Columbia University in the City of New York

Mar 25, 20206:00 pm
Brain Awareness Week

**POSTPONED** How the Manifestations of Medical Diagnoses Have Shaped the Art World

Featuring Megan McGill, MD, PhD, REGENXBIO

March 25th, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Education Lab, Jerome L. Greene Science Center

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**This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled in the near future.**

For centuries, art and music have reflected not only contemporary cultural and political themes but also the lives of the artists themselves. For example, medical diagnoses have shaped the way artists perceive and interact with the world, and are expressed in their art. This talk explores how a pituitary tumor, REM sleep disturbances, prosopagnosia and syphilis have ultimately had profound impacts on art and music, while explaining the science behind these diagnoses along the way.


About Megan McGill

Megan McGill, MD, PhD, recently joined REGENXBIO, a gene therapy company. She most recently worked for McKinsey & Co. in the firm’s healthcare practice. Prior to McKinsey, she was a resident physician in the Radiology Department at New York University Langone Medical Center. Megan received a BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in neuroscience, chemistry and music. She completed her MD and PhD degrees at NYU with a PhD in neuroimaging and MRI physics, and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She is the co-chair of the International Crisis Group’s Ambassador Council and sits on the junior board of the Harmony Program, a non-profit organization that provides intensive, after-school music education in underserved communities. She lives in New York City with her 11 year-old son Jasper.



These talks are geared toward an adult audience. Advance registration recommended. For more information, please contact

All entrances to the Jerome L. Greene Science Center are accessible. The south and west entrances can be accessed without stairs, while a lift is available from the east entrance.

Know Science is excited to partner with Columbia's Zuckerman Institute. As scientists who are a part of Know Science, we are excited to disseminate our knowledge and expertise through engagement with the public — the Zuckerman Institute’s mission and commitment to public advocacy provides us with the perfect platform for our speakers. Come discover cutting edge research in neuroscience!

Venue: the Education Lab, Jerome L. Greene Science Center
609 W 129th St, New York, NY 10027

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