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Brainoids: Growing a brain in a dish

05:30 PM - Tuesday 22 September, 2015

The human brain is a complex thing, and scientists are trying new and innovative techniques to unravel its mysteries. Most recently, researchers have been growing brain-like organs called ‘brainoids’ in their labs using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). These bits of tissue, called brainoids because they mimic some of the structure and function of a real brain, are furthering knowledge of human development, serving as disease models and drug-screening platforms, and might eventually be used to rescue damaged organs.

Brainoids are an investigative tool, used to understand how disease pathology works. Research using these artificially grown organs is extremely promising for the treatment of neurodegenerative conditions such as epilepsy and Autism. 


But have the media overhyped this development? How do we grapple with the ethics of growing a brain in a dish? Join our experts to learn more about the future of brainoids and their potential application in disease.

Date:                     Tuesday 22 September

Time:                    5.30 – 6.45pm

Venue:                 Ian Potter Auditorium, Ground Floor, Melbourne Brain Centre

Contact:               Amy Bugeja - 03 8344 1819