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Dec 17 2009 4:00 p.m.

Andrew Holmes, Ph.D.
Acting Chief
Section on Behavioral Science and Genetics
Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institutes of Health

Seminar Title: Genes for fears: Uncovering the neural and genetic basis of anxiety disorders
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Dec 17 2009 12:00 noon

Robert Arnold, M.D.++++NOTE DATE CHANGE++++
Leo H. Creip Chair in Patient Care
Chief, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Palliative care in Alzheimer’s disease: Selected topics
Location: S439 Alzheimer Disease Research Center
4 South UPMC Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Dec 16 2009 4:00 p.m.

Fernando Cervero, M.D., Ph.D., DSc
Director, The Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec

Seminar Title: Spinal cord mechanisms of pain hypersensitivity
Location: 1103 Scaife Hall
Sponsor: The Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Dec 14 2009 4:00 p.m.

Hans-Otto Karnath, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Center for Neurology
Tuebingen, Germany

Seminar Title: Cortical centers or white matter networks for human spatial orientation
Location: 115 Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Center for Neural Basis of Cognition


Dec 9 2009 4:00 p.m.

Priya Sunil Kishnani, M.D.
Cheif, Division of Medical Genetics
Professor of Pediatrics
Duke University Medical Center

Seminar Title: Pompe disease: A treatable Neuromuscular disease. Lessons learned and challenges ahead
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Dec 4 2009 12:30 p.m.

Vivienne L’Ecuyer Ming, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar
Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience
University of California at Berkeley

Seminar Title: Striking a chord: Using natural sound statistics to understand how the brain constructs auditory pitch
Location: 115 Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Center for Neural Basis of Cognition


Dec 3 2009 4:00 p.m.

John Kalaska, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology
University of Montreal

Seminar Title: Neural correlates of overt and covert motor functions in primate dorsal premotor cortex
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Systems Neuroscience Institute and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Dec 1 2009 12:00 noon

Wei-Dong Yao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Harvard Southborough Campus

Seminar Title: Open or close: Dopamine as a gate for synaptic modifications in the prefrontal cortex
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Nov 30 2009 12:00 noon

Stewart Anderson, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Neuroscience
Weill Cornell Medical College

Seminar Title: Cortical interneurons: Fate determination and derivation from mouse and human stem cells
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Nov 24 2009 12:00 noon

Bevil R. Conway, M.M.Sc., Ph.D.
Knafel Assistant Professor of Natural Science
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Wellesley College, MA

Seminar Title: Neural mechanisms of color
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Nov 23 2009 12:00 noon

Anthony A. Grace, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Stress, drug abuse, and schizophrenia: Common pathophysiological mechanisms underlying dopamine system dysregulation
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Nov 20 2009 3:00 p.m.

David Amodio, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
New York University

Seminar Title: Proactive control: How goals tune perception to regulate intergroup responses
Location: 4127 Sennot Square
Sponsor: Department of Psychology


Nov 18 2009 4:00 p.m.

Jennifer A. Haythornthwaite, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Center for Mind Body Research
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Psychological and behavioral risk factors for persistent pain
Location: 1103 Scaife Hall
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Nov 18 2009 12:00 noon

Jau-Shyong Hong, Ph.D.
Head, Neuropharmacology Section
Laboratory of Pharmacology
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Institutes of Health
Research Triangles Park, NC

Seminar Title: Inflammation-mediated degeneration of dopaminergic neurons: Mechanisms, interventions and relevance to Parkinson’s disease
Location: 7023 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases


Nov 18 2009 4:00 p.m.

Edward A. Burton, M.D., D.Phil, FRCP
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Gene therapy for Parkinson's disease
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Department of Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Nov 17 2009 1:15 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE
Garrett B. Stanley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University

Seminar Title: Decoding the thalamocortical circuit in the visual and somatosensory pathways
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Nov 17 2009 4:00 p.m.

