Dr. Sara Lagalwar’s Science on Tap talk – Tuesday, March 26 @ 6:30

Science on Tap in Saratoga is a series of informal talks and discussions about science. Started in 2018,  Dr. Kurt Smemo from The Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Skidmore College and Dr. Wendy Mahaney from Sustainable Saratoga wanted to find a way to increase the communication between scientists and the public. The result, Science on Tap in Saratoga is a series of informal talks and discussions led by regional scientists and researchers. Monthly talks will address a diverse array of contemporary scientific research topics and debates. Click here to see the full 2019 schedule.

This year, we have a new location – The Parting Glass – to accommodate the high turnout at these events. We also welcome the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and CapSci as partners in our efforts.


Dr. Lagalwar, Associate Professor in the Skidmore College Neuroscience Program, will discuss “Fatal formations: Uncovering the brain’s ghosts, monsters and zombies (A talk on neurodegenerative disease)” on March 26 at 6:30 PM.

Dr. Alois Alzheimer first identified the disease we now know of as Alzheimer’s back in 1906 by characterizing “plaques” and “tangles” in the brain of the patient Auguste D. Further diagnoses remained dormant until new technologies created an upsurge of neurodegenerative disease research in the 1980s. This research lead to a better understanding of the disease, better clinical diagnostic criteria, the discovery of treatments to slow symptom progression, and the invention of animal models for basic research. Unfortunately, the research did not immediately translate into a cure; rather, the last two decades of Alzheimer’s research has illuminated the complexity of the human brain and human brain diseases. During this talk, we’ll review some of the history into neurodegenerative disease research but will primarily focus on newer findings – including the brain’s ghosts, monsters and zombies.

Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Plan to arrive by 6 PM to get settled so the talk can start promptly at 6:30.

Click here for our 2019 schedule.