Seminar Archive

Below you will find an archived list of past N&PP Seminars, some include videos of the talks as well. If you would like to see a list of our upcoming seminars, please see our events page.

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October 13, 2021
Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan
Parental criminal justice involvement and child development

December 8, 2021
Dr. Josh Grill
Preclinical Alzheimer’s disease: Translating cutting edge research into
everyday practice
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March 2, 2022
Dr. Arti Garg
Becoming a Civic Leader as a Scientist: The Many Paths to Policy Engagement
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September 17, 2020
Dr. Sara Heyn & Dr. CP Frost
Alumni Discussion Panel

October 8, 2020
Dr. Eve Edelstein
Translational Design: Neuroscience & Design for Health

October 29, 2020
Grace George, N&PP Student
Theoretical Socioeconomic Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Neural Development, Mental Health, K-12 Educational Achievement.


November 19, 2020
J.P. Yu
Reframing Innovations in Neuroscience: A Patient and Community Clinal Perspective

February 11, 2021
Ishmael Amarreh, Annie Racine, Andrew Merluzzi
Alumni Panel

March 4, 2021
Sam Trejo
Learning from Flint: The Health and Social Effects of the Flint Water Crisis on Educational Outcomes

[Email if you would like a recording of a talk]

April 15th, 2021
Tepring Piquado
An Act of Translation: A Scientists Role in Shape Public Policy



September 12, 2019
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Michelle Carlson, Professor, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Designing Real-World Interventions to Promote Activity and Neurocognitive Health


October 3, 2019
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Winston Chiong, Associate Professor in the UCSF Department of Neurology Memory and Aging Center
Insiders and outsiders: Lessons for neurotics from the history of bioethics


October 24, 2019
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Claire Erickson, Neuroscience & Public Policy Program Graduate Student
Dementia Capable Care: Utilizing Science to Inform Policy


November 7, 2019
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Ali Nouri, President of the Federation of American Scientists
Facilitating Effective Collaboration Between Researchers and Policy Makers


November 14, 2019
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Lauren Schmitz, Assistant Professor at the La Follett School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison
Examining Sex Differences in Pleiotropic Effects for Depression and Smoking Using Polygenic and Gene-Region Aggregation Techniques


February 20, 2020
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Traci Snedden, Assistant Professor of Nursing, UW-Madison, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Concussion In Youth Sport: Does legislation improve outcomes?


March 12, 2020
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Arielle Baskin-Sommers, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Yale University
Harnessing mechanisms to inform the management and treatment of psychopathy


April 23, 2020
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Michelle Mielke, Professor of Psychology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Considering Sex and Gender Differences in, and Sex-Specific Risk Factors for, Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia

[email for video]


September 13, 2018
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Russell Poldrack, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, Member of the Stanford Neuroscience Institute, Director of the Stanford Center for Reproducible Neuroscience
How and What Can We Predict Using Neuroimaging?

October 4, 2018
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Joshua Cruz, Neuroscience & Public Policy Program Graduate Student
Poverty, Pregnancy, & Public Assistance Programs: A Neuroscience & Public Policy Perspective

November 8, 2018
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Jennifer Chandler, Bertram Loeb Research Chair and Professor of Law in the Centre for Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, University of Ottawa
Neuroscience and ‘Creeping Inculpation’: Tracing and the Responsibility to Maintain Capacity

December 6, 2018
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Josh Buckholtz, Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology Harvard University
Brain Circuit Mechanisms for Antisocial Behavior: Promise and Perils for Legal Practice and Policy

January 31, 2019
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Jo Handelsman, Director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery UW-Madison
Science Policy in the Obama Whitehouse

February 21, 2019
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Andy Imparato, Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Understanding a Disability Rights Frame in Policy Conversations about Neuroscience and Disabilities

March 7, 2019
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Kim Noble, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education Teachers College, Columbia University
Socioeconomic Disparities in Children’s Cognitive and Neural Development

April 11, 2019
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Marisa Ross, Neuroscience and Public Policy Program Graduate Student
Reducing Incarceration Through Scientific Research: Policy Options for Funding Research on Mental Illnesses Related to Incarceration

April 25, 2019
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Adriana Galván, Professor of Psychology, UCLA
The Neuroscience of Adolescence: Implications for Public Policy


September 14, 2017
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Susan Fiske, Eugene Higgins Professor, Department of Psychology and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Humans are Intent-Detectors: Neural and Cultural Evidence for Science and Society

October 5, 2017
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Amanda C. Pustilnik, Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; Permanent Faculty Member, Center for Law, Brain & Behavior, Massachusetts General Hospital
Where Can Brain Science Make Concrete Contributions to Law?

