4th Annual Oliver Smithies Symposium – May 19

The 4th Annual Oliver Smithies Symposium will be held Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the Ebling Symposium Center in the Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive. Welcome remarks start at 1:15pm.

This year’s esteemed speakers are:

  • Eric Kandel, Professor at Columbia University. Dr. Kandel won the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons. Kandel will speak at 1:30. The title of his talk is “We Are What We Remember: Memory and the Biological Basis of Individuality”.
  • Susan Lindquist, Professor, Whitehead Institute, MIT. Dr. Lindquist was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2010. Lindquist is a pioneer in the study of protein folding in heat-shock proteins and prions. Dr. Lindquist will speak at 2:30pm. The title of her talk is “Prions, Hsp90, and the Evolution of Novelty”.
  • Stanley Prusiner, Director for the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of California, San Francisco. Prusiner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1997 for his discovery of prions. Dr. Prusiner presents at 3:30pm and the title of his talk is “Madness and Memory”.

The Smithies Symposium is free and open to the public. If faculty or their labs wish an opportunity to meet with any of our speakers please contact Deb Rose for more information.