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Dec 19 2007 4:00 p.m.

Tim Brennan, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesia
University of Iowa, Iowa City

Seminar Title: Mechanisms for incisional pain
Location: S100A Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Dec 18 2007 12:00 noon

Daniel Johnston, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Learning and Memory
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Seminar Title: Bi-directional changes in dendritic excitability accompanying LTP and LTD in hippocampal neurons
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Dec 17 2007 12:00 noon

Peter Penzes, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Molecular mechanisms of synaptic structural plasticity and pathology
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Dec 14 2007 12:00 noon

Marc A. Sommer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Brain circuits for visual perception
Location: Lecture Room 6, Scaife Hall
Sponsor: Senior Vice Chancellor for Health Sceinces


Dec 14 2007 10:00 a.m.

Barbara Isanski

Center for Neuroscience
School of Medicine/Neurobiology

Seminar Title: M.S. Thesis Defense:
Interactions of cholinergic innervation and soluble Aß42 peptide metabolism in the hippocampus

Location: W1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Dec 13 2007 4:00 p.m.

Silvia Bunge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
University of California at Berkley

Seminar Title: Neurodevelopmental changes in cognitive control
Location: 6014 Conference Room, Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Dec 11 2007 12:00 noon

Robert Hevner, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Neuropathology and Neurological Surgery
University of Washington School of Medicine
Harborview Medical Center

Seminar Title: A transcription factor cascade in embryonic and adult neurogenesis
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Dec 10 2007 12:00 noon

Roberto Cabeza, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Duke University

Seminar Title: Neural mechanisms of recollection and familiarity in young and older adults
Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Dec 7 2007 12:30 p.m.

Cleotilde Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
Director, Dynamic Decision Making Laboratory Social and Decision Sciences Department
Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar Title: Robust decision making in complex enviroments
Location: 115 Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Dec 7 2007 10:00 a.m.

Chen Li

Center for Neuroscience, School of Medicine/Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Cellular specialization of synaptic integration in a mammalism sympathetic ganglion

Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Dec 6 2007 9:30 a.m.

Niccole J. Larsen
Center for Neuroscience
School of Arts and Sciences/Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Mechanisms of dopaminergic neurotoxin-induced blood-brain barrier disruption

Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Dec 6 2007 12:00 noon

Beth Sarles, MPH
Research Coordinator
Alzheimer Disease Research Center
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Outreach and recruitment of minority elders for health research and programming: Systems theory and community-based approaches
Location: Alzheimer Disease Research Center Conference Room 4 South Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Dec 6 2007 2:00 p.m.

Daniel Weinreich, Ph.D.
Professor
Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Seminar Title: Calcium signaling in single peripheral sensory nerve terminals
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Dec 5 2007 1:00 p.m.

Bryan Yamamoto, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Boston University School of Medicine

Seminar Title: The stress of methamphetamine-induced excitoxicity
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Dec 4 2007 12:00 noon

Carey Balaban, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Otolaryngology, Neurobiology, Communications Science and Disorders, and Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Identifying inner ear targets for drug therapy in balance and hearing disorders
Location: 456 Salk Hall
Sponsor: Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dec 4 2007 12:00 noon

Anne L. Calof, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
University of California, Irvine

Seminar Title: Mouse models for studying neural stem cell development
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Dec 4 2007 11:00 a.m.

Edwin S. Levitan, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Pharmacology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Imaging neuropeptide vesicle traffic in the nerve terminal: An inside-out look at synaptic function
Location: 5th Floor Boardroom
Eye and Ear Institute
Sponsor: Department of Cell Biology and Physiology


Dec 3 2007 4:00 p.m.

Venkatesh N. Murthy, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Harvard University

Seminar Title: Odor representation and plasticity in the glomerular layer of the olfactory bulb
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Dec 3 2007 10:00 a.m.