Neeraj Gandhi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Otolaryngology
Univeristy of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Decoding population activity in the superior colliculus for the generation of saccadic eye movements
Location: 100 Smith Hall, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsor: Medical Imaging, Neural Engineering, and Robotics Seminar Series


Nov 16 2009 12:00 noon

Guillermo Gonzàlez-Burgos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Fast signaling by fast-spiking GABA neurons: Implications for cortical dysfunction in schizophrenia
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Nov 13 2009 10:00 a.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Patryk A. Laurent
Center for Neuroscience
School of Arts and Sciences/Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Basal ganglia involvement in the reinforcement learning of physical and cognitive actions
Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium, Learning Research Development Center
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Nov 12 2009 12:00 noon

Jennifer Hagerty Lingler, Ph.D., MA, CRNP
Assistant Professor of Nursing and Psychiatry
Education and Information Core Co Director
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Patient and family member perspectives on living with an MCI diagnosis
Location: S439 Alzheimer Disease Research Center
4 South UPMC Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Nov 12 2009 4:00 p.m.

Linda Rinaman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Postnatal plasticity of central visceral circuits
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Nov 9 2009 11:00 a.m.

Jürgen Sandkühler, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Director, Center for Brain Research
Medical University of Vienna

Seminar Title: Synaptic mechanisms of pain amplification
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Nov 5 2009 4:00 p.m.

Lizabeth M. Romanski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
University of Rochester Medical Center

Seminar Title: Convergence of faces and vocalizations in the frontal lobe
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Nov 4 2009 4:00p.m.

Josep Dalmau, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Laboratory Neuro-Oncology
University of Pennsylvania

Seminar Title: Autoimmunity to synaptic proteins and the new immune-mediated disorders of memory, behavior, cognition and psychosis
Location: 1105BC SCAIFE CONFERENCE CENTER
Sponsor: Department of Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Nov 3 2009 12:00 noon

Julie Christianson, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Interactions of growth factors and TRP channels in persistent visceral hypersensitivity
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Oct 28 2009 4:00 p.m.

David A. Hinkle, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Department of Neurology
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Seminar Title: Astrocytes in neurodegenerative disease: DJ-1 as a Parkinson's Disease-relevant contributor to astrocyte-mediated neuroprotection
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Department of Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Oct 27 2009 12:00 noon

Andrea Herriot ++++ CANCELLED ++++
Graduate Student, Michael Gold lab
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Primary afferent mechanisms of migraine pain
Location: W1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Oct 27 2009 9:30 a.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Sara A. Guediche
Center for Neuroscience
School of Arts and Sciences/Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Adaptive processes in speech perception: Contributions from cerebral and cerebellar cortices
Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium, Learning Research Development Center
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Oct 23 2009 9:00 a.m.

Ewan J. St. Smith, Ph.D.
Molecular Physiology of Somatic Sensation
Max-Delbrück Centrum für Molekulare Medizin

Seminar Title: Peripheral peculiarities in the African naked mole-rat
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Oct 23 2009 12:00 noon

Ian D. Forsythe, Ph.D.
Professor
Neurotoxicity at the Synaptic Interface
MRC Toxicology Unit
University of Leicester
United Kingdom

Seminar Title: Nitric oxide signaling via an excitatory synapse in the central auditory pathway
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Otolaryngology Auditory Research Group


Oct 22 2009 12:00 noon

Herman Buschke, M.D.
Professor of Neurology and of Neuroscience
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Seminar Title: Pre-symptomatic memory impairment
Location: 1103 Scaife Hall
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Oct 16 2009 12:00 noon

Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.
Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology Harvard Medical School
Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit
MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease
and the Chairman of the Research Consortium of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund

Seminar Title: Alzheimer's disease: From genes to novel therapeutics
Location: A115 Crabtree Hall
130 Desoto Street
Sponsor: Graduate School of Public Health


Oct 14 2009 12:30 p.m.

Jens Bo Nielsen, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Institute of Exercise and Sport Sciences and
Institute of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
University of Copenhagen

Seminar Title: Voluntary movement without conscious control: Is it a paradox?
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Systems Neuroscience Institute


Oct 14 2009 4:00 p.m.

Amar Bhatt, M.D.
Resident, Department of Neurology
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Seminar Title: CPC malformations of cortical development
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Department of Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Oct 13 2009 3:30 p.m.

