Your Brain: The facts behind the headlines seminar on March 15

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The human brain is an amazing organ, making up only 2% of your body weight, but using 20% of your body’s energy.

It contains 100 billion neurons, the same number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Scientists estimate the average brain processes 70,000 thoughts every day. Scientists dedicate their lives to learning more about how the brain works.

The Medical College of Wisconsin together with the local chapter of the Society for Neuroscience invites you to come learn more about the brain at a special evening seminar on Tuesday, March 15, which is free and open to the public.

“Your Brain: The Facts Behind the Headlines” will feature timely topics presented by MCW faculty members. The program will be held from 6-8 pm in the Medical College’s Alumni Center, 8701 Watertown Plank Road. Free parking is provided.

Frank Pintar, Ph.D. will discuss traumatic brain injury. Specifically, he will address the recent shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. Learn the physics behind a gunshot wound and the factors that will determine Giffords’ long-term recovery from the trauma. Dr. Pintar is a professor in the department of neurosurgery and director of the Neuroscience Research Laboratories at the VA Medical Center.

The young man who shot Congresswoman Giffords exhibited many warning signs prior to the shooting. Our evening continues with a discussion of mental illness, presented by Jon Lehrmann, M.D.

Dr. Lehrmann is interim chairman and associate professor in the department of psychiatry at The Medical College of Wisconsin. He is also the co-division manager of the mental health division at the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

It takes a lot of brainpower to process 70,000 thoughts every day. Now, you can actually watch the brain in action.

Sylvain Baillet, Ph.D. shares a new tool, the MEG (magnetoencephalography) in the Medical College’s neuroSPEED laboratory, which images the brain working in milliseconds. Dr. Baillet is an associate professor of neurology and biophysics and the scientific director of the MEG program at the College.

“Your Brain: The Facts Behind the Headlines” is part of Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign started by the Dana Foundation to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research.

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