David W. Nauen

Center for Neuroscience
School of Medicine/Neurobiology

Seminar Title: Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Mechanisms of spike-timing-dependent potentiation identified through investigation of activity at individual synapses

Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Nov 29 2007 12:00 noon

Winrich A. Freiwald, Ph.D.
Head of Junior Research Group
Center for Advanced Imaging
Center for Cognitive Science
Brain Research Institute
University of Bremen

Seminar Title: On the neural machinery for face processing-A joint imaging and electrophysiology approach
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Nov 28 2007 1:00 p.m.

Sabine Kastner, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Center for the Study of Brain, Mind and Behavior
Princeton University

Seminar Title: Charting the human posterior parietal cortex
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Nov 26 2007 4:00 p.m.

Thomas J. Carew, Ph.D.
Bren Professor
Chair, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
University of California, Irvine

Seminar Title: How time flies: The molecular biology of memory
Location: 3rd Floor Social Room, Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Nov 20 2007 11:00 a.m.

Thomas L. Schwarz, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology, Children's Hospital and
Professor, Department of Neurobiology
Harvard Medical School, Bostan, MA

Seminar Title: Neuronal motors to move mitochondria and build synapses
Location: 5th Floor Boardroom
Eye and Ear Institute
Sponsor: Cell Biology and Physiology


Nov 16 2007 3:30 p.m.

Janet Keast, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow, Associate Professor
Pain Management Research Institute
University of Sydney, Royal North Shore Hospital, Australia

Seminar Title: Estrogen effects on structure and signalling properties of pelvic visceral afferent neurons
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Nov 16 2007 1:00 p.m.

Zhenyu Liu
Center for Neuroscience
School of Medicine/Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
GlyBP: A structural model of the extracellular domain of human alpha 1 glycine receptor

Location: 1295 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: The Center for Neuroscience


Nov 15 2007 12:00 noon

David Wolk, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Memory impairment in MCI: A cognitive neuroscience perspective
Location: Alzheimer Disease Research Center Conference Room
4 South Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Nov 15 2007 4:15 p.m.

Michela Gallagher, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience
Chair and Krieger-Eisenhower Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Director, Neurogenetics and Behavior Center
Johns Hopkins University

Seminar Title: Individual differences in neurocognitive aging: Lessons from the hippocampal system in the rat brain
Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Nov 14 2007 1:00 p.m.

Margaret Rice, Ph.D.
Professor
Departments of Neurosurgery, Physiology and Neuroscience
New York University

Seminar Title: TBA
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Nov 14 2007 12:00 noon

Roger McLendon, M.D.
Professor of Pathology
Chief of Neuropathology and
Surgical Pathology
Duke University Medical Center

Seminar Title: Neuropathology of gliomas and the role of pharmacogenomics
Location: S120 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Pathology


Nov 14 2007 12:00 noon

Athanasios Tzounopoulos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Rosalind Franklin University

Seminar Title: Synaptic plasticity in the auditory brainstem
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Otolaryngology


Nov 12 2007 4:00 p.m.

Lon S. Schneider, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Gerontology
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Seminar Title: The Jay L. Foster Memorial Lecture Series in Alzheimer's Disease:
Do anti-dementia drugs really work?
Effectiveness of cholinesterase inhibitors, memantine, and antipsychotics

Location: A115 Crabtree Hall
Sponsor: Graduate School of Public Health


Nov 12 2007 12:00 noon

Peter Uhlhaas, Ph.D.
Department of Neurophysiology
Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
Frankfurt, Germany

Seminar Title: Neural synchrony as a pathophysiological mechanism in schizophrenia
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Nov 9 2007 12:00 noon

Jason Kerr, Ph.D.
Network Imaging Group
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
Tuebingen, Germany

Seminar Title: Spatial organization of neuronal population responses in vivo: Can you repeat that?
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Nov 9 2007 3:00 p.m.

Raymond Niaura, Ph.D.

