A series of quarterly interactive noontime public lectures by leading scientists is scheduled to begin this month with a presentation titled "Brain Whirls: Inside the Adolescent Brain."

Deborah Yurgelun-Todd will discuss the possibility of detecting changes in brain patterns that are associated with adolescence-onset behavioral disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Her research suggests that early intervention strategies might prevent the manifestation of those diseases.

Yurgelun-Todd is a professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine and leads a Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative-sponsored diagnostic research team that is using imaging technology to investigate brain pattern changes associated with mental disorders.

Her lecture is at noon Thursday, Sept. 25, at The Leonardo at Library Square. It will be followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience.

The cost of lunch is $20. The Leonardo is offering a group-rate ticket to the upcoming "Body Worlds" exhibit, which opens Friday.

The next scheduled speaker is Hamid Ghandehari, head of the Biomedical Device Innovation research team at the U., on Nov. 18.

To register for the lectures, visit theleonardo.org.