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Sandy Hook victim’s father to speak on violence and the brain

Nov. 5, 2015, 9:15 AM

Jeremy Richman, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and founder of a foundation named for his daughter, Avielle, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, will lecture Nov. 16 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

His talk, entitledMaking the Invisible Visible: Violence, Compassion and the Brain,” begins at noon in room 208 Light Hall.

Richman was a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt in the laboratory of Lee Limbird, Ph.D., from 1998 to 2000, and later led drug discovery projects at Arena Pharmaceuticals and Boehringer Ingelheim.

After the death of their daughter, Richman and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, started the Avielle Foundation “to prevent violence and build compassion in communities by fostering brain science research, community engagement and education.”

Avielle was among 20 children and six adults killed at the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who killed himself as first responders arrived. He had previously shot his mother to death in their home.

Richman’s talk is part of the Flexner Dean’s Lecture series and is the 2015 Felts Lecture in the Humanities, named for the late Philip W. Felts, M.D., former assistant dean of Student Affairs at the School of Medicine. To RSVP, go here.

During his visit to Vanderbilt, Richman also will meet with several neuroscience faculty members and students.

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