From: Jane E.
Sent on: Thursday, September 20, 2012 5:37 PM

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When: Thursday, September 27,[masked]:30 PM

Where: SLC Conference Center
352 Seventh Ave. (30th St.) - 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001

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Journey to the Center of Your Mind!


Cutting-Edge Research Scientist to Describe His Probes

Into How the Brain Works

The human brain is basically as unknown a territory as Mars. We know that the brain contains one hundred billion neurons and one hundred trillion neural connections. But how do they work? The circuits of these brain neurons are more complex than any super computer.  In fact, neuroscientists recently calculated that one single human brain contains more “switches” that all the computers on earth combined.  And yet...we still know so little about what makes the mind tick.

Dr. Partha Mitra of the famous research center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Long Island,  is seeking to change all that with a bold project to map the architecture of the brain’s circuitry. Dr. Mitra asks: What is the brain circuitry that underlies human behavior and emotion? How can we expand our knowledge of the brain’s interconnections so we can better treat neurological conditions and diseases of the mind?

Mapping Brain’s Circuits

NYC Atheists is proud to have Dr. Mitra, a neuroscientist and theoretical physicist who is head of  the Mitra lab at Cold Spring Harbor, as our speaker on Thursday, Sept. 27th. Dr. Mitra’s lab is focused on the Brain Architecture Project, which seeks to analyze how the brain works by systematically mapping its neural circuits.

Dr. Mitra is also the author of “Observed Brain Dynamics” and more than100 scientific papers. This year, Dr Mitra was awarded a Transformative Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his “exceptionally innovative, high-risk, original and unconventional research” in the Brain Architecture Project.

“The brain is made up of neurons that are connected to each other,”  says Dr. Mitra. “We are trying to map the circuits of brain neurons--how they communicate with each other. Without knowing those circuits, we can’t figure out how the brain works.”

A Step in Curing Mental Illness

Dr. Mitra’s research is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Hopefully, his research will someday help us overcome diseases like schizophrenia, depression and drug addiction.

Dr. Mitra received his PH.D in theoretical physics from Harvard. He worked in neuroscience and theoretical engineering at Bell Laboratories before moving to Cold Spring Harbor in 2003. He is also a musician who has performed at the Cornelia Street Cafe and recently recorded an album of the songs of Rabindranath Tagore.

Come and hear this talented, unconventional, scientist/artist who is a pioneer in the nitty-gritty research of probing how neurons work in our brains--and hopefully, someday, how they sometimes screw up.  For those who have suffered mental illness--or have family members who have--meet Brain Explorer Partha Mitra, the hope of the future.


WHAT:          “Learning How the Brain Works:

Mapping the Brain’s Neural Circuitry,”  a talk

by Dr. Partha Mitra, professor at Cold Spring

Harbor  Laboratory.

WHEN:         THURSDAY, SEPT 27, 2012 AT 6:30 P.M.


352 Seventh Avenue (bet. 29th & 30th)

16th Floor

COST:            We would appreciate a donation of $5 to

cover the cost of the conference space.

Students & unemployed exempt.

New York City Atheists Inc. is a 501C not-for-profit educational association dedicated to the separation of church and state and to promoting the Atheist lifestyle and values.


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