Dr. Stuart Apfel

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Stuart Apfel is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at Downstate Medical Center, and has recently become an adjunct faculty member at Yeshiva University where he teaches an undergraduate course in neuroscience. His scientific research has largely focused on the potential clinical application of neurotrophic factors for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy and other neurodegenerative disorders, and on other aspects of translational medicine. He is a founder of Parallax Clinical Research, a consulting firm that works closely with biotechnology companies and pharmaceutical companies assisting them with advancing potential therapeutics from the laboratory to clinical trials, and ultimately to approval. Dr. Apfel is a popular lecturer at Einstein and Downstate, and has won teaching awards. In addition to his scientific activities, he gives regular shiurim in his community of West Hempstead, and has lectured widely on a variety of Torah related topics, mostly focused on Science and Judaism, Jewish History, and topics in Tanach.

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  • The Evolution of the Human Brain
  • Repairing the Nervous System
  • Why do we age, and what can we do about it?
  • Alzheimer’s disease – Can we reduce our risk?
  • From a Single Cell to the Most Complicated Structure in the Known Universe – Embryonic Development of the Brain
  • Our Aging Brain – Can We Keep it Young?
  • Sleep and Dreaming – How and Why
  • Learning and Memory – How it Happens and How to Improve It
  • Understanding Modern Medical Research
  • The Torah Perspective on the Inflationary Universe and Dark Energy
  • Adam and Chava and the Origins of Humanity
  • Talmudic Medicine and other forms of Alternative Medicine
  • Does God Play Dice with the Universe? – Understanding Chance from a Torah Perspective
  • Should a Jew Believe in Evolution?
  • The Mind / Brain / Soul – A Torah, Scientific, and Philosophical Perspective
  • Torah Perspective on the Human Genome Project
  • Orion and the Pleiades from the Perspective of Chazal
  • The God Gene – Are we Genetically Programmed to Believe in God?
  • Jewish Belief and Astrology
  • Perspective of Chazal on Solar and Lunar Eclipses
  • The Origins of the Torah She B’al Peh
  • Beis Hillel and Beis Shammai
  • The Massacre of the Jews at York and the Prohibition Against Suicide
  • The Legacy of the Volozhin Yeshiva
  • Adam and Chava and the Origins of Romance
  • What was the Etz Hadaat Tov ve Rah?
  • The Tower of Bavel
  • Who was Malchizedek?
  • The Relationship Between Yaakov and Eisav
  • Understanding Yosef’s Dreams
  • God’s Tefillin
  • The Meaning of the Cruvim
  • Understanding Moshe’s Failure at Mai Merivah
  • What is it like to be a Navi? Learning from Yirmiyahu
  • Yechezkhel – the First Galus Jew and the Survival of the Jewish People
  • The Most Important Nevuah No One Has Ever Heard Of

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