Biologist to discuss nervous system development
on Tuesday, May 3
During the development of the nervous system, billions of nerve
cells must grow to the right place at the right time in order
to generate elaborate networks of neural connections. Find out
how this process is orchestrated from UCSC's Lindsay Hinck,
assistant professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology,
who will give a talk next week on "Wiring the nervous system
from tip to toe: how do neurons go to and fro?"
Hinck's talk, part of the Science & Engineering Library's
Synergy Lecture Series, will take place at 4 p.m. on Tuesday,
May 3, in the library's Current Periodicals Room. Light refreshments
will be available.
Hinck's research focuses on the specialization of cells that
create our nervous system. Over one hundred years ago, Spanish
scientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal proposed that neurons
are guided to targets by diffusible cues in much the same way
that white blood cells are guided to wound sites. Only in the
last ten years, however, have these cues been identified. Hinck
will discuss general features of guidance cues that organize
the nervous system and describe her laboratory's investigation
into how a neuron knows where to go.
Information on the S&E Library's Synergy Lecture Series
is available at http://library.ucsc.edu/science/synergy.
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