Memory Matters, 2010

The Center for Learning and Memory at The University of Texas at Austin thanks those who joined us in an evening of talks and interactive displays aimed at increasing public awareness into the ongoing research of the Center.  Memory Matters: Exploring memory through research… is now in its third year. We thank the public for making this year’s event as successful as in past years.

The talks give an introductory look into research that is ongoing in a variety of labs at the Center. In addition there were interactive displays by several labs in the Center to give a more indepth look into some of the types of research techniques employed in various neuroscience fields.  Click on the tabs above to view videos of the talks at previous Memory Matters events.

The morning before the 2010 presentation of Memory Matters, Nik Ciccone from Fox News came by UT and interviewed Dan Johnston, Kimberly Raab-Graham and Russ Poldrack. Click here to see videos of those interviews.

This year’s talks:

Daniel Johnston, Ph.D.


Introduction into the field of Neuroscience and how researchers approach some of the fundemental apsects of Learning and Memory. This will be an overview of the ongoing research within the Center and an introduction to the faculty heading up this research.
Click here to watch a video of Dr. Johnston’s talk.

Dr. Johnston also gave a short talk on the sources of funding for research.  Click here to watch that video.

Kimberly Raab-Graham, Ph.D.

Memory and Neurodegeneration

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a disorder that causes degeneration of brain cells (neurodegeneration) resulting in cognitive impairment that progressively affects an individual’s memory and ability to perform daily living activities. Dr. Raab-Graham will discuss the current state of Alzheimer’s disease research and reveal how neuroscientists are discovering that many of the diverse diseases that lead to neurodegeneration, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Epilepsy and Autism, may share common pathological mechanisms. She will also discuss the future of Alzheimer’s disease research and how we are trying to understand the cause of neurodegeneration, with the hope of providing the foundation for discovery of new therapies and early detection.

Click here to watch a video of Dr. Raab-Graham’s talk.

Russ Poldrack, Ph.D.

Optimizing Memory

As we get older and the world gets more complex, it becomes increasingly difficult to retain everything that we need to remember.  Fortunately, memory research provides some basic insights into how we can optimize our ability to remember the things that are most important to us.  Dr. Poldrack will discuss some of the most useful findings from this research, which can help almost anyone improve their memory.  He will also discuss ways in which our diet and lifestyle can impact our brain health, and how we can take advantage of this research to improve our mental functioning.

Click here to watch a video of Dr. Poldrack’s talk.

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