At the forefront of this race are three neuroscientists who have spent their careers studying how the brain develops from a tiny sphere of unspecialized cells into an adult brain with billions of nerve cells and characteristic form. A flurry of research papers provide the first experimental evidence of how Zika attacks immature brain cells and disrupts the carefully orchestrated events that ultimately build a healthy brain.
The Kavli Foundation hosted a live webcast with neuroscientists Arnold Kriegstein, Guo-li Ming and Hongjun Song about Zika's effects on the brain, plus what it’s like to do research during a public health emergency.
About the Participants
- ARNOLD KRIEGSTEIN, MD, PhD - is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Stem Cell Biology Program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is also a member of UCSF's new Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience.
- GUO-LI MING, MD, PhD - is Professor of Neurology and of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she is member of the new Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute.
- HONGJUN SONG, PhD - is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Stem Cell Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a member of Johns Hopkins' Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute.
- LINDSAY BORTHWICK (moderator) – is a freelance journalist with more than a decade of experience covering science, health and the environment. She covers neuroscience for The Kavli Foundation.