Spring Behrouz | The Dynamic Future of Neuroscience

In her TEDxJacksonville talk, Dr. Spring Behrouz vividly depicts the incalculable value of memory and movement, and the devastating biological effects of these diseases on the brain. She also details recent advances in computing technology that may help elucidate treatment targets for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. “We are now building revolutionary computer simulations of neurons,” she explains, “so we can have better insight into the molecular behaviors of neural cells so we can see a play-by-play of the interworking of neurons rather than static pictures frozen in time.”  

Dr. Spring Behrouz is a self-confessed neuroscience nerd who is passionate about finding meaningful solutions for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Michigan State University, and completed postdoctoral work at Mayo Clinic, where she characterized genetic models of Parkinson's disease and was part of the team that discovered a new pathogenic mutation in VPS35. Her Ph.D. work implemented cutting edge laser capture, microarray, and in vivo siRNA techniques to identify protective genomic changes in Parkinson’s models.

Dr. Behrouz is the co-founder and chairman of NeuroInitiative, LLC.