Apkar Apkarian

Professor of Physiology
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

“I am Professor of Physiology, Anesthesiology, and PM&R at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Over the past two decades my lab has been devoted to unravelling the brain mechanisms underlying chronic back pain (CBP), which has culminated in over 50 papers and a current clinical trial designed to arrest the development of CBP.… read more »

Inna Belfer

Health Scientist Administrator/Project Officer
Office of Research on Women’s Health

Dr. Belfer is world-recognized expert in human pain genetics and assessement of clinical pain and pain-related traits. She started her career as a neurologist, and then got extensive training in neurobiology and human genetics. Since 2001, her primary interest has been the relationship between gene polymorphisms and complex phenotypes such as pain, psychiatric disorders, and addictions.… read more »

Simon Aban Deng is a human rights activist living in the United States. A native of the Shilluk Kingdom in southern Sudan, he spent several years as a child slave until escaping and thereafter applying for asylum in the U.S. and taking U.S.… read more »

Anis Dizdarevic

Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center

Anis Dizdarevic MD is an assistant clinical professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. He specializes in acute and chronic pain, causes, evolution and management. His particular interest is in pain prevention, minimally invasive pain management and mind-body remodeling and rehabilitation mechanisms.… read more »

Evelina Fedorenko

Assistant Professor, Director of the EvLab at Harvard Medical School / Mass General Hospital

Ev Fedorenko is a cognitive neuroscientist who specializes in the study of the human language system. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Linguistics from Harvard University in 2002. She then proceeded to pursue graduate studies in cognitive science and neuroscience at MIT.… read more »

Allen Fein

Professor, Department of Cell Biology, UConn Health

Alan Fein is a Professor of Cell Biology in the School of Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

After receiving his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Dr. Fein went to the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole where he eventually became the Director of the Laboratory of Sensory Physiology.… read more »

Daniel L. Goroff is Vice President and Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a grant-making philanthropy that supports breakthroughs in science, technology, and economics. He is also Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Economics at Claremont’s Harvey Mudd College, where he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.… read more »

Anthony Grafton studied history, classics and history of science at the University of Chicago and University College London. He teaches European history at Princeton University, where he has worked since 1975. He has been a visiting professor at the Collège de France, the Louvre, the University of Munich, the Warburg Haus in Hamburg and Columbia University, and has held visiting fellowships at Merton and Pembroke Colleges, Oxford, and Christ’s and Trinity Colleges, Cambridge.… read more »

Uri Hasson

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Institute
Peretsman-Scully Hall, Princeton University

Uri Hasson grew up in Jerusalem. As an undergrad he studied philosophy and cognitive sciences at the Hebrew University. He completed his Ph.D. in Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute in Israel and was a postdoctoral fellow at NYU before moving to Princeton.… read more »

Marina Korsakova-Kreyn

Pianist; Professor of Music Cognition, Touro College

Marina Korsakova-Kreyn is a professional pianist and scholar in music cognition. Her research is focused on emotional responses to music and on the perception of melodic transformation. Currently, Dr. Korsakova-Kreyn teaches Music Cognition at Touro College. She performs regularly as a member of Union City Chamber Players, and she is an author of books and scientific papers.… read more »

Carol Mandel

Dean, NYU Division of Libraries

Carol A. Mandel is Dean of the NYU Division of Libraries, which includes NYU’s libraries in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai; along with Campus Media Services, University Archives, and the NYU Press. She has been a leading figure in research librarianship during its turn of the 20th-century transformation in a digital environment.… read more »

Alberto Manguel is an Argentinian-Canadian writer, translator, editor and critic, born in Buenos Aires in 1948. He has published several novels, including News From a Foreign Country Came, and All Men Are Liars, and non-fiction, including Curiosity, With Borges, A History of Reading, The Library at Night and (together with Gianni Guadalupi) The Dictionary of Imaginary Places.… read more »

John Schaefer is the host and producer of WNYC’s long-running new music show New Sounds (“The #1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard), founded in 1982, and its innovative Soundcheck podcast, which has featured live performances and interviews with a variety of guests since 2002.… read more »

Rebecca Seal

Assistant Professor
Departments of Neurobiology and Otolaryngology
Center for Pain Research, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Seal is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Departments of Neurobiology and Otolaryngology and the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research. Her work has focused on the neurobiology of neurotransmitter transporters and their role in nervous system function including hearing, vision, motor output and pain.… read more »

Ken Soehner is the Arthur K. Watson Chief Librarian, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan of Art. With a collection of more than one million volumes, the libraries at The Metropolitan Museum comprise one of the largest and most encyclopedic collections of research material relating to the history of art.… read more »

Dr. Concetta Tomaino is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and was Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at CenterLight Health System (formerly Beth Abraham Family of Health Services), where she worked from 1980 to 2016.… read more »

Athena Viscusi

Psychosocial Care Specialist at MSF/Doctors without Borders USA

Athena Viscusi is currently the Psychosocial Care Specialist at MSF/Doctors without Borders USA, providing support to field workers before, after, and during deployment abroad. As a Mental Health Officer with MSF, she directed mental health and psychosocial programs for MSF in Haiti, South Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Myanmar, and Palestine.… read more »

Morris Vogel

President, the Tenement Museum

Morris J. Vogel has been president of New York’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum since 2008. He trained as an American social and urban historian at Brandeis University (B.A. 1967) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D. 1974), before joining the faculty of Temple University in Philadelphia in 1973, where he was promoted to professor in 1985.… read more »