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Seminar Showcase: Dr. Fernando Nottebohm

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Dr. Fernando Nottebohm uses the songbird system as a means of studying the biology of vocal learning.

Author: Evelyn Head | Category: Around Campus | August 29, 2014

The Barshop Institute in association with the Center for Biomedical Neuroscience (CBN) are honored to welcome Dr. Fernando Nottebohm, a Dorothea L. Leonhardt Professor, as he presents two seminars this week. Dr. Nottebohm is a leading pioneer in adult neurogenesis, learning, and memory, which he studies in songbirds. His work has revealed that adult neurogenesis occurs in two capacities: (1) to replace and (2) as a net addition to the neuronal population. Dr. Nottebohm’s work contributes to the debate concerning the brain’s ability to repair itself and the resulting impact this has on memory. Additionally, Dr. Nottebohm is using novel transgenic songbird models to study neurodegenerative disorders of the motor system, such as Huntington’s disease. These studies are unique and will hopefully shed light on these late onset, debilitating diseases.

Students and faculty are welcomed to attend as Dr. Nottebohm presents two different seminars in a span of two days. The event details are listed below:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 

2:00pm – Room 209L Medical School Building

The Origin of Ideas 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 

3:30pm – Room 444B Medical School Building

Neuronal Replacement in the Adult Brain

If you are interested in learning about other seminar speakers, here are the links to the Fall 2014 seminar schedules of various departments: 


Cellular & Structural Biology

Microbiology & Immunology

Molecular Medicine



Barshop Institute

Biomedical Engineering (BME)

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