Wetenschapscafé Rotterdam: Growing the brain in a petri dish – Steven Kushner

Start date
Monday, 26 June 2017, 19:30
End date
Monday, 26 June 2017, 22:00
Bistro Bar Binnenrotte, Hoogstraat 110, Rotterdam

Stand-up Science in the pub. Come, have a drink and discuss!

The Wetenschapscafé in June presents ‘Growing the brain in a petri dish’ by professor Steven Kushner, about major breakthroughs in research on brain diseases.

Uncovering the mysteries of how to prevent and treat human brain diseases remains one of the most challenging problems in biomedical science. Recent technological breakthroughs have now converged together, generating great optimism within the research community. We might finally be on the verge of major breakthroughs in understanding and treating brain diseases.

In this lecture, Professor Steven Kushner will describe these emerging methods, their current implementation and future directions in which this technology might be taking us. In addition, the inevitable ethical implications of this avenue of research and how an increasing understanding of the inner workings of our brain might influence public policy and legal precedent will be discussed.

About Steven Kushner
Steven A. Kushner is Professor of Neurobiological Psychiatry at the Erasmus MC. He is the co-director of the Population Neuroscience Academic Center of Excellence, founding member of the ENCORE center for neurodevelopmental disorders, Coordinator of the brain-on-a-chip program of the human organ and Disease Model Technologies (hDMT) consortium, Federation of European Neuroscience Societies – Kavli Network Scholar, and member of the recently awarded NWO Zwaartekracht Netherlands Organ-on-Chip Initiative.

Publication date: 9 June 2017