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Kristen Harris, PhD

Kristen Harris, PhD

Balancing Ultrastructural Synaptic Plasticity During Changes in Synapse Function


April 18, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Kristen Harris, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology, Center for Learning and Memory, Institute of Neuroscience, University of Texas


Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, R3012
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016

Kristen Harris, PhD, conducts research using 3D reconstructions from electron microscopy to decode the cell biology of learning and memory. Recent findings show that mature neurons sustain a maximum synaptic capacity, exactly balancing the strengthening of some synapses by eliminating weak neighbors during long-term potentiation, a cellular mechanism of learning. These novel findings provide the basis for new understanding of structural and molecular mechanisms of synapse growth and elimination in the mature brain, a crucial step in developing treatments to mend the mind.

About the Speaker:

Kristen Harris, PhD, is one of the world’s leading neuroscientists investigating synapse structure and function. She has been a Professor of neuroscience at Harvard, Boston University, Georgia Health Sciences University, and since 2006 in the Center for Learning and Memory at the University of Texas, Austin. She is the author of numerous publications, recipient of the prestigious Sloan Fellowship and Javits Neuroscience Investigator Awards and serves as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health.

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This is a free event. The host is Michael Friedlander. For more information, please call 540-526-2013, or send an e-mail.

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