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Gerald Rubin to Deliver Public Talk at Janelia Farm

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Gerald M. Rubin, director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus, will deliver a public lecture titled “The Fly Brain and Yours—Closer Than You Think,” at Janelia Farm in Ashburn, VA.

Gerald M. Rubin, director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus, will deliver a public lecture titled “The Fly Brain and Yours—Closer Than You Think,” at Janelia Farm in Ashburn, VA.

Rubin will deliver the lecture on Thursday, January 21, 2010, at 7 PM. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission. Directions for obtaining the tickets are available on the HHMI web site at www.hhmi.org/janelia/events.html. Seating is limited to 250 people.

The lecture is the fifth in a series called “Dialogues of Discovery at Janelia Farm.” Past speakers in the twice-yearly series have included Thomas R. Cech, former president of HHMI and an HHMI investigator at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Ronald M. Evans, an HHMI investigator at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies; Huda Y. Zoghbi, an HHMI investigator at Baylor College of Medicine; and Charles S. Zuker, an HHMI investigator at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a senior fellow at the Janelia Farm Research Campus.

Rubin will discuss how Janelia Farm scientists are working to solve one of biology’s great mysteries: how nerve cells enable animals to perceive and respond to the world around them. Researchers often turn to fruit flies and other model organisms, such as roundworms and mice, to answer biology’s most challenging questions.

Mapping the neural circuitry behind fruit fly behavior is no small job—but it’s easier than untangling the human brain’s 100 billion neurons. Since many of the principles that guide brain activity are thought to be shared among animals, deciphering how model organisms’ brains work helps demystify the human brain.

An internationally recognized geneticist, Rubin led the publicly funded effort to sequence the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster genome. Rubin—who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences—was named the first director of HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus in 2003. At Janelia, Rubin directs scientific programs designed to speed the development and application of new tools for transforming the study of biology and medicine.

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