History of MDRS

Laird Cermak

Founder of MDRS

The Memory Disorders Research Society was founded in 1988 by Laird Cermak, a Professor of Neurology in the School of Medicine at Boston University and Director of the Memory Disorders Research Center at the Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center.

The inaugural meeting of MDRS was held the following year (1989) in Boston.

MEMORANDA

MDRS at 30: Genesis, Exegesis, and Prophecy

At the 2019 meeting in New York we celebrated 30 years of MDRS with a special symposium reflecting on the past, present, and future of memory research. Harry Whitaker began with "Genesis: What did we know about memory and brain in 1989?" (video of talk also available), Morris Moscovitch added "Exegesis: From neuropsychology to cognitive neuroscience of memory: The deep influence of neuroimaging", and Lynn Nadel concluded with "Prophecy: Prediction is hard, especially about the future".

Remembering H.M.

Henry Gustav Molaison (February 26, 1926 – December 2, 2008), known widely as H.M., was an American man who had a bilateral medial temporal lobectomy to surgically resect the anterior two thirds of his hippocampi, parahippocampal cortices, entorhinal cortices, piriform cortices, and amygdalae in an attempt to cure his epilepsy. Although the surgery was partially successful in controlling his epilepsy, a severe side effect was that he became unable to form new memories. Read a tribute from MDRS.

PAST MEETINGS

Year

Location

Organizers

Program

2021

Virtual

Maureen Ritchey and Chris Bird, Karen Campbell, Felipe De Brigard, Muireann Irish, Joshua Koen, Jarrod Lewis-Peacock, Vishnu Murty, Lynn Nadel, Peggy St. Jacques, Deborah Talmi

2020*

Manchester, UK

Daniela Montaldi and Andrew Mayes

*Postponed due to COVID-19

2019

New York, NY

Mariam Aly, Lila Davachi, and Daphna Shohamy

2018

Toronto, Canada

Shayna Rosenbaum, Jen Ryan, Andy Lee, Paul Frankland, and Asaf Gilboa

2017

Chicago, IL

Joel Voss and Ken Paller

2016

Princeton, NJ

Ken Norman and Nick Turk-Browne

2015

Cambridge, UK

Jon Simons, Rik Henson, Lisa Saksida, Mike Anderson, and Tim Bussey

2014

Austin, TX

Ali Preston, Mick Rugg, and David Schnyer

2013

Toronto, Canada

Morgan Barense, Asaf Gilboa, Brian Levine, Shayna Rosenbaum, and Jen Ryan

2012

Davis, CA

Charan Ranganath, Arne Ekstrom, Simona Ghetti, Beth Ober, and Andy Yonelinas

2011

Barcelona, Spain

Jim Becker

2010

Evanston, IL

Ken Paller, Paul Reber, and Neal Cohen

2009

Durham, NC

Roberto Cabeza and Kevin Labar

2008

St. Louis, MO

Deanna Barch, Todd Braver, and Ian Dobbins

2007

Cambridge, UK

Rik Henson

2006

Toronto, Canada

Cheryl Grady and Morris Moscovitch

2005

Tucson, AZ

Lynn Nadel

2004

New York, NY

Wendy Suzuki and Liz Phelps

2003

Chicago, IL

Ken Paller

2002

San Francisco, CA

Mark D'Esposito

2001

Boston, MA

Maggie Keane and Mieke Verfaellie

2000

Toronto, Canada

Cheryl Grady and Morris Moscovitch

1999

Tucson, AZ

Lynn Nadel

1998

Cambridge, MA

Laird Cermak

1997

San Francisco, CA

Art Shimamura

1996

Cambridge, MA

Laird Cermak

1995

Cambridge, UK

Narinder Kapur

1994

Cambridge, MA

Laird Cermak

1993

Boston, MA

Laird Cermak

1992

Boston, MA

Laird Cermak

1991

Boston, MA

Laird Cermak

1990

Boston, MA

Laird Cermak

1989

Boston, MA

Laird Cermak