Butler Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Seminar Title: Pharmacogenetic influences on smoking cessation: Silver lining or golden fleece?
Location: 4127 Sennott Square
Sponsor: Department of Psychology


Nov 9 2007 12:00 noon

Stanislas Dehaene, Ph.D.
Professor
Chair, Cognitive Experimental Psychology
College de France

Seminar Title: Recycling the visual brain for reading
Location: 3rd Floor Social Room, Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Nov 8 2007 12:00 noon

Stanislas Dehaene, Ph.D.
Professor
Chair, Cognitive Experimental Psychology
College de France

Seminar Title: Characterizing the dynamics of conscious access: Theory and experiments
Location: University Center - Rangos I & II
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Oct 30 2007 12:00 noon

Jun Chen, M.D.
Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology
School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Programmed cell death in cerebral ischemia, signaling pathways and therapeutic targets
Location: 456 Salk Hall
Sponsor: Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Oct 29 2007 12:00 noon

J. Darwin King, Jr.

Center for Neuroscience
School of Arts and Sciences/Neuroscience

Seminar Title: Action potential gating of calcium channels and transmitter release
Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium, LRDC
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Oct 23 2007 12:00 noon

Guoping Feng, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurobiology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Seminar Title: Synaptic and circuitry mechanisms of OCD-like behavior in mice
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Oct 18 2007 4:00 p.m.

John Assad, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Neurobiology
Harvard Medical School

Seminar Title: Neuronal encoding of behavioral relevance in parietal cortex
Location: 2nd Floor, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Auditorium
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Oct 17 2007 12:00 noon

Katherine Hood
Deputy CEO
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

Seminar Title: Accelerating the cure for Parkinson's disease: What's needed? How can private foundations make a difference?
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Center for Neuroscience


Oct 16 2007 12:00 noon

Barry E. Levin, M.D.
Associate Chair for Research
Department of Neuroscience
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
New Jersey Medical School

Seminar Title: Metabolic sensing neurons and obesity: How good cells go "bad"
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Oct 16 2007 3:00 p.m.

Mark Cookson, Ph.D.
Chief, Cell Biology and Gene Expressiosn
National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Aging

Seminar Title: Pathways to Parkinsonism
Location: S120 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: NIH Training Program in Neuroscience and Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases


Oct 11 2007 4:00 p.m.

Krishna V. Shenoy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Neurosciences Program
Department of Electrical Engineering
Stanford University

Seminar Title: Neural basis of reach preparation and communication prostheses
Location: 5 Scaife Hall Auditorium
Sponsor: Department of Bioengineering, Musculoskeletal Research Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine


Oct 5 2007 12:30 p.m.

Joe Perkell, Ph.D., D.M.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Research Laboratory of Electronics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Seminar Title: Listening to the sound of your own voice: Sensorimotor control of speech production
Location: 115 Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Oct 3 2007 11:00 a.m.

SooHyun Lee

Center for Neuroscience
School of Medicine/Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Motor cortex regulation of thalamic-cortical activity in the somatosensory system

Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Oct 1 2007 4:00 p.m.

Ed Connor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director
Zanvyl Krieger Mind-Brain Institute
Johns Hopkins University

Seminar Title: An adaptive morphing approach to complex 2D and 3D shape coding
Location: Mellon Institute, Third Floor Social Room
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Sep 20 2007 4:15 p.m.

Gyorgy Buzsaki, M.D., Ph.D.
Board of Governors Professor
Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience
Rutgers University

Seminar Title: Network organization of episodic memories in the hippocampus
Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Sep 19 2007 3:30 p.m.

