CNUP: Center for Neuroscience

CNUP Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series

The Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series brings internationally known neuroscientists to Pittsburgh to give lectures of broad interest to the University community. These occasions also allow students and faculty to interact informally with the visitors.


Past speakers in this series include:


Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair Neuroscience; Director, Friedman Brain Institute,

Professor, Pharmacology & Systems Therapeutics and Psychiatry

Mount Sinai School of Medicine


Rodolfo Llinas, MD, PhD
Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience;

Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program,

Department of Physiology and Neuroscience

NYU Langone Medical Center



Eric I. Knudsen, PhD
Professor of Neurobiology, Stanford eric i. University School of Medicine



Amy Arnsten, PhD
Department of Neurobiology, Yale University School of Medicine


Gina G. Turrigiano, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology, Brandeis University
“Homeostatic Plasticity in the Developing Visual Cortex”


Chris J. McBain, PhD
Branch Chief, Laboratory of Cellular and Synaptic Neurophysiology, NICHD
“Do Lilliputian-Sized Mossy Fiber-Interneuron Synapses Hold the Balance of Power?”


Carla J. Shatz, PhD
Chair, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
“Brain Waves and Immune Genes in Synaptic Remodeling During Development”

Alan F. Sved, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience; Co-Director, Center for Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh
“The Neurobiology of Hypertension: Studies on the Central Neural Control of Blood Pressure”


Paul M. Plotsky, PhD
Director, Stress Neurobiology Laboratory and SmithKline Beecham Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
“Altering the Developmental Trajectory of the Brain: Short and Long Term Consequences of Early Experience in Animal Models”


Tobias Bonhoeffer, PhD
Director, Max-Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsreid
“Activity Dependent Plasticity: New Insights into Functional and Morphological Changes on the Synaptic Level”

Judy L. Cameron, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh; Associate Scientist, Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, and Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Oregon Health Sciences University
“Neural Mechanisms Underlying the Development of Anxiety and Depression”


Linda Buck, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurobiology, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, and Associate Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
“Reconstructing Smell”

Steven T. DeKosky, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neurobiology, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and University of Pittsburgh
“Brain Injury and Self Repair: Modeling Human Therapies in Experimental Models”

Patricia Goldman-Rakic, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience, Yale University School of Medicine
“Functional and Neurochemical Architecture of Prefrontal Cortex”

Corey S. Goodman, PhD
Professor of Neurobiology, and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
“Wiring up the Brain: Mechanisms and Molecules that Control Axon Guidance”


Robert Desimone, PhD
Chief, Laboratory of Neuropsychology and Scientific Director, National Institute of Mental Health
“Neuronal Mechanisms of Attention”

James L. McClelland, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; Co-Director, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
“Reopening the Critical Period: A Hebbian Account of Successes and Failures in Adult Learning and Memory”


Eric Frank, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh
“Strategies for the Formation of Specific Synaptic Connections in the Developing Spinal Cord”

Michael E. Greenberg, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School; Director, Division of Neuroscience, Children’s Hospital, Boston
“Neurotrophin and Neurotransmitter Regulation of Gene Expression and Neuronal Adaptive Responses”

Ronald M. Lindsay, PhD
Vice President, Neurobiology, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
“Neurotrophic Factors: Biology, Trafficking and Therapeutic Potential of the Neurotrophins and CNTF in PNS and CNS Disorders”

Nicholas C. Spitzer, PhD
Professor of Biology, University of California at San Diego
“Breaking the Code: Regulating Neuronal Differentiation by Patterns of Calcium Transients”