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Fred Mendelsohn on brain adaptability

In the 2009 Redmond Barry Lecture, Professor Fred Mendelsohn explores the often fascinating effects learning and activity have on the mind.

Until recently it was believed our  brains' wiring and function were fixed from childhood. Now we know the brain can adapt and repair itself, thanks to the plasticity of its connections and its ability to generate new nerve cells.

Fred Mendelsohn is respected worldwide for his work in neuroscience. He is honorary senior principal research fellow at the Florey Neuroscience Institutes and a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. Fred has written over 300 publications and received the Order of Australia in 2004.

This Redmond Barry Lecture was held on 1 July 2009.