How alcohol affects the brain
Researcher to speak to Winchester Academy
Dr. Bruce Hetzler will present “Alcohol, Behavior and the Brain” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, at the Waupaca Area Public Library.
Sponsored by Winchester Academy, the program is free and open to the public.
Scientists and psychologists are examining how alcohol changes the brain and how those changes in turn influence certain behaviors.
Hetzler, professor of psychology at Lawrence University in Appleton, has been teaching and conducting research since 1976. His research deals with the effects of alcohol, nicotine and ketamine on brainwaves and behavior in laboratory rats.
His program will cover the psychopharmacology of alcohol, including metabolism, tolerance and hangovers. He will also examine the social effects of alcohol and its effects on memory and brain neurotransmitters.
Hetzler received his bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and both his master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University.
He has 49 scientific publications and is a member of the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism. He has presented his alcohol research at several international alcoholism conferences, including in Japan, France, Germany and Finland.
His research has been funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Eye Institute.
Winchester Academy programs are funded through sponsors and tax-deductible donations. Hetlzer’s program is sponsored by an anonymous donor.
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