Eric R. Kandel, M.D.

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Eric R. Kandel, M.D.


University Professor
Fred Kavli Professor and Director
Kavli Institute for Brain Science
Columbia University
Senior Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dr. Kandel has conducted pioneering investigations into the molecular mechanisms of implicit memory storage, using as his research model the snail Aplysia. He and his colleagues have been investigating more complex explicit memory storage— the conscious recall of information about people, places, and objects—which they are studying in mice. In 2000, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system (shared with Arvid Carlsson of Goteborg University, Sweden, and Paul Greengard of Rockefeller University, also a member of the Scientific Council). Most recently, he has turned his attention to animal models of mental illness, focusing on cognitive disorder in schizophrenia.

A graduate of Harvard College and N.Y.U. School of Medicine, Dr. Kandel trained in neurobiology at the NIH and in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He joined the faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1974 as the Founding Director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior. Prior to writing “The Age of Insight,” Dr. Kandel wrote a book on the brain for the general public titled “In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind,” which won both the L.A. Times and U.S. National Academy of Sciences Awards for best book in science and technology in 2008. A documentary film was made based on that book, also titled “In Search of Memory.”

NARSAD Grants: Distinguished Investigator 1995, 2000 and 2005