Pub talk event to launch new translational neuroscience center

MRI brain scan

University of Oregon researchers will soon launch a new center designed to bring scientific discoveries in neuroscience to the direct benefit of society.

From 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, the Oakshire Brewing Public House will host the launch of the Center for Translational Neuroscience. The free, public event will feature TED-style talks from UO scientists who are working on the cutting edge of their field.

“We designed this event to highlight the values and goals of the CTN: high quality translational science, professional development for early career researchers, and clear communication of science to lay audiences and others outside of academia," said Elliot Berkman, associate professor of psychology, managing director of the Center for Translational Neuroscience and the director of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab. “We will be bringing cutting-edge research directly to the community, at this event and through the CTN.”

The center’s mission is to translate discoveries in basic neuroscience, psychology and related disciplines to improve health and well-being, promote resilience and mitigate the effects of early adverse experiences. To serve that mission, the center houses research projects supported by public and private funders, provides training in science communication and helps researchers develop, implement and evaluate intervention programs.

“The Center for Translational Neuroscience is an area of enormous academic strength at the UO,” said President Michael H. Schill. “Its work will help propel our understanding of the connections between mental and physical health forward. It is also a terrific illustration of the way in which our researchers are collaborating in unique ways and applying discoveries to solve complex problems and improve our lives.”

The launch event will feature short talks from some of the UO’s most accomplished translational scientists, including:

  • Ian Greenhouse, assistant professor of human physiology.
  • Karen Guillemin, professor of biology and director of the Microbial Ecology and Theory of Animals Center for Systems Biology, an NIH-funded national center for systems biology.
  • Kate Mills, assistant professor of psychology.
  • Cris Niell, associate professor of biology. 
  • Maureen Zalewski Regnier, assistant professor of psychology.