Reading the Mind of a Fly:

Why We Do It and What Can It Teach Us About Ourselves

Marco Gallio, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology,
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Lately, scientists in the field of Neuroscience have been experiencing an ongoing renaissance where the application of tools from Genetics, Engineering and Computer science in 'model systems' such as mice and flies is revolutionizing our understanding of the basic principles of how the brain works.

This is all 'basic research' so it has no super-immediate application to human disease. BUT Marco Gallio will use his favorite model system, the fruit fly, to make the case that this type of research is very important as it provides the foundation for everything that comes after, from artificial intelligence to medicine. In fact, most people are surprised when they realize how many fundamental contributions to human health came from fruit flies, from cancer genes to learning and memory.

Come on out to hear how the fruit fly has a long history of service in basic biology, - and now is at the forefront of research whose goal is to understand how circuits of interconnected brain cells process our behavior and emotions, as well as store our memories.

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WEDNESDAY, February 17, 2016
6:30—8:00 pm
The Firehouse Grill, 2nd Floor
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202

Reading the Mind of the Fly
Reading the Mind of a Fly: Why We Do It and What Can It Teach Us About Ourselves
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Blocks, Stickers, and Jigsaw Puzzles
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Science Cafe is a forum for the discussion of important and interesting scientific issues. They are informal and accessible - much more so than a public lecture. It's an opportunity to gather with old and new friends in a relaxed atmosphere while participating in a program of very cool scientific 'stuff'! No cover charge, EVER!


Audiences consist of people who are interested in science but generally never have the opportunity to discuss their views with, and ask questions of, someone "in the know". No scientific knowledge is assumed by the speakers, so anyone can participate.


Cafes start with an engaging talk from the research scientist who introduces the topic. It is not a lecture, so anyone can ask a question, and positively welcomed will be those which begin "This might be a stupid question, but ..." These questions are invariably not stupid and often rather insightful.


Our Science Café Evanston is scheduled to be held typically on the third or fourth Wednesday each month, September through May, and takes place between 6:30 and 8:00 pm at the Firehouse Grill in Evanston.


6:30—8:00 pm
The Firehouse Grill
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202


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