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STANFORD'S DR. WILLIAM MOBLEY TO SPEAK ON ADVANCES IN NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH AT THE TECH MUSEUM OF INNOVATION

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, 31 October, 2007
The Tech Museum of Innovation, one of the nation's premier science and technology museums, presents Dr. William Mobley, director, Neuroscience Institute, Stanford University School of Medicine, in a talk on "No Spare Parts: Life and Death of Circuits and the Brain," on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Museum. The free lecture, co-sponsored by The Health Trust and the Commonwealth Club, is being held in conjunction with the BODY WORLDS 2 & Three Pound Gem exhibition currently at The Tech. In his talk, Dr. Mobley will focus on how the latest advancement in neuroscience research is deciphering brain function. He will suggest what the future may bring to our ability to further understand our brain and ourselves. Dr. Mobley's talk complements "The Three Pound Gem" feature on the brain in the BODY WORLDS exhibition, which is making its debut at The Tech. His research on brain wiring and how brain function can been improved has prompted discussions with world leaders in and out of the medical field, including Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, and Paul McCartney. The Tech and Stanford Collaboration Dr. Mobley's presentation at The Tech Museum of Innovation is representative of a long-standing collaboration between Stanford University's School of Medicine and the Museum, resulting in the development of two genetics exhibits - the floor exhibition, "Technology with a Twist" and the online exhibition, Understanding Genetics. In addition, the "Stanford at The Tech" program, run by Stanford geneticist Dr. Barry Starr of the Department of Genetics, trains Stanford scientists to better communicate science to the public by running the hands-on floor exhibitions and answering questions from the public about genetics online. Further in support of BODY WORLDS, Stanford's Virtual Lab Projects developed a series of programs for the Three Pound Gem special brain exhibit to provide additional education on that organ. These programs include: "The 3D Brain," which provides a computer brain scan so visitors can look at different parts of the brain; "Brain Slicing," with information on how an MRI works; and "Reaction Time," an interactive exhibit in which visitors can find out how fast neurons in their brain are firing. BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem, Gunther von Hagens' Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies. BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem, the unique and educational exhibit about human anatomy, physiology and health, is now open at The Tech. Tickets can be purchased online at www.thetech.org/bodyworld/buy_tickets.html, from the ticket office in the museum, or by calling (408) 294-TECH (8324). Exhibit hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day except Christmas Day, with last entry at 7:30 p.m. All tickets to the exhibit are timed at 15-minute intervals. Tickets to BODY WORLDS also include full admission to The Tech's exhibits. IMAX movies are sold separately. About The Health Trust Since 1996 The Health Trust has been a leader in increasing and improving health and wellness in Silicon Valley, especially for individuals and communities that do not have access to the health-related services and resources they need. The bold new vision of The Health Trust - to make Silicon Valley the healthiest region in America - will be supported by three new focus areas for the organization: preventing obesity, promoting healthy aging, and reducing health disparities. For more information on The Health Trust, visit www.healthtrust.org. About The Commonwealth Club of California Founded in 1903, The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's largest and oldest public affairs forum with nearly 19,000 members and unparalleled impact in sparking debate and educating the public about key issues. The club has had an office in Silicon Valley since 1997 and presents over 100 programs per year in the South Bay. For more information about The Club, please visit our website at www.commonwealthclub.org. About The Tech Museum of Innovation The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. Located in San Jose, California - the Capital of Silicon Valley - its mission, as a public-benefit corporation, is to inspire the innovator in everyone. Through hands-on exhibits, educational programs, the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the internationally recognized Tech Museum Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum of Innovation honors the past, celebrates the present, and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit www.thetech.org.