2021 MBM Retreat

Miniature Brain Machinery Retreat, September 16, 2021, Guest speakers David Boas, Manu Platt, Franklin Carrero-Martinez, Michael Levin

Join us as we celebrate our fourth annual Miniature Brain Machinery Retreat with plenary lectures and presentations by our trainees! This will take place virtually on Zoom for everyone’s safety on September 16, 2021 from 8:45am to 3:15pm Central Time.

Register here to receive the Zoom meeting information for joining. Your registration is free and will help us prevent zoombombing, track attendance, and gather program outreach data.

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8:45-9:00amWelcome & Opening Remarks
9:00-9:55amPlenary Talk: “Imaging human brain function with functional near infrared spectroscopy in ecologically valid settings”

David Boas
Director of the Neurophotonics Center
Boston University

Introduction by Charles Marchini
David Boas
10:00-10:55amPlenary Talk: “Strokes in children with sickle cell disease: Dynamic interplay between biomechanical and biochemical stimuli”

Manu Platt
Diversity Director, STC; Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS)
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University

Introduction by Jennie Gardner
Lecture Video
Manu Platt
11:00-12:00pmTrainee Lightning Presentations
Presentation Video

Learn more about our trainees here
12:00-1:00pmLunch Break / Peer Networking Opportunity
Moderation by Miles Norsworthy
1:00-1:55pmPlenary Talk: “Understanding the brain: A journey from the lab to the halls of the UN”

Franklin Carrero-Martinez
Senior Director, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine

Introduction by Ryan Miller
Franklin Carrero-Martinez
2:00-2:55pmPlenary Talk: "Non-neural, developmental bioelectricity as a precursor for cognition: Evolution, synthetic organisms, and biomedicine"

Michael Levin
Director of the Allen Discovery Center
Tufts University

Introduction by William Baker
Lecture Video
Michael Levin
3:15pmClosing Remarks

For the Lunch Break / Peer Networking Opportunity, we will have the main Zoom meeting room open as an informal space for attendees to engage in networking and casual conversation.

Please check this page before September 16 for the latest information.

Another view of attendees at the MBM Retreat


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