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March 13, 2020

Rudy North Lecture Theatre, Room 101, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
2215 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 2A1


Dr. Edward Chang's talk, Toward a speech neuroprosthetic, is postponed until future notice.  Details will be published as they become available.

Abstract: Speaking is a unique and defining human behavior.  Over the past decade, we have focused on deciphering the basic neural code that underlies our ability to speak fluently.

During speech production, vocal tract movement gestures for all speech sounds are encoded by highly specialized neural activity, organized as a map, in the human speech motor cortex.   A major effort is now underway to translate these findings towards building an articulatory-based speech neuroprosthetic device for people who cannot communicate.

Dr. Edward Chang, Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, will present this Language Science Talks event as part of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Research Neuroscience Research Colloquium series.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event, co-hosted by the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Research and the UBC Language Sciences Initiative.

We ask that attendees refrain from wearing perfumes and scented soaps to prevent causing allergic reactions for other attendees. Click here for a map and directions to the venue via Google.

If you require an accessibility-related measure (e.g.: sign language interpretation, captioning, accessible parking, or any other accessibility-related measure), please contact Alex Walls at or 604 822 7435.

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