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Professor Susana Martinez-Conde is a neuroscientist, author and speaker. She is a Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Physiology & Pharmacology at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, where she studies various aspects of cognitive and perceptual neuroscience. She directed laboratories previously at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and University College London in the UK. She received her postdoctoral training from the Nobel Laureate Prof. David Hubel at Harvard Medical School, where she was later an Instructor in Neurobiology.
Prof. Martinez-Conde's research has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Wired, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Chronicle, Der Spiegel, US News and World Report, New Scientist, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, Nature magazine, Science magazine, etc. Her radio and TV appearances have included Public Radio International, National Public Radio, PBS, National Geographic’s StarTalk, Nova:scienceNow (Season Opener 2011), The Science Chanel, The Discovery Chanel (The Daily Planet and Head Games), CBS Sunday Morning, Horizon (KAET – PBS), and hundreds of other international radio, newspaper, magazine and internet outlets.
Prof. Martinez-Conde received the Empire Innovator Award from the State of New York, in addition to the EyeTrack Award for her work with Parkinsonian patients, and the 100 Spaniards Prize. She complements her award-winning research with extensive science communication, education and public outreach. She writes frequently for Scientific American, and has a regular column in Scientific American: MIND on the neuroscience of illusion.
She is the 2014 recipient of the Science Educator Award, given by the Society for Neuroscience (40,000 members) to an outstanding neuroscientist who has made significant contributions to educating the public.
Her international bestselling book, Sleights of Mind, was published in 19 languages, distributed worldwide, listed as one of the 36 Best Books of 2011 by The Evening Standard, London, and received the Prisma Prize to the best science book of the year.