October 26, 2017
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
John D.E. Gabrieli, Grover Hermann Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Prediction as a Humanitarian and Pragmatic Contribution from Human Cognitive Neuroscience

November 16, 2017
Andrew Merluzzi, Neuroscience and Public Policy Program Graduate Student
Emerging Issues in Neuroethics: Risks, Unknowns, and the Need for Public Engagement

December 7, 2017
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Eric Racine, Director, Neuroethics Research Unit, IRCM Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University Affiliate Member, Biomedical Ethics Unit, McGill University Assistant Research Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Montreal
Democracy, neuroscience, and the media: A perspective from pragmatism and studies of the public’s understanding of neuroscience

February 1, 2018
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Martyn Pickersgill, Wellcome Trust Reader in Social Studies of Biomedicine, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences & Informatics Edinburgh Medical School, University of Edinburgh
Neuroscience and the Governance of Family Life
[Video unavailable]

After each seminar, we include further discussion from current students in the Neuroscience & Public Policy Seminar (NTP660):
[Link to discussion]

February 22, 2018
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Ruben Gur, Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Radiology & Neurology
Director, Brain Behavior Laboratory and the Center for Neuroimaging in Psychiatry
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Radiology & Neurology; Director, Brain Behavior Laboratory and the Center for Neuroimaging in Psychiatry Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Some Big Data and some Small Data on brain behavior, law and society

After each seminar, we include further discussion from current students in the Neuroscience & Public Policy Seminar (NTP660):
[Link to discussion]

April 26, 2018
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Elizabeth PhelpsJulius Silver Professor, Department of Psychology, New York University
Mechanisms of Threat Control


September 16, 2016
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Matthew Wolf-Meyer, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Binghamton University
Thinking Through Sleep: Propositions for a Multibiological Society

October 14, 2016
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Alan Leshner, CEO Emeritus, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Addiction is a Brain Disease and it Matters for Society

January 19, 2017
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Judy Illes, Professor of Neurology, Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics, Director, National Core for Neuroethics, University of British Columbia
Ethics, Society, and Advances in Brain Science

February 16, 2017
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Jason Fletcher
Professor of Public Affairs; Faculty affiliate, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Genome Factor: Reporting back from the field on the ongoing integration of genetics and social science

March 9, 2017
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Robert Kinscherff
Associate Vice President for Community Engagement, Office of the President, and Associate Professor, Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program, William James College
Neurodevelopment in Adolescence: Implications for Law & Policy in the post-Miller Era

April 6, 2017
Joseph Wszalek, Esq., Neuroscience & Public Policy Graduate Student

April 20, 2017
Paul Bach-Y-Rita Memorial Lecturer
Owen Jones,
New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law, Professor of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University; Director for MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience
Current Findings in Law and Neuroscience


September 11, 2015
Adina Roskies
, Department of Philosophy, Dartmouth College
Mindreading: Past, Present and Future

November 13, 2015
Pilar Ossario
, The Law School, UW-Madison
International Governance of Human Genome Editing

December 11, 2015
Barbara Bendlin
, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Department of Medicine, UW-Madison
Aging & Alzheimer’s in the 21st Century

March 11, 2016
Stephen Morse
, University of Pennsylvania Law School
The Neuroscientific Challenge to Agency & Responsibility

April 8, 2016
Indre Viskontas
, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Hooked on Stories: Dissecting Your Brain’s Addiction

April 29, 2016
Ishmael Amarreh
, National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)
Public Policy & Neuroscience: Shaping the Future of Brain Disorder Research


September 12, 2014
Kristen Felten, Office of Aging, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
A Systemic Response to Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Care [Video]

October 10, 2014
Marcus Raichle
, School of Medicine, Washington University
The Restless Brain [Video]

November 14, 2014
Jenell Johnson, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison
A Lightning Rod Issue: The Neurobiology of Violence and the U.S. Campaign Against Psychosurgery, 1970-1973 [Video]

December 12, 2014
Jason Fletcher, La Follette School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison
Understanding Cognitive Development Through Gene-Environment Interactions [Video]

