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Michael Friedlander, PhD
The Biological Basis of How We Learn, Remember, and Use Information [Brain School seminar]
Executive Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and Associate Professor for Health Sciences, Virginia Tech
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
How do we learn, remember, and act on information? Dr. Michael Friedlander will offer neuroscientific insights into the processes that underlie effective learning. He will address findings from a range of research approaches, including molecular, physiological, cell biological, and behavioral ones. He will also share the results of functional brain-imaging techniques that have been used to illuminate learning, memory, recall, and the application of learned information in a range of settings.
About the Speaker:
Michael Friedlander, PhD, is the founding executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the senior dean for research at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, where he is also a professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine. In addition, he serves as the associate provost for health sciences at Virginia Tech, where he is professor of biological sciences and of biomedical engineering and sciences. Dr. Friedlander received his bachelor’s in biology from Florida State University and his doctorate in physiology and biophysics from the University of Illinois. Dr. Friedlander’s research program is directed at understanding the processes that regulate alterations in synaptic efficiency between neurons within the cerebral cortex—synaptic plasticity—and how these cellular processes are affected during brain development, after experience including learning and in response to brain injury.