Thursday, Jun 21, 2018 6:30p -
14 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02134
Alcohol, Date Idea, Innovation, Lectures & Conferences, Tech, University
Science by the Pint is a free science café in which we invite a Boston-area research lab out to a pub or brewery to chat science over a cold one. The events are geared toward a general audience – all are welcome and no experience is necessary!
This week's event is:
Glia, friend or foe?: How the other cells in the brain shape, disrupt, and treat neural function
Dr. Kevin Mastro, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Scientist, Laboratory of Dr. Bernardo Sabatini
Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
Thursday, June 21st, 6:30-8:00pm at Aeronaut Brewery (14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA, 02143)
Glia, Latin for glue, have long been associated with their role as “supporters” cells in the brain, where they provide and distribute nutrients to the “essential” cells, neurons. In the last decade, emerging evidence has defined a whole new set of functions that have radically changed our views. Tonight, we will focus on how glia actively sculpt brain function and, in some cases, drive disease. Moreover, we will discuss how these cells may provide new opportunities and avenues to treat and cure diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and autism.
Kevin Mastro returns to Boston after pursuing his BS in biological sciences and psychology at the University of Connecticut and earning his Doctorate in neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh. During this time, Kevin became fascinated with how different neurons within the same brain region contribute to function and dysfunction. For his next stage of training, Kevin wanted to gain a greater understanding how neurons and glia work together. To accomplish this, Kevin is co-mentored by Drs. Beth Stevens and Bernardo Sabatini. With this collaboration, Kevin will apply the rigorous functional analyses pioneered within the Sabatini lab and pair it with the finely dissected molecular processes governing glial function that have been the focus of the Stevens lab. Kevin is thrilled to be working with an incredible set of scientists across the rich community from Boston Children’s to Harvard Medical and beyond.