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NEWS

New publications on domestication in the Canid and Artiodactyl brain.

Neuro-SMART gets a STEM BEST Award!

Neuro-SMART high school students present their research at the DMU Research Symposium.

Central Campus and EBL awarded a Verizon Foundation Innovative Learning Grant to expand their high school brain research module! 

Dolphins have small hippocampi that lack adult neurogenesis

WELCOME 

The Evolving Brain Laboratory (EBL) is an educational and research initiative dedicated to the study of comparative neuroanatomy and the evolutionary origins of the human brain. 

 

Our Work: We use a histological framework in conjunction with phylogenetically informed procedures to investigate the neuroanatomical features underlying the behavioral repertoire of mammalian species.

 

Our Focus: To date our work has primarily centred around the study of brain asymmetry, exploring scaling relationships at different levels of organization and characterizing the phenotypic changes that accompanied the evolution of large brains.

Our Commitment to the region has also seen us gear some of our work towards the study of indigenous and domestic animals that play a pivotal role in the livelihood of the local community.

We are located within the Anatomy Department at Des Moines University upon the backdrop of the beautiful and friendly City of Des Moines, Iowa. PI- Muhammad Spocter

UPCOMING EVENTS
25, 26 JULY

Neuroanatomy in an Afternoon-  Teachers Workshop- Free!

Target Audience: High School  & Community College science educators REGISTRATION

17 OCT

The 31st Karger Workshop in Evolutionary Neuroscience will be held at University Center in Chicago IL.

CONTACT US

3200 Grand Avenue

Department of Anatomy

Des Moines University

Des Moines, IA 50312   

​Tel: 515-271-7485     

muhammad.spocter@dmu.edu

18 OCT

Annual Meeting of the J.B. Johnston Club for Evolutionary Neuroscience  -JBJC

16 JAN

First day of class for the Spring semester of the high school comparative neuroanatomy STEM Class (Neuro-SMART)

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LAB ANNOUCEMENTS

Jun 6, 2019

Dr. Spocter awarded a renewal on his Carnegie-Wits Alumni Fellowship. He will travel to South Africa for the second phase of collaborative work aimed at mapping the brain of the African Painted Dog (Lycaon pictus). Click the link to read more about the project.

October 25, 2018

The Neuro-SMART program

awarded a STEM BEST® award

from the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council. This program is now recognized as one of 50 innovative models in Iowa working to unite the workplace with the classroom. 

April 3, 2018

The Neuro-SMART Program participated as an exhibitor at the Governor's Future Ready Iowa STEM Summit 2018 - link

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