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McGovern Institute Annual Symposium

The McGovern Institute has organized an annual symposium each year since 2005. These events typically take place during the spring semester and they are free and open to the public.

2019 Spring Symposium in honor of Patrick J. McGovern

Event Details

Date: Monday, March 18, 2019
Location: 46-3002 (Singleton Auditorium)
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Event Summary

The McGovern Institute at MIT, and our sister institutes in China, welcome you to a full-day symposium covering cross-disciplinary approaches aimed at understanding the brain in health and disease. The symposium honors and reflects the legacy and vision of our co-founder, Patrick J. McGovern.
Talks will cover neuroscience at the cellular, molecular, and systems levels, as well as computational and cognitive neuroscience, thus reflecting research here at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, as well as cutting-edge work from the IDG/McGovern Institutes at Beijing Normal University, Tsinghua University, Peking University, and the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology.

Event Schedule

09:00 am
Lore McGovern
Welcoming remarks

09:10 am
Phillip Sharp, Founding Director, McGovern Institute, MIT
Thank you Pat for the legacy

09:25 am
Robert Desimone, Director, McGovern Institute, MIT
Precision Neuroscience: A journey through McGovern research

09:55 am
Feng Zhang, McGovern Institute, MIT
Advances in genome editing

10:25 am

10:55 am
Fang Fang, IDG/McGovern Institute, Peking University
The IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research at PKU: past, present and future

11:25 am
Rebecca Saxe, McGovern Institute, MIT
Infant brains developing in a social world

11:55 am
Yanchao Bi, IDG/McGovern Institute, Beijing Normal University
The science of learning at Beijing Normal University

12:30 pm
Lunch & poster session

02:00 pm
Huihui Zhou, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology
Research insights from Brain Cognition and Brain Disease Institute at SIAT

02:15 pm
Ed Boyden, McGovern Institute, MIT
From structure to function: optical tools for analyzing the complexity of the brain

02:45 pm
Nancy Kanwisher, McGovern Institute, MIT
Selective responses to music in the human brain

03:15 pm
Songhai Shi, IDG/McGovern Institute, Tsinghua University
McGovern Institute and brain research at Tsinghua University: The first 10 years

03:45 pm

04:00 pm
Ann Graybiel, McGovern Institute, MIT
An ancient brain system for modulating mood

04:30 pm
Guoping Feng, McGovern Institute, MIT
Thalamic reticular nucleus dysfunction in neurodevelopmental disorder

05:00 pm
Robert Desimone, Director, McGovern Institute, MIT
Closing remarks

Past Symposia

Recordings of a selection of past symposia are available on our Youtube channel.