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Expanding Minds - The Allen Institute Conference on Human Brain Evolution

Join us April 1-2, 2020 at the Allen Institute for Expanding Minds - The Allen Institute Conference on Human Brain Evolution, chaired by Chris Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., Michael Greenberg, Ph.D., and David Reich, Ph.D., of the Allen Discovery Center at Boston Children's Hospital. The goal of the conference is to provide a multidisciplinary perspective on the questions that intersect genetics, neurobiology, and evolution to shed light on the very nature of who we are.

To this end, the conference will encourage a conversation that transcends disciplines to better understand whether the genetics and function of brain cells may be the substrate of uniquely human features and behaviors. The program will promote dialogue on how to leverage our ancestors’ DNA and current methodologies to make concrete and tangible efforts toward progress in an area with profound impact on biology, psychology, and human condition.

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04/01/2020 to 04/02/2020

Allen Institute
615 Westlake Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98109

Event Overview

Wednesday, April 1:

  • Breakfast (provided)
  • Morning talks
  • Networking lunch (provided)
  • Panel discussion - "What are uniquely human features?"
  • Afternoon talks, poster session and reception

 

Thursday, April 2:

  • Breakfast (provided)
  • Morning talks
  • Networking lunch (provided)
  • Panel discussion - "How should we study human brain evolution?"
  • Afternoon talks and poster session
  • Brainstorm sessions
    • Studying and using ancient DNA
    • Technical gaps in human brain evolution studies
  • Closing remarks