Half a billion year old brains and those of today: what is different?"
Tuesday May 2, 12 to 1 p.m., OHSU Auditorium
This talk will highlight Dr. Strausfeld's research on the functional organization of the arthropod visual system and the evolution of brains; the latter focusing on the identification of evolutionarily conserved ground patterns of neuronal organization of centers mediating visual perception, allocentric memory, and action selection. The full abstract of his talk can be found here. Dr. Strausfeld received his Ph.D. from University College London. After a year's postdoctoral work at the University of Frankfurt as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, he joined the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tubingen, and from there moved to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. He returned briefly to the University of Frankfurt and then joined the Division of Neurobiology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Strausfeld's career in the U.S. has been quite eventful. He received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1994, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1995, an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Prize in 2001, and a Volkswagen Stiftung Visiting Professorship in 2009. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2002. Presently Dr. Strausfeld is a Regents' Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Director of the University of Arizona's Center for Insect Science. He has sole-authored two books: "Atlas of an Insect Brain" (Springer Verlag, 1976) and "Arthropod Brains: Evolution, Functional Elegance, and Historical Significance" (Harvard University, Belknap Press, 2012).
Dr. Strausfeld's talk is sponsored by the School of Medicine Graduate Student Organization.