Evening with

APRIL 13, Door Opens @ 7:00 p.m.

Event Starts @ 7:30 p.m.
Kane Hall 130, UW


Most of us take for granted that the brain and its 86 billion neurons quietly goes about the business of being “you” without much fuss. It senses the environment, coordinates movement, processes thoughts, stores and recalls memories, and replays that song over and over and over again.

An Evening with Neuroscience is a celebration of that remarkable brain in your head. This event is an opportunity for the public to engage directly with brain researchers. We invite neuroscientists, psychologists, and clinicians to discuss up-and-coming research, dispel myths, answer your questions submitted prior to the event, and share a few brainy laughs with the public. After an hour of discussion, we will open up the floor to audience questions and discussion with the panelists. EVERYONE is invited to participate.

So, come join us for an informal, casual, and fun opportunity to learn about neuroscience. EVERYONE is invited – no neuroscience background needed! So, strike up a conversation, ask a question, and learn more about the “mush between your ears!”


Date: April 13, 2018
Time: Doors at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kane Hall 130 at the University of Washington
Cost: FREE

Meet the Panel

Thomas Daniel, PhD

Dr. Tom Daniel is a professor in the department of Biology, the department of Computer Science & Engineering, the Graduate Program on Neurobiology & Behavior, the Director of the NSF Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. He is on the Board of Directors of the Allen Institute of Brain Science and the NSF Mathematical Biosciences Institute.

His research focuses on control of movement in animals, from sensory information processing to motor programming to the physics of animal motion, from molecules to moving moths. He is particularly interested in learning how insect brains encode and process both multiple sensory modalities and motor movements during flight. Dr. Daniel believes that his research can be applied to design better devices in neuroprosthetics and neural inspired technologies.

Sheri Mizumori, PhD

Dr. Sheri Mizumori is a Professor in the Department of Psychology. The Mizumori Lab’s research interest is the mechanism of neuroplasticity, which is related to learning and memory.

Dr. Mizumori studies the role of hippocampus and other memory-related structures involved in spatial learning and navigation. In her recent projects, she focuses on learning more about the function of lateral habenula, a thalamic structure which helps modify the behavioral response to changes in environmental conditions. The lateral habenula is currently used as a model for studying depression, anxiety, and stress.

Gwenn Garden, MD, PhD

Dr. Garden is a neurohospitalist in the UW Medicine medical centers and a professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her clinical interests are neuroinflammation, neurodegeneration and dementia.

Dr. Garden’s research lab analyzes the patterns of changes in gene expression, and maps out the combinations of genetic mutations that could potentially pose the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Their hope is to use this knowledge to design personalized treatments for patients. Dr. Garden also studies the role of microRNA in producing qualities of microglia that protect nerve cells from AD. Dr. Garden also wants to know if inflammatory stimuli from early in life might change the responsivity of microglia that are born later.

Jan-Marino (Nino) Ramirez, PhD

Dr. Jan-Marino Ramirez is a Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of the Center for Integrative Brain Research at the Seattle Children's Research Institute.

Dr. Ramirez’s early research was about neural networks in insect models, in terms of the dynamics and plasticity of their behavior. Later in his career, he made a huge jump to mammalian models instead, as he became interested in the similarities and applications to mammals and humans. Dr. Ramirez is interested in the neural control of various rhythmic activities and their functional outputs. He studies the mechanisms involved in the generation of respiratory and neocortex rhythmic activity, which functionally include behaviors in different syndromes and diseases. These include Rett syndrome, familial dysautonomia, congenital hypoventilation syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and pediatric epilepsy. Dr. Ramirez currently focuses on the effect of oxygen deprivation on respiratory-related brain areas.

Justin Kiggins, PhD

Dr. Justin Kiggins’ background includes neurophysiology, animal behavior and data science, and he works closely with the Visual Behavior team at the Allen Institute for Brain Science. Dr. Kiggins is interested in how the brain gives meaning to the information around us and perceived by us. He is particularly interested in the limit of our sensory perception. How the boundary of our senses is affected by our expectation from time to time.

