Daniella Lipper Coules and Evelyn Lipper
Daniella Lipper Coules and Evelyn Lipper


Nearly 200 guests attended the Winter Parents & Science Program—The First Big Love: Exploring the Neurobiology of Parent-Child Bonding—held at The Rockefeller University on February 10, 2011.  Thomas Insel, M.D., who is the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, opened the program by discussing the critical roles of the brain chemicals oxytocin and vasopressin in social attachment.  Later in the program, Myron Hofer, M.D., Director of Columbia University Medical Center's Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, further explored the study of the infant mother relationship and its longterm impact.  A lively Q&A session with the audience followed. 

Richard Lifton, M.D., Ph.D.
The Rockefeller University

Parents & Science
Faculty Advisor

Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
Alfred E. Mirsky Professor
Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch
Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology

Parents & Science Leadership


Daniella Lipper Coules
Talbott Simonds

Steering Committee

Rebecca Anikstein
John Bernstein
Charles W. Caulkins
Karen de Saint Phalle
Blair Pillsbury Enders
Wendy Ettinger
Kathy Heinzelman
Tania Neild, Ph.D.
Ilona Nemeth
Marean Pompidou
Courtney Smith Rae
Loli Echavarria Roosevelt
Kimberly Kravis Schulhof
Roxy Zajac

Scientific Advisory Council

Evelyn Attia, M.D.
BJ Casey, Ph.D.
Myron Hofer, M.D.
Ilene Sackler Lefcourt
Margaret McCarthy, Ph.D.
Richard Nisbett, Ph.D.
Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

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