Re-constructing Brains in the Lab to Revolutionize Neuroscience

The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology
San Diego, CA
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Cerebral organoids, also known as mini-brains, are tridimensional self-organized structures derived from stem cells that resemble the early stages of the human embryonic brain. This new tool allows researchers to explore fundamental neurodevelopmental steps otherwise inaccessible in utero experimentally. Dr. Muotri will explain how mini brains are generated in his lab and how this strategy can create novel therapeutical insights on neurogenetic disorders, such as autism. He will also describe the use of mini-brains to explore the uniqueness of the human brain compared to other extinct species, such as the Neanderthals. Limitations and ethical concerns surrounding this exciting technology will be discussed.

Educating with Empathy

Learning & the Brain
San Francisco, CA
Friday, February 15, 2019 - Sunday, February 17, 2019
The importance of empathy in the classroom and student development has become more recognized in recent years. However, researchers at Indiana University have found that empathy in American college students has been in decline over the past few decades, with the biggest declines corresponding to the rise in social media, narcissism, bullying, and social isolation. Fortunately, researchers in the cognitive and social sciences are findings ways to reduce conflict, bullying, and bad behavior, as well as ways to train positive emotions (such as empathy, compassion, self-compassion, kindness, gratitude, cooperation, hope, and altruism) in children. Join Learning & the Brain in San Francisco this February to explore the “Science of Human Goodness” and how empathy, compassion, and kindness are hardwired in the brain and are essential for human survival. Learn how to cultivate empathy and compassion in your students; discover how to reduce bullying and suspensions; and examine new ways to strengthen compassion, cooperation, collaboration, and achievement in children and teens.

Brain Awareness Week

The Dana Foundation
Monday, March 11, 2019 - Sunday, March 17, 2019
Every March, Brain Awareness Week unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Activities are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations and include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on brain-related topics; social media campaigns; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and more.

Microsatellite DNA Expansions in Rare Genetic Diseases

The New York Academy of Sciences
New York, NY
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
This event will explore recent developments in our knowledge of the biological processes driving repeat expansion diseases, as well as strategies for effective therapeutic intervention, and barriers to drug discovery.

IBRO World Conference

Daegu, Korea
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - Wednesday, September 25, 2019
The biannual meeting of the International Brain Research Organization will be in Korea in 2019.