The Conte Center at Harvard University, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and housed in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard, is dedicated to basic neuroscience research that probes the developmental origins of mental illness. 


Wintersession 2019 will officially open the first week of December, but we are now accepting applications for Harvard College Undergraduates for our program Prospectives in Mental Health. Applications and general information can be found by clicking here.

We are honored to have the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) host their 3rd Japan-US Science Forum at Harvard University. “Changing the World Through Japan’s Scientific Endeavors-The Science of Sleep” on Saturday Nov. 10, 2018. Please click here for more details and registration.

The Conte Center at Harvard is excited to join MIT on Girls Day, Nov. 3, 12:00 - 4:00! Every November and March, the MIT Museum celebrates women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Visitors can expect to explore, create, and investigate with scientists from many local universities. Join us for hands-on activities, informal talks, and demonstrations included with admission. MIT Girls Day for more information. We had an amazing day! Click here for pictures and info and see our write up on the MCB newsletter here.

Congratulations to the 2018 Neuroscience and Mental Health Undergraduate Research Poster Session winners; Shreya Mather and Waverley He. To view all the submissions and pictures of the event click here.

Takao K. Hensch who spoke at the AAAS in Austin, Texas meeting, lends critical research thinking to The Guardian article, "Scientists seek drug to 'rewire' adult brain after stroke" (Nicola Davis, Feb. 2018). 

The American Synesthesia Association, 12th National Conference will be held at Harvard University's Geological Lecture Hall in Cambridge on October 6 - 8, 2017. For registration and more information please see their website: Synesthesia

Takao K. Hensch awarded the prestigious 2016 Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. Prize for Distinguished Achievement in Developmental Psychobiology. "How Early Life Experience Shapes Brain Function"

Columbia University Medical Center Press Release
Weill Cornell Press Release

Wintersession Jan 2017 Registration now open for Harvard College Undergraduates.

Synesthesia: A Window Into Brain Development
Symposium Videos Now Available

The Power of the Infant Brain
Scientific American article by Conte Center Director Takao Hensch

Harnessing the Childhood Brain to Treat Alzheimer Disease, Autism, and Mental Illness
Medscape Interview with Prof. Hensch

Imaging Neural Connections:
New study raises the bar for precision, speed and thoroughness

Imaging the Brain's Jungles:
A Miniscule Yet Monumental Leap Forward

Expanding the Brain:
Research identifies more than 40 new imprinted genes (Harvard Gazette)