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Release: March 21, 2003

Public Invited To Annual Brain Awareness Week Lecture March 25

The public is invited to attend the annual Brain Awareness Week lecture, hosted by the University of Iowa Neuroscience Graduate Program, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 in Room 101 of Biology Building East (BBE).

David Corey, Ph.D., professor of neurobiology at Harvard School of Medicine and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will give the lecture, "Dancing on the Head of a Pin: Myosins and Sensory Adaptation in Auditory Hair Cells." Corey, whose expertise is in the biophysics and molecular biology of hearing, will discuss the role of myosins, motor molecules that alter the dimensions of hair cells during hearing to maintain hearing sensitivity.

Corey received his doctorate from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. in 1980 and joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School in 1984. He became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in 1996.

A poster session preceding Corey's talk will highlight the work of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty conducting neuroscience research at the UI. The posters will be on display from 3-4 p.m. in the lobby of BBE.

The Brain Awareness Week campaign, launched in 1996, has united the Society for Neuroscience with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and a coalition of more than 1,200 science, advocacy and other health organizations that share an interest in elevating public awareness of brain and nervous system research. To find out more about other Brain Awareness Week events around the country, visit

For more information about the UI lecture and poster session contact Joseph Buckwalter, UI graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at or (319) 335-7742. For more information about neuroscience at the UI visit the Web site

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT(S): Media: Jennifer Brown, (319) 335-9917, Program: Joseph Buckwalter, (319) 335-7742,