'The Anatomy and Function of the Brain', a public lecture which is part of the activities being organised during Brain Awareness Week, will be held on Tuesday 15 March at 17:30 in the Anatomy Lecture Room (ALR), Faculty of Medicine & Surgery, Msida Campus. The speaker is Dr Christian Zammit.
Abstract “If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t” (Emerson Pugh, The Biological Origin of Human Values (1977)
There are around a 100 billion nerve cells in an adult human brain, with each one having 10,000 to 100,000 connections with other cells. Anatomists and physiologists worked very hard to elucidate the structure and function of each section of the brain. Progress in the field of science allowed an accurate mapping of the functional role of the different parts of the brain. In this short presentation we will try to a get a glimpse inside the brain of a human being. After looking at the building blocks of the brain, we will dissect each of its different parts and try to understand their function.
Hopefully, at the end of this session, the audience would have a clearer understanding of the various components that make up such a complex organ.