Dr. Kiggins records dynamic data sets from mice trained with visual tasks, and from these data sets he creates computer algorithms to help us potentially understand the way perception and cognition works in the brain.

Nuno da Costa, PhD

Dr. Nuno da Costa is the head of the Network Anatomy group at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and he is an Assistant investigator in the Neural Coding department.

Dr. Costa considers the neocortex to be the most important brain structure in making us human. Dr. Costa’s research focuses on mapping the mouse neocortex, and he uses that data to analyze the activity in that network of neurons. He uses cutting edge genetic and microscopy techniques with a mouse animal model. His research contributes to a better understanding of the way our brain implements and conserves computation in the neocortex.


An Evening with Neuroscience is your event. After all, the whole purpose of the event is to connect neuroscientists with the public. So, have your say. What stories would you like to hear? What should the panel discuss?



Kane Hall is located in Red Square at the University of Washington. There is a parking garage conveniently located beneath Red Square. The location is also accessible via a number of bus routes.


Enter Kane Hall from the front entrance. Room 130 is located on the far left, with two entrances leading into either side of the lecture hall. Signs will be posted outside of the building and Kane 130 for additional assistance in finding us.

Click here to see a map of the area around Kane Hall.


Many bus routes stop very close to Red Square. When using the Metro Transit trip planner, you can use “Landmarks > COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES > University of Washington” as your trip destination. Additionally, Google Maps Transit can help you plan your trip.


Click here for driving directions to Kane Hall at the University of Washington.

  • From I-5: Take the NE 45th Street exit to the University of Washington.
  • Go east on NE 45th to 15th Avenue NE, turn right.
  • To get to the Central Plaza Garage entrance:
    • At NE 41st St, turn left into the garage entrance.
  • To enter the garage via the West Gatehouse:
    • At W Stevens Way NE, turn left, staying in the left lane.

From the garage, you can take the elevator directly up to Red Square.


Parking is available in the C1-C6 Central Plaza Garage, conveniently located beneath Red Square. Visitors MUST make parking arrangements at any one of the gatehouses upon entering campus or by contacting UW Commuter Services.


Grey Matters

An Evening with Neuroscience is produced and hosted by Grey Matters, an undergraduate neuroscience organization whose mission is to encourage public interest in neuroscience and develop accomplished science communicators. Learn more about Grey Matters at our website.

The Department of Biological Structures

The Department of Biological Structure is a modern anatomy department which studies structural organization ranging from molecules to the human body. Biological Structure teaches gross anatomy, histology and neuroanatomy to medical, dental, graduate, undergraduate and some health-care professional students.

Without the generous support of the department of Biological Structure, An Evening with Neuroscience would not have been possible.

Special Thanks

In addition to the Department of Biological Structure, Grey Matters would like to thank the following individuals/organizations for their contribution to An Evening with Neuroscience. Without them, this event would not have been possible.

  • Sneha Ingle
  • Dr. Ric Robinson
  • Dr. Bruce Ransom
  • Dr. William Moody
  • Dr. Marty Bosma
  • Dr. Stan Froehner
  • Dr. William Catterall
  • Die Cut Stickers

EWN2018 Organizing committee

This year’s event was planned by the EWN2018 Organizing committee:

Tian Qiu

Event Coordinator

Sharda Raina

Sponsorship Coordinator

Lais Conceicao

Art Coordinator

Kiran Pradhan

Marketing Manager

Valeria Aizen

Door Prizes and Decoration Manager

Madison Schatz

Day-of Coordinator

Lila Faulhaber

Tabling Manager

Assel Shardarbekova

Professor Spotlight Pamphlet Overseer

Grace Wang

Store/Merchandise Manager

Thank you also to Benjamin Cordy for his help with the website.