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The Institute has published On The Brain from 1992 to 2000 before transitioning to a public lecture format beginning in spring 2021. On The Brain’s goal remains to educate the public on the latest scientific discoveries in neuroscience and translate how these discoveries are relevant in our daily lives. This new format connects Harvard trainees, who are doing cutting-edge neuroscience research, with the curious public.

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Bruce Palmer Bean, PhD
Medicinal benefits of cannabis use have been widely described, but a fundamental understanding of the basic neurobiology of how compounds in cannabis affect brain cells has remained largely elusive. Read more about Bruce Bean, PhD »

Rick Born, MD ’88
From smelling coffee in the morning to seeing and recognizing a colleague at work, our senses are the primary means by which we gather information about the external world. The Born Lab studies how different regions of the cerebral cortex endow us with the ability to see. Read more about Rick Born, MD »

Lauren Orefice, PhD
My lab focuses on understanding the development and function of somatosensory circuits, which are responsible for encoding the sense of touch. Read more about Lauren Orefice, PhD »