Michael Friedlander to present final installment of Brain School 2014

Michael J. Friedlander, Ph.D.

Michael J. Friedlander, Ph.D.

Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will present the final installment of Brain School 2014 on March 27.

Brain School 2014 is a series of free public lectures that aims to illuminate some of the mysteries surrounding the brain. The series has already included public lectures on: "Mapping Depression Circuits: Foundation for New Treatment Strategies Using Deep Brain Stimulation," by Dr. Helen Mayberg from Emory University School of Medicine; "Brain Assembly: Making the Right Connections Through Genes and Experience," by Michael Fox from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; and "How Social Relationships Help Build and Rehabilitate Our Brains," by Sharon Ramey from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

In "The Biological Basis of How We Learn, Remember, and Use Information," Friedlander will discuss the biological underpinnings of the initial stages of learning and memory formation at the level of individual nerve cells, across groups of cells, at synapses and across the entire brain. He will consider the molecular events of learning and memory formation from the level of changes in brain cell’s DNA and proteins to changes that can be analyzed with functional brain imaging and behavioral analysis.

Friedlander has published his original research on brain development, plasticity, and memory formation in leading journals such as Academic Medicine, Cell, the Journal of Neuroscience, Nature, Neuron, Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, Science, and Trends in Neuroscience. His research programs have been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 30 years as well as by the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation.