Rita G. Rudel-Lucy G. Moses Past Lectures




2020: Susan E. Carey, PhD, Henry A. Morss, Jr. and Elisabeth W. Morss Professor of Psychology Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, “The Origin of Concepts: A Case Study of Concepts of Life and Death”

2019: Marlene Behrmann, PhD, Thomas S. Baker University Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, “Visual Cortex: Lessons Learned from Focal Lesions and Lobectomy”

2018: Peg Nopoulos, MD, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City “The Effect of the Huntington Gene on Brain Development”

2017: Darryl C. De Vivo, MD, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY “Glut1 Deficiency: Lessons Learned from Rare Diseases”

2016: Jeffrey R. Gruen, MD, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT “Presymptomatic Genetic Screening for Reading and Language Disorders: Implications for the Future of Education”

2015: Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA “Tuberous Sclerosis: Shedding Light on the Neural Circuitry of Autism”

2014: Martha J. Farah, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA “Childhood Poverty and Brain Development: From Science to Policy”


2012: Carla Shatz, PhD, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA “Releasing the Brake on Synaptic Plasticity”

2011: Stephanie L. Sherman, PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA “Fragile X-Associated Disorders: A Woman’s View from the Heart of the Family”

2010: Daniel H. Geschwind, MD, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles “Autism: From Genes, to Brain, to Cognition and Behavior”

2009: Brenda Milner, PhD, ScD, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec “An Historical Perspective on the Evolution of Concepts of Memory”

2008: Scott T. Grafton, MD, University of California at Santa Barbara “Embodied Cognition; How Physical Experience Changes the Way We See Others”

2007: Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA “The Plastic Human Brain”

2006: Pat R. Levitt, PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN “Translational Research Strategies Applied to Autism”

2005: David Picketts, PhD, University of Ottawa, ON “Mutations in Epigenetic Regulators as a Recurring Theme for Developmental Disabilities: Lessons from the ATR-X Syndrome”

2004; Sally E. Shaywitz, MD and Bennett A. Shaywitz, MD, Yale University, New Haven, CT “The Science of Reading: Overcoming Dyslexia”

2003: Maximilian Muenke, MD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD “Approaches to the Genetics of ADHD”

2002: Gottfried Schlaug, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA “The Brain that Makes Music”

2001: Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, MD, PhD, University of CA, San Diego “What Neurology Can Tell Us About Human Nature, Synesthesia and The Meaning of Art”

2000: John D.E. Gabrieli, PhD, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA “Imaging the Biological Lottery of Child Brain Development”


1999: Jane Holmes Bernstein, PhD, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA “Assessing the Developing Brain: The Rudelian First Principle”

1998: Isabelle Rapin, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY “Autism”

1997: Maureen Dennis, PhD, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON “Plasticity Under the Tent: The Cerebellum in Neurodevelopmental Disorders”

1996: John C. Mazziotta, MD, PhD, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles “The Use of Functional Imaging to Study the Human Brain in Health and Disease”

1995: Michael Merzenich, PhD, University of CA, San Francisco “A Cortical Plasticity/Learning View of Human Disabilities: Origin and Remediation”

1994: Brenda Milner, PhD, ScD, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec “Some Thoughts on Memory and the Human Brain”

1993: Hanna B.C. Damasio, MD and Antonio R. Damasio, MD, PhD, University of Iowa, Iowa City “Memory, Language and the Human Brain”

1992: Ursula Bellugi, EdD, The Salk Institute, University of Iowa, Iowa City “Language and Brain Organization”

1991: Michael S. Gazzaniga, PhD, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH “Mind Modules/Brain Modules”

1990: Marcus E. Raichle, MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO “Modern Imaging Approaches to Human Cognition and Emotion: Establishing the Basis for Understanding the Developing and Damaged Brain”


1989: Paula Tallal, PhD, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ “From Biology to Behavior: New Frontiers in the Study of Developmental Disorders of Language and Learning”

1988: Albert M. Galaburda, MD, Harvard School of Medicine, Boston, MA “From Neurons to Reading: Natural Disposition and Environmental Fixation”

1987: Martha B. Denckla, MD, The Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD “Neurological Basis for Social Competence”