Frontiers of BrainHealth Lunch Lecture Series
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.
The lectures are free, but you must register to reserve your seat. Lunch is served at 11:45 AM
Catherine Thorn, PhD
Dr. Thorn’s research examines how learning-related changes in neural activity within the basal ganglia and the hippocampus support memory encoding and behavioral performance improvement. Her work is particularly focused on understanding the synaptic mechanisms underlying neural dynamics and cross-structure communication, both within cortico-basal ganglia loops and across competing learning and memory systems. Her lab uses in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology combined with optogenetics, pharmacology and rodent behavior to characterize learning-related neural activity at multiple levels of investigation — from single synapses to behaving animal. Dr. Thorn earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech and master’s and doctoral degrees from MIT.