College to Host Neuroscientists Oct. 11

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Neuroscientists Dr. Daniel Brasier and Dr. Aryn Gittis will speak at Westminster College Monday, Oct. 11.

Westminster's Department of Biology will host Brasier for a presentation at 11:30 a.m. in Phillips Lecture Hall of the Hoyt Science Resources Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Brasier, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, will describe his research analyzing the genetic mechanisms by which neurons maintain their stability as new connections are formed.

Contact Dr. Karen Resendes, Westminster assistant professor of biology, at (724) 946-7211 or e-mail for additional information about Brasier and his presentation.

Westminster's Department of Psychology will host Gittis for a presentation at 7 p.m. in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Gittis, a post-doctoral researcher at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, will discuss her research analyzing the neural re-organization that occurs as a result of Parkinson's disease.

Gittis is a daughter of Dr. Alan Gittis, Westminster professor of psychology, and a graduate of Wilmington Area High School. She earned her doctorate from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif.

Contact Dr. Mandy Medvin, professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Psychology, at (724) 946-7360 or e-mail for additional information about Gittis and her presentation.

Brasier and Gittis will co-host a seminar for Westminster's Neuroscience Club at 4 p.m. in the Witherspoon Rooms.

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Dr. Daniel Brasier


Dr. Aryn Gittis