Legos and Traumatic Brain Injury

Date(s) - 5 Feb 2013
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Arizona Center/ 1130 The Restaurant

Topic: Legos and Traumatic Brain Injuries. A favorite childhood toy can offer an explanation of how the human brain rebuilds post injury.

Hearing a lot about traumatic brain injury in the news lately? Join us as Arizona’s own brain injury expert explains the fascinating and unique process of how the brains heals. Jonathan Lifshitz has traveled across the globe presenting his team’s cutting edge research discoveries. This presentation is an entertaining, interactive way to learn how the brain is similar to a box of legos.



Speaker: Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD

Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD is the Director, Translational Neurotrauma Research Program, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He is also an Associate Professor, Department of Child Health, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Lifshitz is leading a team of basic and clinical scientists towards developing Phoenix as a destination for Neurotrauma training and research.

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Venue: Arizona Center, 1130 The Restaurant


Guests arrive, appetizers served: 5:00 to 5:30 pm

Introduction:  5:30 to 5:35 pm

Presentation: 5:35  to 6:15 pm

Q& A: 6:15 to 6:30 pm

Appetizers, including a variety of bruschetta boards, will be provided. No-host bar available. Guests can enjoy happy hour specials on all drinks, including house wines starting at $3.95 and domestic drafts for only $2.00.

Parking information: Parking is free for two hours at the Arizona Center Central Parking Garage located at 450 N 5th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (see map below). Bring parking ticket to the event for validation.



The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix admitted its first class of first-year medical students in August 2007. The College of Medicine – Phoenix has 265 students training to be physicians. The college seeks to promote health and improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease for the people of Arizona and beyond through education, research and patient care.

Start Smart and Science Cafe are free lectures that bring cutting edge topics to the community and are presented by the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix faculty and affiliates. Start Smart lectures are held in the morning 7:30 to 8:30am and Science Cafe lectures are held in the evening from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. The intention of the series is to provide informative discussion in informal settings.

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