4th Annual Smithies Symposium features neuroscience all-stars – May 19

The CALS community is invited to the 4th Annual Oliver Smithies Symposium on Thursday, May 19 at the Ebling Symposium Center in the Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive. The half-day symposium, which is free and open to the public, starts at 1:15 p.m.

This year’s esteemed speakers include two Nobel Prize winners and a National Medal of Science winner:

  • 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.”

If faculty or their labs would like to meet with a speaker, please contact Deb Rose at for more information.

The Smithies Symposium is sponsored by Oliver Smithies, a Nobel Laureate and former faculty member of the UW-Madison genetics department.