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Nobel laureate and memory expert Kandel set for next Discovery Lecture

Apr. 27, 2017, 11:34 AM

Nobel laureate Eric R. Kandel, M.D., renowned for his studies of learning and memory, will give the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, May 4.

His lecture, “The Biology of Memory and Age-Related Memory Loss,” will begin at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall. It is the Elaine Sanders-Bush Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology.

Eric Kandel, M.D.

Kandel is University Professor and Fred Kavli Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University, where he also directs the Kavli Institute for Brain Science and co-directs the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. He is a senior investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Kandel shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system, in particular the molecular mechanisms of memory storage in neurons. Kandel famously used the sea slug Aplysia as an experimental model to demonstrate the synaptic changes that underlie learning and memory.

For a complete schedule of the Flexner Discovery Lecture series and archived video of previous lectures, go to mc.vanderbilt.edu/discoveryseries.

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