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Esteemed Neurologist Frances Jensen to Speak at Asheville School
Esteemed Neurologist Frances Jensen to Speak at Asheville School

On April 6, 2017, Asheville School will welcome Frances Jensen to speak about adolescent brain development as it relates to risk-taking behavior, with an emphasis on adolescent substance abuse. She will speak in the Walker Arts Center's Graham Theater beginning at 7 p.m.

Jensen is the chair of neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an internationally known expert in neurology and the teenage brain. In 2014, she published "The Teenage Brain," a book she co-authored with Amy Ellis Nutt that offers a neuroscientist's approach to raising adolescents and young adults.

Jensen received the 2008 American Epilepsy Society Basic Science Research Award. She was President of the American Epilepsy Society in 2012 and has served on several leadership boards, including the Council for the Society for Neuroscience and the nominating committee at the American Neurological Association, and she is on Council at National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

She serves on the scientific advisory panel at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative and on several charitable foundations for medical research. In 2007, Jensen received a Director's Pioneer Award from the NIH to explore the interaction between epileptogenesis and cognitive dysfunction.

It was her own teenage sons who inspired her to learn about adolescent brain development and write "The Teenage Brain." Her book calls on scientific studies to offer new perspectives on how to help adolescents navigate their way to adulthood.

Jensen has spoken at TEDMED (the health and medicine affiliate of Ted Talks), the Boston Science Museum and The Franklin Institute. She has been interviewed on CBS' "60 Minutes," NBC's "Today Show," and NPR's "All Things Considered," and "Fresh Air."

She will join the Asheville School community to discuss the development of the teenage brain as it relates to risk-taking behavior.

You can read more about the event here. Her talk will help teens understand their own development and will give parents strategies to start productive conversations with their adolescents about substance use.

If you have questions, please contact Alex Hill at hilla@ashevilleschool.org. You can read more about "The Teenage Brain" here and see Jensen's 2010 TEDMED talk here.

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