CAN2018 Speaker profile: Gordon M Shepherd

Gordon Shepherd
Gordon Shepherd

Gordon M. Shepherd, MD, DPhil

Professor of Neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine

Special lecturer, May 13 6:15PM

From microcircuits to neuroenology: the revolutions in olfaction

This special lecture will be paired with a tasting of BC wines at the CAN2018 opening reception.

Dr. Gordon Shepherd introduced the olfactory system as a model for analyzing the properties of neurons and synapses in the brain and the formation of neural images of olfactory molecules.

His research has contributed to our understanding of the properties of neuronal dendrites and spines, olfactory processing, and development of the new fields of computational neuroscience, brain microcircuits, neuroinformatics, and neurogastronomy.

In addition to many seminal textbooks, such as The synaptic organization of the brain, now in its fifth edition, Dr. Shepherd has authored books for the general public, including: Neurogastronomy: How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why It Matters, and more recently, Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine.


View Professor Shepherd’s profile at the Yale School of Medicine website.

Learn more about the book

Neuroenology – How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine

Published by Columbia University Press

On NPR’s The Salt

The Taste Of Wine Isn’t All In Your Head, But Your Brain Sure Helps