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Seminars are held in the Neuroscience Conference Room, Basic Sciences Building 2.225.


December 12, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.
"Zombie Cells in Midbrain: The Role of Senescence in Dopamine Neurons" 
Markus Riessland, PhD
The Rockefeller University
New York, NY
December 6, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.
"Role for VGLUT2 in Dopamine Neuron Vulnerability and Parkinson's Disease
Thomas Steinkellner, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neuroscience
University of California, San Diego
August 8, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.
"Striatal Pathway Ensemble Dynamics in Health and Disease" 
Jones Parker, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Physiology
Northwestern University


May 30, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.
"Linking exercise, neuroplasticity and cognition: from animal models to epidemiology" 
Hans Georg Kuhn, PhD
Professor of Regenerative Neuroscience
Department of Clinical Neuroscience
University of Gothenburg
Gothenburg, Sweden
May 15, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.
"Mapping the Intersection of Aging and Late-Onset Diseases in Human iPSC Models" 
Ritchie Ho, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist
Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California
May 9, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.
"Targeting brain functions using AAV viral vectors: 
One virus to rule them all?
Oded Singer, PhD
Head of Viral Vector Core
Life Sciences Core Facilities
Weizmann Institute of Science
Rehovot, Israel
April 23, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.
"Clearance of amyloid beta species through meninges in Alzheimer's disease" 
Christopher Janson, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
January 8, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
"Discovering new intervention points in the treatment of levodopa-induced dyskinesia in Parkinson's disease using gene therapy" 
Fredric Manfredsson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine
Grand Rapids Research Center
Michigan State University
Grand Rapids, Michigan
December 18, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
"The role of astrocytes in SMA pathology" 
Allison Ebert, PhD
Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 2, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
"Rethinking sex, brain and gender: From dimorphism to mosaic" 
Daphna Joel, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Tel-Aviv University
Tel-Aviv, Israel



April 10, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
“Trials and tribulations of single population transcriptomic analyses in Alzheimer’s disease and animal models of neurodegeneration.”
Stephen D. Ginsberg, PhD
Associate Professor
Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience & Physiology
NYU Neuroscience Institute
New York University Langone Medical Center
Center for Dementia Research
Nathan Kline Institute
Orangeburg, New York
February 13, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
“Ryanodine Receptor Store Calcium Regulation: from Structure to Cardiac and Neurological Disorders”
S.R. Wayne Chen, PhD
Professor of Physiology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
January 16, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
“Is your brain normal?”
Simon Duchesne, P.Eng., PhD
Associate Professor of Radiology
Université Laval
Québec City, Québec, Canada
November 28, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
“If NO/cGMP is the answer, what is the neuroscience question?”
- Studies in migraine, Alzheimer’s, TBI, and MCI mouse models.
Gregory R. Thatcher, PhD
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
October 24, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
“Investigations on the role of BACE1 and BIN1 in Alzheimer’s disease”
Gopal Thinakaran, PhD
Professor of Neurobiology, Neurology, and Pathology
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
September 12, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
“Meeting the Challenge of the Replication Crisis:
A Practical Introduction to the New Statistics and Open Science”
Robert Calin-Jageman, PhD
Professor, Psychology
Neuroscience Program Director
Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois


April 18, 2017 - 11:00 a.m.
"Developing Nonmuscle Myosin II Inhibitors to Target Methamphetamine Relapse"
Courtney Miller, PhD
Associate Professor of Molecular Medicine & Neuroscience
The Scripps Research Institute
Jupiter, Florida
March 28, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
"Targeting the Inhibitors of Myelin Repair"
Fraser Sim, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
SUNY University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Buffalo, New York
March 21, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
"Epac Mediates Cocaine-Induced Synaptic Plasticity in VTA Dopamine Neurons"
Qing-song Liu, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
March 07, 2017
"Mitochondrial Complex 1 Inhibition: Could It Promote Health?"
Dr. Eugenia (Jania) Trushina
Associate Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN
February 14, 2017
"Alcohol, Adult Neurogenesis & White Matter Injury: Because No Good Story Ever Started with a Salad"
Dr. Lee Anna Cunningham
Professor of Neuroscience
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Albuquerque, NM. 
December 06, 2016
"Implicit Learning: Cognitive Consequences of Human Neuroplasticity"
Dr. Paul J. Reber
Professor of Psychology and Communication Sciences & Disorders
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
October 18, 2016
"Neural and Behavioral Effects of the Adolescence, Especially Puberty"
Dr. Janice M. Juraska
Professor of Psychology and Program Neuroscience
University of Illinois
Champaign, IL


April 5, 2016
Dr. Catherine Kaczorowski
Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN
"Proteomic and Genomic Advances Expose Modulators of Memory Decline in Normal Aging and Alzheimer's Disease"

March 8, 2016
Dr. Michael Chopp
Distinguished Professor of Physics
Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Vice Chairman for Research
Department of Neurology
Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
Scientific Director
Henry Ford Neuroscience Institute
Zoltan J. Kovacs Chair in Neuroscience Research
"Remodeling the CNS and Enhancing Neurological Recovery Post Stroke and Neural Injury"

February 23, 2016
Dr. Eileen Lueders
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Los Angeles, CA
"The Potential Impact of Meditation on the Brain"

