Program Schedule

May 13 and 14, 2004
Roone Arledge Auditorium
Alfred Lerner Hall

May 13, 2004 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Session I: Brain Structure

Welcoming Remarks
Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University

Neuroscience and Neuropathology—Converging Streams
Gerald D. Fischbach, MD, Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University

Potassium Channels
Roderick MacKinnon, MD, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Professor; Head, Molecular Neurobiology & Biophysics; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Rockefeller University

The Assembly of Neural Circuits in the Developing Brain
Thomas M. Jessell, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University

Scents and Sensibility: Towards a Molecular Logic of Perception
Richard Axel, MD, Professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and Pathology, Columbia University

The Storage and Persistence of Memory
Eric Kandel, MD, Professor of Physiology and Psychiatry, Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University; Senior Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

May 13, 1:30 p.m.–5 p.m.
Session II: Brain Function and Disease

Richard Mayeux, MD, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Epidemiology at Columbia University

Brain Development in Healthy, Hyperactive and Psychotic Children
Judith L. Rapoport, MD, Chief, Child Psychiatry Branch at National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health

Rett Syndrome and MeCP2: Steady Development
Huda Y. Zoghbi, MD, Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Neurology, Molecular and Human Genetics, Division of Neuroscience, Developmental Biology and Interdisciplinary Program in Cell and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Sir Michael Rutter, MD, Professor, Medical Research Council, Center for Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry; Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London

Drug Addiction: The Brain in Disarray
Nora D. Volkow, MD, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health

May 14, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Session III: Biology of Mind

David Cohen, PhD, Professor of Biological Sciences and of Psychiatry at Columbia University.

fMRI Investigations of Human Extrastriate Cortex: People, Places, and Things
Nancy Kanwisher, PhD, Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Investigator, McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Decision-Making and the Neural Representation of Value
William T. Newsome, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Stanford University School of Medicine; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Towards the Neuronal Basis of Consciousness
Christof Koch, PhD, The Lois and Victor Troendle Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology and Professor of Computation and Neural Systems, Executive Officer for Computation and Neural Systems, California Institute of Technology

Consciousness, Causation, and Reduction
John R. Searle, PhD, Mills Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Language, Department of Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley

Concluding Remarks
Nancy Wexler, PhD, Higgins Professor of Neuropsychology in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University

Symposium Co-chairs
Thomas Jessell and Joanna Rubinstein

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