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Summer Wednesday Talk: June 14, 2023, 2-4pm – Zoom only.

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June 14, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

June 14, 2023

Speaker: Ella Striem-Amit

Title: “Drawing with Your Feet: Learning about Brain Plasticity and Function from People Born without Hands”

Abstract: We perform most of our daily actions with our hands, and vast portions of the brain are dedicated to them. What does this system do in people born without hands who use their feet instead? Does this brain system development depend on having hands, or is it hard-wired?

Bio: Ella Striem-Amit obtained her PhD in neuroscience at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and performed her postdoctoral training at Harvard University psychology department. Since 2019, she is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Georgetown University Medical Center. Her research uses behavioral and neuroimaging experiments to study the balance between retained organization and plasticity in the human brain. Specifically, she focuses of the effects of congenital sensory-motor deprivation, in conditions such as blindness, deafness and dysplasia (being born without hands), to test the balance between nature and nurture in brain development.

Link to register: https://forms.office.com/r/TZjJdBYqyU

The deadline to register is the morning of the the event before 8:00am. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.  

If you have any questions, please contact the organizer – Linda Hutcheon at l.hutcheon@utoronto.ca. 


June 14, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm