Cornell Neurotech lecture to feature Caltech scientist

Renowned neuroscientist David J. Anderson of the California Institute of Technology will discuss the relationship between brain circuitry and behaviors in the 2019 Cornell Neurotech Mong Family Foundation Lecture.

The talk will be held Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. in the Biotechnology Building, with a reception to follow. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Anderson’s talk is titled “Neural Circuits Controlling Innate Social and Defensive Behaviors.” A professor of biology and biological engineering at Caltech, Anderson is director of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences.

Anderson’s most recent work, in studies using mice and fruit flies, tackles how brains generate social behaviors. His lab works to understand how fundamental properties common to emotional states, such as arousal, are encoded in the circuitry and chemistry of the brain, and how these internal states combine with sensory stimuli to elicit specific emotional behaviors.

“Dr. Anderson is at the very top of individuals throughout the world studying how brains work,” said Joseph Fetcho, Director of Cornell Neurotech-Arts and Sciences and professor of neurobiology and behavior. “He is a clear thinker and wonderful speaker, so it will be a real treat to listen to his insights into how brains control social and defensive behaviors.”

“We hope the talk will bring researchers across a broad spectrum together, generate new excitement on brain research and stimulate new interdisciplinary collaborations,” said Chris Xu, the Mong Family Foundation Director of Cornell Neurotech-Engineering and professor of applied and engineering physics.

Cornell Neurotech launched in 2015 as a joint initiative between the College of Arts and Sciences and Cornell Engineering, funded by a seed grant from the Mong Family Foundation through Stephen Mong ’92, M.Eng. ’93, MBA ’02. The gift was intended to catalyze collaborative efforts across campus at the interface of technology and brain, as well as bring individuals at the forefront of neurotechnology to campus.

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2018 Mong Family Foundation Symposium

The Third Annual Cornell Neurotech

Mong Family Foundation Symposium 2018

Thursday, September 27

Biotechnology Building, Room G10

1:30 pm Opening remarks – Andrew Bass, Cornell University Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
1:40 pm Welcome and Speaker introduction – Chris Xu
1:45 pm Michale Fee – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Music in the Brain: How Neural Circuits in the Songbird Learn to Sing”
2:45 pm Coffee Break
3:05 pm Gail Mandel – Vollum Institute, OHSU
“How Close Are We to Curing Multi-Cellular Neurological Diseases: Lessons from Rett Syndrome”
4:05 pm Kamil Ugurbil –  University of Minnesota
Imaging Function and Connectivity in the Human Brain withHigh Magnetic Fields: Spanning Scales from Cortical Columns to the Whole Brain”
5:05 pm Concluding remarks – Joe Fetcho
5:10 pm Reception (open to all) outside G10


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2018 Mong Family Foundation Symposium on Thursday, September 27 in G-10 Biotechnology Building from 1:30 PM to 5:00PM.

NeuroNex Technology Conference


Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, July 19, 2018
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

The goal of the NSF NeuroNex initiative is to clear major technological hurdles in order to better study and understand the brain. Thank you to those who who made the 2018 NeuroNex Technology Conference possible. Please stay tuned for next year’s details. Co-organizers: Chris Xu, Joe Fetcho, Mert Sabuncu, Chris Schaffer, and Nilay Yapici. For details please visit:

Top neuroscientists headline Mong neurotech symposium

In his opening remarks at the second annual Cornell Neurotech Mong Family Foundation Symposium Sept. 22, Cornell Provost Michael Kotlikoff said: “The goals of Cornell Neurotech are vital ones, with life-changing implications, and I am grateful to Stephen Mong and the Mong Family Foundation for enabling Cornell faculty and staff to strive toward them. Cornell Neurotech fosters connections across the Ithaca campus and our Ithaca and NYC campuses, one of our major strategies for strengthening Cornell.” Read the  Full Cornell Chronicle article here.