Changing Our Mind: Evolving Thoughts on Brain Regeneration

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Paola Arlotta (Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology)
Freshman Seminar 26O   4 credits (fall term)  Enrollment:  Limited to 12

We will discuss current theories on brain regeneration in a dynamic setting that combines brainstorming of the literature with virtual experiences in the laboratory. Students will learn experiments that have shaped the field of brain repair and consider the newest theories on ways to regenerate the nervous system. We will also virtually visit the laboratory to investigate the regenerative capabilities of different organisms. Experimental results will be used to consider, contrast and evaluate how regenerative capacities have changed during evolution and to brainstorm paths forward towards new solutions for brain regeneration in species, like humans, that have not mastered this art. 

See also: Fall 2020