Biological Chemistry seminar: Jacob Hooker, Harvard University

January 17, 2019 - 03:00 PM
Speaker: 

Jacob Hooker

Harvard Medical School

 

"Neurochemical imaging of the human brain with positron emission tomography"


Chemical reactions and interactions dominate human brain function, but unfortunately, we understand poorly the language of this chemical conversation going on in the brain. Although we have some sense for how neurochemicals communicate in cell culture, we have very littleunderstanding of the dynamic relationship between neurochemicals in the living human brain, whether it is at rest, being stimulated, or manipulated by drugs. Positron emission tomography (PET) provides a window into the human brain to study chemistry provided that a radiotracer can be developed to measure molecular interactions.  This seminar will describe the incredible opportunities in PET imaging and the tools that the Hooker Lab has codeveloped to better realize its full potential.


Location: 

Carolyn Hoff Lynch Room

Host: Dr. David Christianson

Department of Chemistry

231 S. 34 Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323

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