Calendar of Event
 Event Title: There is Life After the Nobel Prize: A Molecular Approach to the Gateway Hypothesis of Drug Abuse
 Date: 12/11/2009      Time: 11:00 - 12:30pm
Place: NYS Psychiatric Institute - 1st Flr. Auditorium - 1051 Riverside Drive, NYC 10032

Speaker: Eric Kandel, MD
University Professor, Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Physiology & Cellular Biophysics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
Co-Director, Kavli Institute
Coluimbia University


Eric R. Kandel, M.D. is University Professor at Columbia, Fred Kavli Professor and Co-Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Science and Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. A graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Medicine, Kandel trained in Neurobiology at the NIH and in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He joined the faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1974 as the founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior. At Columbia Kandel organized the neuroscience curriculum. He is an editor of Principles of Neural Science, the standard textbook in the field. He recently has written a book on the brain for the general public entitled In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind.

Eric Kandelís research has been concerned with the molecular mechanisms of memory storage in Aplysia and mice. More recently, he has studied animal models in mice of memory disorders and mental illness. Kandel has received eighteen honorary degrees, is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences as well as the National Science Academies of Germany and France. He has been recognized with the Albert Lasker Award, the Heineken Award of the Netherlands, the Gairdner Award of Canada, the Wolf Prize of Israel, the National Medal of Science USA and the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2000.

Denise Kandel, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociomedical Science (in Psychiatry) and head of the Department of Epidemiology of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her major research interests are: the epidemiology, risk factors, and consequences of drug use, in particular smoking; the epidemiology of substance dependence; developmental pathways of problem behaviors in adolescence; the intergenerational transmission of deviance; and the testing of epidemiological findings in animal models.