How the embryonic nervous system is assembled and the adult brain is modified depend on both genes and the environment - experiences such as learning and memory that can radically change the brain’s wiring or neuronal function. Professor Spitzer will discuss his studies that have provided a new look at how neuronal wiring is assembled in the developing brain and the impact that environment has on continually shaping the brain later in life.
The lecture is free and open to the public - no RSVP required.
Section of Neurobiology, UC San Diego
Nicholas C. Spitzer is Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at UC San Diego. He is a developmental neurobiologist known for studies of calcium-dependent embryonic neuronal excitability and activity-dependent neuronal differentiation. He received his BA in biology and his PhD in neurobiology from Harvard University and was a postdoctoral fellow there and at University College London before joining the UC San Diego faculty in 1972. He is Editor-in- Chief of BrainFacts.org, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and member of both the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.