In Search of Memory with the Ontario Brain Institute


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Wed, Jun 8, 2016 6:30 PM
Film Info
Runtime:95 min
Country Listing:USA, Austria
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Petra Seeger
Cinema Extra
Featuring:Eric Kandel


"Memory is everything. Without it we are nothing," says neuroscientist Eric Kandel, winner of the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking research on the physiology of the brain’s storage of memories. As he explains, memory is the glue that binds our mental life together and provides a sense of continuity in our lives. In Search of Memory is a compelling blend of autobiography and history that recounts the life of one of the most important neuroscientists of the 20th century and illuminates scientific developments in our understanding of the brain’s role in recording and preserving memory. In addition to archival footage and dramatic re-creations of Kandel’s childhood experiences in Nazi-occupied Vienna and his formative years as an immigrant in New York, the film features discussions with Kandel, friends and family, as well as his public lectures in Vienna and New York, which explore both his professional and personal life.

In English and German, with English subtitles.

A pre-screening introduction will be given by Dr. John Dirks, President Emeritus of the Gairdner Foundation.

Following the film, the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) hosts a panel of local neuroscientists to discuss the science of memory, highlighting recent advances in the field that aim to improve the treatment of disorders including dementia. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Tom Mikkelsen (moderator), President and Scientific Director for OBI
  • Dr. Elizabeth Theriault, Vice President of Research and Informatics for OBI
  • Dr. Barry Greenberg, Director of Strategy for the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance and Director of Neuroscience Drug Discovery and Development for the University Health Network
  • Dr. Angela Troyer, Professional Practice Chief of Psychology and Program Director of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health at Baycrest Hospital

Drs. Troyer and Greenberg are also members of OBI’s Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative.

Tickets: $16 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

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