On October 26th, Dr. Gerald Edelman was invited to visit the Institute of Neuroscience at Zhejiang University.
Gerald M. Edelman is a Nobel Laureate from the Neurosciences Institute, USA. He shared the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Rodney Porter for their discoveries concerning the chemical structure of antibodies.
Dr. Edelman is the founder and director of The Neurosciences Institute and President of Neurosciences Research Foundation (USA), the publicly supported not-for-profit organization that is the Institute's parent. Separately, he is Professor at The Scripps Research Institute and Chairman of the Department of Neurobiology at that institution. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Edelman has made significant research contributions in biophysics, protein chemistry, immunology, cell biology, and neurobiology, with over 500 research publications. More recently, he has formulated a detailed theory to explain the development and organization of higher brain functions in terms of a process known as neuronal group selection, and he has extended this work to provide a biologically based theory of consciousness.