Oxford researcher to speak at CLU

Emotion, memory and birth of neurons to be discussed

James Groves is an expert on neurodegenerative diseases.

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – March 28, 2013) A researcher from the University of Oxford will discuss “New Neurons and Old Tricks” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at California Lutheran University.

James Groves, an expert on neurodegenerative diseases, will give the presentation in Room 106 of the Swenson Center for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. He will show how he uses neurological tests on rodents to explore the relationships among emotion, memory and the generation of neurons in adult humans. A reception will follow.

Groves is a postdoctoral research scientist in the molecular neurodegeneration and gene therapy lab at the University of Oxford. He has nine years of experience in genetics, molecular biology and behavioral research into brain function and disease, including two years working for the pharmaceutical industry. He earned an undergraduate master’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Nottingham, a master’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Oxford and a doctorate in experimental psychology from The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford.

The Swenson Center is located on Faculty Street near Pioneer Avenue on the Thousand Oaks campus.

CLU’s Artists and Speakers Committee and Honors Committee are presenting the free event. For more information, contact Michael Brint at brint@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3439.