Genes, Cognition, and Human Brain Evolution


Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

See also: 2018-2019

Christopher A. Walsh, Bullard Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Chief, Division of Genetics and Genomics, Boston Children’s Hospital; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Associate Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT


Despite major scientific advances in sequencing the genomes of species through the animal kingdom, it has been remarkably difficult to identify the genes that enable the unique cultural, aesthetic, and reasoning capabilities of humans. Christopher Walsh will discuss how research on specific genes associated with animal and human brain disorders is helping to clarify the genetic and evolutionary underpinnings of cognitive and social behavior.

Evolution Matters Lecture Series

Free and open to the public.

Free parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Series supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit

This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page. A recording of this program will be available on our YouTube channel approximately three weeks after the lecture.

Presented in collaboration with the Allen Discovery Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, funded through The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group