Seminar with professor Takao Hensch: Balancing brain plasticity and stability

Takao Hensch is joint professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School at Boston Children’s Hospital, and professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard’s Center for Brain Science. He is one of the leading scientists in the field of brain plasticity and he has been giving major contribution to understand the molecular and neural mechanisms of what regulates brain plasticity.

From Nature News feature (Nature 487, 24–26 (05 July 2012) doi:10.1038/487024a):

"Growing up in the suburbs of New York City, Takao Hensch learned German from his father, Japanese from his mother and English from the community around him. “I was always wondering,” he says, “what is it that makes it so easy to learn languages when you're young, and so hard once you begin to get older?”

Today, as a neuroscientist at Boston Children's Hospital in Massachusetts, Hensch is at the forefront of efforts to answer that question in full molecular detail. Language acquisition is just one of many processes that go through a 'sensitive' or 'critical' period …….. 

“For the first time, we are beginning to understand the biology that underlies critical periods,” says Hensch. And that understanding is suggesting ways to intervene in various neural disorders, including intractable conditions such as adult amblyopia, in which information from one eye is not correctly processed by the brain, and possibly even autism."

Read the full story at:

Hensch Lab | How experience shapes brain development

Tags: brain, Plasticity, Neuroscience
Published Sep. 15, 2017 11:12 AM - Last modified Sep. 15, 2017 11:13 AM