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Explore the world of neuroscience and the secrets of the brain. Discover how the brain works, technologies to harness brain power, ways to treat disease, and more.

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Explore the world of neuroscience and the secrets of the brain. Discover how the brain works, technologies to harness brain power, ways to treat disease, and more.

    • video
    Melding Minds with Machines: Development of Implantable Interfaces to Restore Motor Function

    Melding Minds with Machines: Development of Implantable Interfaces to Restore Motor Function

    Millions of Americans have difficulties with their physical functioning. Dr. Karunesh Ganguly explores the Brain-Computer Interface (BCI). The concept of bio-interactive neural interfaces sates to the early 20th century with successes like cochlear implants, deep brain stimulation and responsive stimulation. He is now working on neural interfaces for communication and movement by working to translate neural engineering based approaches into treatments for those with impaired function. Series: "Mini Medical School for the Public" [Show ID: 35242]

    • 57 min
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    Staying Sharp: Current and Future Approaches to Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Therapeutics

    Staying Sharp: Current and Future Approaches to Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Therapeutics

    Dr. Aimee Kao looks at recent news in Alzheimer's Disease therapeutics including drugs in development and the potential of stem cells and genome editing. Series: "Mini Medical School for the Public" [Show ID: 35238]

    • 55 min
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    Sensory Implications of Brain Organoids with Patricia Churchland

    Sensory Implications of Brain Organoids with Patricia Churchland

    What defines consciousness? Can it develop in a petri dish? Patricia Churchland reviews the current state of brain organoid research and shares her views on how conciseness and physical structures within the brain intersect. She also cautions the media on the tendency to "over hype" new research advances. Series: "Stem Cell Channel" [Show ID: 35247]

    • 44 min
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    Neural Organoids Are Not Brains in Vats with Evan Thompson

    Neural Organoids Are Not Brains in Vats with Evan Thompson

    Recently, some scientists have asked whether neural organoids will ever be conscious, and have wondered about the ethical implications of this possibility. Meanwhile, some philosophers have argued that neural organoids are miniature versions of “brains in vats.” Evan Thompson feels that both scientist and philosophers should shift their thinking. He argues that the minimal instantiation of sentience is organismic - not just neuronal, and that conscious processes of moral interest require embodiment and the capacity to suffer.

    Series: "Stem Cell Channel" [Show ID: 35248]

    • 25 min
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    Consciousness in Cerebral Organoids - How Would We Know? with Christof Koch

    Consciousness in Cerebral Organoids - How Would We Know? with Christof Koch

    As brain organoids become more widely used in research, concerns about the development of consciousness arise. Christof Koch discusses how we determine and define consciousness and how we look for the underlying physical signatures of consciousness. Series: "Stem Cell Channel" [Show ID: 35246]

    • 44 min
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    The Current Status of Human Brain Organoids Research with Alysson Muotri and Larry Goldstein

    The Current Status of Human Brain Organoids Research with Alysson Muotri and Larry Goldstein

    The study of brain organoids is leading to a better understanding of human development and potential therapies for neurological disorders. Yet when people hear the phrase "brain in a dish" it instantly brings to mind the stuff of science fiction - labs full of sentient brains thinking and plotting. Alysson Muotri explains why these organoids should not called "brains in a dish" and how they are being used to explain human processes previously inaccessible to study. While underscoring scientific value of these organoids, he also raises the question of what ethical questions demand an answer as the technology improves. Series: "Stem Cell Channel" [Show ID: 35245]

    • 36 min

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