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Electric Medicine and the Brain

Thursday, May 28, 2015
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Does electrical stimulation to the brain hold the key to better treatment for depression, stroke, and other neurological problems? This salon took an in-depth look at the use of TMS (magnetic) and tDCS (electrical) devices. Attendees heard from a psychiatrist and a depression patient he has treated with electric stimulation, as well as from neuroscientists who demonstrated these devices and discussed what their research is telling them about the potential for treatment.

The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premier public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and well-informed members of the general public.

The Big Ideas series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

Photograph: Jon Smith

Moderator

John RennieScience Writer

John Rennie is a deputy editor at Quanta Magazine, overseeing its coverage of biology topics. Previously, he was the editor in chief of Scientific American for 15 years and the editorial director of McGraw-Hill’s AccessScience.

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Participants

Marom BiksonBiomedical Engineer

Marom Bikson is a Cattell Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the City College of New York (CCNY) of the City University of New York (CUNY) and codirector of the Neural Engineering Group at the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering.

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Richard HaierNeuroscientist

Richard J. Haier is professor emeritus at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. Haier is also the associate editor of the Intelligence journal and the president-elect of the International Society for Intelligence Research.

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Alayar KangarluPhysicist, Neuroscientist

Alayar Kangarlu is an associate professor in the psychiatry department at Columbia University. His research is on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and its application in medicine. While at Ohio State University in 1996, their team built an 8 Tesla MRI scanner.

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Leah MoranNeuroscientist

Leah Moran is a postdoctoral research fellow at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Moran’s research involved neuroimaging techniques applied to psychiatric disorders with the aim of improving conventional treatments and informing novel treatment strategies.

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Tarique PereraPsychiatrist

Tarique Perera is a board-certified psychiatrist with offices in Greenwich and Danbury, Connecticut, and Manhattan. He received his medical doctorate at Harvard Medical School and completed his residency training at Columbia University.

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Michael WeisendNeuroscientist

Michael Weisend is a neuroscientist whose research uses structural and functional neuroimaging to investigate normal memory, epilepsy, mental illness, and cognitive dysfunction.

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