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Top Trojan scientists to converge at Neuroscience 2013

Perkins_Robertby Robert Perkins

Several key faculty members from USC will present the latest pioneering research in neuroscience at the Society for Neurosciences’ annual meeting in San Diego this month.

More than 30,000 scientists and collaborators from 80 countries will gather for presentations by luminaries in the field, including USC’s Antonio Damasio, Berislav Zlokovic and Dan Campbell.

“USC has shown how to use imaging and other technologies to discover the workings of the human mind,” said Randolph Hall, vice president of research at USC. “Our ability to integrate technology and science is unmatched.”

The USC-led symposia and special lectures at the five-day event include:

• Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. — Damasio, professor of psychology and neurology at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, will lead a discussion on the neuroscience of creativity with a fellow neuroscientist from Johns Hopkins University, a composer, a visual artist and an inventor. The talk will explore the nature of creativity and how the brain works to create extraordinary products in various fields.

• Nov. 12 at 8:30 a.m. — Zlokovic, director of the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, will deliver a special hourlong presentation on the blood-brain barrier, the system that prevents toxic elements from reaching the brain. Zlokovic will discuss how damage to the blood-brain barrier may play a role in neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

• Nov. 13 at 8:15 a.m. — Campbell, assistant professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at the Keck School, will participate in a symposium on the genetic correlates of autism. Campbell’s research focuses on the MSNP1AS gene, which contributes to the disorder.

In addition to these lectures, posters outlining the original research of more than a dozen faculty members from the Keck School, USC Dornsife and the USC Davis School of Gerontology will be presented.

The Society for Neuroscience is an international organization of scientists and physicians with nearly 42,000 members in more than 90 countries.

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