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Price Family Center for the Social Brain Inaugural Symposium

Inaugural Symposium


6:00 – 7:00 PM | Keynote Address
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Scientific Symposium
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue at East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065

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Schedule of Events


Keynote Address for Science Enthusiasts

Caspary Auditorium

6:00 – 7:00 PM
Neural Coding of Innate Social Behaviors
David J. Anderson, Ph.D. (Rockefeller University Class of ’83)
Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology
Director and Leadership Chair
Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience
California Institute of Technology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Scientific Symposium

Caspary Auditorium

8:30 – 9:00 AM
9:00 – 9:10 AM
Richard P. Lifton, M.D., Ph.D.
President and Carson Family Professor
Laboratory of Human Genetics and Genomics
The Rockefeller University
9:10 – 9:20 AM
Introductory Remarks: Price Family Center for the Social Brain

Winrich Freiwald, Ph.D.
Professor and Head
Laboratory of Neural Systems
The Rockefeller University

Vanessa Ruta, Ph.D.
Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Professor and Head
Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior
The Rockefeller University

9:20 – 9:50 AM
Organizing Behaviors Through Internal States
Cori Bargmann, Ph.D.
Torsten N. Wiesel Professor and Head
Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior
The Rockefeller University
9:50 – 10:20 AM
Tuning Depression Circuits: Insights from Studies of Functional Neuroimaging and Deep Brain Stimulation
Helen S. Mayberg, M.D.
Professor, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience
Mount Sinai Professor of Neurotherapeutics
Director, Nash Family Center for Advanced Circuit Therapeutics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
10:20 – 11:00 AM
11:00 – 11:30 AM
Probing and Rescuing Dysfunctional Brain Circuits in Depression
Conor Liston, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute/Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medicine
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
A Skin-Brain Neural Circuit for Rewarding Social Touch
Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences and Principal Investigator
Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute
Columbia University
12:00 – 12:30 PM
Specialized Cortical Regions for Social Perception in the Human Brain
Nancy Kanwisher, Ph.D.
Walter A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
12:30 – 2:00 PM
2:00 – 2:30 PM
Mechanisms of Social Evolution
Daniel Kronauer, Ph.D.
Stanley S. and Sydney R. Shuman Associate Professor and Head
Laboratory of Social Evolution and Behavior
The Rockefeller University
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
2:30 – 3:00 PM
The Geometry of Decision Making
Iain Couzin, Ph.D.
Director, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
3:00 – 3:30 PM
Expanding Evolutionary Neuroscience: Harnessing Natural Variation
Hopi Hoekstra, Ph.D.
Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology
Harvard University
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
3:30 – 4:15 PM
4:15 – 4:45 PM
Neural Mechanisms of Interactive Communication
Michael A. Long, Ph.D.
Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience
New York University School of Medicine
4:45 – 5:15 PM
The Neural Control of Speech
Edward Chang, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Neurological Surgery
University of California, San Francisco
4:15 – 5:45 PM
People Think about People Thinking
Rebecca Saxe, Ph.D.
John W. Jarve (1978) Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Associate Dean of Science

McGovern Institute for Brain Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5:45 PM
Closing Remarks
President Lifton

Photo Credit: Alfred Pasieka / Science Photo Library

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