Meet the PanelistsEric R. Kandel, M.D.
Dr. Eric Kandel describes how schizophrenia is a complex brain disorder.
Eric R. Kandel, M.D.

Dr. Eric Kandel is a neuroscientist who won the Nobel Prize in 2000 for his work in the physiology of memory. His seminal research in biochemistry and biophysics over five decades has advanced scientific understanding of the relationship between the mind and the brain.

Dr. Kandel graduated from Harvard University and earned a medical degree at the NYU School of Medicine. He began his research career at the National Institute of Mental Health, where he studied mammalian brain neurophysiology. Upon finishing a residency in clinical psychiatry, he joined the staff of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston, while continuing to conduct research and teach at Harvard Medical School. He became professor of physiology and psychiatry at NYU in 1965.

In 1974, Dr. Kandel moved to Columbia University where he founded the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior. He is a professor of biochemisty and biophysics on the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Throughout his rich career, Dr. Kandel has maintained an active interest in clinical psychiatry, particularly in fostering the interchange of ideas across diverse disciplines.

Along with the Nobel Prize, Dr. Kandel is the recipient of many honors including the Lasker Award, the Gairdner Award, the Harvey Prize, and the National Medal of Science.

He has chronicled his remarkable career in his autobiography In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind.