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  • Events 

    Friday, May 9, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    The Biology of Aging: Novel Drug Targets for Neurodegenerative Disease

    Speakers: Carmela R. Abraham (Boston University School of Medicine), Eric H. Baehrecke (University of Massachusetts Medical School), Nir Barzilai (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Jerry R. Colca (Metabolic Solutions Development Company), Brendan D. Manning (Harvard School of Public Health), Beth Stevens (Harvard Medical School), D. Martin Watterson (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine), Haung Yu (Columbia University), Jeffrey W. Kelly (The Scripps Research Institute), Richard I. Morimoto (Northwestern University)

    Age is the major risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, and key pathways in aging biology offer targets for novel drugs. Explore recent advances in the science of aging and innovative drug discovery for Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

    Monday, May 19, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 9:30 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!

    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.

    Friday, September 26, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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

    Speakers: Jane Wardle (University College London), Joel G. Ray (St. Michael's Hospitals), Julie Mennella (Monell Center), Linda M Szymanski (Johns Hopkins Medicine), Mark L. Wahlqvist (National Health Research Institutes), Mina Desai (University of California Los Angeles), Nancy F. Krebs (University of Colorado Denver), Rob A. Waterland (Baylor College of Medicine), Steve Krawetz (Wayne State University School of Medicine)

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

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

    Food Safety Considerations for Innovative Nutrition Solutions

    Keynote Speakers: Robert E. Brackett (Illinois Institute of Technology), Frank Yiannas (Walmart)
    Speakers: David Acheson (The Acheson Group, LLC), 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), Manpreet Singh (Purdue University), Kevin Haninger (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

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

  • Past Events

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Snownado: Surviving Frozen Science

    Speakers: Samuel Bowser (New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center), Julie Chase (The Explorers Club), Trevor Deighton, Linda Gormezano (American Museum of Natural History)

    Frigid, dark, and wet, the poles challenge life with some of the most formidable environments on the planet. Learn from intrepid explorers what drives them to undertake fieldwork in punishing conditions, and what happens when things go wrong.

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Consumer Behavior and Food Science Innovations for Optimal Nutrition

    Keynote Speaker: Joanne Guthrie (United States Department of Agriculture)
    Speakers: Bruce Cogill (Bioversity International), Fred Brouns (Maastricht University), Howard Moskowitz (iNovum LLC), James O. Hill (University of Colorado), Jodi Kahn (FreshDirect), Juan M. Gonzalez (Mead Johnson), Kees de Graaf (Wageningen University), Richard Black (PepsiCo), Richard D. Mattes (Purdue University), Rick Weiss (Viocare, Inc.), Sanjiv Avashia (Tate and Lyle), Serena C. Lo (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

    This conference will explore how consumer behavior can be analyzed and utilized to advance healthy and sustainable nutrition

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Confronting Mortality: Faith and Meaning across Cultures

    Featuring: Allan Kellehear, Jeffrey J. Kripal, and Lani Leary
    Moderator: Steve Paulson

    How do we cope with the inevitability of our mortality? Experts in psychology, philosophy and sociology come together to share a multicultural perspective on death, dying, and what lies beyond.

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Experiencing Death: An Insider's Perspective

    Featuring: Peter Fenwick, Kevin Nelson, Mary Neal, Sam Parnia
    Moderator: Steve Paulson

    What happens when we die? Recent medical advances have led to increased reports of "out of body" or "near death" experiences. Can these experiences be explained, and what can we learn from the transformative accounts of those who have nearly died?

  • Publications 

    Annals

    Advances in Meditation Research: Neuroscience and Clinical Applications

    Edited by Sonia Sequeira (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York)

    This Annals volume explores the ways in which meditative practice can affect consciousness, brain structure and function, aging, and clinical outcomes.

    eBriefing

    Accelerating Translational Neurotechnology: Fourth Annual Aspen Brain Forum

    Keynote Speaker: Robert J. Greenberg (Alfred E. Mann Foundation)

    This eBriefing explores the translation of neurotechnologies into new treatment options for neurological and psychiatric diseases.

    Annals

    Childhood Onset Developmental Disorders

    Edited by John T. Walkup and Francis S. Lee (Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York)

    This Annals volume presents research on the unique developmental determinants of highly prevalent conditions in children and adolescents, including anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and pediatric neurological conditions.

    Volume 1304

    Annals

    The Emerging Science of Consciousness: Mind, Brain, and the Human Experience

    Edited by Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences editorial staff

    In this Annals volume an eclectic group of experts shares their thoughts and opinions on the nature and function of consciousness in relation to behavior, ethics, creativity, music, and mindfulness.

    Volume 1303

  • 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.