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Presidential Symposium Speakers

  • Dr Marie Dacke

    Lund Vision Group, Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden

    Marie makes regularly visits to Africa, with the aim to understand the underlying visual and neuronal mechanisms for navigation. The research in her lab primarily focuses on the compass systems used by South African dung beetles. This charismatic and diverse group of insects provide an excellent platform to formulate a universal model for how animals are able to traverse the different habitats of our globe. During her career, she has discovered new and unexpected orientation mechanisms, has led several international research programs and is an alumna of the Swedish Young Academy. Marie Dacke received the IgNobel prize in 2013 and is a Swedish champion in Science Communication.


  • Gary Lewin

    Max Delbrück Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Gary Lewin received his first degree in Physiology and Pharmacology from Sheffield University in 1986, then worked on his doctoral thesis at St. Thomas's Hospital Medical school in London receiving his Ph.D. in 1990. He then moved SUNY, Stony Brook for postdoctoral work. In 1993 he received a von Humboldt Fellowship to work in the department of Neurobiochemistry at the Max-Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich. In 1996, he took up an appointment as an independent Group Leader at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin. The projects in his lab now focus on the molecular basis of sensory neuron mechanotransduction and sensory ion channels. In 2003 Gary obtained a joint appointment at the Charité University Medical Faculty as a full Professor. The Lewin lab uses molecular techniques to discover new molecules relevant to sensory mechanotransduction. They established the naked mole-rat as a model to understand the molecular basis of extreme physiology.


  • Assistant Professor Carolyn (Lindy) McBride

    Princeton Neuroscience Institute,
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University

    Lindy’s group uses natural mosquito populations to study the genomic, molecular, and neural basis of evolutionary adaptation to human hosts. They focus in particular on adaptive changes in host odor preference. The goal is to identify specific genetic changes that underlie recently evolved preferences and then build a complete mechanistic picture of their effects, from gene to molecules to neurons to circuits and finally to behavioral output. The mosquitoes studied are major vectors of human disease, and the work therefore has important implications for public health. Lindy received her PhD in evolutionary biology at the University of California Davis and completed a postdoc in neurogenetics and behavior at The Rockefeller University. She is now an Assistant Professor at Princeton University, where she holds a joint appointment in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.


  • Margaret M. McCarthy

    Department of Pharmacology,
    University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA

    Margaret (Peg) McCarthy received a PhD from the Institute of Animal Behavior at Rutgers University, Newark NJ, postdoctoral training at Rockefeller University and was a National Research Council Fellow at NIAAA before joining the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1993. She was a Professor in the Department of Physiology before becoming the Chair of the Department of Pharmacology in 2011. McCarthy has a long-standing interest in the cellular mechanisms establishing sex differences in the brain. She uses a combined behavioral and mechanistic approach in the laboratory rat to understand both normal brain development and how these processes might go selectively awry in males versus females. She is the former President of Organization for the Study of Sex Differences and currently serves as Chair for the Board of Scientific Councilors of NIMH, an Associate Editor at Hormones and Behavior and on the Advisory Board of eNeuro. Dr. McCarthy is a Member of the Dana Alliance on Brain Research and Fellow for AAAS, she was awarded the University of Maryland Researcher of the Year and Champion of Excellence awards in 2015 and 2017 respectfully, all while preparing her teenage son for his first year in college and supporting her daughter through the stress that is applying and choosing the higher education institution of her dreams.


  • Associate Professor George (PJ) Perry

    Pennsylvania State University, USA

    PJ's laboratory at Pennsylvania State University (USA) studies human evolution, evolutionary ecology, and evolutionary medicine with approaches from anthropology, evolutionary biology, parasitology, and population, comparative, functional, and paleo (ancient DNA) genomics. The lab is especially interested in how human behavior and biology have affected non-human evolutionary biology, and investigates these processes to study human evolution by proxy. PJ is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Biology and the Harry J. and Elissa M. Sichi Early Career Professor of Anthropology at Penn State, and during the 2018-19 academic year he is also a Fellow of the "Words, Bones Genes, Tools" Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Tübingen, Germany.


  • Associate Professor Jon Pierce

    University of Texas, Austin, USA

    Jon Pierce studied the mechanisms for chemotaxis and taste discrimination in the nematode C. elegans as a grad student with Dr. Shawn Lockery at the University of Oregon. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, he switched to studying the molecular bases for intoxication and locomotory gait switching using worms. He established his lab at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, where he exploits the behavioral genetics of C. elegans to study the basis for intoxication and alcohol withdrawal, neurodegeneration caused by APP and APOE4, genes involved in Down syndrome, as well as natural behaviors such as humidity and magnetosensation.

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ICN2018 Conference 15 - 20 July 2018
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