Science Meets Music

Science Meets Music: “Charting the Networks of the Brain”

Jan 9,
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  • Location: The Benjamin School

Brains are highly interconnected networks of millions to billions of neurons. Only recently, using novel electron microscopy techniques and machine-learning based data analysis, has mapping of neuronal networks become possible. Dr. Helmstaedter’s research use connectomes to discover brain-implemented algorithms, which may inspire novel machine learning, with a goal of mapping the imprints of sensory experience in the brain and discovering connectome alterations in models of psychiatric disease.

Dr. Mortiz Helmstaedter

Since August 2014, Dr. Helmstaedter has been a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany.

Dr. Helmstaedter’s research constructs connectomes-fine scale wiring plans of the brain’s complex neural circuits- to elucidate fundamental principles of neural computation, potentially inspiring novel machine learning algorithms, and contributing new insights into neurological and psychiatric diseases.

Evija Ozolins, violin

Evija Ozolins is concertmaster for Palm Beach Symphony, assistant concertmaster for Florida Grand Opera, and a member of Bergonzi String Quartet. She was educated in Riga at the Emils Darzins Academy of Music and, in 1991, was accepted as a scholarship student at the Mannes College of Music in New York City where she studied with renowned violinists Aaron Rosand and David Nadien. She has recorded as a soloist with Maureen McGovern, Brian Lane Green, and others. She also performs in numerous Broadway shows, most recently Motown, Little Mermaid and Phantom of the Opera in New York City.

Valentin Mansurov, violin

Valentin Mansurov, prize winner of competitions in former U.S.S.R, Canada, and the United States, has been actively performing in solo recitals, chamber music concerts in Europe, North and South America. Mansurov started his violin studies as a seven year old at Uspenskiy’s School for Musically Gifted Children in Uzbekistan. Mansurov has pursued further college degrees in Turkey, France, Canada, and the United States.

Chauncey Patterson, viola

Chauncey Patterson is principal viola for both Palm Beach Symphony and Florida Grand Opera, and viola for the Bergonzi String Quartet at University of Miami. He has been principal viola of the Denver and Buffalo Symphonies, and for 15 years was viola with the Miami String Quartet, an internationally renowned and extensively recorded ensemble. He was also interim viola of the Fine Arts Quartet.

Claudio Jaffe, cello

Claudio Jaffé is the cellist for the Delray String Quartet and principal cellist of the Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 11, performing a concerto written specifically for him. Trained as a solo cellist, Jaffé received four degrees from Yale University including the Doctor of Musical Arts. He is a prizewinner in numerous national and international competitions, and has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world, from NYC to Brazil to Tokyo.