Lecture / Reading

Outdoor Science Talk 2 - Using Fiber Optics & Genes from Algae

Sponsored by Stanford Office of Science Outreach


Thursday, June 30, 2011
7:00 pm –
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Lawn outside Cantor Arts Center

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Please join us for Stanford’s acclaimed Summer science lecture series on the lawn adjacent to Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center on four Thursday evenings. You are invited to come early and wander through the museum, and have dinner at the Art Center’s Cool Café or bring your own picnic. You can then settle on the lawn outside to hear informal lectures about cutting-edge research from four of Stanford’s most esteemed professors. All of the talks will be delivered in terms understandable to the general public. So bring your entire family (high school age and up) and enjoy!

The Outdoor Science Talks are sponsored by the Stanford Office of Science Outreach and Stanford Continuing Studies.

Outdoor Science Talk 2 - Using Fiber Optics and Genes from Algae to Solve Problems in Psychiatry

This talk will explore optogenetics—a technology that allows targeted, fast control of precisely defined events in biological systems as complex as freely moving mammals. Optogenetic approaches have opened new landscapes for the study of biology, both in health and disease and provided a research tool to obtain insights into complex tissue function (as has been the case for Parkinson’s disease). Rather than conceptualizing the brain as a mix of neurotransmitters, Karl Deisseroth will discuss a circuit-engineering approach, where devastating disease symptoms are thought to come from “bad circuits” in the brain.

Karl Deisseroth
Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Psychiatry

Karl Deisseroth created optogenetics, a technology that uses light to precisely control and tune brain activity, and his group is now extending this technology to probe the dynamics of neural circuits in health and disease. As a practicing psychiatrist, he also employs brain stimulation for therapeutic purposes. He received a PhD and MD from Stanford.

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