Albert Barrett Neuroscience Lecture

Marina Picciotto, Ph.D.

Charles B.G. Murphy Professor in Psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry

Yale University

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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Dr. Marina Picciotto joined the Yale faculty in 1995, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship with Jean-Pierre Changeux in the Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. She earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Neurobiology at The Rockefeller University in New York City in 1992, where she worked in the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience under Paul Greengard. She received a B.S. degree in biological sciences from Stanford University, Stanford, California, in 1985.

Dr. Picciotto is currently Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Neuroscience. She served on the Scientific Council of the National Institute on Drug Abuse from 2010-2014, was Treasurer of the Society for Neuroscience from 2014-2015, and President of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco from 2018-2019. She has been a Handling Editor for the Journal of Neuroscience, the Journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research, the Journal of Neurochemistry and Neuroscience Letters. She is currently Chair of the MNPS NIH Study Section and is a past member of the Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior. In 2000 she was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering by President Clinton and in 2007, she was honored with the Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award for Innovative Research in Drug Addiction and Alcoholism by the Society for Neuroscience. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2012 and as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014, where she was Chair of the Neuroscience Section from 2018-2019. In 2019, Dr. Picciotto was awarded the Bernice Grafstein Mentorship award from the Society for Neuroscience, the Marion Spencer Fay Award from Drexel University and the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for Innovative Research.

About Albert M. Barrett, M.D. (1871 - 1936)

Albert M. Barrett

Albert Moore Barrett was born in Austin, Illinois, July 14, 1871. Barrett married Eliza Jane Bowman of Clinton, IA, July 8, 1905; they had one son (Edward Bowman). Albert Barrett received his BA (1893) and his MD (1895) from the State University of Iowa. After his medical school training, Barrett was pathologist at the Iowa State Asylum for the Insane at Independence (1895-1897), then assistant physician at the Massachusetts State Hospital for the Insane at Worcester where he worked under the supervision of Adolf Meyer (1897-1898). Between 1898 and 1906, with a break to pursue additional training, Barrett was the pathologist at the Danvers Insane Hospital in Massachusetts. Between 1900 and 1902, Barrett did post-graduate training in psychiatry in Germany with such luminaries as Emil Kraepelin. He was assistant in neuropathology in the Harvard University Medical School (1905-6), but in 1906 was appointed by the University of Michigan to be Associate Professor of Neuropathology, Director of the Psychopathic Ward, and Pathologist of the State Asylums. In 1907, Barrett became Professor of Psychiatry and Nervous Diseases in the Department of Medicine and Surgery. Between 1920 and his sudden death in 1936, Barrett was Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Barrett was involved in a variety of professional organizations, and was active on many national committees. Barrett was a member of the Medical Council of U.S. Veterans Bureau, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psycho-Pathological Association (president 1923-34), the Central Neuro-Psychiatric Association (president 1925), the American Neurological Association (president 1935-36), Nu Sigma Nu, Sigma Xi, and Alpha Omega. He was president of the APA at an important and formative time of its history (1921-22). At one time, Barrett was the chairman of the Committee on Statistics for the National Committee for Mental Hygiene. Barrett also helped to found the Michigan Society for Mental Hygiene in 1920, as well as the Detroit Society for Neurology and Psychiatry. In his lifetime, he published and presented over 35 papers (including works published in journals such as the American Journal of Medical Sciences, American Journal of Insanity, Journal of Mental and Nervous Diseases, Journal of the Michigan State Medical Society, Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry).

Past Lecturers


Catherine S. Woolley, PhD [cancelled due to COVID]

Jack M. Parent, M.D.

Catherine Dulac, PhD

David Van Essen, Ph.D.

George Koob, Ph.D.

John H. Krystal, M.D.

Huda Akil, Ph.D

René Hen, Ph.D.

Helen Mayberg, MD

Shitij Kapur, MBBS, PhD, FRCPC

Terrence J. Sejnowski, Ph.D.

Michael J. Meaney, Ph.D.

Nora D. Volkow, M.D.

Nora D. Volkow, M.D.

Joseph E. LeDoux, Ph.D.

Thomas R. Insel, M.D.

Donald L Price, M.D.

Eric J. Neslter, M.D., Ph.D.

Carla J. Shatz, Ph.D.

Edward Smith, Ph.D.

Edward G. Jones, M.D., Ph.D.

Larry Squire, Ph.D.

Bruce McEwen, Ph.D.

Pasko Rakic, M.D., Sc.D.

Arvid Carlsson, M.D., Ph.D.

William Greenough, Ph.D.

Gerald Edelman, M.D., Ph.D..

Floyd Bloom, M.D.

Solomon Snyder, M.D.