Columbia University Medical Center

Nobel Week: Eric Kandel and Jeff Koons Discuss Immortality

On Dec. 9, Eric Kandel, MD, University Professor and Kavli Professor of Brain Science, joined artist Jeff Koons in Stockholm for a discussion of immortality. The talk was part of this year’s Nobel Week Dialogue, a daylong event that aims to stimulate global dialogue between science and society.

Dr. Kandel, who is also co-director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science, and senior investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at CUMC, shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries related to the molecular basis of memory.

Ursula Staudiner, PhD, professor of sociomedical sciences and inaugural director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center at Columbia, gave a plenary talk at the event, titled “Demographic Change and Growth: A Paradox?” In it, she challenged the notion that aging and shrinking populations put an end to economic growth and innovation.