Past Event

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture: Stress, Sleep and Resilience

September 23, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Event Description:

The events of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have introduced many of us to higher levels of stress than we have experienced before and have made understanding stress, and how it interacts with social and biological factors, even more urgent.

Stress affects us all, but in very different ways. Social factors such as where we live, our immigration status, socioeconomic status, and how much discrimination we face all affect our response to stress, particularly how we sleep. Understanding how stress impacts our brains and how we can potentially recover from its effects are key to maintaining mental health, healthy aging, and recovery. 

In the first of our virtual Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lectures, we will hear from two experts from Columbia University who study different aspects of stress, how they affect our lives and change our brains, and the potential mechanisms of recovery.

Event Speakers:

  • Carmela Alcántara, Associate Professor of Social Work at Columbia University
  • Maura Boldrini, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center; Director, Human Neurobiology Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Moderated by Bianca Jones Marlin, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Principal Investigator at the Zuckerman Institute

Event Information: 

Registration is required. RSVP by Monday, September 21, 2020. This event will also be live-streamed. Drs. Alcántara and Boldrini welcome your questions! Please submit them via the registration link no later than Monday, September 21, 2020. For more information about this event, please contact the Zuckerman Institute at [email protected]

This talk is part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture series, offered free to the public to enhance understanding of the biology of the mind and the complexity of human behavior. The lectures are hosted by Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.