H. Alex Brown, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Chemistry
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Lipidomics and systems biology level analysis of cellular signaling pathways
Location: 1395 Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology


Oct 13 2009 12:00 noon

Erika Fanselow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Techniques in epilepsy treatment: Automatic seizure-triggered cranial nerve stimulation
Location: W1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Oct 9 2009 12:00 noon

Beatriz Luna, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Immaturities in brain processes underlying motivation, error, and attention in adolescent cognitive control
Location: 4127 Sennott Square, Martin Room
Sponsor: Clinical Program Brown Bag Seminar


Oct 7 2009 4:00 p.m.

Leigh R. Hochberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Engineering
Brown University Investigator
Rehabilitation R&D Service
Department of Veterans Affairs Stroke and Neurocritical Care Services
Massachusetts General
Brigham & Women's, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospitals
Instructor in Neurology
Harvard Medical School

Seminar Title: Clinical trials of an intracortical neural interface
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Department of Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Oct 7 2009 12:30 p.m.

Mark Rasenick, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Department of Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Seminar Title: Advocacy for biomedical research: Amalgamating policy, politics and passion
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Oct 7 2009 4:00 p.m.

Jon van Opstal, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Biophysics
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Radboud University Nijmegen
Netherlands

Seminar Title: Dynamic ensemble coding of gaze shifts in monkey superior colliculus
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Oct 6 2009 4:00 p.m.

Mark Churchland, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Departments of Electrical Engineering and Neuroscience
Stanford University

Seminar Title: Motor cortex, the central pattern generator
Location: WPIC - Auditorium. 2nd Floor
Sponsor: Systems Neuroscience Institute and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Oct 6 2009 2:00 p.m.

Christine Wu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology
University of Colorado - Denver

Seminar Title: Towards the comprehensive characterization of the membrane proteome
Location: 5th Floor Boardroom
Eye and Ear Institute
Sponsor: Department of Cell Biology and Physiology


Oct 6 2009 12:00 noon

Mark Rasenick, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Department of Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Seminar Title: G protein signaling, lipid rafts and the neuronal cytoskeleton: Implications for the biology of depression
Location: Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Sep 28 2009 12:00 noon

John Sweeney, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Cognitive Medicine
Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and
Psychology
University of Illinois

Seminar Title: Translational studies of cognition in schizophrenia
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Sep 24 2009 12:00 noon

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

Seminar Title: Amyloid imaging: Now that we can see it, what does it mean?
Location: ADRC Conference Room - S439
4 South UPMC Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Sep 21 2009 12:00 noon

Dara Manoach, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard University

Seminar Title: Distinct neural signatures of executive function deficits in schizophrenia and autism
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Sep 16 2009 4:00 p.m.

Jon Levine, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Oral Surgery and Neuroscience
University of California
San Francisco

Seminar Title: Toward a cell biology of pain
Location: 1103 Scaife Hall
Sponsor: The Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Sep 8 2009 12:00 noon

Rebecca Seal, Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Department of Neurology
University of California, San Francisco

Seminar Title: Unraveling mammalian sensory circuits: Insights from an unconventional glutamate transporter
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Sep 3 2009 3:00 p.m.

James Giordano, Ph.D.
Chair of Academic Programs
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Seminar Title: Neurotechnology and Homeland Security: On the apparent paradox of protection and privacy
Location: 5th Floor Alumni Hall
Sponsor: Center for National Preparedness


Aug 31 2009 12:00 noon

Richard Thompson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Mitochondria and zinc: What's the connection?
Location: 1495 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: UPCI and the Department of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Aug 24 2009 10:00 a.m.

C. William Shuttleworth, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Neuroscience
University of New Mexico

Seminar Title: Different roles for Zn2+ and Ca2+ in acute injury of hippocampal Ca1 neurons
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Aug 24 2009 1:00 p.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Mandar Aras
Center for Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Zinc signaling in neuronal tolerance
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Aug 19 2009 7:00 a.m.

Theresa Jones, Ph.D.
Professor
Behavioral Neuroscience Area of Psychology Department
Neuroscience Inst. and Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research
University of Texas at Austin

Seminar Title: Experience-dependent stroke plasticity
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Aug 11 2009 4:00 p.m.

Douglas J. Weber, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Sensorimotor Neuroprosthetics
Location: 100 Smith Hall
Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsor: Medical Imaging, Neural Engineering, and Robotics Seminar Series


Jul 23 2009 2:30 p.m.

