Adele Diamond is the Canada Research Chair Tier 1 Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, and has been studying executive functions and the prefrontal cortex. Her current research is changing our understanding of the prefrontal dopamine system and of gender differences in that, and affecting early education practices about the possibility of intervening early to improve executive functions to head off mental-health and academic problems.
Hanna Damasio is the Dana Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Dana and David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center at the University of Southern California. She is also an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. Damasio pioneered the use of brain imaging methods (such as computerized tomography and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging) in the study of brain lesions. This opened the way for the modern practice of the lesion method.
Antonio Damasio is the David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. Damasio is an internationally recognized leader in neuroscience. His research has helped elucidate the neural basis for the emotions and shown that emotions play a central role in social cognition and decision-making. Damasio's work has also had a major influence on current understanding of the neural systems which underlie memory, language and consciousness.
Frances A. Champagne is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University and a Sackler Scientist with the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Columbia University. Champagne's doctoral and post-doctoral research was focused on the neurobiology of maternal care and the epigenetic effects of mother-infant interactions. Studies in rodents suggest that the quality of maternal care received in infancy can lead to long-term changes in offspring gene expression and behavior.