Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
The Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex will be officially dedicated in a ceremony in the atrium on Friday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m.
Chairman of the Corporation Dana G. Mead will offer a few words of welcome, followed by remarks from President Susan Hockfield and Cambridge Mayor Michael A. Sullivan.
Sullivan will be followed by Mriganka Sur, head of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences; Robert Desimone, director of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research; Susumu Tonegawa, director of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory; and Robert J. Silbey, dean of the School of Science.
A community reception will follow from 4-5 p.m.
In advance of the dedication, the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences will hold a symposium in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the department's graduate program -- "Looking Back, Looking Forward: Shaping Neuroscience and Cognitive Science" -- from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday in the atrium.
The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory will hold its own inaugural events on Thursday, Dec. 1. The daylong symposium on "The Future of the Brain," which will be webcast live, will feature five Nobel laureates discussing brain research starting at 9 a.m.