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Omaha Science Cafe – “The Brain That Heals Itself”

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Max Kurz, Ph.D., scientist in the Institute for Human Neuroscience and Director of the Physiology of Walking & Engineering Rehabilitation (PoWER) Laboratory at the Boys Town Institute for Human Neuroscience, for the April 2 Omaha Science Cafe as he presents, “The Brain That Heals Itself,” 7pm at the Slowdown.

Dr. Kurz received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Doane University. His Master in Science degree in Biomechanics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and his PhD in Neuroscience and Behavior from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Dr. Kurz will show how his research team is using neuroimaging and advanced engineering methods to identify the adaptations in the developing brains of children that incurred a brain injury at birth. He will subsequently share how his research team is using a neuroscience informed approach to develop new cutting-edge treatment strategies that are harnessing the enormous capacity of a child’s brain to heal itself.

Max Kurz, Ph.D., is a movement physiologist with over 110 scientific publications that have received more than 2,500 citations. His research spans from robotic rehabilitation, electrostimulation of the nerves of the tongue for balance, to the design of novel physical therapy approaches that spark changes in the brain and spinal cord.

His research has been funded by the United States’ National Institute of Health for over a decade and has uncovered numerous breakthroughs in our understanding of the key therapeutic ingredients for promoting beneficial changes in the brain.

Dr. Kurz’s discoveries have been highlighted in popular media news outlets such as the Discovery Channel, New York Times, London SUN and BBC World News. Furthermore, his scientific quest for identifying the optimal treatments for individuals with neurologic impairments has been featured in Norman Doidge’s book entitled “Brain’s way of Healing”, which was on the New York Times Bestseller’s list.

Science Cafés address science topics in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses. The events  are open to everyone (21 and older).

Using plain language, an easygoing atmosphere and inclusive conversation, these interactive events are welcoming and comfortable for people with no science background. Each presentation is followed by a question-and-answer period.



April 2
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:


NE SciFest
Boys Town


21 and older
In-Person or Virtual
In-Person Event


729 N 14th St.
Omaha, NE 68102 United States
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