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Dec 20 2010 12:00 noon

Vilma Gabbay, M.D., M.S., LL.B
Leon Levy Assistant Professor of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry Medical Director
Anita Saltz Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders
New York University

Seminar Title: A neuroinflammatory investigative approach into adolescent depression
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Dec 17 2010 12:30 p.m.

Chris Baker, Ph.D.
Investigator
Laboratory of Brain and Cognition
National Institute of Mental Health

Seminar Title: Cortical representations of complex visual scenes: Objects, places and spaces
Location: 115 Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Center for Neural Basis of Cognition


Dec 16 2010 12:00 noon

Lauren Terhorst, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Amanda Gentry, MPH
Projector Director
Department of Health and Community Systems

Seminar Title: Is the UCSD brief assessment of capacity to consent (UBACC) a useful tool for AD researchers?
Location: Alzheimer Disease Research Center Conference Room, S439 Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Dec 15 2010 4:00 p.m.

Barbara Hastie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
College of Dentistry
University of Florida

Seminar Title: Predicting pain across populations: Mechanisms, models and conundrums
Location: 1105A Scaife Hall
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Dec 14 2010 12:00 noon

Brian, Litt, M.D.
Professor of Neurology and Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Seminar Title: Neuroengineering, networks, and antiepileptic devices
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Dec 9 2010 4:00 p.m.

Jeremy Seamans, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Brain Research Centre
University of British Columbia

Seminar Title: The dynamic encoding of events and experiences by prefrontal cortex ensembles
Location: 2nd Floor, WPIC Auditorium
Sponsor: Center for Neural Basis of Cognition


Dec 8 2010 4:00 p.m.

Laura Niedernhofer, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology and
Molecular Genetics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Accelerated age-related neurodegeneration in DNA repair-deficiency
Location: 1105 BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Dec 1 2010 4:00 p.m.

Martin A. Samuels, M.D.
Chairman
Department of Neurology
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School

Seminar Title: Neurocardiology
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Dec 1 2010 3:30 p.m.

Ed Lein, Ph.D.
Alen Brain Institute

Seminar Title: Neuroanatomical transcriptomics: Large scale gene expression mapping in the developing mammalian brain
Location: 348 Mellon Institute Conference Room
Sponsor: Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University


Nov 30 2010 12:00 noon

Joshua D. Berke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Seminar Title: Striatal microcircuit dynamics and behavioral control
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Nov 23 2010 12:00 noon

Asaf Keller, Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Seminar Title: Chronic pain following spinal cord injury: The role of maladaptive thalamic plasticity
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Nov 19 2010 2:30 p.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Patrick MacDonald Fisher
Center for Neuroscience
School of Medicine/Neurobiology
Univeristy of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: In vivo assessment of serotonergic signaling pathways underlying the corticolimbic response to threat in humans
Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium
Learning Research Development Center
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Nov 17 2010 3:30 p.m.

Mark von Zastrow, Ph.D.
University of California
San Francisco

Seminar Title: Regulation of signaling receptors by endocytosis
Location: 348 Mellon Institute Conference Room
Sponsor: Carnegie Mellon Department of Biological Sciences


Nov 9 2010 10:00 a.m.

Pierre Paoletti, Ph.D.
Directeur de Recherche
Institut National de la Santé et de la
Recherche Médicale (INSERM)
Group Leader, Biology Institute
Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) Paris, France

Seminar Title: Control of NMDA receptor activity: From molecular mechanisms to synaptic modulation
Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium,
Learning Research Development Center
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Nov 8 2010 12:00 noon

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Beth Siegler Retchless
Center for Neuroscience
School of Arts & Sciences/Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Mechanistic bases of subtype-specific NMDA receptor channel properties
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Nov 8 2010 12:00 noon

Cyndi Shannon Weickert, Ph.D.
NISAD Chair of Schizophrenia Research and Professor of Psychiatry
University of New South Wales

Seminar Title: How could a faulty neuregulin gene lead to maldevelopment of cortical inhibitory neurons and schizophrenia?
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Nov 4 2010 12:00 noon

James T, Becker, Ph.D.
Professor
Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Psychology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: The diagnosis and treatment of dementia in urban Catalonia, or innocence abroad
Location: S123 Biomedical Sceince Tower
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Nov 3 2010 3:30 p.m.

