Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel will speak on “Perpetuation of Memory Storage” on Sept. 20 in the Keith Administration Building’s Mayer Auditorium on the Health Sciences Campus.
Kandel, University Professor at Columbia University, will discuss his research, which has focused on the molecular mechanisms of memory storage in Aplysia (sea snails) and mice. More recently, he has studied animal models of memory disorders and mental illness.
Winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, Kandel also is professor and director of The Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia, senior investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and USC Irene McCulloch Distinguished Lecturer in Neuroscience.
He is an editor of Principles of Neural Science, the standard textbook in the field, and author of two books, The Age of Insight and In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind. Written for the general public, In Search of Memory won both the Los Angeles Times and U.S. National Academy of Sciences awards for best book in science and technology in 2008.
The free public lecture is sponsored by Elizabeth Garrett, USC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and Carmen A. Puliafito, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Reservations can be made online at usc.edu/esvp (code: kandel). For more information, call (323) 442-2722.