Brain Organoids: Modeling Human Brain Development in a Dish

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Join us for an upcoming webinar presented by Dr. Madeline Lancaster on the topic of “Brain Organoids: Modeling Human Brain Development in a Dish”.

Research in the Lancaster lab focuses on human brain development using cerebral organoids, a new in vitro model system for neurological development and disease research. The laboratory uses these ‘mini-brains’ to study the most fundamental differences between human and other mammalian species’ brain development - essentially, what makes us human. The lab is also studying cellular mechanisms of, and potential therapeutic avenues for, neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disability.

Dr. Madeline Lancaster
Principal Investigator
Lancaster Lab, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
Upcoming Webinar - Brain Organoids: Modeling Human Brain Development in a Dish

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 10AM PDT | 1PM EDT | 6PM UTC

If you are unable to attend the webinar, please register and we will send you a link to view the recording when it becomes available.

  • Self-organization of cerebral organoids to recapitulate the developmental structure of the early human brain
  • Comparison of the cerebral organoid model system to other 3D model methods such as forebrain organoids and cortical spheroids
  • New modifications to the cerebral organoid method, including recently modeled neurological conditions
  • Future potential of cerebral organoids
Dr Lancaster is a Group Leader in the Cell Biology Division of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology, part of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in Cambridge, UK. Madeline studied biochemistry at Occidental College, Los Angeles, USA, before completing a PhD in 2010 in biomedical sciences at the University of California, San Diego, USA. She then joined Jürgen Knoblich’s lab at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA) in Vienna, Austria as a postdoctoral researcher, where she developed a new method for generating cerebral organoids and demonstrated its utility in modeling microcephaly (M Lancaster et al. Nature, 2013). She joined the LMB in 2015.

This webinar is just one of the educational resources on neural organoids that we’ve developed to help you navigate this exciting field. Visit the Neural Organoid Information Hub to learn more.