February Kraw Lecture: The Untamed Brain


"The Untamed Brain: Lessons in human cognitive health from an unexpected teacher—wild whales" with Terrie Williams, professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.

Despite remarkable advances in medical technology, we are only beginning to understand how our brain works. By moving from clinical settings and traditional animal models and into the wild, Williams' lab is exploring how the mammalian brain is able to function flawlessly during variable stress and exercise levels, as well as during exposure to extreme environments. How diving dolphins and narwhals of the high Arctic avoid cerebral injury is changing our view of brain neuro-protection, and offering unique clues about preserving human cognition following stroke and concussive injuries, and indicating a potential neural basis for mass strandings by whales.

Location details: 

UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus
3175 Bowers Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Invited Audience: 
Event dates: 
02/27/2018 - 6:00pm