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UT BRAINSTORMS: A Conversation on the Brain 

The Department of Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin is excited to announce that UT Brainstorms: A Conversation on the Brain, is returning for a second year, at a brand new location, the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium! The purpose of UT Brainstorms is to connect with the Austin community, and ultimately with the Texas community, to inform and educate about neuroscience research and the influences it has on our daily lives.  We seek a two-way conversation where we share our expertise about the brain and we listen to what it means in people’s lives and to the challenges they face as it relates to the brain. 


When: The dates for the 2018-19 UT Brainstorms Series are listed below.  A different topic and faculty speaker will be featured each date.   Please check back regularly to learn more about upcoming speakers and topics!

Where: All Brainstorms public outreach events will be held on UT Campus at the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium.  The LBJ Auditorium is located at 2313 Red River Street, Austin, Texas 78712. 

Parking: Complimentary parking is available on-site on a first-come, first-served basis in Lot 40, which is located at the intersection of Red River at Dean Keeton streets.  Additional paid parking is available nearby in Manor Garage (MAG) on Clyde Littlefield Drive. 

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SATURDAY, november 10, 2018, 3:30-5:00PM

SPEAKER:  DR. R. Adron Harris

TOPIC:   The inflamed brain, a conversation about immune responses, addiction, depression and ptsd



THURSDAY, December 13, 2018, 7:00-8:30PM


TOPIC:   The artificial brain, a conversation about brains, computers and artificial minds



Future UT Brainstorms dates: Speakers and topics to be announced

Saturday, January 19, 2019; 3:30-5:00pm

Thursday, February 21, 2019; 7:00-8:30PM

Saturday, March 23, 2019; 3:30-5:00pm

Thursday, April 18, 2019; 7:00-8:30PM

Thursday, May 23, 2019; 7:00-8:30PM


  • September 16, 2017: The Forgetting Brain, A Conversation about Memory, Alzheimer's, and Other Memory Disorders, Dr. Michael Mauk
  • October 14, 2017: The Miswired Brain, A Conversation about Autism, Dr. Audrey Brumback
  • November 9, 2017: The Eloquent Brain, A Conversation about Language and Thought, Dr. Alexander Huth 
  • January 27, 2018:  The Addicted Brain, A Conversation about Alcohol and Drug Addiction, Dr. Robert Messing  Click Here to View Video  
  • February 15, 2018:  The Frightened Brain, A Conversation about Fear and Anxiety, Dr. Michael Drew Click Here to View Video   
  • March 24, 2018: The Plastic Brain, A Conversation about Learning and Memory, Dr. Laura Colgin Click Here to View Video  
  • April 21, 2018: The Vulnerable Brain, A Conversation about Predisposition to Alzheimer's and Other Neurological Disorders, Dr. Jonathan Pierce Click Here to View Video
  • May 17, 2018: The Electrical Brain, A Conversation about Neural Signaling and Epilepsy, Dr. MacKenzie Howard Click Here to View Video
  • June 9, 2018: The Broken Brain: A Conversation about How Brain Damage Informs Us About Brain Function, Dr. Michael Mauk Click Here to View Video
  • September 29, 2018: The Craving Brain: A Conversation about Vulnerability to Drug Addiction, Dr. Micky Marinelli Click here to View Video
  • October 18, 2018: The Developing Brain: A Conversation about Learning During Childhood & Adolescence, Dr. Alison Preston Click here to View Video