Past Lecturers

2018 Emmanuelle Charpentier, PhD
Director, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology
Founding and Acting Director, Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, Berlin, Germany
The Transformative Genome Engineering CRISPR-Cas9 Technology: Lessons Learned from Bacteria
2017 Josep Dalmau, MD, PhD, FAAN
Research Professor
Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA)
Hospital Clinic-IDIBAPS, University of Barcelona
Adjunct Professor of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania
Antibody-Mediated Encephalitis: Symptoms and Mechanisms
2016 Mary E. Hatten, PhD
Frederick P. Rose Professor
Head, Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology
The Rockefeller University
Mechanisms of Cerebellar Development: Migration, Circuit Formation and Synaptic Plasticity
2015 Robert L. Macdonald, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Genetic Epilepsies and GABAA Receptor Mutations
Cori Bargmann, PhD
The Rockefeller University
Using Fixed Circuits to Generate Flexible Behaviors 
2013 Angela Vincent, FMedSci, FRS
University of Oxford
Autoimmune Encephalitis – How Wide is the Spectrum?
2012 Elizabeth Engle, MD, PhD
Harvard University
Human Disorders of Axon Growth and Guidance
2011 Thomas C. Südhof, MD
Stanford University
Neurotransmitter Release and Neurodegeneration – the SNARA Connection
2010 Kenneth L. Tyler, MD
University of Colorado
West Nile Virus and the Nervous System
2009 James O. McNamara, MD
Duke University
Neurotrophin Receptor, TrkB, and Epileptogenesis
2008 Susan Lindquist, PhD
MIT/Whitehead Institute
Protein Folding and Misfolding in Neurobiology
2007 Arnold R. Kriegstein, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Neural Stem and Progenitor Cells in Cortical Development and Therapeutics
2006 Lawrence Steinman, MD
Stanford University
The Implications of the Surprisingly Confluent Inflammatory Portraits of Multiple Sclerosis, Tay Sachs Disease and Adrenoleukodystrophy
2005 Roger Tsien, PhD
University of California – San Diego
Building Molecules to Spy on Neurons and Tumors
2004 Douglas Turnbull, PhD
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Mitochondrial Encephalopathies
2003 Christopher A. Walsh, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Human Brain Malformations: Patterning the Cerebral Cortex
2002 Huda Y. Zogbi, MD, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine
MeCP2 Function and Dysfunction: Clues to the Pathogenesis of Rett Syndrome and Related Disorders
2001 Dennis J. Selkoe, MD
Harvard Medical School
Presenilins, Notch and the Genesis and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
2000 Roderick Mackinnon, MD
Rockefeller University
Potassium Channels
1999 Michael V. Johnston, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Selective Vulnerability in the Developing Brain
1998 Robert H. Brown, Jr., MD, DPhil
Harvard Medical School
The Molecular Pathogenesis of ALS and ALS-Dementia: Further Insights from Genetics
1997 Dennis W. Choi, MD, PhD
Washington University, St. Louis
Zinc and Ischemic Encephalopathy: Metal on the Brain?
1996 M. Flint Beal, MD
Harvard Medical School
Pathogenesis of Neurodegeneration: Is No No- Good?
1995 Paul W. Brown, MD
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Infectious Cerebral Amyloidosis: Phenotypes, Genotypes and Amyloid Deposition
1994 Richard S.J. Frackowiak, MD, FRCP
University Of London
Organisation and Reorganisation in the Human Brain Following Injury
1993 Hans Thoenen, MD
Max Planck Institute For Psychiatry – Munich
Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of the Trophic Support of Motorneurons: Physiological, Patho-Physiological and Therapeutic Implications
1992 Fred H. Gage, PhD
University Of California At San Diego
Grafting Genetically Modified Cells to the Brain
1991 Jack. G. Stevens, DVM, PhD
University of California at Los Angeles
Herpes Simplex Virus Genetic Expression During Establishment, Maintenance, and Reactivation from Latency
1990 Clarence Joseph Gibbs, Jr., PhD
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Mad Cow Disease and Spongiform Degeneration of the Brain
1989 Paul Jolicoeur, MD, PhD
University of Montreal and Mcgill University
Determinants of Pathogenicity of a Neurotropic Murine Retrovirus
1988 Hugh O'Neill Mcdevitt, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine
The Role of the Major Histocompatibility Complex in Immunity and Autoimmunity
1987 Malcolm A. Martin, MD
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease
Molecular Biology of the AIDS Virus
1986 James F. Gusella, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Molecular Genetics of Huntington's Disease
1985 Stanley B. Prusiner, MD
University of California At San Francisco
Prions Causing Scrapie and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
1984 Robert G. Shulman, PhD
Yale University
High Resolution NMR Studies of Brain Metabolism In Vivo
1983 Bernard N. Fields, MD
Harvard Medical School
Molecular Mechanisms of Viral Pathogenesis
1982 Robert A. Fishman, MD
University of California at San Francisco
Pathophysiology and Biochemistry of Brain Edema
1981 Leon E. Rosenberg, MD
Yale University
Hyperammonemia as a Cause of Encephalopathy In Children with Inborn Errors of Metabolism
1980 Julius S. Youngner, ScD
University of Pittsburgh
Persistent Infection and the Evolution of Viruses
1979 Thomas C. Merigan, MD
Stanford University Medical Center
Human Interferon as a Therapeutic Agent
1978 Abner L. Notkins, MD
National Institute of Dental Health
Viral Tropism, Encephalitis, and Diabetes Mellitus in Animals and Humans
1977 Michael B. Oldstone, MD
Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation
Viral Persistence and Disease
1976 Richard T. Johnson, MD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Selective Vulnerability of Neural Cells to Viral Infection
1975 Philip R. Dodge, MD
Washington University
Acute Encephalopathies of Childhood – An Historical Overview