On 11 October 2011, QBI will host the distinguished international scientist, Professor Joseph E. LeDoux, as he talks about 'The Emotional Brain'.

Professor Joseph E. LeDoux
Joseph LeDoux is a University Professor and Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science, and a member of the Center for Neural Science and Department of Psychology at NYU. His 1977 PhD is in Psychology from the State University of Stony Brook. He was a postdoctoral fellow and then an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Cornell University Medical College. In 1989 he joined New York University. His work is focused on the brain mechanisms of emotion and memory. He is the director of the Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Fear and Anxiety, a virtual center that involves more than 50 researchers at various institutions in Manhattan, and also the Director of the Emotional Brain Institute, a new collaboration between New York University and New York State. In addition to articles in scholarly journals, he is author of The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life and Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the New York Academy of Science, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, and the recipient of the 2005 Fyssen International Prize in Cognitive Science and the 2009 D.O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the American Psychological Association. LeDoux is also a guitar player, singer and song-writer in the rock band, The Amygdaloids (www.myspace.com/amygdaloids).

Mr David Merson
The lecture is named in honour of Mr David Merson, Chairman of the QBI Development Board, whose philanthropic sponsorship of this lecture is indicative of a growing community interest in neuroscience and the cutting-edge research that is being done in the area of neurological and mental diseases. Mr Merson, who was the founder of Mincom Ltd (from which he retired in 2002), has become director of a number of Australian software companies, research institutes and charitable bodies. His achievements have been recognised with an Honorary Doctorate from UQ, a Centenary Medal from the Australian Government, the Export Hero Award from the Australian Institute of Export, the inaugural Gold Medal of the Australian Information Technology Association and the inaugural CSIRO iAward for individual achievement in the IT industry.

The Merson lecture is an annual event, with the inaugural lecture having been presented in 2009 by Professor Giacomo Rizzolatti, Professor of Human Physiology at the University of Parma, Italy.

Event: 2011 Merson Lecture
Speaker: Professor Joseph E. LeDoux
Date: Tuesday 11 October 2011
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm, followed by a cocktail party
Where: Auditorium, Level 7, Queensland Brain Institute, Building #79, Upland Road, The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus
RSVP: By calling +61 7 3346 6353 or by e-mailing events@qbi.uq.edu.au
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