Waisman Center Sponsors Scientific Symposium

MADISON, WI – “Developmental Science: Genes, Brain, and Behavior,” a scientific symposium, will be presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Waisman Center on Wednesday, September 5.

The symposium is being held in conjunction with the dedication of the center’s expanded facilities and the launch of several important new research programs.

The theme captures the cross-disciplinary nature of developmental sciences, reflecting the broad range of research carried out at the Waisman Center. The schedule includes opportunity for discussion following each of the four presentations.

The four symposium speakers are world-renowned experts in their respective fields. The speakers and their topics are as follows:

  • “The Neurobiology of Emotion and Feeling,” Antonio Damasio, Van Allen professor and head of neurology at the University of Iowa;
  • “The Limits of Biology: Social Ecological Factors in Human Development,” Arnold Sameroff, professor of psychology and senior research scientist, University of Michigan;
  • “Forebrain Neural Stem Cell Plasticity and Function,” Samuel Weiss, professor and medical research scientist, University of Calgary; and
  • “Gene Therapy: Medicine of the 21st Century,” Inder Verma, professor of genetics, Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

The symposium, which will be held in the Waisman Center auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Register on the web at http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/symposium2.html or call (608) 263-5940.