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Wednesday, October 9 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Neuroengineering: The Future Is Now

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With growing understanding of how neurochemistry and electrical impulses define our thoughts and emotions, the field's leading researchers are working to translate this evolving knowledge into new medical treatments.

  • Ed Boyden, Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab
  • Daniela Schiller, Associate Professor, Mount Sinai Hospital    
  • Steve Ramirez, Graduate Student, MIT
  • Theodore Berger, Director, Center for Neural Engineering, University of Southern California

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Theodore Berger

Director, Center for Neural Engineering, University of Southern California
Dr. Theodore Berger’s research is currently focused primarily on the hippocampus, a neural system essential for learning and memory functions. Preclinical applications of Dr. Berger’s research include the development of cognitive neural prostheses for restoring lost memory; clinical applications extend to medical devices and procedures for controlling seizures; industrial applications include biologically-based models underlying... Read More →
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Ed Boyden

Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab
Ed Boyden is associate professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute. He leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group, which develops tools for analyzing and engineering the circuits of the brain. These technologies, created often in interdisciplinary collaborations, include optogenetic tools, which enable the activation and silencing of neural circuit elements with light; 3-D... Read More →
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Steve Ramirez

Graduate Student, MIT
Steve is a graduate student at MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences department pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience. His work focuses on finding where single memories are located throughout the brain, genetically tricking the brain cells that house these memories to respond to brief pulses of light, and then using these same flickers of light to reactivate, inhibit, and create new memories. The goals of his research are twofold: to figure out how... Read More →
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Daniela Schiller

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Friedman Brain Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Daniela Schiller is a scientist studying the neuroscience of emotions. Her findings about erasing fear memories were published in the journal Nature, and she is the recipient of the NYAS Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists. She has also been telling stories on various stages in New York City and is a two-time Moth StorySlam winner. Schiller is also the drummer of The Amygdaloids, a band of scientists singing... Read More →


Wednesday October 9, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
MIT Media Lab (6th Floor Event Space) 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

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