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The Science of Making and Saving Memories

December 12, 2021, 2021

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Please join us on Sunday, December 12 at 1pm EST for a conversation between neuroscientists Li-Huei Tsai, Steve Ramirez ‘15, and science journalist Lauren Aguirre ‘86. They will explore recent advances in the science of memory and the opportunities and barriers on the road from breakthroughs in the lab to treatments for memory disorders.

About the Speakers

Professor Tsai is the director of MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory. Her lab applies a multi-disciplinary approach to illuminating the mechanisms behind neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s. She is also co-founder of Cognito Therapeutics, a Cambridge-based company with a device in clinical trials that uses gamma brain wave entrainment to improve memory in Alzheimer’s patients.

Professor Ramirez of Boston University’s Center for Memory and Brain Center for Systems Neuroscience uses optogenetics to manipulate memories in mice. He hopes this fundamental science will elucidate how memories are shaped and suggest new strategies to treat memory and mental health disorders.

Lauren Aguirre, a science journalist who joined the PBS series NOVA during her senior year at MIT, has produced documentaries, short-form video series, podcasts, and games. Aguirre’s articles on memory and addiction have appeared in STAT, The Boston Globe, Undark, The Scientist, and PBS. She left NOVA in 2017 to write The Memory Thief.




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