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San Francisco
Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA  94102
United States of America

Dr. Michael Merzenich, UCSF Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience, will discuss how our new understanding of the "plasticity" of the brain changes our understanding of our elementary humanity, and challenges us to reconsider how we have organized modern societies. 

From a platform of expertise about the great sensory systems of the brain, Dr. Merzenich and his research groups have been widely acclaimed as primary contributors to a modern revolution in the science of brain plasticity. 

With UCSF’s permission, Dr. Merzenich co-founded two companies (Scientific Learning; Posit Science) that have translated the benefits of this science to help millions of neurologically and psychiatrically struggling children and adults. 

His teams’ research efforts have been acknowledged by being awarded more than 60 US and 100 world patents, by more than 300 research reports published in high-profile peer-reviewed journals, and by many honors and awards, including the Russ Prize (for co-invention of the cochlear implant) and Kavlii Award (the ‘Nobel Prize for neuroscience’ awarded for neuroplasticity studies), and his election to the U.S. National Academies of Science and Medicine. 

Meeting Schedule:

12:00 Noon Registration & Networking
12:15 PM (sharp!)  Meeting begins (club business first, followed by keynote speaker)
1:30 PM Meeting adjourns

This is a weekly membership meeting for The Rotary Club of San Francisco, open to all Rotarians, visiting Rotarians, prospective members, and guests.

Each luncheon ticket includes a three-course lunch. Tickets for Club members are $35 each; $30 if you register online in advance. Non-member tickets are $40 each. Payment by credit card or check is preferred. Tickets available for purchase only at the door.