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This webinar dives into the neurobiological underpinnings of behaviour. It discusses how the brain can control behaviour and how learning new behaviours can change the brain. It also discusses how these concepts can be applied to canine behaviour.

  • Overview of the anatomy of the brain
  • Basics of neural communication (synapses, neurotransmitters, and receptors)
  • Emphasis on learning and memory and mechanisms of neural plasticity
  • Discussion on how the brain controls behaviours
  • Discussion on how behaviours can change the brain
  • How can understanding of the brain help with dog’s behaviours?

Dr. Fair Vassoler | The relationship between the brain and behaviour

  • Dr. Fair Vassoler is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She also has a secondary appointment in the Neuroscience Department in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She received a Master’s in Pharmacology and Biomedical Neuroscience from Boston University School of Medicine and her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed additional post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania and Tufts University.

    Dr. Vassoler teaches veterinary neurobiology and pharmacology in the veterinary and graduate curriculum at the Cummings School. She has an active research program with a primary focus on addiction and substance use disorders. Current research projects include transgenerational epigenetic effects and mechanisms of transfer of parental opioid exposure, epigenetic modifications in response to opioids, and the development of novel therapeutic modalities to treat refractory relapsing addiction.

    She utilizes state of the art molecular and cellular techniques in combination with animal models to address these questions. Additionally, her interests include both education and community outreach. In that capacity, she is involved in the Boston Area Neuroscience Group (BANG), which provides community education and outreach opportunities as well as volunteer work in underserved communities as a classroom neuroscience guest to promote STEM.

  • 15th May 2022

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