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Neurodevelopment: Part 1 Embryonic Through Fetal Structure and Function

  • When July 14 , 2015, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Who Cherie Eileen Bond, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Biology, Ferrum College, Ferrum, Virginia

  • Where Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, R1059
    2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016

The human brain seems an unfathomable mystery in its rich complexity, with hundreds of trillions of connections between neuronal cells cradled in a vast interconnected network of glial cells. The study of neurodevelopment provides a simplified framework within which we can begin to understand the complex adult nervous system structure and function. Furthermore, neurodevelopmental disabilities are becoming increasingly common, affecting about one in six children in the United States, a 17 percent increase in the dozen years from 1997 to 2008, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.

Development of the nervous system begins during the second week of embryonic life and continues into adulthood. Understanding normal developmental anatomy and processes aids in recognizing and treating developmental anomalies and their associated complications.

In this lecture, Dr. Bond will offer an overview of embryonic and fetal central nervous system development, with clinical correlations to reinforce concepts and provide context.

Cherie Eileen Bond, PhD

Cherie Eileen Bond, PhD

Dr. Bond received her doctorate in medical and molecular genetics and neurobiology in 2000 from the Indiana School of Medicine in Indianapolis. After a decade of postdoctoral research in neuroscience at The Rockefeller University, UCLA, the University of Bath, and Oxford University, for four years Dr. Bond served as assistant director of the Molecular Biology Core Facility and research assistant professor at the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, where she also taught clinical neuroscience to medical, physical therapy, and biomedical sciences graduate students. Dr. Bond teaches molecular and cell biology, genetics, biotechnology, and bioethics at Ferrum College in Virginia.

Additional details

This is a free event. The host is Michael Friedlander, PhD.

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