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  • Behavioral Sciences

  • Events 

    Monday, November 3, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Gene Network Changes in Alzheimer's Disease: Potential Points for Therapeutic Intervention

    Speakers: Kwame O. Affram (Uniformed Services University), Erik H.W.G.M. Boddeke (University Medical Center Groningen), Oleg Butovsky (Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School), Philip L. De Jager (Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital), Joseph El Khoury (Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School), Miriam Merad (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), Michael C. Oldham (University of California, San Francisco), Vishal Sahni (Eisai Inc), Bin Zhang (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)

    Next generation sequencing of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) progression reveals gene networks within microglial pathways. This symposium focuses on microglia biology, molecular signatures specific to microglial phenotypes, and phenotype modulation.

    Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Food Safety Considerations for Innovative Nutrition Solutions

    Keynote Speakers: Robert E. Brackett (Illinois Institute of Technology), Frank Yiannas (Walmart)
    Speakers: Carol Byrd-Bredbenner (Rutgers University), Benjamin Chapman (North Carolina State University), Marjorie Nolan Cohn (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), Jeff Farber (Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Canada), Linda J. Harris (UC Davis), Tanya Roberts (Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention), Victoria Salin (Texas A&M University), Manpreet Singh (Purdue University), William Sperber (The Friendly Microbiologist LLC)

    This conference will discuss issues of food security, economics, policy and communication related to food safety.

    November 11 - 13, 2014

    Shaping the Developing Brain: Prenatal through Early Childhood
    Fifth Annual Aspen Brain Forum

    Keynote Speaker:Thomas R. Insel (National Institute of Mental Health)
    Speakers: Tracy L. Bale (University of Pennsylvania), Jay Belsky (University of California, Davis), Maureen Black (University of Maryland), Pia Britto (UNICEF), Serena Counsell (King's College London), Martha Farah (University of Pennsylvania), Edward Frongillo (University of South Carolina), Michael Georgieff (University of Minnesota), Takao Hensch (Harvard University), Sharon Lynn Kagan (Columbia University), Patricia Kuhl (Washington University), Ed Lein (Allen Institute for Brain Science), Betsy Lozoff (University of Michigan), Linda Mayes (Yale School of Medicine), Andrew N. Meltzoff (Washington University), Charles A. Nelson (Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital), Joseph Piven (UNC School of Medicine, CIDD), Dana Suskind (University of Chicago), Nim Tottenham (UCLA)

    Discover the latest cognitive neuroscience research on infant and early childhood development; social, family, and nutritional factors that cause lasting changes to the brain; and intervention, education, and policy to help at-risk children.

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

    Baby Talk: Closing the Achievement Gap, Word by Word

    Moderator: Michael H. Levine (Executive Director, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop)
    Panelists: Patricia K. Kuhl (Co-Director, Institute for Learning and Behavioral Sciences (ILABS), University of Washington; Co-author, "The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind."), Patti Miller (Director, Too Small to Fail Initiative for the Clinton Foundation), Dana Suskind (Director, Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Chicago and Founder and Director, Thirty Million Words Initiative)

    By the time they are 3, children from low-income families hear 30 million fewer words than their high-income peers. Join us for a public panel discussion on early childhood development and strategies to boost school readiness for all children.

  • Past Events

    Friday, October 10, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM

    New Frontiers in the Neurobiology of Mental Illness

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    Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy
    Former United States Representative, Rhode Island; One Mind for Research; Kennedy Forum

    This conference will explore the translation of recent breakthroughs in neuroscience into therapies for the more than twenty-five percent of Americans suffering from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, fear and anxiety disorders, autism, and other psychiatric disorders. A keynote lecture by The Honorable Patrick J Kennedy will address strategies to simultaneously abolish the stigma surrounding mental illness in order to fully realize the potential of these new treatments to improve mental health.

