Brain Circle 2020 – Home Edition

Join us for Zoom sessions with experts discussing the frontiers of brain science today

The sessions are free and open to the public.

September 13: The Aging Brain: From Disease Genetics to Mini-Brains in a Dish

This 1-hour webinar will explore recent pioneering approaches to study the human brain and, specifically, brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s. Dr. Naomi Habib (ELSC, Hebrew University) will introduce cutting-edge genetic technologies to study how different brain cells contribute to cognitive decline and to cognitive resilience. Prof. Eran Meshorer (Life Science Inst./ELSC) will introduce a mesmerizing approach to grow mini-brains in a dish, as models to study brain pathologies. Together, Naomi and Eran will discuss how, on the one hand, they deconstruct human brain tissue into single nerve cells and, on the other hand, how they reconstruct mini-brains from human stem cells. The audience will be invited to ask questions under the moderation of ELSC Ph.D. student, Shai Berman.

June 28: The AI Revolution: From Neurons to Autonomous Machines

This Webinar will explore the recent revolution in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and their implication for science, technology and society. ELSC scientists, Prof. Haim Sompolinsky and Prof. Naftali Tishby, will discuss the relation between brain and machine intelligence and the synergetic future of AI and brain research. Hebrew University computer scientist and President and CEO of Mobileye, Prof. Amnon Shashua, a world leader in machine vision technology, will chart the future of autonomous vehicles. Cornell-Tech Professor and Vice President at Samsung Research, Daniel Lee, a world expert in biology-inspired autonomous systems, will discuss recent advances and challenges in robotics. The event will be moderated by Prof. Idan Segev (ELSC, Israel).

June 21: The Talking Brain: From Neurolinguistics to Clinical Applications

Our first meeting will feature two renowned experts in the field of language and the brain as they join forces – Prof. Yosef Grodzinsky (ELSC, Israel) and Prof. Katrin Amunts (Director at the Forschungszentrum Jülich; head of the Scientific Committee, EU Human Brain Project, Germany). Katrin and Yosef will share their scientific voyage into the origins of our unique language capability. They will discuss their novel high-resolution mapping of linguistic regions in the brain and introduce clinical settings – where basic research is used to assess and treat patients who have lost aspects of their linguistic ability (e.g., aphasia) subsequent to stroke. We will then welcome comments and questions from participants regarding the fascinating and unique ability of language – the most powerful agent of human creativity. The event will be moderated by Prof. Idan Segev (ELSC, Israel).

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