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Join The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior for an Open Mind program with Dr. Natterson-Horowitz, co-author of “Wildhood, the Astounding Connections Between Human and Adolescent Animals”. Dr. Natterson-Horowitz connects the lives of ancient crustaceans, fish, birds and mammals to the anxieties and challenges of modern human adolescents. The “neurobiology of comparison” evolved in our animal ancestors 500-million-years ago and is crucial for understanding the emotional struggles of today’s adolescents and young adults. Through narration of wildlife videos and scientific animations, she will demonstrate how animal behavior and evolutionary biology can be integrated with neuroscience to create a powerful and indispensable lens for understanding and helping the adolescents and young adults in our lives.


Natterson-Horowitz, M.D. is a Visiting Professor at Harvard in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology and Professor of Medicine at UCLA. She co-authored with Kathryn Bowers The New York Times bestseller, Zoobiquity which was a Finalist in the American Association for the Advancement of Science Excellence in Science Books Award, a Smithsonian Top Book of 2012 and a Discover Magazine Best Book of the Year. It has been translated into seven languages and has been chosen as a Common Read at universities across the country.


The Nobel Assembly selected bio-inspired medicine as the theme for its 2019 Nobel Conference. As invited Keynote Speaker, Dr. Natterson-Horowitz opened this year’s conference addressing Assembly members and guests at the Nobel Forum in Stockholm, Sweden.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020 
6:30 PM Check-in | 7:00 PM Program 
Semel Institute Auditorium (see map)
Parking is available for $12 in Structure 8

You may pay for parking at the pay stations located on level 4 of Parking Structure 8 or via the ParkMobile app on level 4. You might wish to consider using Uber or Lyft to be dropped off directly in front of the Semel Auditorium at 720 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90024.

Admission is free but registration is requested.


Friendly Reminder!
Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP does not guarantee seating. We overbook to account for cancellations and no-shows, so please arrive early.