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Dec 31 2011


Advanced Neurophysiology
Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
McGowan Institute, Room TBA
MSNBIO 2632, Class #26687

The primary objective of this course is for students to develop critical scientific reasoning by learning to evaluate the essential components of classical research presented in well written papers. Secondarily, students will gain a solid foundation in neurophysiology by examining, in detail, the underlying principles underlying current flow through a neuron’s membrane, the generation and propagation of action potentials, synaptic transmission at the neural muscular junction, and sensory transduction. Course material will consist of papers from Hodgkin, Huxley, Katz, Fatt, and others. Complementing the classic papers will be contemporary work on the same topic. Students will be expected to have had basic neurophysiology and be familiar with electrostatics, electric circuits, and differential equations. Course instructor: Andy Schwartz

Dec 31 2011

June 6 – July 13, 2012

Center for Neural Basis of Cognition, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University

The 2012 Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program coordinated by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University will be hosting our 6th annual 6-week summer workshop, which will provide training in multiple imaging modalities, including DTI, functional MRI, PET, MEG/EEG, Near IR Spectroscopy, and optical imaging. This program is designed for advanced scientists (graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral fellows, and independent researchers) who are already engaged in neuroimaging work and are familiar with brain structure and function.

Participants will learn the principles of multiple imaging modalities, and receive hands-on experience in one imaging modality, specifically:
- Basic lectures and imaging laboratory tours will allow participants to understand the importance of multiple complimentary imaging modalities and learn the basic principles and required instrumentation for the different imaging modalities.
- To gain further research experience, participants will spend four weeks in one imaging modality lab performing a team project. Training will include data acquisition, data processing, visualization, and interpretation.

Participants in the workshop will receive a subsistence allowance of $2,500 (based upon eligibility) to cover meals and other education-related expenses and will be provided with housing. They will also receive partial funds to help defray travel cost and other related expenses. Please not that funding is limited to 12 participants.

A detailed workshop schedule and online application form can be found at and a flyer can be found at . The application deadline is Janurary 31, 2012.

Dec 31 2011


These workshops provide graduate & professional students, postdocs, residents, and faculty with training in professional development and ethics.

Teaching Workshop

Saturday, December 3, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Scaife Hall, 4th Floor, Lecture Room 2

Registration (& continental breakfast) begins at 9:30 a.m.
$10 in advance, $15 at the door; includes lunch.

The workshop will provide a basic introduction to teaching at the college level and beyond.

For more information and to register, see

Grants over Lunch
Preparing Fellowship Proposals

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
S100A South Biomedical Science Tower

Please bring your lunch, beverages will be provided.

Registration appreciated, but not required.

Careers over Lunch
Beyond the Postdoc: Preparing for Employment

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
S100A South Biomedical Science Tower

Please bring your lunch, beverages will be provided.

Registration appreciated, but not required.

Nov 14 2011


Please join with Pittsburgh neuroscientists and alumni for a reception at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, DC

Monday, November 14, 2011
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Hamilton Crown Plaza
Hamilton Ballroom
14th and K Street, NW

Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served
So that we know approximately how many people to expect, please RSVP to Marlene Nieri (

Sponsored by:
Center for Neuroscience
Department of Neurobiology
Department of Neuroscience
The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Carnegie Mellon University
University of Pittsburgh

Oct 14 2011

Spring Term Course Announcement:

Neurobiology of Disease:
Mondays, 9:30 – 11:25 a.m.
114 Victoria Hall

This seminar course is directed toward graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and other interested in the biological basis of brain disorders. Undergraduates with a background in basic neuroscience are also welcome to attend. Many of the major neurological and psychiatric conditions will be discussed, including autism, stroke, schizophrenia, depression, drug addiction, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegenerative diseases. The seminar combines lectures, discussions, and patient presentations, and is taught by both clinical and basic science faculty. Members of the community are invited to attend on an informal basis. Students are encouraged to register for either MSNBIO 2112 (21598) or NROSCI 2112 (21597) – both 3-credit graduate level courses. Participants registering for credit will be asked to prepare and review a grant proposal on an aspect of neurobiology of disease. The course is directed by Michael J. Zigmond, Ph.D., and co-directed by Clayton A. Wiley, M.D., Ph.D.. For an up to date listing of the weekly topics, please contact Emma Culligan (

Oct 3 2011

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 no eligible.

Funding Period: 4/1/2012 – 3/31/2013

Amount: $25,000 direct costs per project

Email of intent: A brief description of the proposed pilot study should be e-mailed to Leslie Dunn, MPH ( by September 9, 2011.

Application Deadline: October 3, 2011 with funding to begin April 1, 2012.

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

Sep 9 2011

Fall Term Course Announcement
HPS 2631: Method and Interpretation in Cognitive Neuroscience: A Science of Consciousness?
Fall 2011 (3 crs)

The aim of the class is to give you understanding of the methods used in experimental research on consciousness, their historical origins, and the conceptual problems that will arise from them. From mid-November we switch to a journal club and research proposal format. Students will gain insight into these controversial areas of science, and develop critical skills that can be applied when studying philosophical issues in other branches of neuroscience.

Instructor: Mazviita Chirimuuta (

Jul 14 2011

Neurolmaging Symposium on Resting State fMRI

July 14 - 15, 2011
Mellon Institute, Pittsburgh PA

The Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program (MNTP)) and the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University announce the 2011 MNTP Symposium on "The Resting State, Default Networks, and Neural Connectivity". This Symposium, funded by NIH (DA023420), will cover historical perspective neurophysiological sources, and neuroscience applications of resting-state fMRI, MEG, and optical imaging by leading scientists in the field. Registration to the Symposium is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please visit the MNTP website to register on-line and to obtain hotel and parking information. If you have any questions about the Symposium, please contact us at .

Speakers include:
Peter Bandettini (NIMH, NIH)
Apostolos Georgopoulos (University of Minnesota)
James Hyde (Medical College of Wisconsin)
David Leopold (NIMH, NIH)
Mark Lowe (Cleveland Clinic)
Timothy Murphy (University of British Columbia)
Marc Raichle (Washington University)
Olaf Sporns (University of Indiana)
Elliot Stein (NIDA, NIH)

May 9 2011

Complex Biological Systems Group Theme Days
May 9 - May 10, 2011

The Complex Biological Systems Group in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the 2011 CBSG Theme Days Meeting on Mathematical and Experimental Investigations of Inflammation and the Immune Reponse, Neurodegenerative Disorders, and Human Intestinal Diseases. The Meeting will take place on Monday, May 9, 2011 (9am-5pm) and Tuesday, May 10, 2011 (9am - 2:30pm). All are invited to attend (there is no registration fee).

All lectures and discussions will be held in 704 Thackeray Hall. Conference details, schedule, and abstracts of talks can be found here:

Guest lectures for this year's Meeting will be given by:

Stephen Eubank, Virginia Tech
Joanne Flynn, University of Pittsburgh
David Hackam, University of Pittsburgh
R. Lee Mosley, University of Nebraska
Leonid Rubchinsky, IUPUI
Anna Maria Spagnuolo, Oakland University
Robert Turner, University of Pittsburgh
Yoram Vodovotz, University of Pittsburgh

Please RSVP to Julia Arciero ( by Friday, April 22 if you plan to attend the meeting, so that we can have an accurate count for lunches.