Leslie Vosshall, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior
Rockefeller University

Seminar Title: A glimpse into the odor universe of humans flies
Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room, Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Department of Biological Sciences of Carnegie Mellon University


Sep 19 2007 4:00 pm

Emeran Mayer, M.D.
Professor
Department of Medicine, Physiology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

Seminar Title: Visceral pain in humans: Deconstructing the brain's response
Location: S100A Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Center for Pain Research


Sep 18 2007 12:00 noon

Rodney L. Parsons, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Anatomy and Neurobiology
University of Vermont

Seminar Title: Modulation of quinea pig cardic neuron excitability by pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP)
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Sep 17 2007 12:00 noon

Karl-Erik Andersson, Ph.D., M.D.
Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Seminar Title: Effects of antimuscarinics on bladder afferent signaling
Location: 1395 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Pharmacology


Sep 17 2007 12:00 noon

Diana Martinez, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Columbia University

Seminar Title: Dopamine and addiction: Using PET to explore the neurobiology of substance abuse
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Sep 12 2007 3:30 p.m.

Franck Polleux, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Neuroscience Center
Department of Pharmacology
University of North Carolina

Seminar Title: New insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal polarity during cortical development in vivo
Location: 3rd Floor, Conference Room, Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon Institute


Sep 11 2007 12:00 noon

Charles F. Zorumski, M.D.
Samuel B. Guze Professor and Head of Psychiatry
Professor of Neurobiology
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

Seminar Title: Neurosteroids and GABA receptors: Insights into mechanisms of action and therapeutic opportunities
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Sep 6 2007 12:00 noon

William Klunk, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
Director of Psychiatry-ADRC
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: What happened to Pittsburgh compound-A and will there ever be a Pittsburgh compound-C
Location: ADRC Conference Room
4 South Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Sponsored by the ADRC


Sep 6 2007 4:00 p.m.

Hermann Handwerker, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Physiology
University of Erlangen

Seminar Title: "Silent nociceptors" - a problem of translational neurobiology
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology and the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Aug 21 2007 12:00 Noon

Shawn M. Ferguson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
HHMI/Department of Cell Biology
Yale University School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Unraveling the role of dynamins in synaptic vesicle endocytosis
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Aug 14 2007 10:00 a.m.

Judith Joyce Balicita-Pedicino
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: M.S. Thesis Defense:
Lateral hypothalamic projections to the rat ventral tegmental area: Potential anatomical substrates for adaptive integration of behaviors mediated by ascending dopamine systems

Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Aug 13 2007 12:00 noon

Denis David, Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacy
Université de Paris-Sud

Seminar Title: Influence of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) on the serotoninergic system in the ventral hippocampus of adult mice
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: The Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Aug 6 2007 11:00 a.m.

Michael Bykowski
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: M.S. Thesis Defense:
Gastric emptying and intestinal absorption of ingested water and saline by hypovolemic rats

Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Aug 2 2007 11:00 a.m.

Soyoun Cho
Center for Neuroscience
School of Arts and Sciences/Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Experimental and computational studies of calcium-triggered transmitter release

Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Jul 19 2007 11:00 a.m.

Stephen Eggan
Center for Neuroscience
School of Arts and Sciences/Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Cannabinoid CB1 receptor: Role in primate prefrontal circuitry and schizophrenia

Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium, Learning Research Development Center
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Jul 18 2007 4:00 p.m.

Bradley E. Alger, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physiology and Psychiatry
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Endocannabinoids and synaptic plasticity
Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium, Learning Research Development Center
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Jul 17 2007 12:00 noon

Postdoctoral Candidate
Noah Roy
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Seminar Title: The subcortical origin of multiwhisker receptive fields in layer 4 of barrel cortex and their modulation by anesthesia level
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Jun 26 2007 10:30 a.m.

Postdoctoral Candidate
Jennie Garcia-Olivares, Ph.D.
Department of Neurophysiology
Hannover Medical School
Hannover, Germany

Seminar Title: Isoform-specific modulation of CIC channels by their carboxy-terminus
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Jun 25 2007 1:00 p.m.

Postdoctoral Candidate
Delany Torres-Salazar, Ph.D.
Department of Neurophysiology
Hannover Medical School
Hannover, Germany

Seminar Title: Two transport processes in a single protein: Molecular mechanisms underlying glutamate transporters function
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Jun 21 2007 1:00 p.m.

