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Debugging the human brain


Innovative technologies for understanding and repairing misfiring neurons

22 January 2019 | IET London: Savoy Place

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intro image Over a billion people suffer from a brain disorder, few of which are well-treated by existing drugs or devices.

A key problem is that the brain is a complex, densely wired circuit made out of neurons, varying in shape, biomolecular composition, and patterns of connectivity.

Pinpointing how to treat brain disorders demands better maps of the brain, as well as better understanding of brain dynamics, and the knowledge of how to correct these dynamics when they go awry.

This exciting evening talk will explore Professor Boyden's research into this field of neuroscience, linking engineering principles with a core medical problem – how do you reprogram a brain that is misfiring?



Professor Ed Boyden (image)

Professor Ed Boyden
Associate Professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute

Who should attend?

  • Researchers (industry, academia)
  • University students
  • Neurologists / Neurobiologists
  • Biotechnologists
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Professionals interested in the fields of optogenetics and synthetic neurobiology
  • Organisations involved in research concerning brain diseases and treatment, including charities, academic institutions, and industry



18:30 - Registration
19:00 - Lecture commences
20.30 - Q&A followed by networking drinks reception
21:30 - Close

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