Meet the Speaker: Takao Hensch

Mechanisms underlying critical periods of brain development: Implications for psychiatric disorders

Takao K. HenschTakao Hensch

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Professor of Neurology, Harvard University

Takao K. Hensch, PhD, is joint professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School at Boston Children’s Hospital, and professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard’s Center for Brain Science. He currently directs the NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center at Harvard, and conducts basic neuro-biological research on developmental critical periods and the origins of mental illness.After training with J Allan Hobson (Harvard), Masao Ito (MPH, Univ Tokyo) and Wolf Singer (Fulbright Fellow, Max-Planck Institute), Hensch received his PhD with Michael Stryker (UCSF) in 1996. He then helped to launch the RIKEN Brain Science Institute (Japan) as lab head for Neuronal Circuit Development and Group Director (now special advisor).

Hensch has received several honors, notably the Mortimer Sackler Prize (2016), the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award (2007) and Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award both in the U.S. (2005) and Japan (2001). He serves on several editorial boards, including Neuron and Frontiers in Neural Circuits (chief editor)

Spotlight on Boston: Boston Red Sox @FenwayPark

In today’s society some of the best things are ones that change little and remain basically the same as they have for decades. Fenway Park is an example of this as the Boston Red Sox have remained committed to staying at this classic ballpark that they have called home since 1912. It is the oldest major league ballpark in use and still retains the same feel and characteristics as it did when it opened.