Albert Aguayo Lecture: The Sensory Neurons of Touch


Montreal Neurological Institute Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre , 3801 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4, CA

Dr. David Ginty

Edward R. and Anne G. Lefler Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Speaker Bio

Dr. David Ginty received his PhD degree in physiology from East Carolina University in 1989 and did postdoctoral research on neuronal signalling mechanisms with John Wagner and Michael Greenberg at Harvard Medical School. In 1995 he became a faculty member in the Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. In 2013 he returned to the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, where he is currently the associate director of Harvard’s Program in Neuroscience. Ginty is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Research in Dr. Ginty’s laboratory addresses the development, organization, and function of neural circuits that underlie the perception of touch. His laboratory has generated an array of mouse genetic tools that have enabled visualization, targeted electrophysiological recordings, and functional manipulation of primary sensory neuron subtypes. This work has revealed mechanisms of development, functions, and organizational properties of the major subtypes of low-threshold mechanoreceptors (LTMRs) as well as the CNS circuits they engage for touch perception.

This annual lecture honours Dr. Albert Aguayo, OC, FRCP, Professor Emeritus founder and former Director of the Centre for the Research in Neuroscience at McGill University. He is a former President of the Society for Neurosciences and the Canadian Association of Neuroscience. Dr. Aguayo also held the positions of Secretary General and President of the International Brain Research Organization ( IBRO) and  been a member of many international advisory committees and editorial boards. He holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Lund (Sweden), Cordoba ( Argentina) and Queen’s and Dalhousie in Canada. Albert Aguayo’s scientific contributions concerned the regenerative capacity of the adult mammalian central nervous system

Contact Information

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Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
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