MIT’s Brains on Brains: A day exploring the minds and research of building 46

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MIT’s Brains on Brains: A day exploring the minds and research of building 46

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Rachel Traughber | BCS Communications

On May 4, 2015, the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences hosted its biennial symposium, A Day with MIT’s Brains on Brains.

“In creating the agenda for Brains on Brains, we wanted to expose our guests to a cross section of the research initiatives in MIT’s brain and cognitive sciences community, while making sure they were able to interact with the people behind the research as much as possible,” explains BCS Department Head Jim DiCarlo.

Attendees were treated to a morning of short talks by BCS Professors Jim DiCarlo, Emery Brown, Nancy Kanwisher, Guoping Feng, Kay Tye, and Michale Fee ranging from presentations on psychiatric research and anesthesia to the auditory cortex and birdsong. A lunch with the department faculty, students and researchers allowed for plenty of one on one interaction at themed tables to help stimulate conversation.

After lunch, guests participated in a set of customized graduate student and postdoc led tours spanning the breadth of brain and cognitive research.  From animal models of behavior and disease to a variety of brain mapping technologies, guests were introduced to the full range of scientific research in building 46. Special guest MIT Provost Martin Schmidt brought the symposium to a close, thanking both guests and presenters and kicking off the reception.

Interested in learning more about Brains on Brains? Visit brains.mit.edu for more information, including videos of this year’s symposium.