Sang-Kyou Han, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow
Division of Biology
California Institute of Technology

Seminar Title: Molecular function and specificity of phospholipase Cß isoforms in somatosensory neurons
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology and the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Jun 13 2007 1:00 p.m.

Steven Prescott, M.D., Ph.D.
Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Signal processing in the spinal cord: A computational approach to pain
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology and Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Jun 13 2007 4:00 p.m.

Atsushi Nambu, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Division of System Neurophysiology
National Institute for Physiological Sciences
Okazaki, Japan

Seminar Title: Dynamic model of the basal ganglia functions
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Systems Neuroscience Institute and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Jun 4 2007 12:00 noon

Edward E. Harlow, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Harvard Medical School

Seminar Title: Comparing the roles of protein kinases using high throughput functional screens
Location: Auditorium 6
Scaife Hall
Sponsor: Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences


Jun 4 2007 2:00 p.m.

David J. Fink, M.D.
Robert Brear Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology
University of Michigan

Seminar Title: Modifying gene expression in the primary sensory afferent
Location: S120 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: NIH Postdoctoral Training Program in Translational Neuroscience


Jun 1 2007 12:00 noon

Doris Ying Tsao, Ph.D.
Head of Young Research Group
Institute for Brain Research
University of Bremen
Bremen, Germany

Seminar Title: Neural machinery for detecting and measuring faces in fMRI-identified macaque face patches
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


May 25 2007 12:00 noon

Peter Holzer, Ph.D.
Physiology and Biochemistry
University of Graz, Austria

Seminar Title: Low-grade gastrointestinal inflammation: Effects on afferent signaling and anxiety
Location: S100A Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


May 18 2007 12:30 p.m.

Gary Paige, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Professor, Department of Neurology, Ophthalmology, Biomedical Engineering, Brain and Cognitive Science and Center for Visual Science
University of Rochester

Seminar Title: Multi-sensory integration and plasticity in spatial orientation
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Systems Neuroscience Institute and CNBC


May 17 2007 4:00 p.m.

Nadezda Povysheva, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Elements of cortical circuitry: Are they identical across species?
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


May 17 2007 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Bryan Hains, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Yale University

Seminar Title: Tiny cells and big pain: Microglial activation and signaling after spinal cord injury
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology and Center for Pain Research


May 16 2007 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Joel Greenspan, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Dental School
University of Maryland

Seminar Title: Sex differences in pain sensitivity, and its relevance to temporomandibular disorder pain
Location: 1104 Conference Center, Scaife Hall
Sponsor: The Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


May 15 2007 12:00 noon

Gabriella D'Arcangelo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics-Neurology
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Seminar Title: Multiple functions of Reelin in embryonic and postnatal brain development
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


May 14 2007 12:00 noon

Anne Andrews, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Molecular Toxicology, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Penn State, University Park

Seminar Title: Genetic predisposition to a lifetime of anxiety: The serotonin transporter and brain-derived neurotrophic factor
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


May 10 2007 4:00 p.m.

Jeffrey L. Elman, Ph.D.
Distringuished Professor, Department of Cognitive Science
University of California, San Diego

Seminar Title: On words and dinosaur bones: Where does meaning come from?
Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


May 10 2007 12:00 noon

Judith A. Erlen, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Professor and Ph.D. Program Coordinator
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

Seminar Title: The process of medication - taking in Persons with Alzheimer's disease living in the community
Location: ADRC Conference Room, 4 South Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


May 9 2007 3:00 p.m.

