Professor Anne Andrews gives prestigious plenary talk to ACS Board of Directors meeting

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Professor Andrews presented her “TED-type talk” on chemical signaling in the brain to the ACS Board of Directors and national meeting attendees.

In her talk titled “The Brain is More Than a Computer”, which Andrews presented at the April ACS meeting in San Francisco, she highlighted the important roles of chemistry in the brain and that chemists could and should play in neuroscience research. In the lead-up to President Obama’s announcement of the BRAIN Initiative and since, she has been a vocal proponent of these chemical approaches in her own research, as an editor at ACS Chemical Neuroscience, and in other forums.

As a UCLA professor of chemistry & biochemistry and psychiatry & biobehavioral sciences, Andrews leads efforts in basic and translational research on anxiety and depression, and at the nexus of nanoscience, neurotechnology, and neuroscience. Her interdisciplinary research team focuses on understanding how the serotonin system and particularly, the serotonin transporter, modulate neurotransmission to influence complex behaviors including anxiety, mood, stress responsiveness, and learning and memory. Andrews was invited to the White House for President Obama’s announcement of the BRAIN initiative, which she helped to shape.


Prof. Anne Andrews during her “TED-type Talk” at the ACS Board of Directors Regular Session.


The ACS Board of Directors Regular Session guest speakers Prof. Anne Andrews and Prof. Joseph M. DeSimone, University of North Carolina and CEO/Co-founder of Carbon, Inc.

The second speaker at the ACS Board of Directors Regular Session was Professor Joe DeSimone of the University of North Carolina.

To learn more about Andrews’ research, visit her group’s website.

Photos by Peter Cutts.