M.S. Thesis Defense:
Adam S. Olsen
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Increased intra-individual response variability and attentional lapses after chronic cocaine self-administration
Location: 4075 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Jul 15 2009 1:30 p.m.

M.S. Thesis Defense:
Warren D. Anderson
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Properties and functions of Ih in hippocampus area CA3 interneurons
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Jul 13 2009 12:00 noon


Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, M.D., Ph.D.
Departments of Psychiatry and Human Genetics
University of Pittsburgh

A. Javier Lopez, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar Title: Alternative splicing at the dopamine transporter and its implications
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Jul 8 2009 12:00 noon

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Emily Drill
Center for Neuroscience
School of Medicine/Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Deciphering the role of tlx in dorsal neural progenitors and its contribution to brain structure and behavior
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower-3
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Jul 7 2009 12:00 nnon

Julie A. Blendy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Pharmacology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Seminar Title: Making a bad thing worse: Adverse effects of stress on drug addiction
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Jun 30 2009 12:00 noon

Michael Matise, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Neuroscience and Cell Biology
University of Medicine and
Dentistry of New Jersey
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Seminar Title: Regulation of Shh target gene expression in the developing CNS
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Jun 29 2009 1:00 p.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Mala Misra
Center for Neuroscience
School of Medicine/Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Hoxd10 and Hoxd11 regulate motor column patterning in the lumbosacral spinal cord
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Jun 26 2009 1:00 p.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Peter S. Vosler
Center for Neuroscience
School of Medicine/Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Critical role of eukaryotic translation
initiation factor 4G degradation in mediating
ischemia-induced neuronal death

Location: S120 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Jun 26 2009 10:30 a.m.

Donald J. DeGracia, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Research
Department of Physiology
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Post-ischemic translation arrest: Layers of players
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: The Center of Cerebrovascular Research


Jun 23 2009 10:00 a.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Fujun Luo
Center for Neuroscience School of Arts and Sciences/Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Experimental and Monte Carlo studies of Ca2+ channel function and fast transmitter release at presynaptic active zones of the frog neuromuscular junction
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Jun 23 2009 4:00 p.m.

Jen-Wei Lin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Boston University

Seminar Title: Function of persistent Na+ current in a branching axon
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Jun 3 2009 4:00 p.m.

Oana V. Spataru, M.D.
Resident
Department of Neurosurgery

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Seminar Title: CPC "Is this the Elvis Presley of Neurology?"
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Department of Neurology


Jun 3 2009 3:00 p.m.

Anthony D. Wagner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Stanford University

Seminar Title: Resolving uncertainty and regulating memory:
Contributions from frontal and parietal cortex

Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium
Learning Research Development Center
Sponsor: Department of Psychology and Center for Neuroscience


Jun 3 2009 10:00 a.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Michael W. Cole
Center for Neuroscience
School of Arts and Sciences/Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: The biological basis of rapid instructed task learning
Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium
Learning Research Development Center
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Jun 2 2009 12:00 noon

Luis G. Aguayo, Ph.D.
Professor of Physiology
University of Concepcion
Concepcion, Chile

Seminar Title: Identification of discrete residues in the
intracellular loop of LGICs for the actions
of ethanol and general anesthetics

Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Departments of Anesthesiology and Neurobiology


Jun 1 2009 3:00 p.m.

Stefan Kochanek, M.D.
Director, Division of Gene Therapy
University of ULM
Ulm, Germany

Seminar Title: Expressing huntington with adenovirus vectors
Location: 7023 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (PIND) and Department of Neurology


May 27 2009 4:00 p.m.

Sacha B. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Biology
Brandeis University

Seminar Title: Physiological genomics of cortical circuits in health and disease
Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium
Learning Research Development Center
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


May 27 2009 11:00 a.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Harvey M. Morris
Center for Neuroscience
School of Arts and Sciences/Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Alterations in GABA-related transcripts in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex of subjects with schizophrenia
Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium
Learning Research Development Center
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


May 22 2009 10:00 a.m.

Serena Marie Dudek, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurobiology
Laboratory of Neurobiology
North Carolina

Seminar Title: Regulating synaptic stability (and the lack thereof) in the developing nervous system
Location: A224 Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


May 21 2009 4:00 p.m.

