Events | Lecture: Surveying the Brain - picoampere, nanovolt, micrometer - that's all it takes!

Los Angeles | December 14, 2018 | 7:00 PM

Lecture: Surveying the brain - picoampere, nanovolt, micrometer - that's all it takes!

When billions of tiny nerve cells in our brains communicate with each other, we are electrified. Our neurons, usually only a few thousandths of a millimeter in size, interact by emitting electrical signals. If disturbances occur during this stimulating communication, an EEG can make them visible.
In addition to the predominantly medicinal treatment, deep brain stimulation opens up new avenues for neurological and psychiatric diseases: high-frequency voltages continuously stimulate core areas of the brain, leading to a reduction in symptoms.
Since the 1980s, around 85,000 people worldwide - mainly Parkinson's and epilepsy patients - have been treated successfully in this way. In addition, this method offers new approaches in cases of therapy-resistant depression.
In his lecture, Yiannos Manoli presents state-of-the-art research and the far-reaching possibilities of deep brain stimulation, also colloquially referred to as the "brain pacemaker". Manoli holds the Fritz-Hüttinger-Chair of Microelectronics at the University of Freiburg and is head of the Hahn-Schickard Institute.
He is one of the first Fellows at the Thomas Mann House in Pacific Palisades, inaugurated in the summer of 2018.


Thomas Mann House, 1550 N San Remo Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

(by invitation only)

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