Renowned Neuroscientist to Give Presentation May 1 at OSU


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Michael Merzenich, a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research, will give a presentation on Friday, May 1, at Oregon State University called “The Learning Brain: The Dimensions of Learning, Education and Brain Plasticity.”

The event, which is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning at OSU, runs from 10 a.m. to noon in the Memorial Union Journey Room. The event is free but organizers request that participants register online at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/workshops/registration_form.html

Merzenich is a professor emeritus of neuroscience at the University of California at San Francisco. He is acknowledged as one of the leading experts in neuroplasticity, or the ability of the brain to reorganize and adapt after gaining new knowledge or experiences.

Merzenich is co-founder and chief scientific officer of Posit Science, a company that produces computer-based training programs designed to improve persons’ cognitive abilities as they grow older. They are increasingly being used as part of a growing trend toward “brain fitness” programs, and for helping to address neurological diseases and disorders.

In 2007, Merzenich gained widespread exposure for his featured role on “The Brain Fitness Program,” a PBS special that since has aired a total of more than 10,000 times on 170 different stations. He also is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows, and his work has been featured in both scholarly journals and popular press.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Merzenich has received numerous awards, including the Ipsen Prize and the Thomas Alva Edison Award. He holds more than 50 U.S. patents and numerous international patents.

Merzenich also writes a popular column online, which can be read at: http://merzenich.positscience.com/


About the Center for Teaching and Learning: The Center for Teaching and Learning supports Oregon State University faculty, graduate teaching assistants, departments and colleges achieve professional excellence in teaching and learning by encouraging and facilitating the scholarship of teaching and learning. More information on the center is at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/