6:45 PM18:45

Society for Neuroscience - Storytelling Event

This year’s Cognitive Neuroscience Social will celebrate the art of storytelling, featuring true stories by scientists sharing their unique perspective on science. Everyone has a story to tell, whether it’s about starting out in science, a challenge, an exciting discovery or an epic failure. Come listen to — and be inspired by — the stories of four scientists who are also storytellers: Wendy Suzuki, Stuart Firestein, Rebecca Brachmann, and André Fenton. Join us for drinks and snacks, and share your own stories with your colleagues.

San Diego Convention Center, Room TBA

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7:30 PM19:30

Advancing Scientific R&D with Dr. Rebecca Brachman & Permutation Ventures

Dr. Rebecca Brachman, Neuroscientist at Columbia University, has been
leading research into developing “paravaccines”: drugs to prevent mood
disorders (currently, all drugs only suppress symptoms). Her research
and results have attracted global press, including a recent TED talk.

One paravaccine she discovered is Ketamine, which is already used in
humans. However, because Ketamine is a generic drug, there are no strong
financial incentives or opportunities to develop a marketable
therapeutic for this new prophylactic use. Highlighting this as an
example of a fail point of the healthcare R&D pipeline, Rebecca has been
campaigning for systematic approaches to improving and funding 'basic'
and translational science, such as the use of Social Impact Bonds.

This Thursday, Permutation Ventures invites you to join Rebecca and our
team for dinner and discussion on constraints and opportunities in
advancing scientific R&D.

Please RSVP either directly to this email or with questions, to


Permutation Ventures
355 Bryant Street #203, San Francisco, 94107
Door Code - #1850

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8:30 AM08:30


This year's event will bring together 20 brilliant speakers from across disciplines with more than 400 curious and fascinating New Yorkers. Experience a day of ideas worth sharing, conversations worth having, and activations you won't want to miss! See what's growing in New York City.

SVA Theatre

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5:30 PM17:30

TEDxNewYork Curation Preview

Join an intimate group to watch speaker rehearsals with three brilliant (surprise!) New Yorkers who will be speaking on Saturday. You’ll go behind the scenes with one of our curators, and get a chance to win a pair of tickets to Saturday’s sold-out event. The preview is produced in collaboration with leadership partner Microsoft Stores, and seats are limited.

NYC Flagship Microsoft Store
677 Fifth Ave.

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8:00 PM20:00

NYC Salon - "Vaccinating" against depression and other paradigm shifts in science and medicine

Join us for the 18th session of the NYC Salon! 

Psychiatry is on the precipice of a revolution. For the first time in over a half-century, a series of breakthrough discoveries promise to forever change the way we treat—and think about—mental illness. From repurposing club drugs (such as ketamine) as fast-acting antidepressants, to storing memories in immune cells, to creating vaccines against stress, Rebecca will talk about the new frontier of neuroscience and popular misconceptions in science and medicine.

The Hearth - 473 Grand Street, Brooklyn, New York

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8:00 PM20:00

Story Collider - Fight or Flight


From our regular event series in Brooklyn, join us for five true, personal science stories of the times adrenaline kicked in. From bear attacks to cheating on tests to that one lab accident that maybe could kill you, there are plenty of ways science isn't clinical, or safe. 

Feb 16th, 8pm at Union Hall come hear how science and fear came together. Hosted by Erin Barker and Ben Lillie. Please note this is a mixed seated and standing event, arrive early for the best seats. 21+.

Union Hall - 702 Union Street Brooklyn, NY 11215

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