Distinguished Innovator Speaker Series: Deconstructing Henry Molaison’s Brain: The History of Memory
April 29, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Deconstructing Henry Molaison’s Brain: The History of Memory
What has been called the neuroscience equivalent of the first moon landing by humans, Dr. Annesse’s postmortem analysis of the most studied human subject in history was about to provide critical data that would either confirm the findings of a half-century of brain research or call it all into question. Indeed, close to five decades of research upon which iconic scientific reputations were made hung in the balance while 400,000 people around the globe tuned in live on the internet to watch Dr. Annese painstakingly slice Henry Molaison’s Brain into almost 2,400 paper-thin slices for study. The result put a focus on decades of experimental psychosurgery in humans and brought to light intriguing questions of scientific ethics. Join us as Dr. Annese unravels the neuroscientific mystery of memory.
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Dr. Annese graduated from the University of Rome in Italy with a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Biology and Zoology. He obtained a Masters Degree in Neurological Sciences at University College London, U.K., and earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. He subsequently trained in Computational Anatomy at the Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada, and at the Laboratory of Neuroimaging at the University of California, Los Angeles. He served as a faculty member in the Department of Radiology, UCSD from July 2005 to January 2015. He is the director of The Brain Observatory, a San Diego based neuroimaging laboratory and brain bank and Founder/President of the Institute for Brain and Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving mental well-being and social welfare through improved knowledge of the brain.