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Expanding Minds - The Allen Institute Conference on Human Brain Evolution

Join us April 1-2, 2020 at the Allen Institute for Expanding Minds - The Allen Institute Conference on Human Brain Evolution, chaired by Chris Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., Michael Greenberg, Ph.D., and David Reich, Ph.D., of the Allen Discovery Center at Boston Children's Hospital. The goal of the conference is to provide a multidisciplinary perspective on the questions that intersect genetics, neurobiology, and evolution to shed light on the very nature of who we are.

To this end, the conference will encourage a conversation that transcends disciplines to better understand whether the genetics and function of brain cells may be the substrate of uniquely human features and behaviors. The program will promote dialogue on how to leverage our ancestors’ DNA and current methodologies to make concrete and tangible efforts toward progress in an area with profound impact on biology, psychology, and human condition.

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04/01/2020 to 04/02/2020

Allen Institute
615 Westlake Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98109

Information

Registration:

  • Registration is via application, with no application fee.
  • The organizing committee will confirm registration applications regularly.

If you have any questions about your registration application, please contact events@alleninstitute.org.

Event Overview

Wednesday, April 1:

  • Breakfast (provided)
  • Morning talks
  • Networking lunch (provided)
  • Brainstorm session - "Studying and using ancient DNA"
  • Panel discussion - "What are uniquely human features?"
  • Poster session and reception

Thursday, April 2:

  • Breakfast (provided)
  • Morning talks
  • Networking lunch (provided)
  • Brainstorm session - "Technical gaps in human brain evolution studies"
  • Panel discussion - "How should we study human brain evolution?"
  • Closing keynote presentation

Invited Speakers:

  • Liran Carmel, Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Patricia Churchland, D.Litt, B.Phil, LLD, University of California, San Diego
  • Michael Greenberg, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
  • Philipp Gunz, Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Mark Harnett, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Erin Hecht, Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Rebecca Hodge, Ph.D., Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Christof Koch, Ph.D., Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Fenna Krienen, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
  • Alex Pollen, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
  • Sarah Tishkoff, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Flora Vaccarino, M.D., Yale School of Medicine
  • Hongkui Zeng, Ph.D., Allen Institute for Brain Science

Symposium Chairs

Christopher A. Walsh, M.D., Ph.D.
Bullard Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of Genetics and Genomics, Boston Children's Hospital
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Associate Member, Broad Institute

Michael E. Greenberg, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Neurobiology
Nathan Marsh Pusey Professor
Harvard Medical School

David E. Reich, Ph.D.
Professor, Harvard Medical School
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Associate Member, Broad Institute