Paul R. Selvin, Ph.D.
John Bardeen Faculty Scholar of Physics and Biophysics
University of Illinois

Seminar Title: Jump vs. rotation: How does the voltage sensor in K+ channels move?
Location: 5th Floor Boardroom, Eye and Ear Institute
Sponsor: Cell Biology and Physiology


May 9 2007 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m

Joan M. Lakoski, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Career Development
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Robert Milner, Ph.D.
Director of the Junior Faculty Development Program
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Seminar Title: NIH Career Development Award Workshop:
Awards for all investigators

Location: Magee Women's Hospital
Sponsor: Office of Academic Career Development
Please register at: http://www.oacd.health.pitt.edu


May 8 2007 12:00 noon

Marc G. Caron, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cell Biology
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina

Seminar Title: Novel CNS signaling paradigms in animal models
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


May 7 2007 2:00 p.m.

Hanmi Lee
Center for Neuroscience
School of Medicine/Neurobiology

Seminar Title: Ph.D. Dissertation Defense: Role of GABA/glycine depolarization and hyperpolarization in neonatal circuit development
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


May 7 2007 12:00 noon

Eric Delpire, Ph.D.
Professor of Anesthesiology and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Department of Anesthesiology,
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Seminar Title: Regulation of the Na-K-2CI cotransporter by stress kinases
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


May 4 2007 11:00 a.m.

Aysenil Belger, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor, Depts. of Psychiatry & Psychology, UNC at Chapel Hill, Director of Neuroimaging Research in Psychiatry
Assoc. Professor, Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center, Duke University

Seminar Title: Neuroimaging and electrophysiology of the schizophrenia prodrome
Location: Thomas Detre Hall Auditorium, WPIC Second Floor
Sponsor: Department of Psychiatry


Apr 24 2007 4:00 p.m.

Ida J. Llewellyn-Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Center for Neuroscience
Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Seminar Title: Immunocytochemical analysis of spinal pathways that regulate the pelvic viscera
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Apr 23 2007 12:00 noon

Steven Siegel, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania

Seminar Title: Using event related brain activity in mice to guide medication development for schizophrenia: Is there a role for the alpha 7 nicotine receptor?
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Apr 20 2007 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Seong-Gi Kim, Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Application of MR and optical techniques for brain research
Location: Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic Auditorium
Sponsor: Department of Psychiatry


Apr 20 2007 12:00 noon

Takashi Sato, M.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Janelia Farm Research Campus

Seminar Title: The functional microarchitecture of the mouse barrel cortex revealed by in vivo two-photon Ca imaging
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Apr 19 2007 12:00 noon

Mark Miller, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Director of the Late Life Depression Center

Seminar Title: Adapting interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for depressed elders with cognitive impairment
Location: ADRC Conference Room, 4 South Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Apr 19 2007 12:00 noon

Michal Hershfinkel, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Morphology, Faculty of Health Sciences
Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel

Seminar Title: A zinc-sensing receptor mediates synaptic zinc signaling in the hippocampus
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Apr 18 2007 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Barbara L. Folb, MLS
Public Health Librarian
Health Sciences Library System

Seminar Title: Health Sciences Faculty Professional Development Series:
Diversifying your funding portfolio: Grant resources on the web

Location: S120 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Office of Academic Career Development
Please register at:http://www.oacd.health.pitt.edu


Apr 17 2007 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Clayton Wiley, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Division of Neuropathology
Director, University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon University Md/PhD Program
Professor of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Seminar Title: NIH Career Development Award Workshop:
Mid-career Investigator awards in patient oriented research: K24

Location: S120 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Office of Academic Career Development
Please register at: http://www.oacd.health.pitt.edu


Apr 13 2007 12:00 noon

Paul H. Taghert, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurobiology

Seminar Title: Genetic analysis of neuroendocrine cell biology in drosophila
Location: 1395 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Pharmacology


Apr 12 2007 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Alan. F. Sved, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Department of Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences

Seminar Title: Health Sciences Postdoctoral Professionalism Series:
Demystifying the process of attaining a faculty position

Location: S120 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Office of Academic Career Development
Please register at: http://www.oacd.health.pitt.edu


