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-- 2016 Teacher Participant

Teacher program: Seminar Series

Whitehead Institute’s 2018-2019 Seminar Series for High School Teachers: Advances in Neurodegenerative Disease

Neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and epilepsy, are one of the leading causes of death and disability in the world today. Each year, nearly 6 million people worldwide die from these and other neurological disorders, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The emotional costs incurred by this high mortality, coupled with the billions of dollars spent annually on associated health care and resulting global economic burden, spotlight the urgent need for an improved understanding of the brain and the disease processes that can affect it.

One challenge impeding the study of neurodegenerative disease is the brain’s relative inaccessibility. Through the combination of technological advances and novel approaches to neuroscience, genetic, and genomic research, scientists are becoming better equipped to study the brain and to address fundamental questions about how the brain works—and why, all too often, it doesn’t.

Whitehead Institute’s 2018-2019 Seminar Series for High School Teachers, Advances in Neurodegenerative Disease, will explore how researchers are fostering ingenious approaches to studying brain development and disease, and its impact on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of neurological disorders.  

The first seminar of the 2018-2019 season will be held on Monday, October 1, in Whitehead’s McGovern Auditorium.

Each session begins promptly at 4:15 p.m. and includes a lecture and working dinner, typically ending by 6:30 pm.

We also match interested teachers with Whitehead partners—young Whitehead scientists who serve as a resource during the school year. Partners are eager to answer questions, discuss their fields of expertise, and even visit schools to meet with students. Teachers who have taken advantage of these partnerships in past years have found them to be invaluable relationships.

Participating teachers may be eligible to earn up to 27 Professional Development Points toward recertification.

Online registration for the 2018-2019 season is now closed.

Space is limited; we will accept applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. For questions please contact Amy Tremblay at tremblay@wi.mit.edu.

Slide of neurons

These neurons arose from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) that were made from the cells of a patient with Parkinson's diease. A green-stained protein highlights the neurons' structures.  DNA in the neuron's nuclei is stained blue.

Image: Maya Mitalipova/Whitehead Institute

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