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Symposium Agenda

A complete listing of Symposium speakers and related activities

Jerome L. Greene Science Center (left) and the Forum (right) on Columbia's Manhattanville campus (Credit: Frank Oudeman/Columbia University)

Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place at The Forum on Columbia's Manhattanville Campus.


Monday, May 6th, 2019

3:00 pm: Registration and Check-in

4:00 pm: Opening remarks by Richard Axel, followed by Keynote Speaker Catherine Dulac (Harvard)
"Molecular, Cellular and Circuit-Level Control of Social Behaviors"

5:30 pm: Poster Session and Reception, Jerome L. Greene Science Center

8:00 pm: Storytelling Presentation by The Story Collider, Dear Mama (Greene Science Center ground floor)


Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

**The Symposium livestream for Tuesday, May 7 will begin at 9:30 am.**

8:00 am: Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am: David Anderson (Caltech)
"Neural Control of Innate Behaviors and Associated Internal States"

9:30 am: Vanessa Ruta (Rockefeller)
"Circuit Mechanisms of Behavioral Evolution"

10:00 am: Cori Bargmann (Rockefeller)
"Organizing Behaviors Across Timescales"

10:30 am: COFFEE BREAK

10:50 am: Christopher Walsh (Boston Children's Hospital)
"One Brain, Many Genomes: Somatic Mutations and Genomic Diversity in Human Brain"

11:20 am: Oscar Marín (King's College, London)
"Neuronal Diversity and Plasticity Mechanisms Underlying the Assembly of Cortical Circuits"

11:50 pm: Panel discussion with Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Cori Bargmann, Kelsey Martin and David Anderson, moderated by Rui Costa

12:30 pm: LUNCH BREAK

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm: Guided meditation and light yoga session (optional)

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm: Building tours of Greene Science Center (optional)

2:00 pm: Edward Chang (UCSF)
"The Neural Code of Speech"

2:30 pm: Surya Ganguli (Stanford)
"Self-organizing Neural Representations of Space Through Exploration"

3:00 pm: Leslie Vosshall (Rockefeller)
"Neurobiology of the World's Most Dangerous Animal"


4:00 pm: Marc Tessier-Lavigne (Stanford)
"Wiring and Rewiring the Brain: Mechanisms of Axon Guidance and Plasticity"

4:30 pm: Kelsey Martin (UCLA), followed by closing remarks by Eric Kandel
"Synapse to Nuclear Signaling During Long-term Plasticity"

5:00 pm: Reception, Dear Mama


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