Join us for NeuroFest 2019, the annual UC Davis Brain Awareness Week event
"Mind in the Making: Executive Brain Functions in Health, Aging, and Disease"
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 12:30 - 5:00 pm
UC Davis Conference Center - free parking
The human brain can easily perform many complex tasks, known as executive functions, allowing us to remember details from our past, make decisions based on a wealth of information, and focus on specific tasks despite numerous distractions. However, these processes are often disrupted in disease, as well as normal aging. During NeuroFest 2019, we will discuss how our brains can handle these tasks, how these functions can go awry, and how we study both. There will also be interactive and hands-on learning for all ages, such as using your brain’s electrical waves to play a video game, controlling another person’s arm using your own brain activity and viewing and touching brains from a variety of species. This is a free, public event, but registration is required.
"The many faces of dementia and why they matter"
Brittany Dugger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, interests are in understanding aging and the neuropathology of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and frontotemporal dementias.
"How the brain makes decisions and its importance for human health"
Tim Hanks, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Neurology, is focused on neural mechanisms underlying decision making. His goal is to better understand disorders that involve impairments to decision making, such as depression, schizophrenia, and dementia, among others.
Attention and working memory in health and disease"
Steve Luck, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology, Center for Mind & Brain, studies attention, working memory, and specific cognitive and neural functions that are impaired in schizophrenia and other disorders.
"This is your brain on drugs"
Jennifer Whistler, Ph.D., Professor, Physiology and Membrane Biology, Associate Director of the Center for Neuroscience, is interested in the science of addiction, especially addiction associated with opioid drugs.
We thank CNS faculty member Diasynou Fioravante for leading this event!