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Michael E. Goldberg, MD

  • David Mahoney Professor of Brain and Behavior (in Neuroscience and Neurology [in Psychiatry and Ophthalmology])
  • Director, Mahoney Center
Michael E. Goldberg, MD

We study the psychophysics and physiology of cognitive processes in the monkey, using single unit recording, iontophoresis, and careful behavioral measurements.  The thrust of the lab has been understanding the physiology of visual attention - how the brain selects important objects in the visual field for further processing - and the generation of spatially accurate behavior despite a constantly moving eye.  Current projects include studying the role of somatosensory cortex in the eye-position modulation of visual responses in parietal cortex; studying a newly discovered untuned cholinergic modulatory signal in the monkey parietal cortex that predicts how well the monkey will perform on the current trial of a difficult task, correlates inversely with the monkey's recent history of success or failure, and correlates positively with the neuron's response to a visual transient; studying the involuntarily establish of spatial memory memory in the lateral intraparietal area and the parahippocampal gyrus, studying the fine structure of perisaccadic remapping of visual receptive fields, and studying the role of the cerebellum in visualmotor  associations.  Recent discoveries in the laboratory include the demonstration of a predictive relationship of parietal activity to both saccadic reaction time and visual attention; the demonstration that the lateral parietal area acts as a linear summing junction for at least three independent signals: a saccadic signal, and undifferentiated visual signal, and a cognitive signal, and the proprioceptive representation of eye position in monkey area 3a of primary somatosensory cortex, and the time course of eye-position modulation of visual responses in the parietal cortex..

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neuroscience
  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Critical Care and Hospitalist Neurology
  • Department of Psychiatry
    Division of Neurobiology and Behavior

Board Certifications

  • Neurology

Areas of Expertise

  • Hospitalist
  • Critical Care
  • Research Studies

Education & Training

  • Harvard Medical School
  • Residency: Harvard Longwood Psychiatry

Locations

  • Herbert Pardes Building of the New York State Psychiatric Institute

    1051 Riverside Drive
    Unit: 87
    New York, NY 10032
    Phone:
    (212) 543-6931

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Insurance Programs

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  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
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Lab Locations

  • Kolb Research Annex

    40 Haven Avenue
    Unit 87, 5th floor, Room 561
    New York, NY 10032
    Phone:
    (646) 774-7389
    Fax:
    (646) 543-5816
    Email:
    meg2008@cumc.columbia.edu

Contact Info

Past Positions

1975-1978       Research Neurologist and Chief, Section on Experimental Neurology, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

1978-1981       Research Medical Officer, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, NEI, NIH.

1981-1992        Chief, Section on Neuroophthalmological Mechanisms, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research.

1992-1997        Senior Medical Research Officer, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research.

1997- 2001      Chief, Section of Neuroophthalmological Mechanisms; Deputy Scientific Director for Bldg. 49, NEI.

1977- 2001      Assistant Professor of Neurology through Professor of Neurology at the NIH, Georgetown University School of Medicine. Attending Neurologist, Georgetown University Hospital

2001-present  David Mahoney Professor of Brain and Behavior, in the Departments of Neuroscience, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Ophthalmology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY. Attending Neurologist, New York-Presbyterian Hospital; Director, Division of Neurobiology and Behavior,  New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Teaching Responsibilities

Graduate Seminar in Systems Neuroscience

Lectures in the Basic and Clinical Neuroscience Course

Section teaching in Clinical Correlates of Basic Neuroscience

Resident and student teaching on the CUMC neurology hospitalist service

Committees/Societies/Memberships

Member, The Kavli Institute for Brain Science

Past president, Society for Neuroscience, currently Chair of the Committee on Animal Research, SfN

Member, FENS Committee on ANimal Research

Member National Academy of Sciences

Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Member American Neurological Association, American Academy of Neurology

Honors & Awards

Honors:          Member, Phi Beta Kappa (1963), Alpha Omega Alpha (1968)

1972                 S. Weir Mitchell Award, American Academy of Neurology

1982                Elected to the American Neurological Association

1997                Elected an Associate of the Neuroscience Research Program of the Neuroscience Institute.

1999                Wundt Lecturer, Max Planck Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, Leipzig

1999                Graduation Visiting Professor of Neurology, Longwood Program, Harvard Medical School.

1999                Grass Traveling Lecturer, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario

2000                Sprague Lecturer, Mahoney Neuroscience Institute, University of Pennsylvania

2001                Special Lecturer, Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

2002                Heller Lecturer in Computational Neuroscience, Hebrew University,  Jerusalem, Israel.

2004                Mary G. Notter Lecturer in Neurobiology, University of Rochester

2006                Bodian Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University

2006                Elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2006                Louis P. Rowland Teaching Award, Columbia University Department of Neurology

2007                Eli Lilly Lecturer, University of Montreal

2008                Elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

2009                Elected a member of the Dana Alliance

2009                Inaugural Colloquium Lecture, Institute of Neuroscience, Universite Catholique de Louvain la Neuve.

2010                Keynote Speaker, European Primate Neurobiology Meeting, Tuebingen, Gemany

2010                David Robinson Lecturer, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins

2010                Swammerdam Lecture, Netherlands Neuroscience Institute.

2011                Plenary Lecturer, International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University

2011                Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

2011                Patricia Goldman-Rakic Award for Cognitive Neuroscience, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. 

Research Interests

  • Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
  • Cognitive/Systems Neuroscience
  • Sensory Physiology
  • Synapses and Circuits

Grants

  1. CORE SUPPORT FOR VISION RESEARCH   National Eye Institute

    Project Dates: 1-Jul-10 to 30-Jun-15
    For department: OPHTHALMOLOGY

  2. LOOKING AT ART   Zegar Family Foundation
    1. Project Dates: 1-Nov-12 to 31-Oct-2015
      For department: Neuronscience

NIH Grants

  • CORE FACILITIES FOR VISION RESEARCH (Federal Gov)

    Aug 1 2016 - Jul 31 2021

    THE NEUROPHYSIOLOGY OF VISUAL SEARCH: OCULOMOTOR AND VISUAL MECHANISMS (Federal Gov)

    Sep 1 2014 - Aug 31 2019

    NEURAL MECHANISMS OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEMORY (Private)

    Jan 15 2014 - Jan 14 2016

    LOOKING AT ART (Private)

    Nov 1 2012 - Oct 31 2015

    THE NEUROPHYSIOLOGY OF SPATIAL VISION (Federal Gov)

    Aug 1 2009 - Jul 31 2015

    SHIFTING THE PARADIGM IN SYSTEMS NEUROSCIENCE (Federal Gov)

    Jan 15 2012 - Dec 31 2012

    NEURAL MECHANISMS OF DISTRACTOR FILTERING IN THE PARIETAL CO RTEX (Federal Gov)

    Feb 1 2009 - Jan 31 2012

    THE NEUROPHYSIOLOGY OF VISUAL ENVIRONMENTAL MEMORY (Federal Gov)

    Aug 1 2010 - Jul 31 2011

Lab Members

  • Mulugeta Semework, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Linus Sun, Instructor in Neurology (in Ophthalmology)
  • Xiaolan Wang, Senior Research Associate
  • Anna Ipata, Senior Research Associate