An Audience Favorite at the Mill Valley Film Festival, this charming and enlightening documentary acquaints us with Dr. Marian Diamond, one of the founders of modern neuroscience and a dedicated educator who carries a preserved human brain in a hatbox. Today we accept that the brain is capable of plasticity and enrichment, even in adulthood, but it is in large part thanks to Dr. Diamond, who challenged medical orthodoxy in an era when few women entered science at all. In this film, she describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy,” and we meet many of her colleagues and students, including tonight’s special guest, Dr. Che Prasad. Producers/Directors: Catherine Ryan, Gary Weimberg. (US 2016) 61 min. plus discussion.

Filmmaker Catherine Ryan will be joined on stage by Dr. Che Prasad. Dr. Prasad is a pathologist with Marin Medical Laboratories and Laboratory Medical Director at Marin General Hospital. At UC Berkeley, he studied human integrative biology and did research on the relationship between the brain and the immune system with Dr. Marian Diamond.

Thank you to our Community Partner The Helen Wills Institute at UC Berkeley

This presentation is part of SCIENCE ON SCREEN®, a series pairing film screenings with lively scientific discussions – an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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