Daniel Margoliash, Ph.D.
Departments of Organismal Biology and
Anatomy and Psychology
Committee on Neurobiology and
Computational Neuroscience
University of Chicago

Seminar Title: From single neurons to behavior: Birdsong learning
Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


May 21 2009 12:00 noon

Meryl A. Butters, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Seminar Title: The role of cerebrovascular disease and amyloid pathology in the links between late-life depression, MCI and future dementia
Location: Alzheimer Disease Research Center, Conference Room S439, Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


May 20 2009 12:00 noon

Robert G. Salomon, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Case Western Reserve University

Seminar Title: Protein modification by oxidized lipids in the etiology of Alzheimer’s Disease, age-related macular degeneration, autism, cardiac arrhythmia, and glaucoma
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (PIND) and Department of Neurology


May 20 2009 4:00 p.m.

Sean C. Mackey, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Division of Pain Management
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
Stanford University
California

Seminar Title: The strain in pain lies mainly in the brain: Lessons learned from functional neuroimaging
Location: 1105A Scaife Hall
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


May 15 2009 3:00 p.m.

Gregory Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of British Columbia

Seminar Title: Stress, glucocorticoids, and inflammation resolving the paradox
Location: 4127 Sennott Square, Martin Colloquium Center
Sponsor: Department of Psychology


May 14 2009 4:00 p.m.

Lee E. Limbird, Ph.D.
Professor
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, Tennessee

Seminar Title: Creating knowledge: Discovering the seasons of your career
Location: 2nd Floor, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Auditorium
Sponsor: The University of Pittsburgh NIH Postdoctoral Training Grants


May 12 2009 10:00 a.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Catherine A. Dunn
Center for Neuroscience
School of Arts and Sciences/Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: How the brain constructs stable visual representations: Cortical and subcortical mechanisms
Location: A221 Langley Hall
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


May 11 2009 12:00 noon

Michele Basso, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Physiology
University of Wisconsin
Madison

Seminar Title: Neuronal mechanisms of action choice in the primate brain
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


May 8 2009 3:00 p.m.

Laura Kohn-Wood, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Miami

Seminar Title: Sharpening my knife: Race, context, and mental health
Location: Martin Colloquium Center
4127 Sennott Square
Sponsor: Department of Psychology


May 7 2009 1:00 p.m.

Philip N. Sabes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Physiology
Keck Center for Integrative Neurobiology
University of California
San Francisco

Seminar Title: Sensorimotor integration: Behavior, optimality, and neural models
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Systems Neuroscience Institute and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


May 4 2009 12:00 noon

Alan Yu, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Southern California Medical School

Seminar Title: Probing the permeation pathway of the claudin-2 paraceullular ion pore
Location: F1145 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Sponsor: Department of Medicine Renal-Electrolyte Division Visiting Professor Series


Apr 28 2009 12:30 p.m.

Stella X. Yu, Ph.D.
Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department
Boston College

Seminar Title: Change blindness in humans: From looking without seeing to seeing without knowing
Location: 115 Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Apr 27 2009 12:00 noon

Daniel C. Javitt, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Departments of Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry and Neuroscience
New York University School of Medicine

Seminar Title: For want of a nail: Hierarchical cascades of neurocognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia
Location: S100A Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Psychiatry


Apr 23 2009 4:00 p.m.

Evelyne Sernagor, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
Developmental Neuroscience
Institute of Neuroscience
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Newcastle University
United Kingdom

Seminar Title: Plasticity in developing retinal networks in health and disease
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Apr 22 2009 1:00 p.m.

Leslie G. Ungerleider, Ph.D.
National Institute of Health Distinguished Investigator
Chief, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD

Seminar Title: Neural mechanisms of perceptual decision making in the human brain
Location: A221 Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Apr 20 2009 12:00 noon

Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory University

Seminar Title: Molecular approaches to understanding fear and fear-related disorders
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: The Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Apr 16 2009 12:00 noon

Robert A Sweet, M.D.
Professor
Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Genetic variation and trajectories of psychosis in AD
Location: Alzheimer Disease Research Center Conference
Room - S439
4 South UPMC Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Apr 15 2009 4:00 p.m.

