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‘Big Read’ Author Event, June 7

Helen Thomson
Helen Thomson

Author and science journalist Helen Thomson visits NIH to discuss her book Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins in an informal conversation on Friday, June 7, 1-2 p.m. The event will be held in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 and be broadcast via live videocast. Registration is not required to attend. Afterward, FAES is hosting a meet and greet and reception with the author on the FAES Terrace, 2-3 p.m. 

The June 7 discussion will be presented in an interview format, with Thomson and Collins talking about the nine cases of extraordinary people with rare neurological disorders featured in the book. By examining these stories, interwoven with discussions on how the brain works, they will explore the complexities and possibilities of all our brains.

The Big Read is presented by the NIH Library and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences. For questions about the event, email

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