Biscuits for Brains: Revealing the (even stranger) Truth Behind Neuroscience's Most Enduring Urban Legends
with DeAunne Denmark, MD, PhD, OHSU; Deniz Kusefoglu, masters student at the OHSU Vollum Institute; and Julia Perederiy, PhD, OHSU
The human brain has long been considered one of the greatest and most complex mysteries in biology, a "final frontier" for coming to truly understand ourselves, our place in the world, and our potential to influence it. Intense observation, investigation, and speculation with relatively limited tools over the years, however, has given rise to many persistent misconceptions, including that we only use 10% of our brain, left-handed people are more creative, and brain cell death occurs daily in adults and cannot be repaired. At this Science Pub, hear about the incredible progress in neuroscience made through technological innovations of the last several decades that debunks these longstanding myths, and reveals that the truth of what lies beneath our skulls is often beyond even our wildest imaginations.
DeAunne Denmark completed her MD and PhD in Neuroscience in the medical scientist training program at OHSU. Her graduate work was supported by a pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health and focused on identifying genes in the brain involved in vulnerability to alcoholism using a mouse model of dependence and withdrawal. She is currently an instructor in Cognitive Neuroscience for Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art, a program developer for community relations at the OHSU Brain Institute, and exploring career options in applied biomedical technology for rehabilitation and education. She envisions a world where artist-scientist collaborations are the mainstay of revolutionary advancements in medicine and sustainable healthcare.
Deniz Kusefoglu is a masters student at the Vollum Institute at OHSU, where she works on extracting anatomical connectivity data from serial images of brain slices. She was once in the circus, and considers 'clown' to be a form of high art. Deniz was born and raised in Turkey and studied mathematics at the University of Chicago before starting graduate school in neuroscience. She likes to adjust her imaginary nerd glasses after revealing this information to people she meets.
Julia Perederiy completed her PhD in Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University. During her graduate work, she explored the capability of the adult brain to regenerate following neural injury. Her research showed that injury causes proliferation of neurons in the adult hippocampus and that these neurons develop somewhat normally, despite the absence of their main excitatory input. As a supplement to her research, Julia received a Master's Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship through a collaboration between OHSU and the University of Portland. Currently, she is doing a post-doctoral fellowship at OHSU, as well as learning more about business development, marketing, and technology commercialization. As she advances in her career, Julia strives to merge her business and science skillsets in hopes of facilitating the transition between basic research and clinical innovation.
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