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Rita Levi-Montalcini

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Rita Levi-Montalcini

  1. 1. Rita Levi Montalcini<br />By: Loa Gordon<br />
  2. 2. Who is she?<br />1909: Turin, Jewish Family<br />1930: Enrolled in medical school<br />1936: Graduated<br />1939: Banned from workforce<br />
  3. 3. Where did she go from there?<br />
  4. 4. 1946: Invited to Washington University by biochemist Viktor Hamburger for a semester, ended up staying 30 years<br />With professor Hamburger and Stanley Cohen, discovered the nerve growth factor<br />
  5. 5. Scientific Method<br />Observation: Tumor & nerve connections<br />Question: What promotes the cells connections?<br />Hypothesis: Factor extends dendrites, causes pathways<br />Experiment: Snake poison & male mouse saliva<br />Conclusion: Links (ex: brain/spinal) create due to NGF<br />Confirmation of hypothesis<br />
  6. 6. system<br />
  7. 7. importance<br />- Progress of treatment of nervous system diseases<br />- Accelerate wound healing through stimulation<br />- Understanding of psychiatric disorders (ex: depression, schizophrenia)<br />- Understanding the phenomenon of love<br />Human body = Network<br />
  8. 8. Other Achievements<br />- Written 21 books<br /><ul><li> Research with youth
  9. 9. Helping African woman</li></ul>1886: Nobel prize <br />(Psychology/ Medicine)<br />
  10. 10. The futureRita’s Biggest Fear<br />

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