To make progress on serious problems in biology and medicine takes a combination of skills, tools, and approaches, often requiring collaboration across seemingly disparate fields. The trick to making breakthroughs often lies in learning to communicate across disciplines to identify existing technologies - and, crucially, the new tools that need to be invented.

Anne M. Andrews is a neuroscientist whose work examines chemical signals in the brain. Paul M. Weiss is a nanoscientist who studies materials at the smallest scales. They are scientific collaborators - and spouses - who are pursuing grand challenges in biology and medicine by bridging their two fields.

In a special joint public lecture, Andrews and Weiss will describe their motivation for eavesdropping on intercellular chemical signaling in the brain, demonstrating how advances in nanotechnology can be applied to major problems in neuroscience and other fields. Along the way, they’ll explain how they’re training a new generation of students and fellow researchers to look beyond traditional academic boundaries to target significant problems and develop the necessary communication skills to address them.

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Attendance to the lecture is free, but advance tickets are required. Due to the overwhelming response to past lectures, tickets will be honoured until 6:45 pm only. If you have not arrived by 6:45 pm your reservation may be filled by guests in our waiting line, and you may be asked to join the end of the waiting line.

Event Type: 
Public Lecture
Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:30
Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas