Exploring What Makes Us Human

Dr Madeline Lancaster

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

6.00pm - 7.00pm   |   The Parlour

Human brain development exhibits a number of unique characteristics, such as dramatic size expansion and the formation of unique neuron populations. Until very recently, model organisms were the only experimental tools available to functionally examine brain developmental mechanisms on the whole organ scale. Dr Lancaster will be talking about a new model system: cerebral organoids or ‘mini brains’. These could provide a relevant model system to study a variety of neurological diseases such as autism, schizophrenia, and neurodegeneration.

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