Our ability to design new treatments and therapies for brain disorders is limited by the current status of our understanding of the fundamental biological mechanisms that underlie brain function. In the words of Max Planck, “Insight precedes application,” or as we might say today, “You can’t fix it if you don’t know how it works.” The brain is by far the most complex organ of the body. The amount that we understand is only a tiny fraction of what we need to know in order to address how brain disorders alter normal brain function. This lecture will focus on the work Dr. Fitzpatrick and the other Research Group Leaders at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFIN) are doing to shed more light on brain circuits, the complex synaptic networks whose activity is the basis for all of our perceptions, thoughts, emotions, and actions, that will make it possible to design rational strategies for the treatment of brain disorders—treatments that we can’t even imagine, given our current knowledge base.
Dr. David Fitzpatrick is the Scientific Director and CEO of MPFIN in Jupiter, Fla. His scientific contributions have earned him international recognition as a leader in systems neuroscience. His particular focus is on the functional organization and development of neural circuits in the cerebral cortex – the largest and most complex area of the brain whose functions include sensory perception, motor control and cognition. Prior to his appointment at MPFIN, Dr. Fitzpatrick served as the James B. Duke Professor of Neurobiology at the Duke University School of Medicine and as the Founding Director of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. RSVP required by March 25 to 561.972.9027 or rsvp at maxplanckflorida.org