NYU Langone Medical Center Convenes 2nd Annual Neuroscience Symposium

September 23, 2010 - 4:00am

NYU Langone Medical Center held its second annual neuroscience symposium this week, made possible through a $100 million gift from the Druckenmiller Foundation to establish a state-of-the-art neuroscience institute at the Medical Center. Seven presentations on important neuroscience research were made during the event by leading neuroscience researchers at NYU School of Medicine and New York University. 

"These presentations, by some of our outstanding leaders in neuroscience, introduced new strategies for improved health of the brain and reflected the breadth and depth of our expertise in brain health," said Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, chief scientific officer, vice dean for science and senior vice president at NYU Langone Medical Center. "Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges of the current era, and with increasingly powerful tools and the creative energy of scientists in the field, we are certain to make significant strides towards a more complete understanding of the brain."

The symposium featured the following presentations:

  •  Moses V. Chao, PhD, professor of cell biology, physiology and neuroscience, and psychiatry: "How to Keep Your Brain Alive"
  • Charles R. Marmar, MD, professor of psychiatry, chair of the Department of Psychiatry: "The Psychiatric Costs of War"
  • Ralph A. Nixon, PhD, MD, professor of psychiatry and cell biology: "Delaying Brain Aging - Innovative Therapies for Alzheimer's Disease"
  • John T. Roland, Jr., MD, the Mendik Foundation Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, associate professor of neurosurgery: "New Directions in Cochlear Implantation"
  • Helen E. Scharfman, PhD, professor of child and adolescent psychiatry, physiology and neuroscience, and psychiatry: "The Male and Female Brain: Implications for Brain Health"
  • Thomas M. Wisniewski, MD, professor of neurology, pathology, and psychiatry: "Targeting Pathological Proteins in Alzheimer's and Prion Diseases"
  • Wendy Suzuki, PhD, professor of neural science and psychology, Center for Neural Science: "New Directions: The Effects of Exercise on learning, Memory and Cognition in Humans"

In July of 2009, the Druckenmiller Foundation provided a generous gift in support of a dedicated neuroscience institute to build on the Medical Center's existing strengths and to help promote the education and training of future generations of neuroscientists-a hallmark of the institution. The institute will integrate and leverage expertise in basic, clinical and translational research in new ways to increase our understanding of the functional brain and to more effectively address the biggest challenges and opportunities in neurologic health.

For additional information on the research presented or to receive a copy of the presentations provided, please contact Lisa Greiner at 212-404-3532 or lisa.greiner@nyumc.org.