Two Decades of Discovery and Impact

Two Decades of Discovery and Impact

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Join us in celebrating the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory's 20th Anniversary!

About this event

On September 22, 2022 we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory with an Exhibition Symposium — a day-long hybrid event highlighting "Two Decades of Discovery & Impact" since the launch of the Institute by a transformational gift from Barbara and Jeffry Picower. The symposium will feature a range of lay-friendly brain science talks from Picower Institute faculty and their alumni with opportunities to informally interact at lunch and at the reception that will follow the talks.



This will be a hybrid event, with options to join both in-person and/or virtually.


  • In-person at The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory in Singleton Auditorium (46-3002), located on the third floor of MIT Building 46 (43 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139)
  • Virtually via livestream. All registrants will be sent the livestream link via email one week prior to the event (with reminders the day prior and morning of the event). Please keep in mind that emails will be sent to the email address you use to register.



9:00 - 9:30am OPENING REMARKS

Featuring Institute Director Li-Huei Tsai , MIT President L. Rafael Reif, and JPB Foundation President Barbara Picower.

SESSION 1 - LEARNING & MEMORY (Moderated by Steve Ramirez, Assistant Professor at Boston University and Tonegawa lab alumnus)

  • 9:30-9:50am: Wilson lab alumnus Professor David Foster, UC Berkeley
  • 9:50-10:10am: Professor Susumu Tonegawa, MIT
  • 10:10-10:30am: Professor Earl K. Miller, MIT

10:45-11:45 - SESSION 2 - DEVELOPMENT & PLASTICITY (Moderated by Morgan Sheng, Professor, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT)

  • 10:45-11:05am: Nedivi Lab alumnus Jerry Chen, Assistant Professor, Boston University
  • 11:05-11:25am: Littleton lab alumnus Zachary Piccioli, Moderna
  • 11:25-11:45am: Professor Mriganka Sur, MIT


Take a safe break for food and connect with fellow attendees online

12:45 - 2:05 - SESSION 3 - BRAIN HEALTH & DISEASE (Moderated by Pam Belluck, Health and Science Writer, The New York Times)

  • 12:45-1:05pm: Bear lab alumnus Professor Ben Auerbach, University of Illinois
  • 1:05-1:25pm: Tsai lab alumnus Assistant Professor Joel Blanchard, Mount Sinai
  • 1:25-1:45pm: Associate Professor Gloria Choi, MIT, and Choi lab Postdoctoral Associate, Jeong Tae Kwon, MIT
  • 1:45-2:05pm: Associate Professor Myriam Heiman, MIT

2:30 -3:30 - SESSION 4 - INNOVATION & INVENTION (Moderated by Eric Grimson, Chancellor for Academic Advancement, MIT)

  • 2:20-2:40pm: Professor Emery N. Brown, MIT
  • 2:40-3:00pm: Chung lab alumnus Associate Professor Sung-Yon Kim, Seoul National University
  • 3:00-3:20pm: Associate Professor Steven Flavell, MIT

3:20 - 3:30pm CLOSING REMARKS

Closing remarks given by Dean Nergis Mavalvala, School of Science, MIT


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