Brain Talk Town Meeting


The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind

A free public presentation by
Barbara Lipska and Elaine McArdle
with a book signing to follow.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 7:00 pm

The Westin Snowmass Conference Center – Salon B

Please join us for a joint presentation by Barbara Lipska and Elaine McArdle. They will discuss their book, The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery, where we learn of Lipska’s return from madness.

Barbara Lipska, Ph.D., a director of the Human Brain Collection Core, studies the neuroscience of mental illness and brain development at the National Institute of Mental Health. In her work she’s examined the molecular structure of the brains of people who were so afflicted with schizophrenia or other disorders that they took their own lives.

Elaine McArdle is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Boston Globe and Boston Globe Magazine, Harvard Law Bulletin, Harvard Ed. Magazine, Northeastern Law Magazine, and many others.

For two months in 2015, Lipska developed similar symptoms of dementia and schizophrenia — only to learn they were the effects of cancerous tumors, growing in her brain. A melanoma that had spread there caused the scientist to have to personally contend with the kind of ordeals and anxieties encountered by those whose brains she’d studied in the safe confines of her lab.

The purpose of the Brain Talk Town Meeting is to open a dialogue between scientists and non-scientists. The meeting will start with a scientific presentation aimed at non-scientists, which will be followed by an open discussion period involving questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendance is open to all and free of charge.