Faculty Forum: Characterizing Effects of Inequality on Brain Development & Strengthening Resilience against Adversity
UC Berkeley's Vice Chancellor for Research is holding a faculty forum on Characterizing Effects of Inequality on Brain Development & Strengthening Resilience against Adversity on Tuesday, October 4th at the Faculty Club. The event is convened by Linda Wilbrecht, Silvia Bunge, Daniela Kaufer, Julianna Deardorff, and Lance Kriegsfeld .
On Monday, October 3rd, Linda Wilbrecht will join Tom Stoppard and Carey Perloff in conversation at the ACT Theater. Tom Stoppard and Carey Perloff—In Conversation Monday, October 3, 7 p.m. A.C.T.'s Geary Theater Tony, Academy, and Olivier Award winner Tom Stoppard will join A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff “In Conversation”
Lung-Hao Tai's collaborative work with the Bo Li lab was recently published as: Marcus Stephenson-Jones, Kai Yu, Sandra Ahrens, Jason M. Tucciarone, Aile N. van Huijstee, Luis A. Mejia, Mario A. Penzo, Lung-Hao Tai, Linda Wilbrecht, Bo Li, A basal ganglia circuit for evaluating action outcomes, Nature, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature19845 (2016).
Postnatal brain development is studded with sensitive periods during which experience dependent plasticity is enhanced. This enables rapid learning from environmental inputs and reorganization of cortical circuits that matches behavior with environmental contingencies. Significant headway has been achieved in characterizing and understanding sensitive period biology in primary sensory cortices, but
David Piekarski was recently granted the New Investigator Award at the 2016 Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (SBN) meeting in Montreal.
My colleague Professor Alison Gopnik discusses the Wilbrecht Lab's work in the Wall Street Journal this week. Gopnik's article covers two experiments from the Lab--our 2011 paper on juvenile mice and reversal learning, and our 2015 maternal separation and flexibility paper. Young Mice, Like Children, Can Grow Up Too Fast