Each fall, the Department of Neurobiology hosts a symposium on research related to neurodegenerative and developmental research. The Edward R. and Anne G. Lefler Center for the Study of Neurodegenerative Disorders supports this symposium with an endowed fund. The symposium provides a forum to feature advances in the field and to facilitate discussion among faculty, fellows, students and other interested parties.

*Next Lefler Symposium  - December 6th, 2016

Richard Tsien, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology and Neuroscience
New York University Neuroscience Institute

The general format of the symposium includes a talk by a Department faculty recipient of a Lefler Small Grant, two short talks by recipients of Lefler Fellowships, and a Lecture by a leader in the field of neurodegenerative and developmental research. Past Lefler Lecturers have been:

  • 2015: Krishna Shenoy, Stanford University
  • 2014: Ben Barres, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • 2013: Jeremy Nathans, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2012: David Ginty, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • 2011: Roberto Malinow, UCSD
  • 2010: Fred H. Gage, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • 2009: Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, University of California, San Diego
  • 2008: Mark F. Bear, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2007: Eric Nestler, UT Southwestern Medical Center -Recording of 2007 Lefler Lecture (requires Real Media player)
  • 2006: 10th Anniverary Celebration Symposium -"Birth, Death, and Repair in the Brain", Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, UCSF, Christopher Henderson, Columbia University, Susan McConnell, Stanford University, Dennis Selkoe, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Gerald Fischbach, Columbia University
  • 2005: Susan Lindquist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2004: Robert H. Brown, Jr., Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 2003: H. Robert Horvitz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2002: Lawrence S.B. Goldstein, University of California, San Diego
  • 2001: Huda Zoghbi, Baylor College of Medicine
  • 2000: Allison Doupe, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1999: Kenneth Fischbeck, National Institutes of Heatlh
  • 1998: Stanley Korsmeyer, Harvard Medical School/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute