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    Vilayanur Ramachandran, M.D., a renowned neuroscientist, addresses students in Council Chamber.

The neurons of Lewis & Clark students got a vigorous workout in September when Vilayanur Ramachandran, M.D., the so-called “Marco Polo of neuroscience,” visited campus for the 2009 Science Without Limits Symposium. An internationally acclaimed neurologist, Ramachandran is director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and a professor with the psychology department and neurosciences program at the University of California at San Diego. His early work focused on visual perception, but he is best known for his experiments in behavioral neurology.

Ramachandran delivered the symposium’s keynote address, titled “What Neurology Can Tell Us About Human Nature, Phantom Limbs, Synesthesia, and Body Image,” to a packed house in the Council Chamber. He also took part in a panel discussion about how innovations in neuroscience are making their way from the lab to the clinic, and presented a joint psychology-biology colloquium.

The symposium also featured lectures by Fernán Jaramillo, distinguished visiting neuroscience scholar and professor of biology at Carleton College, and the annual Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Rogers Summer Research Poster Session.

The Science Without Limits Symposium is supported in part by a grant to Lewis & Clark from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through its Undergraduate Science Education Program.

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