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Annual Mind/Brain Lecture features neuroscientist Eve Marder on Monday, April 24, 4:30 pm, Staller Center

Why do healthy animals respond differently to environmental stresses and what can that mean for humans? At the 21st Annual Swartz Foundation Mind/Brain Lecture on Monday, April 24, Eve Marder, Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience at Brandeis University, will answer that question in her lecture, “Understanding Why Animals Show Variable Responses to Climate Change.”

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World-renowned neuroscientist Eve Marder will present this year’s Mind/Brain Lecture.

Professor Marder studies the effects of large temperature swings on the nervous system of the crab Cancer borealis. She discovered that animals deal well with ocean temperatures they routinely experience, but as temperatures rise, disturbances in neuronal activity are seen, and these show significant differences across animals. She’ll discuss how her research offers insight into why humans respond so variably to stressors.

A world-renowned neuroscientist, Marder pioneered the understanding of how a neural circuit can generate the necessary rhythmic firing patterns that control movements such as breathing and walking. For her contributions to neuroscience she has received many prestigious awards, including the Women in Neuroscience Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award, the Gruber Award in Neuroscience and most recently, the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience.

This special event, hosted by the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior and sponsored by the Swartz Foundation, is intended for a general audience. Admission is free but seating is limited so please arrive early. A reception with the speaker will follow the lecture.

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