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Microbe Mind Control: The Toxoplasma Parasite and its Effects on Animal Behavior

This talk is part of our continuing Young Researchers series.

Our Open Seating Policy will be in effect for this meetup.
We will be upstairs in the Wine Lounge.
Attendees will receive an on-line form to pre-order dinner items.

Microbe Mind Control: The Toxoplasma Parasite and its Effects on Animal Behavior

Amielle Moreno, Graduate Student in Neuroscience
Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Emory University

So if microbes can take control of their hosts' immune systems or vital organs, can they also take control of their brains?

In this talk Amielle Moreno, a neuroscience graduate student, will take a look at the link between the parasite Toxoplasma Gondii and abnormal behavior of mice and men. Learn how this microbe navigates multiple species in a life cycle and how its hosts start misbehaving. Find out what might happen when it finds itself in a human brain.

Recent research on how T. Gondii might be linked to schizophrenia will be explored as we discover how normal goes out the window when brains get sick.

About our Speaker

Amielle Moreno is a recent transplant from Seattle where she received her BS in Psychology and Cellular Molecular Biology from the University of Washington. After two years of color vision research, she is now working on her PhD in Neuroscience at Emory University. Amielle has years of experience in primate research and is excited to share her interest in behavioral neuroscience.

Image upper right: Toxoplasma Gondii, (Ke Hu and John Murray)

Parking and Such

Java Vino is located diagonally across the street from Manuel's Tavern. There is parking behind the building and on Williams Mill Road across the street. Manuel's reserves the use of their lots at all times, but parking there hasn't presented a problem for our guests so far.

Enter the cafe on the street level and let them know that your order will count toward our collective tab.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry - got there, but couldn't find parking in 4 or 5 different parking lots. Busy there!

    April 10, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Maria - I'm sorry that you couldn't find a place to park for the talk tonight. I know how frustrating it must be to go to such an effort and not be able to attend. Wish I had a short-term solution. Long-term I'm going to have to find another venue with more reliable parking. - Marc

      April 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you. It's gracious of you to get back to me. Actually, it was a lovely evening for driving, so it wasn't that frustrating.

      April 17, 2013

  • David N.

    Amielle gave a great talk. As a grumpy old man skeptic, I can't resist pointing out one thing, though. The cat painter guy may not have been so schizophrenic. See here:
    Minor point though--I had a great time at this event and I hope this series of talks continues indefinitely.

    1 · April 12, 2013

  • Carol C.

    I've never been so entertained by parasites. Viva Pancho Frijoles!

    April 11, 2013

  • Chao H

    Hi Marc, I just talked to Java Vino about paying for the boxed lunch I already ordered because I can't get there, and they said to talk to you. So... I'm not sure what to do at this point. Let me know, or I'll see you at the 4/20 talk.

    April 10, 2013

    • Marc M.

      No problem, Chao. Check the email I sent you. - Marc

      April 10, 2013

  • Warren M.

    Excellent technical dive into Toxoplasma. Speaker was excellent and had some great insight on the questions asked. I hope she can come back in the future with new findings.

    April 10, 2013

  • Kathy

    Great talk! Wonderful presentation with lots of little surprises. Oh... and ewwww!

    April 10, 2013

  • Joel

    A valiant attempt to distill complex subject matter for a layperson.

    April 10, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Good speaker and good questions from the audience.

    April 10, 2013

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    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fascinating and funny. A great event and speaker!

    April 10, 2013

  • Chao H

    Last minute work issues. I'm sorry to miss this talk.

    April 10, 2013

  • Marc M.

    Remember, if you'd like a dinner item to enjoy during the presentation at Java Vino, you must place a box dinner order using the online form below by noon on Wednesday.


    April 9, 2013

  • Cerita W.

    Cerita Willie

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    WHat an intriguing title.

    March 28, 2013

  • Kayla

    I am seriously excited about this. So pleased to have found this group!

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so curious to learn about these type Parasites.

    March 24, 2013

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