Internationally Renowned Researcher to Launch UW Distinguished Neuroscience Lecture Series

February 11, 2008

Bryan Kolb, an internationally renowned expert of behavioral neuroscience, will speak Thursday, Feb. 14, at the University of Wyoming's first Distinguished Neuroscience Lecture.

Kolb's one-hour presentation, titled "Understanding the Changing Brain," begins at 4 p.m. in Room 306 of the Classroom Building. The lecture, sponsored by the UW Neuroscience Center and Graduate Neuroscience Program, is free and open to the public.

"He's going to talk about how the brain is organized in early life and how it then develops throughout life, and that makes this the type of lecture that will appeal to a broad audience," says Bruce Culver, chair of UW's Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences and a professor of pharmacology. "You don't have be a neuroscientist. The general public will enjoy this lecture."

Kolb, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge in Canada, is considered one of the leaders in the field of behavioral neuroscience. His research, which focuses on how neurons in the cerebral cortex change in response to trauma, disease and other experiences, has helped spur new treatments to help victims of stroke, Alzheimer's disease and drug abuse.

Also, Kolb played a major role in establishing the Canadian Centre for Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge.

"He is an incredibly prolific researcher, and we're extremely fortunate to bring him to the University of Wyoming to launch our lecture series," says UW Graduate Neuroscience Program Director Francis Flynn, who worked alongside Culver to create the lecture series.

Each semester, Flynn and Culver plan to bring a highly-qualified lecturer to campus to help promote neuroscience education and raise the profile of the university's Neuroscience Center and graduate program.

For more information, call Flynn at (307) 766-6446 or e-mail, or call Culver at (307) 766-6481 or e-mail

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