Press Release for Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Gary Lynch, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at
the University of California at Irvine,
will discuss “New Prospects for Enhancing Memory and Cognition” at 7:30 p.m. on
Thursday, Sept. 10, at the University Center on the campus of the University of North Florida.
a co-founder of one privately-held and two publicly-traded companies and has
authored nearly 600 scientific publications, including two books. Lynch holds
around 20 issued patents and is one of the world’s most highly cited
is a pioneer in the study of long-term potentiation (LTP), a form of synaptic
plasticity widely regarded as the substrate of everyday forms of memory. His
laboratory discovered that LTP is triggered post-synaptically by calcium,
becomes expressed by a change in post-synaptic transmitter receptors, involves
structural changes at synapses, and requires about 30 minutes to consolidate.
Related to this, Lynch is the co-inventor of ampakines, a novel class of
psychiatric drugs now in clinical testing.
received his doctorate from Princeton
University and has been a
Councilor of the Society for Neuroscience and a member of various scientific
advisory boards, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA, Allergan, Inc.
and E.I. DuPont.
lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series.
Tickets for this free lecture can be ordered online four weeks prior to the
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