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Memory and the brain

One of the world’s authorities on the neurobiology of learning and memory is to give a series of public lectures at the University of St Andrews.

Richard Morris, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh and former Lecturer in Psychology at St Andrews, will cover three related aspects of memory, in humans and animals, drawing largely from examples of his own research.

In layman’s terms, Professor Morris will address certain mysteries concerning the underlying neural mechanisms of memory. He will discuss the puzzle of “mental time travel”, the possibility that change in the strength of the connections between neurons is a mechanism by which information is stored in our brains, and will explain aspects of the science behind a number of age-related memory disorders, including Alzheimer’s Disease. The last lecture will include reference to his work on a transgenic animal model of the disease that may herald the introduction of new therapies to offset its insidious time course.

Supported by the American Medical Alumni Fund, the lectures will take place on 14, 21 and 28 February 2003 in Lecture Theatre B of the Bute Building, St Andrews at 5pm. Each lecture will be followed by a cheese and wine reception in the Bell Pettigrew Museum.

Professor Morris holds fellowships of The Academy of Medical Sciences, The Royal Society of Edinburgh and The Royal Society.

Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact: Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or email cg24@st- andrews.ac.uk View University press releases on- line at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: memory/standrews/chg/4feb2003

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