2007 - Genes, Environment and Behavior

Genes, Environment and Behavior

Friday, June 1, 2007
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Farkas Auditorium
New York University School of Medicine,
540 First Ave., New York, NY

The 2007 Skirball Symposium is open to the public, with no registration fee.
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All of our behaviors, whether simple or complex, reflexive or contemplative, are determined by the function of synapses between neurons in our central nervous system. Defects in the formation or function of these synapses, as well as a failure to modify synaptic connections as a consequence of experience, can lead to profound behavioral disorders. This year's Skirball Symposium will present a forum for understanding how the brain solves complex computational problems, essential for normal behavior, and how defects in this processing can lead to profound and striking behavioral disorders. The speakers will discuss how the brain recognizes distinct objects in a complex visual environment, how maternal care and stress regulate behavior, how mutations in individual genes can lead to defects in neurogenesis and behavioral disorders resembling depression and schizophrenia, and how complex behaviors can be analyzed in a genetically tractable organism.

Preliminary Program

10:00AM Introduction
Dr. Ruth Lehmann
10:10AM Neuromuscular junction, neuregulin and me
Dr. Gerry Fischbach
10:40AM The Disc1 pathway in schizophrenia, learning, memory and mood
Dr. David Porteous
11:25AM Coffee Break
11:45AM Epigenetic programming of stress responses through variations in maternal care
Dr. Michael Meaney
12:30PM Functional specificity in the cortex: selectivity, experience & generality
Dr. Nancy Kanwisher
1:15PM Lunch
2:45PM Neurogenesis and depression
Dr. Rene Hen
3:30PM Reciprocal regulation of neurogenesis by the NPAS1 and NPAS3 transcription factors
Dr. Steve McKnight
4:15PM Assembling a network for behavior
Dr. Cori Bargmann