2nd TUESDAY of the month at 11:45 AM
The format for our meetings is that about noon the speaker begins the presentation, after being introduced by Bob Kirby. About half an hour later lunch is served, which doesn't stop the presentation. Questions for the speaker are during the presentation or after it, depending on the wishes of the speaker.
Lunch costs $12.00 and is served family style. There is no charge for showing up if you don't want to eat lunch.
What's New In Your Brain?
Eric E. Sabelman, PhD, the only engineer in the operating room at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City, provides technical support for treating movement disorders with deep brain stimulation. He joined the Neurosurgery Department in 2005, after 20 years at the VA Palo Alto Rehabilitation R&D Center, where he investigated wearable computers for human body motion analysis, acute spinal cord injury patient care, and tissue engineering for nerve repair and reconstructive surgery. He is the founder of Pro-Zooics Research, which has been engaged in biomedical design & consulting since 1979. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Santa Clara University, and affiliated with the Biodesign Program at Stanford.
Since Eric last spoke to TASC (a 2008 presentation focusing on what can go wrong in your brain - causing, for example, Parkinson's Disease - and what can be done to fix it), new tools for discovering how the brain works in health and disease have emerged. Eric’s update will include developments in optogenetics that allow nerve cells (in mice not humans) to be individually turned on and off, claims that functional magnetic imaging can tell whether you recognize an image of a place or a number, and other magnetic imaging techniques that show how parts of the brain are connected to each other, not just their anatomical shapes. On the "fix it if it's broken" side, Eric will describe progress in BCI - brain-computer interfaces.
As time permits, Eric will also comment on the idea that we would do well to step back from our fascination with neurophysiological detail, and recall that our real task is to understand ourselves as conscious beings - the "I" that sits behind our eyes.
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