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Film Screening: My Love Affair with the Brain

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All Annual Meeting registrants are invited to a film screening of "My Love Affair with the Brain," on Sunday, February 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST in the Diplomat Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel, in Washington D.C.

Join us for an advance screening of this upcoming PBS documentary about the brain, the passion of scientific discovery, the creation of modern neuroscience, women in science, and love—explored through the life and research of beloved professor and YouTube celebrity, Dr. Marian Diamond.

Enrichment and plasticity – characteristics of the brain we now take for granted – were the scientific battleground where Dr. Marian Diamond’s research helped to launch neuroscience as we know it today.  Dr. Diamond’s paradigm changing research in the 1960s transformed the previous understanding of the brain as an immutable, fixed structure.  Her studies were the first to demonstrate anatomical changes in rat brains due to environmental factors.

Her “Introduction to Human Anatomy” lecture series, posted on YouTube by UC-Berkeley, helped to launch the internet-education revolution, has almost 2 million hits, and became one of the top 5 most popular college courses in the world.  

She did the first-ever scientific analysis of the most famous brain of all time, Albert Einstein, seeking confirmation of her hypothesis regarding the importance of glial cells in the brain. Controversial at the time, her study helped drive what is now a world-wide reconsideration of the functions of glial cells and their contribution to communication within the brain.

As a woman in science, she has been a leader, a ground-breaker, and a role model for many in the STEM fields.

Part biography, part scientific adventure story, part inspirational tale, this documentary was filmed over the course of 6 years by 5 time Emmy award nominated documentary film makers Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg of Luna Productions, who will be present at the screening.

Speakers - Wendy A. Suzuki, Ph.D., Professor of Neural Science and Psychology, New York University, author, Healthy Brain, Happy Life. R. Douglas Fields, Ph.D., Neuroscientist and author of the books Why We Snap, and The Other Brain.

Contact rgass@aaas.org for more details.