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The Charles Sherrington Lecture 2019 is to take place on Thursday 25 April at 4pm in the Large Lecture Theatre, Sherrington Building.

The annual lecture will be held in honour of Sir Charles Sherrington, who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1932 with Edgar Adrian for their work on the functions of neurons.

The talk, entitled Synapses lost and found: Developmental critical periods and Alzheimer’s disease, is due to be given by Dr Carla J. Shatzfrom Stanford Universityon Thursday 25th April at 4pm.

Carla Shatz is Sapp Family Provostial Professor of Biology and Neurobiology and the David Starr Jordan Director of Bio-X, Stanford University’s pioneering interdisciplinary Biosciences programme. She received her B.A. in Chemistry from Radcliffe College in 1969, an M.Phil. (Physiology; 1971) from University College London as a Marshall Scholar, and a Ph.D. (Neurobiology; 1976) from Harvard Medical School. She joined the faculty at Stanford in 1978, then moved to University of California at Berkeley in 1992, and to Harvard Medical School in 2000 as the first woman Chair of the Department of Neurobiology. She returned to Stanford in 2007 to direct Bio-X.

Dr Shatz is a Neuroscientist who has devoted her career to understanding the dynamic interplay between genes and environment that shapes brain circuits - the very essence of our being. She has earned many honours and awards, including election to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the Royal Society of London. She received the Gruber Neuroscience Prize in 2015. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Champalimaud Vision Prize, and the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for the discovery of mechanisms that allow experience and neural activity to remodel brain circuits. Most recently, this year she received the Harvey Prize in Science and Technology from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

More information on Dr Shatz is available here

The event this year will not only involve a lecture from Dr Shatz, but also a drinks reception in the foyer.

All members of the University are welcome!