MBB Junior Symposium 2022: COVID-19 and Mind Brain Behavior


Friday, April 22, 2022, 3:00pm to 5:00pm


via zoom


Please note: This event is not open to the public.

The MBB junior symposium features talks by and discussions with a variety of scholars on an interdisciplinary theme in mind/brain/behavior. The symposium will include speaker presentations and a lunch/discussion with speakers and MBB faculty. Participation is required of students pursuing the Certificate in MBB (students in honors MBB tracks) and is also open and recommended to students pursuing or considering a secondary field in MBB.


COVID-19 has had an enormous effect on all manner of human life. This seminar will explain the infectious disease and epidemiology of the virus and its variants, the pandemic and its surges. It will explore the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the brain, both acute and long term, including neuropsychiatric and cognitive symptoms. It will examine the mental health consequences of the pandemic, and ways of addressing them. An interdisciplinary Mind Brain Behavior perspective will allow for an integrated understanding of this major current and historical experience.


All MBB undergraduates are welcome to attend. If you are a junior or senior participating to complete the symposium requirement, please register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1P67W_TbLMIdYMRaYmxUbdHYfrtT432ALQfNCCwmhQt4 by Wednesday, April 20th.



password 243495

email shawn_harriman@harvard.edu for additional zoom information if you will need to join via phone


3 p.m. - Welcome and Introduction, David Silbersweig

3:10 p.m. – SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19: The virus and the pandemic, Chanu Rhee

3:40 p.m. – Neuropsychiatric effects of COVID-19, Gaston Baslet

4:10 p.m. – COVID-19 and mental health, Rachel Conrad

4:40 p.m. – Panel Discussion, led by David Silbersweig


SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19: The virus and the pandemic, Chanu Rhee (Associate Professor of Population Medicine, Medical School / Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital / https://www.populationmedicine.org/crhee)

Neuropsychiatric effects of COVID-19, Gaston Baslet (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Medical School / Co-Director of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology Fellowship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Associate Director of Medical Student Education, Brigham and Women’s Hospital / https://nonepilepticseizures.com/epilepsy-psychogenic-NES-Gaston-Baslet.php) - In this overview we will review the neuropsychiatric clinical presentation of COVID, both acute and long-term, discuss pathophysiological mechanisms behind such clinical presentations, and present a few practical considerations in the assessment and management of patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms related to COVID.

COVID-19 and mental health, Rachel Conrad (Instructor in Psychiatry, Medical School / Director of Young Adult Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Associate Editor, HMS Bioethics Commons / https://bioethics.hms.harvard.edu/faculty-staff/rachel-conrad)

Organizer and Discussant, David Silbersweig (Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry, Medical School / Chair of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals / Chair of the Institute for the Neurosciences at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, https://neuroimaging.bwh.harvard.edu/staff-member/david-silbersweig/)