February 13, 2015
Dipesh Navsaria, Department of Pediatrics, UW-Madison
Books Build Better Brains: The Intersection of the Early Brain & Child Development, Early Literacy, & Programs/Policies 

March 13, 2015
Pamela Herd, La Follette School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison
The Link Between Midlife Obesity and Cognitive Decline in Later Life 

April 10, 2015
Francis Shen, University of Minnesota Law School
The Future of Law and Neuroscience [Video

May 8, 2015
Anthony Wagner, Department of Psychology and Neurosciences Program, Stanford University
Memories, Lies, & the Brain: Can Neuroscience Detect Legally Relevant Mental States? [Video


September 20, 2013
Clark Miller, Arizona State University
Where Will We Take Ourselves with Neurotechnologies?[Video]

October 18, 2013
Jonathan D. Moreno, University of Pennsylvania
Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century [Video]

November 22, 2013
Dietram Scheufele, University of Wisconsin-Madison
A Brave New (Online) World: Emerging Technologies at the Intersection of Science, Policy, and Rapidly Changing Media Environments [Video]

December 6, 2013
Richard Brown, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
Behavioral Screening and Intervention (BSI): An Evidence-Based, Cost-Saving, Essential Component of Healthcare Reform [Video]

February 14, 2014
William Linton, CEO, Promega Corporation
Biology, Business, and the Brain [Video]

March 7, 2014
Chris Taylor, State of Wisconsin Assembly
Inside the Legislative Process

April 11, 2014
Edward Hubbard, School of Education, UW-Madison
Linking Education and Neuroscience: The Foundations of a New Field [Video]

May 9, 2014
B.J. Casey, Weill Medical College, Cornell University
Rewiring Juvenile Justice: The Intersection of Developmental Neuroscience and Legal Policy [Video]


September 14, 2012
Nita Farahany, Duke University School of Law
On Cognitive Liberty 

October 19, 2012
Michael Koenigs, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Neurobiology of Psychopathy: Insights from Brain Imaging and Implications for Law 

November 9, 2012
Joseph Newman, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Attention Bottleneck Model of Psychopathy: Implications for Self-Regulation, Violence, Neural Correlates, and Cognitive Remediation 

December 14, 2012
Thomas Kalil, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Policy Entrepreneurship for Science, Technology, and Innovation

February 8, 2013
Pilar Ossorio and Ronald Kalil, UW-Madison Law School and School of Medicine and Public Health
Is Neuroscience Contributing to Our Assessment of Criminal Responsibility? 

March 15, 2013
Jay Giedd, Child Psychiatry, NIMH and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The Teen Brain: Insights from Neuroimaging 

April 19, 2013
Louis Reichardt, Neuroscience Program and Department of Physiology, UCSF
Blurring of Health and Disease: Impacts of Genetics, Circuit Analysis & Brain Imaging on Our Understanding of Legal Responsibility, Limitations of the Imperfect Individual Human’s Brain

May 10, 2013
Jed Rakoff, United States District Court Judge, Southern District of New York; Adjunct Professor of Law, Columbia University
My Neurons Made Me Do It! — How Neuroscience is Challenging Our Views of Legal and Moral Responsibility


September 9, 2011
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Department of Philosophy and Keenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University
Do you Want to Die? Using Brain Scans to Detect Consciousness in Patients Diagnosed with Persistent Vegetative State

October 14, 2011
Owen Jones, Vanderbilt University Law School and Director, MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Project
Your Brain on Punishment

November 9, 2011
Laurence Steinberg, Department of Psychology, Temple University
A Social Neuroscience Perspective on Adolescent Risk-Taking 

December 9, 2011
Walter Koroshetz, Deputy Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Global Burden of Nervous System Disorders

February 10, 2012
Kent Kiehl, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of New Mexico; President, Mind Research Network
The Criminal Psychopath Magnetized: Implications of Brain Imaging for Psychology, Medicine, Law and Policy

March 16, 2012
Steven Hyman, Former Director, NIMH and Provost Harvard University, Director Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, The Broad Institute, MIT and Harvard University
The Abandonment of the Mentally Ill by the Pharmaceutical Industry

April 20, 2012
Rita Colwell, Professor Emerita, University of Mary Maryland, Former Director, National Science Foundation, U.S. Science Envoy
Oceans, Climate, and Human Health: Scientific Understanding of the Direct Relationship Between Human Disease and the Environment


September 10, 2010
David Eagleman, Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine
Neuroscience and the Law

