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Dec 2 2010

Neurobiology of Disease
Mondays, 9:30-11:25 a.m.

This seminar course is directed toward graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and others interested in the biological basis of brain disorders. Many of the major neurological and psychiatric conditions will be discussed, including neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, schizophrenia, depression, autism, and traumatic brain injury. The course combines lectures, discussions, and patient presentations, and is taught by both clinical and basic science faculty. Students are encouraged to register for either MSNBIO 2112 (23129) or NROSCI 2112 (23128) – both are 3-credit graduate-level courses. Other members of the community are invited to attend on an informal basis. There will be weekly readings suggested and participants will be invited to prepare a grant proposal on an aspect of neurobiology of disease. Most sessions will be held in 114 Victoria Hall. For up-to-date listing contact Emma Culligan ( or the course director: Michael J Zigmond, PhD (

Sep 10 2010

Postdoctoral Professionalism Series 2010-2011
Health Sciences Faculty Professional Development Series 2010-2011

Sep 3 2010



Bobby L. Heagerty, M.A.
Director of Neuroscience Community Affairs & Education
Oregon Health Science University Brain Institute

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
12:00 noon
A219B Langley Hall

Bobby L. Heagerty will discuss a wide variety of strategies that the Oregon Brain Institute has successfully utilized to inform the public about the importance of neuroscience research and increase political support for neuroscience at the state and national level. These strategies have been very successful in increasing public awareness and support for neuroscience.

After the lecture the Clinical and Translational Science Institute will host an open discussion and light lunch on “Conversations about Science Outreach: Oregon’s Approach to Increasing Advocacy, Education and Public Support.”

Sep 3 2010

Call for Proposals

The Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC) Seed Monies Grant Program: A research mission of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center is to fund pilot grants to stimulate new and innovative research relevant to Alzheimer's disease. Types of research proposals can range from basic science to psychosocial in methodology, with priority given to novel approaches. Proposed research may involve humans, other animals or in vitro studies. The patient registry, clinical and neuropathological databases of the ADRC are available resources for approved proposals. Additional resources include the database from the National Alzheimer Coordinating Center (NACC).

Eligibility: Post-doctoral fellows or full-time faculty of the University of Pittsburgh. Previous recipients of ADRC seed monies are not eligible.

Funding Period: 4/1/2011 – 3/31/2012

Amount: $25,000 direct costs per project

E-mail of Intent: A brief description of the proposed pilot study should be e-mailed to Leslie Dunn, MPH ( by October 4, 2010.

Application Deadline: November 8, 2010 with funding to begin April 1, 2010.

For further information, please call Leslie Dunn, MPH, ADRC Administrator (412) 692-2731 ADRC, 4 West, UPMC Montefiore, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sep 2 2010

Survival Skills & Ethics Program

The Survival Skills & Ethics Program provides training and resources to assist professionals in the development of the "survival skills" needed for success in research and related careers.

For more information: (412) 578-3716

Jul 7 2010

Symposium on “Visual Cognition and Computation”

July 7-8, 2010
Mellon Institute, Conference Room
Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
July 7, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (reception to follow)
July 8, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Description: As visual observers we are confronted with a myriad of challenges every day – deriving a meaningful representation from the complexity of retinal input rapidly and effortlessly remains a dramatic feat of the visual system. This symposium brings together leading scientists using a variety of neuroimaging techniques to investigate the behavioral and neural mechanisms of visual perception. The goals of the 2010 Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program Symposium on Visual Cognition and Computation are to learn about recent scientific findings from experts in the field and to evaluate how the integration of knowledge gained from multiple methods can broaden our understanding of vision. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required as seating is limited. For detailed information please visit our website at

Marlene Behrmann, CNBC, Carnegie Mellon University
Edward Boyden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Uri Hasson, Princeton University
Daniel Kersten, University of Minnesota
Walter Schneider, CNBC / University of Pittsburgh
Eero Simoncelli, New York University
Michael Tarr, CNBC, Carnegie Mellon University
Frank Tong, Vanderbuilt University
Teresa Wilcox, Texas A & M University

Registration Information
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required as seating is limited. For detailed information please visit our website at

Apr 19 2010


Accepting pilot grant applications. Application deadline is May 30, 2010, with anticipated review in June 2010 and anticipated funding in July 2010. The pilot grants are for $10,000 each (direct budget only). Types of research can range from basic science to psychosocial in methodology, with particular attention given to novel approaches. Proposed research may involve humans, animals or in vitro studies. For more information or to receive an application contact Lorrin Bowser at or visit our website at to download the application.

Apr 2 2010

Sponsored by the Department of Neurology and the Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Friday, May 7, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
6014 Biomedical Sciences Tower 3

Marie-Francoise Chesselet UCLA, Mark CooksonNIA, Mike Lee University of Minnesota, Margaret Sutherland NINDS, Sarah Berman, Tim Greenamyre, Edward Burton, Teresa Hastings, Guodong Cao, David Hinkle, Jun Chen, Ruth Perez, Charleen Chu, Amanda Smith, Bruce Freeman, Ron Wetzel,Steve Graham, Clayton Wiley,