Jeff Schloss, Ph.D.
Program Director for Technology Development Coordination
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
NIH

Seminar Title: A revolution in DNA sequencing technologies:Challenges and opportunities
Location: 348 Mellon Institute Conference Room
Sponsor: Carnegie Mellon Department of Biological Sciences


Nov 2 2010 3:30 p.m.

Valeria Culotta, Ph.D.
Professor
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Seminar Title: Living with oxygen: Tales of superoxide dismutase
Location: 1395 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology


Oct 28 2010 12:00 noon

Howard Aizenstein, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Departments of Psychiatry and Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Neuroimaging Predictors of Treatment Response in Late-Life Depression
Location: S439 Alzheimer Desease Research Center
Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Oct 28 2010 4:00 p.m.

Angela J. Yu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Cognitive Science
University of California
San Diego

Seminar Title: Wherefore a horse race: Inhibitory control as rational decision-making
Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Sponsor: Center for Neural Basis of Cognition


Oct 27 2010 4:00 p.m.

Marlene Behrmann, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Psychology
Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar Title: Perceptual impairments in acquired and congenital agnosia
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Oct 26 2010 12:00 noon

Manojkumar A. Puthenveedu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University and
Center for Neural Basis of Cognition

Seminar Title: Sorting of signaling receptors in the endosome
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Oct 25 2010 12:00 noon

Damien Fair, Ph.D.
Oregon Health Sciences University

Seminar Title: Studying the brain at rest: Using functional connectivity MRI to examine typical and atypical development
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Oct 20 2010 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION CHANGE
Ian Gilron, M.D., M.SC., FRCP(C)
Director of Clinical Pain Research
Professor, Anesthesiology
Queens University, Canada

Seminar Title: Combination pharmacotherapy for the management of pain
Location: 1105A Scaife
Sponsor: The Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Oct 19 2010 12:00 noon

Anne Robertson, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: The Pathophysiology of Cerebral Aneurysms-Recent Results and Future Directions
Location: 456 Salk Hall
Sponsor: Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Oct 19 2010 11:00 a.m.

Ineke Braakman, Ph.D.
Professor
Cellular Protein Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Utrecht University
The Netherlands

Seminar Title: Protein folding in the endoplasmic reticulum
Location: 5th Floor Boardroom, Eye and Ear Institute
Sponsor: Cell Biology and Physiology


Oct 18 2010 12:00 noon

Jong Yoon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Clinical Psychiatry
University of California Davis

Seminar Title: GABA and dopamine dysfunction in micro and macro-circuit models of psychopathology in schizophrenia
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Oct 12 2010 4:00 p.m.

Justine Cassell, Ph.D.
Human Computer Interaction Institute Director School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar Title: Making (Virtual) Friends and Influencing (Virtual) People
Location: Mellon Institute Social Room (Enter via Bellefield Street)
Sponsor: Center for Neural Basis of Cognition


Oct 6 2010 2:00 p.m.

CANCELLED
Yuko Munakata, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Colorado

Seminar Title: Inhibition is out of control
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Center for Neural Basis of Cognition


Oct 4 2010 12:00 noon

Keri Martinowich, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health

Seminar Title: Elucidating the functional impact of alternative BDNF promoters in development and disease
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Sep 29 2010 12:00 noon

Christine V. Portfors, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Biological Sciences
Washington State University
Vancouver, WA

Seminar Title: Efficient encoding of behaviorally relevant sounds in the auditory midbrain
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Auditory Research Group Department of Otolaryngology


Sep 28 2010 1:00 p.m.

Hugo Merchant, Ph.D.
Professor
Institute de Neurobiologia
National University of Mexico (UNAM)
campus Juriquilla

Seminar Title: Neurophysiology of temporal processing during a synchronization-continuation tapping task
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Systems Neuroscience Institute and Department of Neurobiology


Sep 27 2010 12:00 noon

Amelia Eisch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Seminar Title: Adult hippocampal neurogenesis: What are new neurons good for? And what is good for new neurons?
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Sep 24 2010 3:00 p.m.

Joan M. Romano, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington

Seminar Title: The social context of chronic pain: Research and clinical perspectives
Location: 4127 Sennott Square
Sponsor: Department of Psychology


Sep 24 2010 10:00 a.m.