    Friday, September 26, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM

    Early-Life Influences on Obesity: From Pre-Conception to Adolescence

    Speakers: Shari Barkin (Vanderbilt University Medical Center), Mina Desai (University of California Los Angeles Medical Center), Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bellow (New York University School of Medicine), Lawrence B. Finer (Guttmacher Institute), Stephen A. Krawetz (Wayne State University School of Medicine), Nancy F. Krebs (University of Colorado School of Medicine), Julie A. Mennella (Monell Chemical Senses Center), Nico S. Rizzo (Loma Linda University), Susanne Stormer (Novo Nordisk), Linda M. Szymanski (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), Mark Lawrence Wahlqvist (Zhejiang University), Jane Wardle (University College London), Robert A. Waterland (Baylor College of Medicine), Christiane Wrann (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)

    This conference will present how maternal nutrition, the microbiome, metabolic disorders, and fetal development affect obesity rates.

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    When Science Bites Back!

    Speakers: Joshua Ginsberg (Wildlife Conservation Society), Alexandra Horowitz (Barnard College), Oscar Pineda-Catalan (American Museum of Natural History), Diana Reiss (Hunter College)

    From the pets we love to the rats we hate—the human condition is closely intertwined with animals. These animal experts will discuss the real story of animals from your backyard to the most extreme environments in the world, and what happens when they don't necessarily want you around.

    Monday, May 19, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    What Can Robots and Economics Teach Us About Humanity?

    Keynote Speakers: Ernst Fehr (University of Zurich), Rolf Pfeifer (University of Zurich)

    While we may think of our intelligence and ability to make choices as properties of the human brain, insights from the fields of artificial intelligence and economics paint a more complicated picture. Join two experts in the field to learn more!

  • Publications 

    eBriefing

    The Biology of Aging: Novel Drug Targets for Neurodegenerative Disease

    Organizers: Howard Fillit (Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation), Kevin J. Lee (Lawrence Ellison Foundation), and Jennifer Henry (The New York Academy of Sciences)

    This eBriefing explores advances in the science of aging and in drug discovery for Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

    eBriefing

    Consumer Behavior and Food Science Innovations for Optimal Nutrition

    Keynote Speaker: Joanne Guthrie (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

    This eBriefing looks at how research on consumer behavior can be applied to advance healthy and sustainable nutrition.

    Annals

    Steroids in Neuroendocrine Immunology and Therapy of Rheumatic Diseases II

    Edited by Maurizio Cutolo (University of Genoa), Rainer H. Straub (University Hospital Regensburg), Alfonse T. Masi (University of Illinois College of Medicine), and Johannes W.J. Bijlsma (University Medical Center Utrecht)

    This Annals volumes explores the involvement of glucocorticoids in neuroendocrine immune mechanisms in rheumatic diseases.

    Volume 1318

    Annals

    The Year in Cognitive Neuroscience

    Edited by Alan Kingstone (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) and Michael B. Miller (University of California, Santa Barbara, California)

    Scholarly review articles at the forefront of cognitive neuruoscience

  • Podcasts

    Podcast
    September 10, 2010

    What Makes Us Wise?

    Can we all be wise old owls? Science journalist Stephen Hall and neuroscientist Andre Fenton dissect what we call wisdom, from the neurons in our brain, to the social constructs behind it.

    Download (22 MB, 00:42:32)
    Podcast
    August 13, 2010

    How Prosperity Evolves

    With our economy a shambles and our environment threatened, is there any reason to be optimistic about the future? Matt Ridley says there's scientific proof to say we should be.

    Download (33 MB, 00:51:28)
    Podcast
    May 14, 2010

    Why Him, Why Her?

    What attracts us to a mate? Is "chemistry" really to blame for love at first sight? Biological anthropologist Helen Fisher explains the science behind our mating preferences.

    Download (36 MB, 00:55:43)
    Podcast
    April 23, 2010

    Why Humans Have Sex

    Evolutionary psychologist David Buss explains the mating rituals and patterns of our quirky species. We might not have colorful peacock tails, but we've got some fancy strategies of our own to make up for it.

    Download (32 MB, 00:48:55)
  • Translational Medicine Initiative

    Macy FoundationThe Translational Medicine Initiative represents a three-year partnership between the New York Academy of Sciences and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation to support the translation of basic science research into clinical applications.

    Learn more at www.nyas.org/TransMed.