Lindsay Hinck

Wiring the nervous system from tip to toe: how do neurons go to and fro?

Have you ever wondered how cells in an embryo organize themselves into specialized structures that function as a unit---as a lung or heart or brain? The Spring 2005 Synergy Lecture will feature Dr. Lindsay Hinck whose research focuses on the specialization of cells that create our nervous system.

During the development of the nervous system, billions of nerve cells must grow to the right place at the right time in order to generate elaborate networks of neural connections. Over one hundred years ago, Ramon y Cajal proposed that neurons are guided to targets by diffusible cues in much the same way that white blood cells are guided to wound sites. It is only in the last ten years that these cues have been identified. Dr. Hinck will discuss general features of guidance cues that organize the nervous system and describe her laboratory's investigation into how a neuron knows where to go.

Please join us for this exciting look into cutting-edge research at UC Santa Cruz.


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Lindsay Hinck
Professor, MCD Biology

Wiring the nervous system from tip to toe: how do neurons go to and fro?

Place: Science & Engineering Library, Current Periodicals Room
Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2005
Time: 4:00 p.m.


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