If we cut our finger while preparing a meal, our body knows how to stop the bleeding and begin the process of repairing our skin. If we break a bone falling on the ice, our body can marshal all the resources necessary to rebuild the bone. But what if we experience a traumatic emotional event? What does our body do then? This is the fascinating area of study that our guest for February examines.
On February 15th, Humanists of MN (http://humanistsofmn.org/) is excited to bring back Apostolos Georgopoulos, Director of the Brain Sciences Center (http://brain.umn.edu/), housed at the V. A. Medical Center in Minneapolis. His previous lecture was on the “New Era in Brain Science.“ His exciting work with Lisa James and Brian Engdahl continued with a publication in JAMA Psychiatry entitled, “Neural Network Modulation by Trauma as a Marker of Resilience.” It details differences between the neuronal changes of patients with PTSD and control patients that also experienced trauma but are not diagnosed as having PTSD.
Besides giving us an update on the activities of the Brain Sciences Center, Dr. Georgopoulos can speak to:
• How can we stay healthy in adverse conditions?
• What does rigidity of personality have to do with the effects of trauma?
• How might personality differences manifest themselves in the brain?
Dr Georgopoulos’ credentials include the following positions at the University of Minnesota:
• Regents Professor
• American Legion Brain Sciences Chair
• McKnight Presidential Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience
• Professor of Neuroscience, Neurology and Psychiatry
• Director, Center for Cognitive Sciences
This promises to be another exceptionally informative and stimulating conversation with one of the leaders in the field of brain research. Please join us.
Childcare is available from 10:15am-noon. Please indicate the age of your child (or children) you intend to bring when you RSVP so we can plan accordingly. Thanks!
Parking at Field School is available on site. Enter the small lot just north of the building from 4th Ave. If it is filled, maneuver your car carefully around the yellow posts and the curb cut-out ramps to park in the adjacent playground. This month, once again, a luncheon will follow the presentation; watch for a separate meet-up notice to RSVP for lunch.
10:00-10:30am Social time
Noon-1:00pm Catered Lunch