On August 31, 2020, two BRI scientists, Drs Takayasu Mikuni (Professor of Cellular Neuropathology) and Nobuyuki Takei (Associate Professor of Brain Tumor Biology) visited Shibata High School, one of the Super Science High Schools (SSH) designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), to give lectures on neuroscience.
SSH is designed to have a more science-focused curriculum aimed at producing students who are better prepared for a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Drs Mikuni and Takei gave their respective 90 mins talks to 42 first-year students of the science and mathematics course.The lectures covered from basics of "memory" and "functions of neuron" to the latest data and images of neuroscience research.
We hope that the lectures will inspire students' interest in life science and medicine. We also hope that learning about how scientific research benefits society will help shaping future career choices.