Apr 12 2007 11:00 am

Pieter Jelle Visser, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Neurology VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam,
Department of Psychiatry, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Seminar Title: Mild cognitive impairment: A clinically useful concept?
Location: S120 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Apr 10 2007 12:00 noon

Wes Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Texas at Austin

Seminar Title: Schwann cells respond to and alter the innervation of neuromuscular junctions
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower-3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Apr 10 2007 4:00 pm

David Morilak, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmacology
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Seminar Title: The good, the bad and the ugly: Brain morepinephrine and stress
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Apr 6 2007 4:00 pm

Mark Latash, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Director of Motor Control Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology
Pennsylvania State University

Seminar Title: Hierarchical control of the human hand
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Systems Neuroscience Institute and CNBC


Mar 27 2007 12:00 noon

David Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neurobiology
Duke University Medical Center

Seminar Title: Learning to see: The development of direction selectivity in visual cortex
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Mar 27 2007 3:00 pm

Michael Davis, Ph.D.
Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences and Psychology, Department of Psychiatry
Emory University

Seminar Title: Neural systems involved in fear, anxiety and extinction
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Mar 26 2007 12:00 noon

Gerard Sanacora, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
Yale University

Seminar Title: Beyond serotonin: Emerging evidence of amino acid neurotransmitter contributions to the pathophysiology of depression and the mechanism of antidepressant action
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Mar 22 2007 12:00 noon

David J. Solecki, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Developmental Neurobiology
The Rockefeller University

Seminar Title: Neuronal polarity illuminated: A look under the hood of the migrating neuron
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Mar 21 2007 4:30 pm

Theodore Price, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anesthesiology and Dentistry
McGill Centre for Research and Pain, Montreal, Quebec

Seminar Title: Translational regulation in sensory neurons and the spinal cord: Implications for pain processing
Location: 1104 Scaife Hall, Conference Center
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Mar 20 2007 12:00 noon

Nicholas Gaiano, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Institute for Cell Engineering
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Differential notch signaling in telenecephalic neural stem cells and neuroblasts
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Mar 16 2007 12:00 noon

Zhuan Zhou, Ph.D.
Professor, Institute of Molecular Medicine
Peking University, Beijing, P.R. China

Seminar Title: Long latency of evoked quantal transmitter release from soma of locus coeruleus neuronsin rat pontine slices
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Mar 15 2007 12:00 noon

Steve Albert, Ph.D., MSPH
Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Services, Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Functional significance of mild cognitive impairment
Location: ADRC Conference Room, 4 South Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Mar 13 2007 12:00 noon

Raymond A. Swanson, M.D.
Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Neurology
University of California, San Francisco

Seminar Title: Regulation and consequences of PARP-1 activation; a "decider" molecule in cell stress
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Mar 13 2007 4:00 pm

Antonello Bonci, M.D.
Associate Professor, Howard J. Weinberger Chair in Addiction Research
University of California, San Francisco

Seminar Title: Synaptic plasticity in the mesolimbic dopamine system: Implications for drug abuse
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Mar 8 2007 12:00 noon

Kimberly Raab-Graham, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology
University of California, San Francisco

Seminar Title: Lost in Translation: How neuronal activity suppresses local synthesis of a potassium channel
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Mar 6 2007 12:00 noon

Jon W. Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Determinants of NMDA receptor voltage dependence
Location: 169 Crawford Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Mar 1 2007 4:30 p.m.

Nancy Kanwisher, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
McGovern Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Seminar Title: Spatial Patterns of fMRI Response: What information do they contain and what can they tell us about object representations?
Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Feb 8 2007 4:00 pm

William T. Newsome, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of of Neurobiology
School of Medicine, Stanford University

Seminar Title: Reward, value and choice: Toward a neurobiology of decision making
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Jan 23 2007 12:00 noon

Peter Kalivas, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Neurosciences
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston

Seminar Title: Excitatory neuroplasticity in cocaine addiction
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology