'Listening With Your Brain' to Be Topic of 'UB at Sunrise'

Release Date: February 5, 1999 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The complex network of neural systems in the brain and how they affect hearing will be the focus of a "UB at Sunrise" program to be held from 7:30-9 a.m. March 3 in the Center for Tomorrow on the University at Buffalo North Campus.

In a lecture titled "Listening With Your Brain," Alan H. Lockwood, professor of neurology, nuclear medicine and communicative disorders and sciences, will explore how our ability to understand what we hear depends on a complex network of neural systems in the brain. He also will discuss how these networks are organized to give meaning to the sounds in our environment and how some sounds, such as tinnitus, arise from within the brain itself.

Lockwood is director of the Center for Positron Emission Tomography at the Buffalo VA Medical Center, a joint venture with UB, and co-director of the UB Center for Hearing and Deafness.

His research using PET scanning has pinpointed for the first time the specific brain regions responsible for tinnitus, a constant and debilitating ringing in the ears experienced by millions of Americans.

A member of the UB faculty since 1991, Lockwood holds board certification in neurology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and a member of the American Neurological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Physicians for Social Responsibility, for which he has served president at the regional and national levels.

Lockwood has served as a member of the editorial boards of a number of professional journals, including the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Metabolic Brain Disease, Medical Problems of Performing Artists and Medicine and Global Survival. He is a frequent ad hoc reviewer for Neurology, Annals of Neurology Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine and other scientific and medical journals.

The cost of the "UB at Sunrise" lecture, which includes a full breakfast, is $10 for UB Alumni Association members and $12 for the general public. The deadline for reservations is March 1. For further information, or to make reservations, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 829-2608.

The UB Alumni Association and UB's Office of Conferences and Special Events, Office of News Services and Office of Publications produce "UB at SUNRISE." It also is supported by the Office of University Development and Office for Public Service and Urban Affairs.

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