Filmscreening: My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

Have you ever wondered how your brain works?

500 Women Scientists Berlin and Lise-Meitner-Gesellschaft e.V. in cooperation with Luna Productions and the Berlin Institute of Health invite you to join us for the screening of the Emmy-nominated best science film in 2017: “My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond”. The screening will take place on November 28, 6:30 pm at the Berlin Institute of Health, Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Str.2, 10178 Berlin.

Neuroscientist Dr. Yana Fandakova from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development will give an introductory talk before the screening and we invite the audience to discuss the film and about being a woman in science afterwards.

Admission is free, but places are limited so please register at equal.opportunity@bihealth.de. First come first served.

 

 

About the film

Meet Dr. Marian Diamond … and prepare to be smitten. Experience for yourself why she describes her 60 year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.” It is no exaggeration to say that Dr. Diamond changed science and society in dramatic ways over the course of her career. Her groundbreaking work is all the more remarkable as it began when so few women entered science at all. Shouted at from the back of the conference hall by noteworthy male academics as she presented her research, and disparaged in the scientific journals of a more conservative era, Dr. Diamond simply did the work and followed where her curiosity led her, bringing about a worldwide paradigm shift or two in the process. As she points out, in order to get to the answers that matter, you have to start by asking the right questions.

Part biography, part scientific adventure story, part inspirational tale; this is a story of a worthy role model - a woman who has lived joyously at the forefront of scientific exploration and education, finding and sharing fact-based good news about the brain.

Narrated by TV-star Mayim Bialik (Amy on Big Bang Theory, Blossom on Blossom). She not only plays a neuroscientist on TV, but is one in real life, Dr. Mayim Bialik, a PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA.

Scientific Highlights of Marian Diamond’s Career

  • One of the founders of modern neuroscience. Her pioneering research preceded the very term “neuroscience”.
  • Enrichment and brain plasticity (how the brain changes due to experience and environment) are concepts we now take for granted, but they were a scientific battleground where Dr. Diamond decisively challenged the old view of the brain as fixed and unchangeable. She was the first to find actual evidence of plasticity in a brain, forever changing our understanding of the brain … and ourselves.
  • First to publish a study of Albert Einstein’s brain – fueling yet another paradigm change, a renewed appreciation of glial cells, the 80% of the brain that, previously, was said ‘to do nothing.’
  • 4.6 million views of her YouTube Anatomy lectures, making it the 2nd most popular college course in the world, and inspiring the NY Times to call her “one of the tweedy celebrities of cyberspace.”