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A taste of Neuroscience

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The human brain is one of the most complicated biological machines ever created, but sometimes things don't work quite right... Brain researchers are working tirelessly to try to improve our lives and prevent some of the worst diseases imaginable. Join us to learn about the cutting edge of neuroscience research here in Houston.

What can fruit flies tell us about Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases?

Shinya Yamamoto

Baylor College of Medicine

Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s, ALS,…These neurodegenerative diseases affect the lives of many individuals and their families. The biomedical research community is working hard day and night to understand the causes of these diseases to come up with new treatments and cures. For many, it is hard to imagine that fruit flies (Drosophila) are playing a key role in understanding the mechanisms that underlie these diseases. Tonight, we will discuss how these humble creatures are advancing medical research.

Different Strokes for Different Folks: A Tale of Recovery from Stroke

Brian Lim

Baylor College of Medicine

Stroke is a hugely significant medical issue, affecting 800,000 Americans every year with a wide range of outcomes and warping the lives of families and caregivers. My father suffered a stroke in 2009, but luckily managed to recover to a large degree, documenting his progress along the way. I will weave his story together with my perspective as a neuroscience student and highlight how the brain has the capacity to rebuild and recover.