2014 Matarazzo Lecture: Fred H. Gage, Ph.D., May 5

Dr. Gage

The Department of Behavioral Neuroscience invites you to its 2014 Matarazzo Lecture and Reception featuring guest speaker Fred H. Gage, Ph.D., a professor at the Laboratory of Genetics at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies. This year’s lecture, “Mobile Elements: Generation of Behavioral and Evolutionary Diversity,” will be held at the Vey Conference Center on the 11th floor of the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on Monday, May 5 at 1 p.m. The lecture will be directly followed by a reception with hor d’oeuvres and drinks.

An RSVP is appreciated – to do so, please contact Nicole Ernst.

About the speaker

Dr. Gage concentrates on the adult central nervous system and the unexpected plasticity and adaptability to environmental stimulation that remains throughout the life of all mammals. Gage’s lab showed that, contrary to accepted dogma, human beings are capable of growing new nerve cells throughout life. Small populations of immature nerve cells are found in the adult human brain, a process called neurogenesis. Gage is working to understand how these cells can be induced to become mature functioning nerve cells in the adult brain and spinal cord. They showed that environmental enrichment and physical exercise can enhance the growth of new brain cells and they are studying the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurogenesis.

This lecture series honors the founder of the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Joseph Matarazzo, Ph.D., who in 1957 established the OHSU Division of Medical Psychology. Four years later, the division was converted into a basic science department, thus establishing the first Department of Medical Psychology within a medical school in the U.S. The department warmly recognizes the dedication and insight provided throughout the years by Joe.

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