Richard J. Krauzlis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Systems Neurobiology Laboratory
Salk Institute for Biological Studies La Jolla, California

Seminar Title: Priority map for action and perception in the primate superior colliculus
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Sep 23 2010 1:00 p.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Trinity B. Crapse
Center for Neuroscience
School of Arts and Sciences/Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Neuronal mechanisms for evaluating the visual scene across eye movements
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Sep 21 2010 4:00 p.m.

Philip Winn, Ph.D.
Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, Scotland

Seminar Title: Putting the brain into brainstem: the pedunculopontine, learning and reinforcement
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Sep 21 2010 12:00 noon

Shiyuan Cheng, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, UPCI
Department of Pathology
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Mechanisms of PDGFR alpha-promoted glioblastoma tumorigenesis and invasion
Location: 456 Salk Hall
Sponsor: Department of Pharmacy


Sep 21 2010 9:00 a.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Ericka C. Holmstrand
Center for Neuroscience
School of Arts and Sciences/Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Heterogeneity of high-affinity choline transporter expression and localization in limbic projections of the cholinergic brainstem tegmentum
Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium, Learning Research Development Center
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Sep 20 2010 12:00 noon

Gholson Lyon, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry
University of Utah

Seminar Title: Tourette syndrome, OCD and ADHD – genetics, treatment and pathophysiology
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Sep 16 2010 1:00 p.m.

Dan Winkowski, Ph.D.
Neural Systems Laboratory
Institute for Systems Research
University of Maryland

Seminar Title: Control of auditory cortical plasticity by the prefrontal cortex
Location: 520 Eye and Ear Institute
Sponsor: Department of Otolaryngology


Sep 16 2010 12:00 noon

Nicole Fowler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Treating heart disease in Medicare beneficiaries with dementia: Secondary chemoprevention in the context of life-limiting disease
Location: S439 ADRC Conference Room, Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Sep 15 2010 4:00 p.m.

Douglas Kondziolka, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Professor of Radiation Oncology
Director, Center for Brain Function and Behavior
Co-Director, Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery
University od Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Radiosurgery for Epilepsy: From the Lab to the Clinic
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Sep 15 2010 4:00 p.m.

Rami Burstein, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Anesthesia
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Seminar Title: Thalamic involvement in photophobia and whole-body allodynia during migraine
Location: W1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Sep 14 2010 11:00 a.m.

Ben Glick, Ph.D.
Professor
Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
University of Chicago

Seminar Title: A new layer of regulation in the secretory pathway
Location: 5th Floor Boardroom, Eye and Ear Institute
Sponsor: Cell Biology and Physiology


Sep 13 2010 12:00 noon

Laura Rowland, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Successful learning in schizophrenia: Insights from neuroimaging
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Sep 10 2010 3:00 p.m.

Natasha Tokowicz, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: When less is more: Translation ambiguity affects second language learning and processing
Location: 4127 Sennott Square
Sponsor: Department of Psychology


Jul 19 2010 12:00 noon

Hanna Stevens, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale University Child Study Center
Yale School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Cortical development, neuropsychiatry, and mouse model systems
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Jul 14 2010 12:00 noon

Harold A. Burgess, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Molecular Genetics
NICHD

Seminar Title: Neural circuits underlying motor control in zebrafish
Location: 7023 Biomedical Science Tower-3
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases


Jul 12 2010 11:00 a.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
James W. Bales
School of Medicine/Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: The DARPP-32/PP-1 signaling pathway: A novel therapeutic target following traumatic brain injury
Location: 201 Hill Building, Safar Center
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Jul 12 2010 9:00 a.m.

Thomas M. Reeves, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology,
Virginia Commonwealth University

Seminar Title: Unmyelinated axons: A special role in TBI pathology
Location: 201 Hill Building, Safar Center
Sponsor: Department of Neurosurgery


Jun 18 2010 12:00 noon

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

Seminar Title: What we have learned from transgenic mice
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Systems Neuroscience Institute


Jun 17 2010 12:00 noon

Masahiko Takada, Ph.D., D.D.S.
Professor
Systems Neuroscience Section
Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology
Primate Research Institute
Kyoto University
Inuyama, Aichi, Japan

Seminar Title: Application of recombinant viral vectors to primate brain research: Gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Systems Neuroscience Institute


Jun 16 2010 12:00 noon

Christopher Moore, Ph.D.
McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Seminar Title: Illuminating brain dynamics: Using optogenetic circuit control to investigate the mechanisms and meaning of neocortical gamma oscillations
Location: Social Room, Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Center for Neural Basis of Cognition


Jun 7 2010 12:00 noon

Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: A dynamic synapse hypothesis of schizophrenia
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Jun 2 2010 4:00 p.m.

