Greenspan will speak at 1 p.m. at Rathmann Auditorium, 1001 Life Sciences Building, at UCSB. His lecture, "From BAM TO B.R.A.I.N.: What Is it All About?", is free and open to the public. His appearance is part of the UCSB Distinguished Lecturer Series.
The National Institutes of Health Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is part of a recent presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. Long desired by researchers seeking new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, this picture will fill major gaps in current knowledge and provide unprecedented opportunities for exploring exactly how the brain enables the human body to record, process, utilize, store, and retrieve vast quantities of information, all at the speed of thought.
On May 26, UCSD established the Center for Brain Activity Mapping (CBAM) in response to the president's challenge. Greenspan is its founding director. The center will focus on developing the new technologies needed for brain mapping at the cellular level with a timescale of a millisecond. Allowing scientists to better understand brain disorders such as traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer's disease could lead to new treatments. Greenspan will discuss how UCSB might implement a similar center, building on the brain research already conducted on campus.
The UCSB Distinguished Lecturer Series hosted by the Neuroscience Research Institute is made possible by a generous gift from John Gurley.