Scientifically Speaking is a virtual event series designed to highlight JAX's distinctive combination of research, education and resources and our role in empowering the biomedical community to improve the future of human health. Content is intended to be accessible and engaging for all audiences.


Beyond the Cortex: Causative Factors of Brain Deterioration

Our brains carry memory, identity and our understanding of the world around us. As the average human lifespan continues to increase, our awareness and concern about neurodegenerative disease is growing with it. This Scientifically Speaking virtual discussion features two postdoctoral associates pursuing neurodegenerative disease research. Join us to meet them and learn more about their work:

  • Ashley Munie Gardner, Ph.D., studies the role of microglia (cells in the brain that help protect and support nerve cells) on the nervous system function to better understand neurodegenerative diseases.

  • Michael Maclean, Ph.D., is working to better understand how common stressors, such as obesity and diabetes, influence the development and progression of diabetic retinopathy and Alzheimer's disease.

They will be joined by Anna Lisa Lucido, Ph.D., JAX's senior director of research strategy and director of research program development, who will moderate the event. Anahita Modaresi, director of corporate and Foundation Relations, will serve as master of ceremonies. 

When: Tuesday, May 7, 2024 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Where: Zoom 

Past Events

Past Scientifically Speaking Event Recordings

  • May 2024 - Beyond the Cortex: Causative Factors of Brain Deterioration

  • November 2023 - Cancer, Aging and the Future of Oncology