Memory Matters

Out of an abundance of caution we have canceled the 4/7 Memory Matters program and will reschedule to a future date after all covid-19 public health concerns have passed.

Please check back later for information about the rescheduled date.

In partnership with the Dana Foundation
The Center for Learning & Memory at The University of Texas at Austin 
is pleased to present a free public outreach event:The focus of this year’s program will be “Successful Brain Aging”.  
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the Etter Harbin Alumni Center
6:00–7:00 pm: Activity and demonstration booths
7:00–8:00 pm: UT Faculty Panel Discussion moderated by Rebecca McInroy of KUT
UT Faculty Panelists:
Dr. Audrey Brumback, Assistant Professor of Neurology
Dr. Micheal Drew, Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Dr. David Paydarfar, Chair, Department of Neurology


Meet the panel participants

Dr. Audrey Brumback, Assistant Professor of Neurology.
She obtained her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Colorado. 
Dr. Brumback in interested in understanding how abnormal neuronal electrophysiology contributes to the cognitive symptoms of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. She uses in vivo and ex vivo electrophysiology combined with modern tools for manipulating neuronal activity such as optogenetics to test hypotheses about how the activity of specific populations of neurons contributes to behavior.  Dr. Brumback’s goal is to develop brain-circuit-based therapies for the developmental neuropsychiatric disorders she treats in her clinical practice.

Dr. Michael Drew, Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Dr. Drew received his PhD in Psychology from Columbia University. Dr. Drew is interested in understanding the functional significance of adult hippocampal neurogenesis, which is the birth of new neurons in the hippocampus of the adult brain. He uses inducible genetic manipulations and behavioral testing 
in mice to reveal underlying cognitive and emotional processes that are modulated by neurogenesis.

Dr. David Paydarfar, Chair, Department of Neurology
Dr. Paydarfar received his M.D. degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his residency training in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Paydarfar practices general neurology and his basic research program seeks to understand mechanisms underlying disease states associated with abnormal behavior of neural oscillators such as apnea, circadian dysrhythmias and epilepsy, as well as the coordination of pacemakers with other physiological and behavioral functions.

Rebecca McInroy
Rebecca McInroy is an award-winning show creator, host, and executive producer for KUT, KUTX, and KUT.ORG..She co-hosts the food politics podcast The Secret Ingredient with food and agriculture corresponded for Mother Jones, Tom Philpott, and Raj Patel of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and she is the creator, executive producer, and host of the live discussion program Views and Brews.  Rebecca is also the creator, executive producer, and editor of the national weekly radio program Two Guys on Your Head hosted by professors Art Markman and Bob Duke. Her most recent projects include producing and editing the documentary series Stuart Hall: In Conversations with host, Dr. Ben Carrington, and producing of This Is Just To Say a podcast about poetry hosted by poet and novelist Carrie Fountain. McInroy’s other programs include: The Write Up with Owen Egerton; In Perspective; and Liner Notes.