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Tim Tully, 2003-08-01

Oral History | Tim Tully
Oral History | Tim Tully

Scope and Contents

Tim Tully, geneticist whose focus is the biological basis of memory, is interviewed by Mila Pollock on August 3, 2003 at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.

Tim Tully discusses the following in his interview: Scene 1. Becoming a scientist -- Scene 2. Science and politics: National Institute of Mental Health Training Program -- Scene 3. Science and politics: Is intelligence genetically based? -- Scene 4. Interaction between science and politics -- Scene 5. Arrival at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 6. Arrival at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Drosophila neurobiology meeting -- Scene 7. 1989 Drosophila neurobiology meeting -- Scene 8. Meetings and courses -- Scene 9. Drosophila neurobiology meeting 1989: session on behavior -- Scene 10. Developing the neuroscience program -- Scene 11. Memories: fresh concrete -- Scene 12. Jim Watson, personality and influence -- Scene 13. "Lucky Jim" -- Scene 14. Ways to do science -- Scene 15. Research highlights: a transcription factor's regulation of memory (1) -- Scene 16. Research highlights: CREB's effect on long term memory (2) -- Scene 17. Research highlights: CREB's effect on long term memory (3) -- Scene 18. Research highlights: enhancing memory in a fly (4) -- Scene 19. Research highlights: finding genes involved with long term memory (5) -- Scene 20. Nature vs. nurture -- Scene 21. Genome research: changes over time -- Scene 22. Research today -- Scene 23. Barbara McClintock -- Scene 24. Advice to young scientists -- Scene 25. Writing scientific papers: is style important? -- Scene 26. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: the future.


  • Creation: 2003-08-01


Conditions Governing Access

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online: Select tapes have been digitized thanks to support from CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant awarded in 2021, these tapes are available for research online via our Oral History Website and in person at CSHL Archives. Please contact CSHL Archives with any questions regarding availability.

Biographical / Historical

Tim Tully is a molecular geneticist, interested in finding the genetic and biological basis of memory in order to better identify pharmacological and behavioral treatments for memory loss. In 1981, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Tully joined the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory staff in 1991 to work on discovering genes involved with memory. He became the St. Giles Foundation Professor of Neuroscience and led the Drosophila learning and memory program. In 1998 he founded Helicon Therapeutics, Inc., a development-stage biotechnology firm that works on new therapies for memory loss and other cognition disorders. In June, 2007, Tully left Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to become Helicon's Acting Chief Scientific Officer, and assume a key role in the Michigan-based Dart Foundation as it expands its interest in funding neuroscience research. He is currently chief scientific officer and executive vice president for research and development at Dart Neuroscience. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing China and at the National Tsing Hua University in Hsin Chu Taiwan.

His work on the transcriptional factor CREB gave way to the first experimental demonstration of enhanced memory formation in genetically engineered animals. Tully works to identify genes involved with long-term memory formation. Tully has determined that by the regulation of gene expression, new, long-term memories can be formed due to the growth of new synapses.


1 Optical Disks (Talking science with Tim Tully) : DVD

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

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