Andrew Schwartz, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Useful signals from motor cortex
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Department of Neurology Grand Rounds Series


May 26 2010 4:00 p.m.

David Lacomis, M.D.
Professor
Department of Neurology
Chief, Neuromuscular Diseases Division
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Seminar Title: Myasthenia gravis: Review and update
Location: 1104 Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Department of Neurology Grand Rounds Series


May 25 2010 12:00 noon

Alex L. Kolodkin, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Seminar Title: Guidance cue control of dendrite development, synapse formation, and axonal pathway assembly
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


May 24 2010 12:00 noon

Pierre Blier, M.D., Ph.D.
Departments of Psychiatry and Cellular and Molecular Medicine
University of Ottawa

Seminar Title: Neurobiological basis of the antidepressant response: From the laboratory to the clinic
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


May 21 2010 2:30 p.m.

Christopher J. Chang, Ph.D.
Professor
University of California
Berkeley

Seminar Title: Metals on the brain: Probing their chemistry with molecular imaging
Location: 157 Benedum Hall
Sponsor: Department of Chemistry


May 20 2010 12:00 noon

Karen Wilcox, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
University of Utah

Seminar Title: Expanding Horizons of the Anticonvulsant Drug Development Program: Novel Approaches in Search of Cures for Epilepsy
Location: 520 Eye and Ear Institute
Sponsor: Department of Otolaryngology


May 20 2010 12:00 noon


Mary Ganguli, M.D., MPH
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and
Epidemiology
&
Beth Snitz, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Department of Neurology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Epidemiology of mild cognitive impairment: Update on the Mon-Yough Healthy Aging Team (MYHAT) project
Location: S439 ADRC Conference Room
Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


May 20 2010 5:00 p.m.

Christopher J. Chang, Ph.D.
Professor
University of California
Berkeley

Seminar Title: Chemical approaches to understanding redox biology in the brain
Location: 157 Benedum Hall
Sponsor: Department of Chemistry


May 19 2010 4:00 p.m.

Joyce DeLeo, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
Professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology
Director of the Neuroscience Center at Dartmouth
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Seminar Title: Role of CNS glia and immune cells in pain: Lessons learned from the lab and clinic
Location: 1105A Scaife Hall
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


May 12 2010 12:00 noon

Adriano Aguzzi, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neuropathology
Chairman, Department of Pathology
Director, Institute of Neuropathology
Director, Swiss National Reference Center for Prion Disease
University Hospital of Zurich
Switzerland

Seminar Title: Biology of prion diseases
Location: Lecture Room 1, Scaife Hall
Sponsor: Department of Pathology


May 12 2010 4:00 p.m.

Georgirene D. Vladutiu, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology and Pathology & Anatomical Sciences
School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
State University of New York at Buffalo

Buffalo General Hospital

Seminar Title: Genetic susceptibility to statin-induced myopathy
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Department of Neurology Grand Rounds Series


May 10 2010 2:00 p.m.

Mark Churchland, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Neurosciences Program and Electrical Engineering
School of Medicine
Stanford University

Seminar Title: The neural basis of movement planning
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Systems Neuroscience Institute


May 10 2010 11:00 a.m.

Laura Stone, Ph.D.
Faculty of Dentistry
Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain
McGill University

Seminar Title: Degenerative disc disease and low back pain: Clinical and preclinical perspectives
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


May 5 2010 2:00 P.M.

M.S. Thesis Defense:
Eser Yilmaz
School of Medicine/Neurobiology

Seminar Title: LTP- and LTD- inducing stimulations cause opposite changes in Arc/Arg3.1 mRNA level in hippocampal area CA1 in vivo.
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


May 4 2010 12:00 noon

Beatriz Luna, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Psychology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Neuroimaging evidence of immaturities in cognitive control, reward processing, and brain connectivity during adolescence
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


May 3 2010 12:00 noon

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE
Alexandre Dombrovski, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Neuroeconomics of late-life suicide
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Apr 28 2010 4:00 p.m.

