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Past Keynote Speakers

Takao Hensch, PhD
Professor, Molecular & Cellular Biology; Professor, Neurology (Children’s Hospital); Center for Brain Science, Harvard University
"Translating Critical Periods"
Kristina Nielsen, PhD
Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University
"The shape of the world – representation of 3D versus 2D shapes in visual area V4"
Dr. Lorenz Studer, MD
Director for the Center for Stem Cell Biology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Bo Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Ophthalmology, Cell, Developmental & Regenerative Biology, and Neuroscience Mount Sinai
Generating New Neurons and Protecting Old Neurons in Vision Restoration
Cristina M. Alberini, Ph.D.
Professor: NYU - The Center for Neural Science
The infantile amnesia paradox: a critical period of learning to learn and remember
David Amaral, Ph.D.
Beneto Foundation Chair, MIND Institute; University of California Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Center for Neuroscience, School of Medicine; Core Investigator, California National Primate Research Center
The Ups and Downs of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Tracking the trajectories of autism in the Autism Phenome Project.
Brian A. MacVicar, PhD. FRSC, FCAHS
Co-Director, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health
Univ. British Columbia
New roles for pericytes and astrocytes in the function, repair and regeneration of cerebral blood vessels
Eve Marder, PhD
Professor of Biology, Member, US National Academy of Sciences
Brandeis University
Variability, Robustness and Homeostasis in Neurons and Networks
Jeffrey Lichtman, MD, PhD
Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Harvard University
Valina Dawson, Ph.D.
Director Neuroregeneration and Stem Cell Programs Institute for Cell Engineering
Professor of Neurology Johns Hopkins University
PARsing Cell Death in Parkinson's disease
Martin Chalfie, Ph.D.
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2008
William R Kenan Jr. Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
Touch Sensing in C. elegans: Transduction and Modulation
Lorna W. Role, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, SUNY Stony Brook
Cholinergic Modulation of Cortico-limbic Circuits Related to Attention, Memory and Mood
Carol Barnes, Ph.D.
Regents' Professor Psychology and Neurology, Director Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, Research Scientist ARL Division of Neural Systems, Memory and Aging, University of Arizona
Brain Mechanisms of Learning and Memory in Aging: What is Normal?
Larry Young, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Emory University School of Medicine
Molecular Neurobiology of Social Bonding: Implications for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Daniel Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D.
Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Chair, Human Genetics
Professor, Neurology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Director, Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)
Co-Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Genomic investigations of human higher cognition and transcriptome organization
Pat Levitt, Ph.D.
Director Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development, Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair, Professor of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Where are we with the Autisms?
Elizabeth Grove, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurobiology, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Chicago
Embryonic patterning and the mammalian forebrain
Elissa L. Newport, Ph.D.
George Eastman Professor, Former Chair of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester
Statistical Language Learning: Mechanisms for Language Acquisition in Human Infants and Adults
Pasko Rakic, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor & Chair of Neurobiology, Yale University School of Medicine
Disorders of Neuronal Position
Mary E. Hatten, Ph.D.
Frederick P. Rose Professor, Rockefeller University
New Directions in the CNS Neuronal Migration