The OHSU Brain Institute Hosts an Annual Brain Awareness Lecture Series

The OHSU Brain Institute at Oregon Health & Science University will once again host its May Brain Awareness Speaker Series virtually, starting with the first presentation on Wednesday, May 4, then May 12 and 18. . (OHSU)

WHAT:

The OHSU Brain Institute at Oregon Health & Science University will once again host its annual Brain Awareness Speaker Series virtually this year, beginning with the first presentation on Wednesday, May 4 and continuing on May 12 and 18. The annual event, which began in 2000, is one of the largest of its kind in the United States, attracting thousands of attendees, including brain care experts, researchers and community members interested in the brain.

CONFERENCE DETAILS:

Noon, May 4: Looking at fetal brain development: can MRI help predict neurological disorders?

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Christopher Kroenke, Ph.D. (OHSU)

Christopher Kroenke, Ph.D., professor of behavioral neuroscience at OHSU School of Medicine and adjunct researcher at the Center for Advanced Imaging Research and the Oregon National Center for Primate Research at OHSU, will share his research using the magnetic resonance imaging to observe fetal brain growth and cellular changes. Her work focuses on the second half of pregnancy, when the surface of the brain changes from a smooth appearance to a puckered and wrinkled appearance. By observing this process, the goal is to develop new strategies to predict neurological disorders.

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4 p.m., May 12: Micronutrients for Mental Health: Exploring the Impact of Vitamins and Minerals on ADHD, Anxiety, Stress and Mood Disorders

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Jeni Johnstone, Ph.D. (OHSU)

Jeni Johnstone, Ph.D.clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry (child and adolescent psychiatry) at the OHSU School of Medicine, will present the latest research on the impact of nutrition on mental health, including the impact of vitamin and mineral supplements on a range of mental health issues.

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4 p.m., May 18: The brain connected to the computer: 21st century epilepsy and brain cancer treatment

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Ahmed Raslan, MD, (OHSU)

Ahmed Raslan, MD, associate professor of neurological surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine and director of epilepsy and brain mapping for OHSU, will present new technology that promises better outcomes for treatment-resistant epilepsy through brain surgery while patients are awake. Raslan and his colleagues at the University of California, San Diego have developed film-like sensors that show brain activity with 100 times the resolution of existing technologies, allowing surgeons to remove as many tumors or lesions as possible without damage nearby tissues.

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Angela C. Hale