Nature vs. Nurture: A Story of Adoption, Reunion, Neuroscience and Shock Therapy

Monday, January 7, 2013


Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland


Get there early if you want a seat (trust me!)

How do we become the people we are? Is it in the way we were raised, or in our genes? Or both?

In this unique presentation, Dr. Larry Sherman weaves stories about his recently discovered biological family – including five siblings who all grew up in very different circumstances – with discussions about how our genes and environment influence our brains and, ultimately, who we are.

Larry Sherman, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology andthe Neuroscience Graduate Program at OHSU and a Senior Scientist at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. He earned his B.A. and M.A., both in Biology, from Reed College and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Anatomy from Oregon Health & Science University. After conducting post-doctoral research in Molecular Biology at the Genetics Institute in Karlsruhe, Germany, Dr. Sherman was an Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Neurobiology at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. He has written more than 80 publications, serves on numerous national and international scientific panels, and gives lectures throughout the globe on his studies related to repairing the damaged nervous system, and other topics in neuroscience ranging from music to love. He is the president of the Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and was recently named one of the 12 Most Innovative People in Oregon by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Portland Monthly Magazine.