Making (and breaking) memories:
A decade of insights into brain health
Can you remember what you did yesterday? Last week? Ten minutes ago?
Memory is one of the most important fields of study in neuroscience. Many brain disorders, from dementias such as Alzheimer's to stroke and traumatic brain injury, result in memory loss.
Problems with memory are extremely distressing for people experiencing them and challenging for their families. Understanding how our brain forms and stores memories is a key goal for neurological research as it is essential in designing effective treatments to stave off decline - or even restore memory.
Join us online for another exciting discussion for our Brain Awareness Month Celebrations. This talk, hosted in partnership with U3A Wakatipu, will feature Dr Owen Jones of University of Otago and will look at how the brain makes, and breaks, memories.
Dr Jones has spent a decade studying how brain cells interact with each other and strengthen connections, leading to the development and storing of memories. During this talk, Dr Jones will introduce his past and present research on processes that govern the brain's ability to store information.
He will discuss the development of Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia, two conditions that are becoming more prevalent but, as yet, have no cure.
Dr Jones will also talk about healthy brain aging, including some recent discoveries that may help us all take better care of our brain health, now and in the future.
About the Speaker
Dr Owen Jones began his research career as a PhD student at the University of Otago, and liked it so much that he stayed. Now a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, Owen has spent over a decade studying the mechanisms that allow brain cells to strengthen their connections with one another and thus store memories, and how these processes go awry in disease. This work has been published in numerous scientific journals. Owen has also won several awards for his research and presentations.
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