Thursday, April 5, 2007

Research Scientist Discusses Developmental Brain Disorders, April 11

Chestertown, MD, April 5, 2007 — Dr. Mary E. Blue, a research scientist with the Kennedy Krieger Institute, will discuss "Modeling Developmental Brain Disorders" at Washington College's Litrenta Lecture Hall on Wednesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to her research role at Kennedy Krieger, Dr. Blue is an associate professor of neurology and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. She received her B.A. cum laude in biology and art from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, in 1977. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas in 1982.

Dr. Blue continued her career as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and has been a research scientist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute since 1989.

The research in Dr. Blue's lab examines the roles neurotransmitters play as trophic agents in cortical development and plasticity. The work involves the study of specific developmental disorders such as Down syndrome, autism and Rett syndrome.

Dr. Blue's lecture is being presented by the Daniel Z. Gibson-John A. Wagner Fund, the Department of Psychology and the Washington College chapter of Sigma Xi. Litrenta Lecture Hall is in the John S. Toll Science Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

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