Friday, March 20

The University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute is proud to host a unique symposium to spark a much-needed discussion about a public health plague. The “Neurobiology of Violence” event will bring together national and international experts to examine what is known – and what is not – about the brains of people who commit mass murders.


The concept for these talks came in the wake of the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 2018, which led to the deaths of 11 people. Similar violent acts of mass murder have been committed all too frequently across the country, prompting debate about gun control, mental illness and hate.


But there are many unanswered questions: Were these aggressors born with the potential to commit such crimes? Did early childhood experiences shape their actions? Can these propensities be identified/diagnosed and treated? Fundamentally, did their brains make them do it?


Renowned neuroscientists will come to Pitt's Alumni Hall to share their knowledge and inspire new approaches to study violence and the brain. This event will be held at Alumni Hall on Friday, March 20th, from 10am to 5pm.  It is open to the public. REGISTER HERE.

University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute

4074 Biomedical Science Tower 3

3501 Fifth Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15261