Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bullitt Lecture on Neuron Doctrine of 1891

The next noontime meeting of the Bullitt History of Medicine Club will be Wednesday, January 21, 2008 at the UNC Health Sciences Library in the 5th Floor Conference Room (527). Please join us at noon for light refreshments and lecture. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Dr. Aldo Rustioni, Professor of Cell Development and Biology at UNC School of Medicine, will be presenting a lecture entitled, "The Neuron Doctrine of 1891 and the 1906 Nobel Award for Physiology or Medicine."

Dr. Rustioni earned his M.D. in 1965 at the University of Parma (Italy), and was a resident in neurology at the University of Perugia (Italy). He served as assistant professor of Anatomy at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (The Netherlands) from 1968-1973, before joining UNC in 1973. In his talk, Dr. Rustioni will outline the development of ideas about the cell as the basic constitutive element of all biological tissues and address the controversy between scientists who believed the nervous tissue to be a fiber network and those who identified the neuron as the basic constitutive element of the nerve tissue. The Nobel for Medicine or Physiology was awarded in 1906 to the two main representatives of these opposite hypotheses, Camillo Golgi and Santiago Ramón y Cajal.

For the schedule of upcoming events, visit the Bullitt Club web site; Bullitt lectures for Fall 2008 are now available online as mp3 downloads.

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