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Senses, Signals and Behavior

Larry F. Abbott, PhD
William Bloor Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience and Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics (in Biological Sciences); Principal Investigator at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute

Dr. Larry Abbott is uncovering the foundational mechanisms of how nervous systems process information.

Dr. Abbott spends much of his time collaborating with experimentalists. He works with pen and paper, or with computer simulations, to build models of systems other neuroscientists are studying in their labs. Some models are highly abstract, while others contain considerable biophysical detail. He uses them to generate new hypotheses that can then be tested experimentally. I see theoretical models as going hand in hand with experiments in a back-and-forth process, he says.

About the
Lindahl Lecture

Sten Lindahl addressing the Nobel assembly

The Lindahl Lecture was founded in 2013 in honor of Dr. Sten Lindahl, Chair Emeritus of the Nobel Committee in Physiology or Medicine, Professor Emeritus at Karolinska Institutet, and the kindest, most amazing man you’ll ever meet.

The Lindahl Lecture honors  mentorship as the foundation of innovation and scientific advancement.

In keeping with our mission, admission to the Lindahl Lectures are free to all students and researchers with interests in the sciences, innovation and clinical research.

2016   Dr. Kevin J. Tracey
The Future of Bioelectronic Medicine

2015   Nobel Prize Winner
Dr. Bruce Beutler

2014   Dr. Robert Langer

2013   Dr. Sten Lindahl
Chair Emeritus, the Nobel Committee in Physiology or Medicine


August 14
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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