Allan I. Basbaum, Ph.D., FRS
Professor and Chair
Department of Anatomy
University of California
San Francisco

Seminar Title: The neurobiology of pain: From molecules to circuit to behavior
Location: 1105A Scaife Hall
Sponsor: The Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Apr 15 2009 4:00 p.m.

Miguel Estevez, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Department of Neurology
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Seminar Title: Migraine-related neurodegenerative signals
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Department of Neurology, Grand Rounds Series


Apr 14 2009 12:00 noon

Timothy E. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Montreal Neurological Institute
McGill University

Seminar Title: Moving beyond axon guidance: Novel roles for netrin-1 regulating cell – cell interactions in the CNS
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Apr 13 2009 11:30 a.m.

David N. Rapp, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Learning Science and Cognitive Psychology
Northwestern University

Seminar Title: Readers’ processing of accurate and inaccurate information
Location: 6012 Forbes Tower
Sponsor: Communication Science and Disorders


Apr 10 2009 12:30 p.m.

Alexei Efros, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar Title: What can be learned from a single visual image?
Location: 115 Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Apr 9 2009 3:00 p.m.

Steve Chang, Ph.D.
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
School of Medicine
Washington University

Seminar Title: Sensorimotor transformation in the macaque parietal reach region: Eyes are the master, arms the true companions
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Systems Neuroscience Institute and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Apr 7 2009 12:00 noon

Gonzalo E. Torres, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Understanding dopamine transmission through protein-protein interactions
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Apr 2 2009 4:00 p.m.

Timothy T. Rogers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Seminar Title: The anterior temporal-lobes and semantic memory: Putting everything together
Location: Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Auditorium
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Mar 31 2009 12:00 noon

John Huffman, Ph.D.
Research Professor of Chemistry
Clemson University

Seminar Title: Searching for cannabinoid CB2 receptor selective ligands
Location: 456 Salk Hall
Sponsor: Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Mar 27 2009 12:30 p.m.

Farran Briggs, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Neuroscience
University of California
Davis

Seminar Title: Visual processing in thalamocortical and corticothalamic circuits
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Systems Neuroscience Institute and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Mar 24 2009 12:00 noon

Kevin D. Alloway, Ph.D.
Professor
Neural and Behavioral Sciences
College of Medicine
Pennsylvania State University
Hershey, PA

Seminar Title: Processing streams and the neural basis of sensorimotor interactions in the rat
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Mar 18 2009 4:00 p.m.

Michael Camilleri, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine and Physiology
College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Seminar Title: What’s new in irritable bowel syndrome: Mechanisms and management
Location: 1105A Scaife Hall
Sponsor: The Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Mar 18 2009 1:00 p.m.

Howard L. Fields, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Neurology and Physiology
Director, Wheeler Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction
Principal Investigator, Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center
University of California, San Francisco

Seminar Title: Opioid regulation of midbrain motivational circuits
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Mar 17 2009 12:00 noon

Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D.
Allan D. Bass Professor of Pharmacology and
Psychiatry, Department of Pharmacology
Director, Center for Molecular Neuroscience
Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Seminar Title: The wrong way to think about dopamine: ADHD and the dopamine transporter
Location: 100A Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Mar 10 2009 12:00 noon

Christof T. Grewer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Binghamton University
Binghamton, NY

Seminar Title: What can we learn about glutamate transporter function by studying their pre-steady-state kinetics
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Mar 6 2009 12:30 p.m.

Cheryl A. Kitt, Ph.D.
Deputy Director Center for Scientific Review
National Institute of Health
Bethesda, MD

Seminar Title: Enhancing peer review at NIH
Location: 3rd Floor, Social Room, Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Mar 5 2009 4:30 p.m.

George Ronald Mangun, Ph.D.
Professor
Departments of Psychology and Neurology
Director
Center for Mind and Brain
University of California, Davis

Seminar Title: Perception to awareness: Attentional control over the mind’s eye
Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Mar 5 2009 12:00 noon

Joan Monin, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
University Center for Social and Urban Research
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Physiological indicators of perceived suffering
Location: Alzheimer Disease Research Center Conference Room - S439
4 South UPMC Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Mar 3 2009 1:00 p.m.

