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A new series of lectures on brain research by four presenters following a popular 2012 What’s the Big Idea? series on the same topic will offered by UNC’s William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, beginning April 11.

The April 11 lecture “Stroke 101” by David Huang, Director of UNC Healthcare Comprehensive Stroke Center, will focus on the causes, types and treatment of strokes.  Other lectures are:

  • April 25 — Glenna Batson, an independent researcher with the Translational Science Center at Wake Forest University, will speak about using dance and movement as a way to cope with Parkinson’s Disease in her talk, “Dance for Parkinson’s… Exploring the Brain’s Movement Potential.”
  • May 2 — Rebecca Knickmeyer, assistant professor in UNC-Chapel Hill’s psychiatry department, will investigate the rapid maturation of cognitive and motor skills in the first two years of life. Her presentation, “Brain Development in Infancy and Childhood: Genes, Gender, and Risk for Mental Illness” will delve into the brain’s structural changes accompanying its dramatic development, as well as how genes and gender affect later risk for mental illness.
  • May 9 — Executive Director of the UNC TEACCH Autism Program Laura Grofer Klinger will present “Autism across the Lifespan: A Forty-Year Perspective from the UNC TEACCH Autism Program.” The talk will discuss the growing need for services and community support to keep up with a higher rate of autism diagnoses, as well as the growing ability to diagnose autism in toddlers and new knowledge of what autism looks like in adulthood.

Lectures are $10 each, or the series of four is $30. Admission is free for all students. All programs are held at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Friday Center for Continuing Education from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visit the Friday Center website or call 919-962-2643 for more information or to register.

Published April 2, 2013.