Past Adult Courses

Sackler Brain Bench Stem Cells In Neuroscience: Promises, Challenges, and New Frontiers

October 17, 2015

Sackler Brain

What are stem cells, and what promise do they hold for the treatment of neurological diseases? Join us for a one-day course where we delve into recent advances in this area of research. Explore how stem cells have been used to model diseases, understand disease progression at the cellular level, and develop new treatments for serious neurological conditions. A diverse group of experts will present research at the frontiers of the field. 

Lunch will be served.

About the Speakers:


Yosif Ganat
Dr. Yosif Ganat earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Weill Cornell Graduate School in 2011. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City in the laboratory of Dr. Lorenz Studer, where he is working on developing cell-based therapies and diagnostic tools for Parkinson’s disease. It is his personal mission to cure and treat Parkinson’s disease, as well as educate the public about the power and potential of stem cells to treat and provide insights into a variety of diseases.


René Hen
Dr. René Hen is a professor of neuroscience at Columbia University. His research is focused on stem cell biology, neurobiology of learning and memory, animal models of psychiatric disorders, and neurogenetics. Dr. Hen has also studied the contribution of serotonin receptors to pathological states such as depression and anxiety. Dr. Hen completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and neurophysiology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de St. Cloud in France and his Ph.D. degree in molecular biology at the Université Louis Pasteur in France.


Esteban Mazzoni
Dr. Esteban Mazzoni is Assistant Professor of Biology at New York University. His research focuses on stem cell biology, cell fate differentiation, and developmental neuroscience. He received his training in developmental biology from New York University and training in cellular biology and physiology from the University of Buenos Aires.  

The Museum gratefully acknowledges The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc, for its support to establish the Sackler Brain Bench, part of the Museum’s Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins, in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, offering ongoing programs and resources for adults, teachers, and students to illuminate the extraordinary workings of the human brain.