Feindel Virtual Brain and Mind Lecture Series: Interrogating the role of sex steroid hormones in the human brain

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 16:00to17:00

Registration via Eventbrite

Livestreaming via Vimeo.

Speaker: Dr. Emily Jacobs, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Abstract: Sex steroid hormones regulate regions of the mammalian brain that support higher-order cognitive functions. My laboratory uses brain imaging, endocrine, and computational approaches to understand the extent to which endogenous and exogenous hormone factors influence the structural and functional architecture of the human brain. Major initiatives include the study of neuroendocrine aging during the midlife transition to menopause, pharmacological studies of gonadal hormone suppression, and dense-sampling studies across the menstrual cycle.

Bio: Emily received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. from Smith College. Prior to moving to UCSB in 2016, she was an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. She was named a 2019 Hellman Fellow, 2017 Brain and Behavior Young Investigator, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, a National Institutes of Health BIRCWH Fellow, and was named a National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science Fellow for “distinguished young scientists under 45.” In addition to her research, Dr. Jacobs Lab advocates for diversity in science at the national and international level. Her lab regularly partners with K-12 groups throughout the central coast to advance girls' representation in STEM, work that was featured in the book “STEMinists: The Lifework of 12 Women Scientists and Engineers”.

The Feindel Virtual Brain and Mind (VBM) Seminar Series will advance the vision of Dr. William Feindel (1918–2014), Former Director of the Neuro (1972–1984), to constantly bridge the clinical and research realms. The talks will highlight the latest advances and discoveries in neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroimaging.

Speakers will include scientists from across The Neuro, as well as colleagues and collaborators locally and from around the world. The series is intended to provide a virtual forum for scientists and trainees to continue to foster interdisciplinary exchanges on the mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of brain and cognitive disorders.

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