John A. Cooper, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Cell Biology and Physiology
School of Medicine
Washington University

Seminar Title: Actin-based motility at membranes
Location: S123 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Mar 2 2009 12:00 noon

Michael J. Tarr, Ph.D.
Fox Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Professor of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences
Department of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences
Brown University

Seminar Title: Uncovering the fundamental principles of visual cortex
Location: 328 Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Mar 2 2009 1:00 p.m.

Alexander Sorkin, Ph.D.
Professor, Pharmacology
Health Sciences Center
University of Colorado

Seminar Title: Endocytosis of the EGF receptor and dopamine transporter: Biological functions and a surprising similarity of mechanisms
Location: S123 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Feb 24 2009 12:00 noon

Marc H. Schieber, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology & Anatomy
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY

Seminar Title: Changing circuits that control the fingers
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Feb 23 2009 9:30 a.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Lesley Anne Colgan
Center for Neuroscience
School of Medicine/Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Trafficking and activity dependent function of vesicular transporters
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Feb 23 2009 3:30 p.m.

Thomas F.J. Martin, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Biochemistry
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Seminar Title: Priming snares for calcium-triggered vesicle exocytosis
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology


Feb 19 2009 12:00 noon

Cyrus A. Raji, B.S., B.A.
M.D./Ph.D. Candidate
Departments of Pathology and Radiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Vascular disease and its risk factors are a driving force for age related brain atrophy
Location: Alzheimer Disease Research Center Conference Room - S439
4 South UPMC Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Feb 18 2009 4:00 p.m.

John T. Farrar, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Anesthesia
Clinical Associate in Neurology Senior Scholar
Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of Pennsylvania Health System

Seminar Title: Measuring pain: What does it really mean
Location: 1105A Scaife Hall
Sponsor: The Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Feb 16 2009 12:00 noon

Ivan Soltesz, Ph.D.
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
University of California at Irvine

Seminar Title: Activity-dependent plasticity of interneuronal microcircuits
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: The Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Feb 12 2009 1:00 p.m.

Stefan Pulver, Ph.D.

Brandeis University

Seminar Title: Linking motor neuron intrinsic properties to behavior in drosophila larvae
Location: 1395 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology


Feb 11 2009 1:00 p.m.

Rodney W. Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor of Integrative Biology
Department of Animal Sciences
University of Illinois

Seminar Title: Is inflammation a factor in cognitive aging? Lessons learned from an aging mouse model
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Jan 30 2009 12:30 p.m.

Monica Perez, P.T., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Cortical and spinal cord plasticity during skill acquisition in humans
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Systems Neuroscience Institute and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Jan 28 2009 4:00 p.m.

Sabine Kastner, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Princeton University

Seminar Title: The representation of object information in human and monkey visual cortex
Location: 328 Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Jan 26 2009 12:00 noon

Dean F. Salisbury, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School

Seminar Title: EEG and MRI evidence of progressive gray matter reduction in schizophrenia
Location: 1695 Biomedical Sceince Tower
Sponsor: The Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Jan 26 2009 3:00 p.m.

David Kleinfeld, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics
University of California San Diego
Fellow
Crick-Jacobs Center for Theoretical and Computational Biology
Salk Institute

Seminar Title: Encoding the locations of objects with a scanning sensorimotor system
Location: Third Floor Social Room, Mellon Institute
Sponsor: The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Jan 23 2009 12:30 p.m.

Stanislaw Glazewski, Ph.D.
Lecturer
School of Life Sciences
Keele University
United Kingdom

Seminar Title: Experience-dependent plasticity in murine barrel cortex
Location: 115 Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


Jan 21 2009 4:00 p.m.

James Eisenach, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Anesthesiology, Physiology and Pharmacology
Wake University
North Carolina

Seminar Title: Obstetric pain: Acute and chronic
Location: 1105A Scaife Hall
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Jan 15 2009 12:00 noon

Robert Froemke, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Coleman Laboratory
W.M. Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience
University of California, San Francisco

Seminar Title: A synaptic memory trace for cortical receptive field plasticity
Location: 5th Floor, Boardroom #520, Eye and Ear Institute
Sponsor: Department of Otolaryngology