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Video game technology has advanced at a rapid pace and is now making an impact in dementia research. The risk of Alzheimer’s disease increases with age and, after onset, damage to the brain can spread and worsen with time. It is often unclear what triggers these changes or when they start, which can make planning treatment difficult. In a new set of brain-behavior experiments, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are watching mice play in virtual reality to further understand the causes and timing of dysfunction related to Alzheimer’s disease.
Join us for an interactive evening in the Mugar Omni Theater with MGH researcher Ted Zwang as he guides you through virtual reality and digitized brains that are being used to better understand dementia, highlighting the bright future research teams envision for video games in medicine.
Presented in collaboration with the Harvard Brain Science Initiative. This work is supported by NIH/NIA grant K99AG068602 and Harrison Gardner Jr. Innovation Award.
Funding provided by the Lee and Nile Albright Annual Symposium Fund.
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Monday, November 7 | 7:00pm
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Recommended for: Visitors 18 years of age and older
Ted Zwang received a BA in chemistry from Pomona College, a PhD in chemistry from Caltech, and was a postdoctoral scholar in Harvard’s Chemistry department. His research culminated in the design of implantable brain probes that mimic neurons, which allows them to seamlessly integrate with brain tissue and evade immune response. Now, as an instructor in Neurology at MGH/HMS, he is using these neuron-like mesh electronics in combination with virtual reality experiments to understand how cognitive dysfunction arises from aging and Alzheimer’s disease.
Insoo Hyun is Director of the Center for Life Sciences and Public Learning at the Museum of Science, Boston and an Affiliate of the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School.
He is the former Director of Research Ethics and a former Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics. Previously, Insoo Hyun was Professor of Bioethics and Philosophy at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he taught for 18 years. He is involved with the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) and has helped draft all of the ISSCR’s international research guidelines.
Dr. Hyun received his BA and MA in Philosophy with Honors in Ethics in Society from Stanford University and his PhD in Philosophy from Brown University. He has been interviewed frequently on National Public Radio and has served on national commissions for the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C.