Dr. Jessell has spent his career investigating the mechanisms behind motor control. He has helped to define how individual neurons communicate and assemble into larger groups of complex circuits that give an organism the ability to perform fine motor tasks. His work may enable more effective therapies for people with spinal cord injuries or movement disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Dr. Jessell is the Claire Tow Professor the Departments of Neuroscience, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, at Columbia University. He is also an investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a fellow of the Royal Society of London and a foreign member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.
This talk is part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture series, offered free to the public to enhance understanding of the biology of the mind and the complexity of human behavior. The lectures are hosted by Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.