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FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE Lecture Series

Mario Capecchi poster

The Role of Microglia in OCD Spectrum Disorders

Dr. Capecchi’s talk will discuss the modeling of a neuropsychiatric disorder – obsessive compulsive (OCD) spectrum disorder – in the mouse. His analysis provides the unexpected conclusion that microglia – immune cells in the brain – normally control specific brain circuits, and that defective microglia results in aberrant behavior very similar to the human OCD spectrum disorder known as trichotillomania.

The event will also feature the debut public installation of Dr. Capecchi’s original, custom-designed Micromanipulator Device which he used to conduct much of his research leading to the Nobel Prize in 2007. The device will be available for public viewing in the lobby of the Aline W. Skaggs Biology Building before and after the event.

  • Tickets are not required for this event.
  • Seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early. 
  • November 13, 6:00 p.m. | Aline Wilmot Skaggs Building | Room 220
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The History of FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE

The Frontiers of Science lecture series was established in 1967 by University of Utah alumnus and Physics Professor Peter Gibbs. Gibbs and his fellow physics faculty at the U sought to bring notable researchers from around the country to the University to discuss the current “frontiers” in physics research. The larger goal was to present public lectures that would attract attention to important developments in scientific research.

By 1970, the University had hosted 10 Nobel laureates for public Frontiers lectures. By 1993, when Gibbs retired, the Frontiers organizers had hosted another 20 laureates. Today, Frontiers of Science is the longest continuously-running lecture series at the University of Utah. 

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Last Updated: 11/9/18