A second helping at the Neuroscience Café

Learn about Lou Gehrig’s disease at the second UAB Neuroscience Café at the Hoover Library.

neuroscicne cafe 3It is time for a second visit to the Neuroscience Café. A project of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Neuroscience Center and the Hoover Library, the Neuroscience Café features UAB scientists and physicians presenting fascinating topics from the field of neuroscience at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of every month.

The inaugural Neuroscience Café was in February, and a second helping occurs March 17, when Peter King, M.D., professor of neurology, will present “An odyssey into the mysterious world of Lou Gehrig’s disease: clinical and research perspectives.”

“The goals of the Neuroscience Café are to educate the community about various clinical and research aspects of neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases,” said Lori McMahon, Ph.D., director of the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center. “We want to inform the public about research at UAB geared at better understanding of the disease process, improving treatment strategies and finding cures.”

Presenting April 21 will be Richard Shelton, M.D., and Sarah Clinton, Ph.D., from the Department of Psychiatry, on “What is major depression: lessons from the clinic and the laboratory.”

May 19, David Sweatt, Ph.D., professor and chair of Neurobiology, will present “Targeting genes to improve memory.”

 “The name Neuroscience Café embodies a relaxed, informal environment, which we hope will help foster a lively discussion and spur the audience to ask questions,” McMahon said. “A café, as in cafeteria, also implies that we’ll be presenting a veritable smorgasbord of topics in neuroscience.”

Go to the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center website for the schedule of upcoming presentations. The Neuroscience Café is held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at the Hoover Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Hoover, Ala.