Famed biologist to discuss how behavior affects the brain during guest presentation

A guest biologist from Stanford University will discuss the influence of behavior on brain development at Colorado State University on Thursday.

“How Does Social Behavior Change the Brain,” delivered by noted biologist Russell Fernald, is part of the Frontiers in Biomedical Sciences Seminar Series, which annually presents speakers who are internationally known for leading-edge work in biomedical sciences.

Fernald’s talk, based on research into animal reproduction behavior, starts at 4 p.m. in Pathology Building Room 101 on the CSU campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

“Dr. Fernald has been a pioneer in trying to understand the impact of specific brain cells on complex behaviors, and the impact of complex social behaviors on individual brain cells,” said Stuart Tobet, professor in the CSU Department of Biomedical Sciences. “His studies point toward how we can begin to unravel the functions of specific genes in the context of animal or human behavior."

The Frontiers in Biomedical Sciences Seminar Series is jointly sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Sciences; the Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Neurosciences Program; the Cell and Molecular Biology Program; and the School of Biomedical Engineering at Colorado State University.