January 9, 2009

Noted neuroscientist set for next Discovery Lecture

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Noted neuroscientist set for next Discovery Lecture

Neuroscientist Eric Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., will deliver the next Discovery Lecture, “Transcriptional Mechanisms of Drug Addiction,” at 4 p.m. on Jan. 15 in 208 Light Hall.

Nestler, an internationally known neuroscientist, molecular biologist and psychiatrist, has investigated depression, stress, addiction, and reward and motivation, at the molecular level.

Nestler is Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience, Director of the Mount Sinai Brain Institute and chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

The lecture is sponsored by The Vanderbilt Center for Molecular Neuroscience and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development.

For a complete schedule of the Discovery Lecture Series and archived video of previous lectures, go to www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/discoveryseries.

The Discovery Lecture will precede the formal opening of the Laboratory for Neurobehavior at 6 p.m.

The 9,000-square-foot state-of-the-art lab, which is located above the Vanderbilt University Institute for Imaging Sciences, will focus on modeling brain disorders in rats and mice with the goal of better understanding how genetic variation affects brain function.