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Michael Fox, PhD
The Developing Brain: Conception to Birth [Brain School 2015 seminar]
Associate Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
Michael Fox, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will present a talk titled, “The Developing Brain: Conception to Birth,” on March 23. Fox researches how the connections in the brain form and how missed connections or improperly formed connections can lead to neurological disorders.
About the Speaker:
Michael Fox studies the visual systems of the brain, including the formation of synapses: specialized sites that allow information to be passed between neurons. Their importance is highlighted by the fact that even minor synaptic abnormalities, caused by disease or neurotrauma, result in devastating neurological conditions. He researches how the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive two aspects of synapse formation—synaptic targeting and synaptic differentiation.