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BioFutures: Growing Brain Organoids in the Lab

A Conversation with Neuroscientist Alysson Muotri

Thursday, February 6, 2020 • 8:00 p.m.

Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

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Adults Only (18+)

Using stem cells—like those found in our earliest embryonic selves—scientists have learned to grow miniature brain-like structures, called brain organoids. How similar are organoids to a real human brain, and what can we do with them? So far, scientists have seen brain organoids send signals in coordinated patterns that look somewhat like the brain waves in a fetus.

Join a conversation with leading organoid researcher Alysson Muotri to explore how brain organoids might help us study human brain disorders and the very earliest stages of brain development.

Alysson Muotri is a Professor in the School of Medicine at University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on modeling neurological diseases, such as autism spectrum disorders.