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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13 , 2003

WSU's Earl H. Morris Lectureship Features
Acclaimed Author Rodolfo Llinas

Dayton, Ohio-The Earl H. Morris Lectureship presents "Neurobiology of Conscious Experience," featuring Professor Rodolfo Llinas, M.D., Ph.D., October 17, at 3:00 p.m., in Room 116 Health Sciences Building on the campus of Wright State University.

Llinas is considered one of the founders of modern neuroscience, and has made seminal discoveries that have revolutionized our concepts of how the brain works. In his new book, "I of the Vortex: from Neurons to Self," Llinas brings together his findings and thoughts on neuroscience, brain activity, and behavioral evolution. Beginning with his original work on the complex electrical patterns generated by neurons, Llinas has developed theories on how the mind works in health and disease. His contributions have provided clinical clues on neural pathologies, such as neurogenic pain, tinnitus, Parkinson's disease, depression, and schizophrenia. The basis for brain function and dysfunction is neuronal oscillations and the rhythmicity that characterize the organization of sensory-motor and complex cognitive acts, including consciousness.

In conjunction with the lecture Wright State University School of Medicine announces a book signing for Dr. Llinas's book, "I of the Vortex: from Neurons to Self," to be held in the lobby of the Frederick A. White Health Center during a reception immediately following the lecture.

Llinas is chair of the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience at New York University School of Medicine, and is the Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience. He also chairs the NASA/Neurolab Science Working Group.

This lectureship was endowed by Herbert C. and Marion Morris to honor the memory of Earl H. Morris, M.D., and to support biomedical research. Born in Bellbrook, Ohio, Dr. Morris graduated from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in 1903 and practiced medicine in the Dayton area for more than fifty years. An avid learner throughout his lifetime, Dr. Morris was keenly interested in medical research and advances in clinical practice. This lectureship is a tribute to his dedication to the science of medicine.