By the time a baby is born, its brain is equipped with billions of intricately crafted neurons wired together through trillions of interconnections to form a compact and breathtakingly efficient supercomputer. Zero to Birth takes you on an extraordinary journey to the very edge of creation, from the moment of an egg’s fertilization through each step of a human brain’s development in the womb—and even a little beyond.
Join neurobiologist William Harris as he explores how the brain is built, from the moment of an egg’s fertilization through to a human brain’s development in the womb, and even a little beyond.
In this talk, discover the evolutionary story of multicellular animals when they first emerged and how the growth of a foetal brain over nine months reflects the brain’s evolution through the ages.
Copies of William’s latest book, ‘Zero to Birth: How the Human Brain Is Built’, will be available to purchase at the end of the talk. Doors will open at 6:30pm
William A Harris FRS FMedSci is a Canadian-born neuroscientist, Professor of Anatomy at Cambridge University, and fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. He was head of the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience since its formation in 2006 until his retirement in 2018.