Courses and Workshops

Sackler Brain Bench: Human Brain Development and Aging

5 Mondays, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1


What lies behind the wonder in a baby’s eyes? Why does my teenager behave so erratically?  Can I help my brain stay fit as I age? One of the most dramatic and fundamental biological stories unfolds throughout each human lifetime with the development of the brain. In this 5-session adult course, you will be able to probe the neuroscience behind how your brain grows and ages, from early childhood into late adulthood. At each session, an expert neuroscientist will guide you through an in-depth analysis of the most up-to-date research on how different developmental stages are marked by biological changes that influence our personalities, emotions, and behavior. Join us on a journey of the brain’s growth, development, and change from glorious beginning, to end.

Guest experts include:

Dr. Bill Fifer, Associate Director of the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Columbia University

Dr. BJ Casey, Director of the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Weill-Cornell Medical College

Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman, Senior Director for Research and Prevention, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, UC San Francisco

Dr. Melanie Shulman, Associate Director of Cognitive and Behavioral

Neurology, NYU Pearl Barlow Center for Memory Evaluation and Treatment