Non-Motor Symptoms: Unraveling the "Invisible" Face of Parkinson’s Disease

The New York Academy of Sciences
Monday, April 27, 2015
Non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease cause suffering in a significant number of patients and represent a critical unmet need that has not yet been adequately addressed. Non-motor symptoms include cognitive problems, mood disorders, psychosis, depression, dementia, sleep disturbances, pain, hyposmia, and autonomic dysfunction. Speakers in this symposium will review clinical tools for the diagnosis and treatment of these symptoms, discuss their underlying neurobiological basis, and address current and emerging preclinical models available for the development of new therapies.


Getting Beyond a Blind Date with Science

Columbia University, NYC
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Alan Alda, actor, writer, and science advocate will share his passion for science communication in this free, public lecture at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre. Mr. Alda is a visiting professor in Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism and the co-founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Mr. Alda will draw on personal experiences, including his years as host of the TV series “Scientific American Frontiers,” to explore why it is so important for scientists, engineers and health professionals to communicate effectively with the public, and how they can do it better. With opening remarks by Nobel laureate Eric Kandel, co-director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute.


Educating World-Class Minds: Using Cognitive Science to Create 21st Century Schools

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
Thursday, May 07, 2015 - Saturday, May 09, 2015
Students must now compete in a rapidly changing, globalized world, where global-cultural competence, thinking and collaboration are required for career success. Yet, a 2013 Gallup poll found that most U.S. young adults did not learn in school the real-world thinking or collaboration skills they need to compete. Learning sciences (including cognitive, social and cultural neuroscience), along with new global school models, are providing insights into ways to promote “world-class” skills and schools. Discover ways to use the learning sciences and successful international school models to develop thinking, global-cultural competence and collaboration skills so your students are better prepared for a competitive, changing, globalized world.


World Science Festival 2015

New York City
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - Sunday, May 31, 2015
The 2015 Festival will feature more than fifty engaging events of all types, including mainstage programs and intimate salons where the world's top scientists discuss big ideas, a special series of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, youth and family offerings like Cool Jobs and apprenticeships, and perennial favorites like Stargazing and the Flame Challenge, in which scientists attempt to answer big questions for an audience of eleven-year-olds. (This year's challenge is: "What is sleep?") It all culminates in the Ultimate Science Street Fair, an outdoor extravaganza taking over Washington Square Park and the surrounding area on Sunday, May 31.


Staying Sharp: The Story of Music and Memory

The Royal Society, London, UK
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Dr. Victoria Williamson, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow in Music Psychology at The University of Sheffield and Visiting Fellow at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London explores our special relationship between music and memory. What happens when music takes you back to a special memory? What are earworms; how might we combat them (music memories on the brain)? How do musicians perform for hours from memory? In what ways can music boost our everyday memory performance? Why does musical memory survive so well in dementia? The story of music and memory helps explain why music is so important to so many of us.


Learning from Cancer to Advance Neurodegeneration Drug Discovery and Development

The New York Academy of Sciences
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Does having cancer decrease your risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases? Why do many cancer drug targets overlap with targets for neurodegeneration? This interdisciplinary meeting seeks to answer these questions and help attendees learn from the mechanistic insight and years of research on cancer biology to advance new therapeutic development for neurodegenerative diseases. Speakers will address how their research relates to both cancer and neurodegeneration and what we can learn about cell biology and function from these seemingly disparate diseases. Talks will also discuss cancer drug repurposing opportunities for Alzheimer's and related dementias.  Poster Abstract Deadline:  May 01, 2015.


Staying Sharp

Overland Park Kansas Convention Center
Saturday, June 13, 2015
A free discussion and Q&A on the aging brain, memory, brain health issues. It’s FREE, but space is limited! Reserve your spot today by calling (877) 926-8300. Lunch will be provided.


The Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythm

Moltkes Palæ - Copenhagen, Denmark
Sunday, October 11, 2015 - Wednesday, October 14, 2015
This meeting is part of a new series of high-level bi-annual Brain Conferences in Europe. The Brain Conferences are organized by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS, the major neuroscience association in Europe) in partnership with The Brain Prize. They bring together outstanding researchers in key broadly defined areas of contemporary neuroscience to discuss current concepts and define challenges for future research. Applications open on May 7, 2015.