Investigating the mechanisms underlying information storage in the brain Event as iCalendar

21 October 2013

4 - 5pm

Venue: Seminar Room 501-505, Building 501, 85 Park Road, Grafton

Dr  Jason Sheperd, Dept. of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah

Brains have evolved to process and store information fron the outside world and do so elegantly through synaptic connections between interconnected networks of neurons.  The age-old question of Nature vs Nurture has been replaced with questions of HOW experience modifies and shapes the genetic hard wiring of the brain.

My lab is interested in elucidating the fundamental celluar and molecular processes that underlie memory formation.  In particular we are interested in the elucidation of the protein machinery at the synapse that governs long-term storage of information , and how basic cell biological prosesses have been elaborated in neurons for the purpose of modulating synaptic transmission.

In addition, we are interesed in how these processes ao away in neurological diseases.