Kuffler Lecture Series History

Stephen Kuffler

Stephen W. Kuffler was the first chairman of the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard University. He was a legendary figure both for his vision in launching a new field and for his numerous scientific contributions. The Kuffler Lecture Series at UC San Diego was started by Professor Mu-ming Poo, a former faculty member of neurobiology and the inaugural holder of the Stephen W. Kuffler endowed chair, Professor Mu-ming Poo. David Hubel, a Nobel Laureate for his pathbreaking work on the visual system with Torsten Wiesel, was the first lecturer in 1998. Subsequent speakers are shown below and include 8 Nobel Laureates.

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    Mu-ming Poo

    2018
    Pathfinding in Neurobiology

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    Nicholas C. Spitzer

    2017
    Neurotransmiter Switching

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    William T. Newsome

    2016
    Eye, Brain, and Decision

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    Eve Marder

    2015
    Post-Connectome: Understanding How Neural Circuits Work

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    Thomas M. Jessell

    2014
    Measured Motion

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    Huda Zoghbi

    2013
    Studies in Balance: From Brains to Genes and Back to Mind

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    Cori Bargmann

    2012
    Disentangling Genes, Circuits and Behavior

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    Roger Nicoll

    2011
    Cracking the Tough Nut: A Journey into the Inner Workings of the Brain

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    Rod MacKinnon

    2010
    Electrical Signaling in Biology

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    Roger Y. Tsien

    2009
    Matter Over Mind: Probing Neurons and Brains with Molecules and Photons

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    Bert Sakmann

    2008
    Central Synapses: Form and Function

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    Richard Axel

    2007
    Scents and Sensibility

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    Masakazu Konishi

    2006
    Neural Mechanisms of Natural Behavior

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    Larry R. Squire

    2005
    The Structure and Organization of Memory

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    Martin Raff

    2004
    Regulation of Mammalian Neural Development

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    Eric R. Kandel

    2003
    Molecular Biology of Memory Storage

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    Solomon H. Snyder

    2002
    Novel Neural Messengers

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    Charles F. Stevens

    2001
    Synapses and Circuits

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    Sydney Brenner

    2000
    From Genes to Brains and Back Again

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    Francis H. C. Crick

    1999
    From DNA to Consciousness

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    David H. Hubel

    1998
    Eye, Brain and Vision

The 2013 Kuffler Lecture Series & Dinner was generously supported by the Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation.