Dr. Carol Barnes
Dr. Carol Barnes

Dr. Carol Barnes, Regent’s Professor and Evelyn F. McKnight Chair in Learning and Memory at the University of Arizona, presents this year’s Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture.

Barnes will present “Normal Brain Aging: Impact on Circuits for Memory” at 4:15 p.m. March 3 in MSB 3.001.

Barnes also serves as director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, director of the ARL Division of Neural Systems, Memory & Aging, and associate director of the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona, Tucson. She is past-president of the 42,000 member Society for Neuroscience, an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an elected foreign member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. She recently received the 2013 Gerard Prize in Neuroscience and the 2014 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions.

The central goal of Barnes’ research program is to understand how the brain changes during the aging process and what the functional consequences of these changes are on information processing and memory.

The Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture was established in 2006 to honor Dr. Cheves Smythe, our first dean of the University of Texas Medical School (1970-75), and his longstanding commitment to the field of geriatric medicine.