This talk will cover the emerging field of artificial memory manipulation and will focus on manipulating positive and negative memories to better understand how these processes work. Can memories be manipulated to prevent brain pathologies or to restore cognition and behavior? Dr. Ramirez will discuss how memory manipulation might be leveraged to treat brain disorders in general, and highlight their potential to increase the overall health of an organism.
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 @ 2:00pm EDT
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Steve Ramirez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
The mission of Dr. Ramirez’s lab is twofold: to reveal the neural circuit mechanisms of memory storage and retrieval, and to artificially modulate memories to combat maladaptive states. They will do so in a multi-disciplinary fashion by combining virus engineering strategies, immunohistochemistry and physiology, optogenetics and functional imaging of targeted populations in vivo, and a battery of behavioral assays. Their technical repertoire, of course, will evolve as their studies evolve.