Dana Alliance Members in Conversation: A Q&A with Eric Nestler

We spoke to neuroscientist and former Society for Neuroscience president Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., about the bipartisan nature of biomedical research, his hopes for the future of addiction and depression, new findings on stress and depression, and more in the latest Dana Alliance member Q&A. These Q&As are part of a regular series of in-depth interviews that give readers a look into the outreach, research, and interests of the preeminent neuroscientists that make up the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.

On why his institution, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, prioritizes outreach, Nestler said:

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Inside the Mind of a Bully

A student pushes his classmate on the playground. An employee makes rude comments to a coworker. One sister pulls the other sister’s hair. We’ve all experienced or witnessed bullying in our lives, but what makes someone bully? What are the effects of bullying?

The theme of the 2017 public lecture at Mount Sinai, sponsored by The Friedman Brain Institute and Mentoring in Neuroscience Discovery at Sinai, was “Resilience in the Face of Fear and Aggression: A window into neuroscience research.” Panelists Scott Russo, Ph.D., Daniela Schiller, Ph.D., and James Murrough, M.D., spoke about their basic, translational, and clinical research on the topic.


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Science in Storytelling


Wednesday night’s Story Collider x braiNY event provided audience members with five stories from five accomplished scientists of the Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, all of whom had participated in a six week storytelling workshop.

The event took place in the charming lower level of El Bario’s Artspace in East Harlem, where brick walls, black curtains, and bright lights alluded to a crowded comedy night. And the storytellers did not disappoint–their recounts and anecdotes poked fun at either themselves or their situations in an endearing and hilarious way, garnering laughter from the audience throughout the night. But the event offered more than just humor; many of the stories took on a more serious tone as the night continued.

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