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OMSI Science Pub Hillsboro: Biscuits for Brains

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Science Pub Hillsboro

Biscuits for Brains: Revealing the (even stranger) Truth Behind Neuroscience's Most Enduring Urban Legends

with DeAunne Denmark, MD, PhD at OHSU

The human brain has long been considered one of the greatest and most complex mysteries in biology, a "final frontier" for coming to truly understand ourselves, our place in the world, and our potential to influence it. Intense observation, investigation, and speculation with relatively limited tools over the years, however, has given rise to many persistent misconceptions, including that we only use 10% of our brain, left-handed people are more creative, and brain cell death occurs daily in adults and cannot be repaired. At this Science Pub, hear about the incredible progress in neuroscience made through technological innovations of the last several decades that debunks these longstanding myths, and reveals that the truth of what lies beneath our skulls is often beyond even our wildest imaginations.

DeAunne Denmark completed her MD and PhD in Neuroscience in the medical scientist training program at OHSU. Her graduate work was supported by a pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health and focused on identifying genes in the brain involved in vulnerability to alcoholism using a mouse model of dependence and withdrawal. She is currently an instructor in Cognitive Neuroscience for Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art, a program developer for community relations at the OHSU Brain Institute, and exploring career options in applied biomedical technology for rehabilitation and education. She envisions a world where artist-scientist collaborations are the mainstay of revolutionary advancements in medicine and sustainable healthcare.

Science Pub Hillsboro is a monthly event open to anyone aged 21+ (or minor with adult). No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge!

$5.00 suggested cover charge. Tell your friends. We hope to see you there!

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