October 22, 2010
Alan Leshner, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science
The Societal Climate for Neuroscience Advances

November 5, 2010
Roger Pielke, University of Colorado at Boulder
What Roles for Scientists in Policy and Politics

December 3, 2010
David Jentsch, UCLA
Achieving a Public Discourse on the Use of Animals in Biomedical Research

January 28, 2011
Debra Parrish, Parrish Law Offices
How to Avoid Research Misconduct and Stay Out of Trouble 

February 11, 2011
Adrian Raine, University of Pennsylvania
Neurocriminology: Neuroethical and Neurolegal Implications

March 11, 2011
Bruce Alberts, Editor-in-Chief, Science Magazine
Science and the World’s Future

April 15, 2011
Mark Frankel, Director, Scientific Freedom, Responsibility & Law Program, AAAS
The Brain on Trial: The Challenges Neuroscience Poses for the Law


September 11, 2009
John Wiley, Wisconsin Institute of Discovery, UW-Madison
The Art, Science and Engineering of Creating a Research Institute at a Large Public University

October 22, 2009
Patricia Churchland, Department of Philosophy, UC-San Diego
Morality and The Social Brain

November 20, 2009
David Goldston, Director, Government Affairs, Natural Resources Defense Council
Neuroscience and The Public: Trouble Ahead?

December 11, 2009
Daniel Kleinman, Science, Technology and Society Program, UW-Madison.
Engaging Citizens: The High Cost of Citizen Participation in Technology

January 22, 2010
Pilar Ossorio, Law School, UW-Madison
Large Datasets and Data Release Policies: Promoting Utility While Protecting Research Participants

February 12, 2010
Albert Teich, Director of Science and Policy Programs at the AAAS
Science and Technology Policy in 2010: The Stimulus and Beyond

March 19, 2010
Barbara Koenig, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota
Who Counts as an Addict? Creating Addiction Phenotypes in Behavioral Neurogenomics

April 16, 2010
David Weimer, La Follette School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison
Cost-Benefit Analysis of Early Detection and Intervention of Alzheimer’s Disease


September 26, 2008
Shawn Peters, UW-Madison School of Education and the UW-Oshkosh Department of Anthropology and Religious Studies
We Need to Change the Statute: Public Policy, Science, and the Conundrum of Faith Healing

October 10, 2008
Kenneth Robbins, Department of Psychiatry, UW-Madison
Challenging Issues that Bridge Psychiatry and the Law

December 13, 2008
Henry Greely, Stanford University Law School
Neuroscience and the Law

February 27, 2009
Linda Hogle, Department of Medical History and Bioethics and Department of Sociology, UW-Madison
Audacious Hope or Unrealistic Expectations? Promise, Prudence and Stem Cell Research

March 27, 2009
Barbara Wolfe, La Follette School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison
Casino Revenue and American Indian Health: The Link between Tribal Gaming and the Health Status and Behaviors of American Indians

April 10, 2009
Natasha Schull, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, M.I.T.
Calculating the Future: Neuroeconomics and the Problem of the Short-Sighted Brain

May 8, 2009
Alta Charo, Law School, UW-Madison
Beyond the Embryo: Next Steps in Stem Cell Research


September 21, 2007
Norman Fost, Department of Pediatrics; Department of Medical History & Bioethics, UW-Madison
The Definition of Death: Problems and Solutions

October 19, 2007
Justin Williams, Department of Biomedical Engineering, UW-Madison
Current Perspectives & Unanticipated Ethical Issues with Implantable Brain Devices

November 9, 2007
Robert Streiffer, Department of Medical History & Bioethics, UW-Madison
Ethical and Policy Issues Arising from Animal/Human Neural Chimeras

December 7, 2007
Ian Duncan, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison
Presenting Embryonic Stem Cell Research to the Public

February 22, 2008
Sterling Johnson, Department of Medicine, UW-Madison
The Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease Risk on Brain Function

March 7, 2008
Stacy Tovino, School of Law, Hamline University
Health Law & Neuroscience: An Integrative Approach?

April 4, 2008
Ronald Diamond, Department of Psychiatry, UW-Madison
What is Required for the Effective Treatment of People with Schizophrenia: Clinical Policy Considerations?

May 9, 2008
Michael Stebbins, Scientists & Engineers for America Action Fund; Federation of American Scientists
The Nuts & Bolts of Science Policy in Washington