Our Brains, Ourselves

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brain-banner-copy-2_cropped.jpegFor this episode, we're diving into the archives to play you excerpts from a discussion that took place in 2012. The discussion was called "Understanding Our Brains, Understanding Ourselves," and it brought together an expert panel of Columbia alumni and professors to talk about the brain.

If you've ever wondered what smell New Yorkers like the most and what smell they hate, you've definitely come to the right place.


Panel members in this episode include:

Richard Axel '67CC: A professor of biochemistry, molecular biophysics, and pathology at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He’s also noble laureate who wants to talk a bit about smell.

Leslie Vosshall '87CC: Former student of Richard Axel. Like Axel, she's quite interested in the study of the sense of smell—she's the one who knows New Yorkers' preferred odors. She's also interested in what makes mosquitoes hover over your head and choose you for their next meal. She is currently a professor of neurogenetics and behavior at Rockefeller University.

Neil Shneider '90GSAS, '93GSAS, '94PS: A physician-scientist and associate professor at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He's a graduate of Harvard and of the MD, PhD program at Columbia. He also completed his graduate work in Richard Axel's lab. Shneider’s expertise is in neuromuscular development and disease. He studies how the brain communicates with the muscles in health and disease, particularly in ALS. 

Lise Elliot '87GSAS, '88GSAS, '91GSAS: An associate professor of neuroscience at the Chicago Medical School of Rosalyn Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She's also the author of two books: What's Going On In There? How the Brain and Mind Develop In the First Five Years of Life and Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps and What We Can Do About it. 

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To hear the full talk, check out the video here