Late blooming synapses: the adolescent maturation of the frontal cortex

Summary

Date: 
November 7, 2017 - 12:00pm
Location: 
Northwest Building, Room 243
About the Speaker
Name: 
Linda Wilbrecht
Speaker Title: 
Associate Professor
Speaker Affiliation: 
UC Berkeley

The frontal cortex develops relatively late in life in both humans and rodent models. Neural plasticity during adolescent development is thought to be critical for learning and higher cognition. Adolescent period plasticity may also contribute to vulnerability to psychiatric illness. I will discuss our recent work on the role of puberty and experience in the sculpting of the frontal neocortex in mouse models and discuss evidence for frontal cortex sensitive periods.