Cristina M. Alberini, Ph.D.
Cristina M. Alberini, Ph.D., is a professor in the departments of neuroscience, psychiatry, and structural and chemical biology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Her work focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that underlie long-term memory formation, with particular emphasis on the processes of consolidation and reconsolidation. She has been awarded the Hirschl/Weil-Caulier Career Scientist Award and the NARSAD Independent Investigator Award. She is a member of the Council and current president of the Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (MCCS). In 2009, she was awarded with the Golgi Medal, given by the Golgi Foundation in Brescia, Italy, for contributions to the field of neuroscience.
Long-Term MemoriesThe Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Traumatic memories haunt the lives of people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and other illnesses. Fortunately, recent research into the changeability of long-term memories may someday develop into treatments for such individuals. But before this can happen, researchers must determine just how effectively the fear associated with older memories—especially those involved in PTSD—can be reduced and for how long.