Dartmouth Young Mind and Brain Symposium

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, a one-day symposium bringing together leading researchers for talks and discussion on the developing brain and behavior will take place at the Hanover Inn.

The young brain is simultaneously endowed with infinite potential and resiliency, while also extremely vulnerable to physical and emotional insults that can have long-lasting negative consequences. This symposium will highlight cutting-edge neuroscientific research that is being brought to bear on long-standing questions regarding the development of the brain and behavior. Topics will include neural development and plasticity, emotional development during adolescence, and brain mechanisms underlying illnesses such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and schizophrenia, as well as vulnerability to substance abuse. Each speaker is a world renowned expert in his or her field of research, providing an ideal forum for exposing the audience to the absolute latest findings and current research.

This symposium is sponsored by generous support from the Lincoln Filene Professorship, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the Departments of Molecular and Systems Biology and Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and the Department of Neurology at Geisel and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.


9:00am             Introduction

9:05-9:50         James Hudziak (University of Vermont College of Medicine): The Translational Aged Brain Goes to College

9:55-10:40       Anthony Grace (University of Pittsburgh): Adolescence as a Vulnerable Period in the Pathophysiology of Schizophrenia: Impact of prepubertal stress

11:00-11:45      BJ Casey (Yale University): The Adolescent Brain: Arrested or adaptive development

1:15-2:00         Eve Marder (Brandeis University): Variability, Robustness, Modulation and Homeostasis in Neurons and Networks

2:05-2:50        Joseph Buxbaum (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai): From Gene Discovery to Novel Therapeutics in Autism Spectrum Disorder

3:10-3:55        Robert Malenka (Stanford University): Neural Mechanisms of Social Reward

4:00-4:45       Kamran Khodakhah (Albert Einstein College of Medicine): Cerebellar Modulation of the Dopaminergic Reward Pathway     

4:45-5:00.      Concluding remarks

Space is very limited - to inquire, please contact [email protected] for details.