March 11, 2014

Two "Brainstorm" lectures scheduled for March

The public is invited to attend two free “Brainstorm” lectures, sponsored as part of the annual Brain Awareness Month by the Vanderbilt Brain Institute to raise awareness about brain disorders and neuroscience research.

Monday, March 17 -- “Building a better baby: Towards a new system of healthcare delivery for infants and toddlers with autism,” the Brainstorm Keynote Lecture, by Ami Klin, Ph.D., director of Atlanta’s Marcus Autism Center.

Klin’s lecture, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, begins at 4:10 p.m. in room 241 of the Kennedy Center, One Magnolia Circle, off Edgehill Avenue near the corner of 21st Avenue South.

Monday, March 24 -- “Building a healthy brain,” the Jeannette J. Norden Outreach Lecture, by Beth Malow, M.D., M.S., chief of the Vanderbilt Division of Sleep Disorders, and Paul Newhouse, M.D., director of the Vanderbilt Center for Cognitive Medicine.

Their lecture, sponsored by the Brain Institute, begins at 7 p.m. in the Wyatt Center Rotunda of Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. For parking tips, visit and click on “About Us,” then “Explore Peabody” and “Visit Campus.”

Two other lectures aimed at the Vanderbilt community will be held in 1220 MRB III:

  • “The wisdom of the body: The neurobiology of need,” by Scott Sternson, Ph.D., a Howard Hughes Medical Institute scientist at the Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Va., at noon March 14; and
  • “Drugs, brains and behavior: Molecular substrates of addiction,” by Brad Grueter, Ph.D., assistant professor of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt, at 4:10 p.m. March 26, sponsored by the Brain Institute.

For more information, contact Beth Sims at or 936-3705.