The Center for BrainHealth invites scientists to share their scientific study with students and other researchers at the Frontiers of BrainHealth Lunch Lectures. The lectures are heavily science focused and are not intended for a lay audience. Lectures to be simulcast among UTD affiliated locations. The lectures are free, but you must register to reserve your seat. Lunch is served at 11:45 AM.
Millennials, Technology Use and Empathy
Dr. Fangyu Peng will cover several topics of his research: (1) principle of assessment of brain disorders with PET using 64CuCl2 as a radiotracer; (2) examples of using 64CuCl2 radiotracer for assessment of altered brain copper fluxes in a mouse model of Wilson’s disease with PET imaging; (3) exploratory study of functional imaging of traumatic brain injury with PET using 64CuCl2 radiotracer; and (4) The last part of this talk will shed light on the alteration of copper fluxes in brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as potential application of altered copper fluxes as a new biomarker for functional imaging of brain aging and neurodegenerative disorders with PET.
Copper is a nutritional metal required for brain development and physiology. It has been well known that disruption of copper homeostasis causes brain disorders, such as Menkes disease caused by ATP7A gene mutation and Wilson’s disease caused by ATP7B gene mutation. Moreover, emerging evidence suggests copper’s role in pathogenesis of traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Altered copper fluxes is a potential imaging biomarker for functional imaging of brain disorders with positron emission tomography using radioactive copper-64 chloride (64CuCl2) as a radiotracer.
Sarah Konrath, PhD
Sara Konrath, PhD is an Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2007. Konrath is the director of the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research (iPEAR), a research lab with a primary focus on motivations, traits, and behaviors relevant to philanthropic giving, volunteering, and other prosocial behaviors. Her recent research has found that empathy has been declining in recent years among younger generations in the United States. Other research has found that people’s motives for giving have implications for their health. In her current work, she is using mobile phones to implement empathy-building programs. Her work has been published in top scientific journals and has been featured in several media outlets, including the New York Times, Huffington Post, Time Magazine, CNN, and NPR radio.