January 26, 2016
Dustin Wakeman, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurological Sciences
Rush University Medical Center
"iPSC Derived Dopamine Neurons Restore Function in a Rodent Model of Parkinson's Disease"

October 27, 2015
Dr. Bruce Berkowitz
Director Small Animal MRI Facility
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, MI
"MRI of Rod Cell Compartment-Specific Function in Disease and Treatment in Vivo"


May 19, 2015
Dr. Pablo E. Castillo
Harold and Muriel Block Professor
Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY
"Synaptic Plasticity at a Hippocampal Associative Neural Circuit"

May 13, 2015
Dr. Jelena Radulovic
Dunbar Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
"Modulation of Fear by Social Interactions"

April 21, 2015
Dr. Charles W. Bradberry
Professor of Neuroscience & Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
"Cognitive Consequences of Chronic Cocaine Self-Administration: Relationship to Altered Structure and Neural Encoding in Orbitofrontal Cortex"

April 7, 2015
Dr. Jacqueline McGinty
Professor of Neuroscience and Interim Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC
"BDNF's Suppressive Effects on Cocaine-Seeking Require NMDA Receptors and Src Family Kinase Activity in the Prefrontal Cortex during Early Withdrawal"

March 31, 2015
Dr. Rebecca Knickmeyer
Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
"Population Neuroscience: Genes, Environment, and the Infant Brain"

March 10, 2015
Michy Kelly, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience
Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Columbia, SC
"The Role of Phosphodiesterase 11A4 (PDE11A4) in the Formation of Social Memories and the Stabilization of Mood"

February 24, 2015
Dr. Mitchell Roitman
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Psychology
Associate Chair, Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience
University of IL at Chicago, IL
"Phasic Dopamine Signaling: Affective Encoding and Modulation by Motivational State and its Proxies"

November 21, 2014
Dr. Elaine Del Bel
Professor in Physiology
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
"Glial Activation is Associated with L-DOPA Induced Dyskinesia and Blocked by a Nitric Oxide Synthase Inhibitor"

September 16, 2014
Dr. T. Celeste Napier
Director, Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction
Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Psychiatry
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
"Methamphetamine Abuse and Risk to Develop Parkinson's Disease"


June 10, 2014
Dr. Stephanie Dulawa
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
University of Chicago
"Serotonin 2C Antagonists Induce Fast-Onset Antidepressant Effects"

May 20, 2014
Dr. Lisa Monteggia
Professor, Department of Neuroscience
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
"Mechanism of Rapid Antidepressant Responses"

April 29, 2014
Dr. Salvatore Oddo
Senior Scientist, Banner Sun Health Research Institute-Sun City, AZ
Associate Professor, Department Basic Medical Sciences
University of AZ College of Medicine-Phoenix, AZ
"Dissecting the Role of mTOR in Alzheimer's Disease"

April 15, 2014
Dr. Stan Floresco
Professor, Department of Psychology
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
"Uncertainty, Choice and Dopamine"

February 25, 2014
Dr. Kim Huber
Department of Neuroscience
University of TX Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
"Mechanisms of Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor - Dependent Synaptic Plasticity:
Implications for Cognitive Function and Dysfunction"

January 21, 2014
Dr. Sangram Sisodia
Thomas Reynolds Sr. Family Professor of Neurosciences
Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Neurology
Director, Center for Molecular Neurobiology
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
"Presenilin Function in Health and Alzheimer's Disease"

December 10, 2013
Dr. Sheryl Sorby
Professor Emerita
Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI
"Removing Barriers to Stem: Improving Gender Differences in Spatial Skills"

October 18, 2013
Understanding and Treating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Symposium
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October 15, 2013
Dr. Devin Mueller
Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of WI - Milwaukee
"Enhancing Extinction and Inhibiting Retrieval of Cocaine-Associated Memories"

October 1, 2013
Dr. Kirk Erickson
Associate Professor of Psychology and Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
"Aging, Exercise and Brain Plasticity"

September 17, 2013
Dr. Vittorio Gallo
Director, Center for Neuroscience Research
Director, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Wolf-Pack Chair in Neuroscience
Children's National Medical Center
Washington, D.C.
"Gliogenesis and Glial Regeneration in the Adult Brain"


April 30, 2013
Dr. Hui Zheng
Director, Huffington Center on Aging
Professor, Departments of Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
"Biological and Pathogenic Mechanisms of Alzheimer's Disease: A Mouse Model Study"

April 2, 2013
Dr. Paul Kenny
Associate Professor of Molecular Therapeutics & Neuroscience
Scripps Research Institute
Jupiter, FL
"A Role for the Nucleus Tractus Solitarius in Nicotine Reinforcement"

March 19, 2013
Dr. Mark Mayford
Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
Scripps Research Institute
California Campus
"Genetic Control of Memory Circuits"

February 26, 2013
Dr. Catherine Woolley
Professor of Neurobiology
Northwestern University
"Acute Estrogen Modulation of Synapses in the Hippocampus"

January 8, 2013
Dr. Hyang-Sook Hoe
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience & Neurology
Georgetown University
"A Tetra (Ethylene Glycol) Derivative of Benzothiazole Aniline Enhances Ras Mediated Spinogenesis"