Dr. Terrence Sejnowski will give the 2014 Joseph Leiter NLM/Medical Library Association (MLA) Lecture on Thursday, June 12 at 1 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.
Sejnowski is a pioneer in computational neuroscience. His goal is to understand the principles that link brain to behavior. He is interested in the hippocampus, which is believed to play a major role in learning and memory, and the cerebral cortex, which holds our knowledge of the world and how to interact with it. His laboratory uses both experimental and modeling techniques to study the biophysical properties of synapses and neurons and the population dynamics of large networks of neurons. Sejnowski hopes to gain new knowledge of how the human brain is capable of learning and storing memories. This knowledge ultimately may provide medical specialists with critical clues to combating Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders that rob people of the ability to remember faces, names, places and events.
Sejnowski is an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and holds the Francis Crick chair at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He is also a professor of biology at the University of California, San Diego, where he is co-director of the Institute for Neural Computation and co-director of the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center. He has published more than 400 scientific papers and 12 books, including The Computational Brain, with Patricia Churchland. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, one of only 13 living people to be a member of all 3 national academies.
Sejnowski was instrumental in shaping the BRAIN Initiative that was announced by the White House in April 2013 and serves on the initiative’s working group of the advisory committee to the NIH director.
Sejnowski’s lecture will be recorded and broadcast live on the web at http://videocast.nih.gov.
The lecture was established in 1983 to stimulate intellectual liaison between MLA and NLM. Leiter was a major contributor in cancer research at the National Cancer Institute and a leader at NLM as a champion of medical librarians and informatics pioneer. He served as NLM associate director for library operations from 1965 to 1983.