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National Judges’ Science School

Johns Hopkins Medicine
Media Relations and Public Affairs
Media Contacts: Audrey Huang; 410-614-5105; audrey@jhmi.edu
Nick Zagorski; 443-287-2251; nzagors1@jhmi.edu
October 2, 2007

MEDIA AND CALENDAR ADVISORY

WHAT:
National Judges’ Science School
"Neuroscience and Bio-Behavioral Technologies"

Sessions to prepare judges to better manage cases involving complex science and medical issues.

Cosponsored by The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute and the Judicial Institute of Maryland, and solely funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

WHO:
More than a dozen Johns Hopkins School of Medicine faculty members, fellows and residents, along with brain science experts from around the country, will lead lectures and hands-on courses for more than 200 judges from Maryland and across the United States.

WHEN:
Oct. 5-7

WHERE:
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
733 N. Broadway
Baltimore, Md.

Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore
20 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, Md

MEDIA ARE INVITED BUT ATTENDANCE MUST BE COORDINATED IN ADVANCE BY WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3, THROUGH THE COURT INFORMATION OFFICE AT 410-260-1488.

DETAILS:
The insanity defense and other efforts by the criminal justice system to embrace mind and brain science have long created controversy and confusion for law and medicine. The National Judges’ Science School sessions on "Neuroscience and Bio-Behavioral Technologies" are designed to give members of the bench facts about human brain development and function, along with information about the latest scientific technologies and methodology used to study and assess evidentiary claims.

Lectures and interactive sessions, as well as hands-on laboratory work with brain tissues and cells aim to equip trial and appellate judges to sort out valid scientific claims from those with shaky scientific foundations. They’ll hear about neuroimaging, antisocial personality, brain cell engineering, dementia and stem cell research.

Program highlights:

Friday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-noon   
What Is Science?

Friday, Oct. 5, 1:30-4:30pm
Gross Neuroanatomy and Microscopic Examination of Brain Cells-Hands-on Laboratory

Friday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m.
Introduction to Science Program: John Griffin, M.D.

Keynote address by Solomon Snyder, M.D.,"Unfolding Landscape of the Neurosciences"
Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. Brain Development, Conception to Adulthood

Saturday, Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m.
Foundations of Neuroimaging

Sunday, Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m.
Behavioral Genetics

Sunday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m.
The Addicted Brain

On the Web:

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org

http://www.mdcourts.gov/windowsmedia/astarvnr.wmv

 

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