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Can Molecules Explain Minds?

Media Advisory
8 February 2008

Public lecture by Professor Andrew Matus, Hood Fellow
Can Molecules Explain Minds?

Our senses and our behaviour depend on the pattern of connections in the enormously complex circuits of the brain. Recent research has uncovered a molecular mechanism that produces rapid changes in the structure of synaptic connections between nerve cells. This discovery adds a new perspective to the debate on the extent molecular events in the brain can explain mental phenomena such as consciousness.

Professor Andrew Matus grew up in Auckland where he studied Chemistry and Cell Biology at The University of Auckland. After obtaining a PhD in Anatomy and Embryology at University College London he spent the following 36 years as a Neurobiologist at the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel Switzerland studying the plasticity of brain circuits. He is a Professor at the University of Basel and received a Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa from Stockholm University.

Event: Public Lecture: Can molecules explain minds?

Speaker: Professor Andrew Matus

Date: Wednesday 12 March 2008

Time: 5.30pm Welcome drinks
6.00pm Lecture
7.00pm Social Function

Venue: Engineering Lecture Theatre 1.439, 20 Symonds St


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