Jan. 29, 2019
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'Science on Saturday' lecture series returns with look at micro sensors that talk to the brain

Carrie L Martin, martin59 [at] llnl.gov, 925-424-4715

WHO:  LLNL scientists Anna Belle and Allison Yorita, joined by Erin McKay, a biology teacher from Tracy High School, will present "Giving Your Brain a Voice: Engineering Sensors That Listen to Brain Cells," the first lecture in the 2019 Science on Saturday series that highlights the many facets of the brain.

WHAT:  The talk will focus on how the human brain is composed of billions of cells that communicate through chemical and electrical signals. LLNL microelectrodes can interface directly with the brain to allow us to monitor and manipulate the dynamics of these brain signals. LLNL microelectrodes are flexible and microfabricated in dense arrays that allow them to collect large amounts of information over long periods of time in the body. The lecture will cover how these arrays are microfabricated and their diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
Session I: 9:30 a.m.
Session II: 11:15 a.m. (same content as Session I)

WHERE: Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.

NOTE: Science on Saturday is sponsored by LLNL's University Relations and Science Education Program. Lectures are open to the public and specifically targeted to middle and high school students. No pre-registration is required; seating is on a first-come basis. For more information about Science on Saturday, visit the web or contact Joanna Albala, Education Program manager, at (925) 422-6803 or albala1 [at] llnl.gov (email).