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Speaker: Dr. Rebekah Evans

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Dopamine is one of the most famous neurotransmitters in the brain, known to many as the 'pleasure molecule' and often associated with drugs of abuse. However, dopamine is much more nuanced and wide-ranging in its actions. For example, dopamine-containing neurons are the main neurons to degenerate in Parkinson's Disease. In this presentation, Dr. Rebekah Evans will answer the questions: Where does dopamine come from? Where does dopamine go? And What does dopamine do when it gets there?

Rebekah Evans M.Ed. Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Neuroscience Department at the Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.. Dr. Evans runs a lab investigating the cells and circuits in the brain that degenerate in Parkinson's Disease. She has earned the Fellowship Award for Research Excellence for her post-doctoral research at the National Institutes of Health and a prestigious research grant from the NIH BRAIN Initiative.