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Beautiful Mind

  • Black Acre Production Facility 5529 Bonna Avenue Indianapolis, IN, 46219 United States (map)

The human brain is an interesting place. We will talk about how it helps us make good (or not so good) decisions, and how science is helping us learn how to keep it healthy. We will hear about imaging the brain to understand decision making, and efforts to get medicine through the brain’s protective barrier when brain cancer strikes.

What are they thinking? Imaging risky decisions in the adolescent brain


Leslie Hulvershorn, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, IUPUI

Difficulties with decision-making, particularly in risky situations, may place some youth at high risk for the development of substance use disorders and risky sexual practices. This talk discusses brain mechanisms in high and typical risk youth that underlie decision-making, prior to the effects of drug use on their brain. This study will use brain mechanisms to design new interventions to improve risky decision making.


Clear the way, coming through! Drug delivery through the blood-brain barrier


Tiffany Lyle, Assistant Professor of Veterinary Anatomic Pathology, Purdue

The blood-brain barrier protects our normal brain, but in cancer it stands as one of the largest obstacles for treatment of brain tumors. We will discuss how my lab is using a mouse model to manipulate this barrier and identify new pathways to treat brain tumors.

Black Acre Brewing Company is a cornerstone of East Indy culture. They are a favorite partner because of their love of science and excellence in brewing. We will be talking science among the active fermenters and brightening tanks that bring us our Black Acre favorites. Cold brews will be available for purchase. Feel free to bring in food if you’re hungry from the nearby Jockamo’s Pizza or The Mug (just across the street -- try the tenderloin). Grab a pick-me-up on the way at Coal Yard Coffee right on Bonna Ave (NOT THE TAPROOM) in front of the facility before the event. Doors at 6:30, event starts at 7. 5529 Bonna Ave -- look for our signs and traffic director on Bonna.

taste of science Indianapolis is brought to you by Central Indiana Science Outreach in coordination with the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

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