Yvan Prkachin, PhD

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Yvan Prkachin, PhD - Historian of Science, Medicine and Technology

Yvan is a historian of Science, Medicine and Technology with an emphasis on the brain and mind sciences, modern medicine and technology in the ninteenth and twentieth centuries. His dissertation, Wired Together: The Montreal Neurological Institute and the Origins of Modern Neuroscience, examines the pivotal role of the Montreal Neurological Institute in launching modern interdisciplinary ‘neuroscience.’ Founded by the neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield in 1934, the MNI developed an interdisciplinary ‘neuroscience’ that was qualitatively different than that which later developed around large-scale American research universities such as MIT.