David Clark, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Anesthesia
Stanford University

Seminar Title: The inflammatory basis of complex regional pain syndrome
Location: 1105A Scaife Hall
Sponsor: The Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Apr 28 2010 3:30 p.m.

Helen Blau, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Seminar Title: Regulation of stem cell fate
Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room
Sponsor: Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University


Apr 26 2010 12:00 noon

Colleen McClung, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Seminar Title: Circadian genes and the biology of mood disorders
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Apr 22 2010 12:30 p.m.

Larry Snyder, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
Washington University School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Attention, please: What is the role of LIP in behavior
Location: 115 Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Center for Neural Basis of Cognition


Apr 21 2010 4:00 p.m.

Christina Vaughan, M.D.
Neurology Resident
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Seminar Title: Beyond the movements, "Beyond the Mind": Psychosis in Parkinsonism
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Department of Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Apr 21 2010 3:30

Katherine Kalil, Ph.D.
Department of Anatomy
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Seminar Title: Signaling mechanisms in cortical axon branching, growth and guidance
Location: Mellon Institute, Conference Room, 3rd Floor
Sponsor: Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University


Apr 19 2010 12:00 noon

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

Seminar Title: Putting inhibition in its place: Temporal dynamics of neural circuit function
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Apr 19 2010 2:30 p.m.

M.S. Thesis Defense
Jennifer E. Joeyen-Waldorf
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Behavioral and molecular correlates of major depression in mice lacking the serotonin transporter
Location: 1295 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Apr 15 2010 3:00 p.m.

Mel Feany, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pathology
Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Seminar Title: Genetic analysis of neurodegeneration in drosophila
Location: S120 Bolmedical Science Tower
Sponsor: NIH Postdoctoral Training Grants MH18273 & NS07391


Apr 14 2010 10:00 a.m.

M.S. Thesis Defense:
Andrea Ponting
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: The basal ganglia and training of arithmetical fluency
Location: 9th Floor Auditorium LRDC
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Apr 8 2010 9:00 a.m.

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

Seminar Title: Early life experience alters stress-related brain circuits: Effects of repeated brief postnatal maternal separation on central autonomic pathways
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Apr 8 2010 2:30 p.m.

James P. Herman, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Cincinnati

Seminar Title: Stress and mental illness: A neurobiological perspective
Location: A224 Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Apr 8 2010 12:00 noon

C. Elizabeth Sarles, MPH
Neuropsychology Program Coordinator
Alzheimer Disease Research Center
University of Pittsburgh
&
Amanda Hunsaker, MPH
Doctoral Student
School of Social Work
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Views of study participants in MCI and dementia studies: Perceived benefits from research participation
Location: S439 Alzheimer Desease Research Center
Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Apr 6 2010 2:00 p.m.

Geoffrey Schoenbaum, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Psychiatry
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Seminar Title: The role of orbitofrontal cortex in estimating likely outcomes
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Apr 6 2010 12:00 noon

B.J. (Betty Jo) Casey, Ph.D.
Professor
Psychology in Psychiatry
Sackler Professor
Developmental Psychology
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Seminar Title: The storm and stress of adolescence: Insights from human imaging and mouse genetics
Location: WPIC - Auditorium. 2nd Floor
Sponsor: Center for Neural Basis of Cognition


Apr 5 2010 12:00 noon

John Wemmie, M.D., Ph.D.
Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosurgery
University of Iowa

Seminar Title: Acidosis: Signaling fear in the amygdale
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Apr 2 2010 12:30 p.m.

Vincent Prevosto, Ph.D.
Laboratoire de Neurobiologie
Cellulaire et Moléculaire
CNRS
Gif-sur-Yvette, France

Seminar Title: Spatial updating and online control of movement by the PPC: Contribution of cerebellar and prepositus hypoglossi inputs to LIP and MIP
Location: Mellon Institute Social Room
Sponsor: Center for Neural Basis of Cognition


Apr 1 2010 12:00 noon

Marc S. Ansorge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Clinical Neurobiology in Psychiatry
Columbia University

Seminar Title: Serotonin signaling during development – impact on brain maturation and behavior
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Apr 1 2010 10:30 a.m.

Manuel Zimmer, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Rockefeller University

Seminar Title: Aerotaxis in C. elegans: A model to study chemosensation and neural circuit function
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Mar 31 2010 3:30 p.m.

Ge Yang, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Lane Center for Computational Biology
Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar Title: Computational analysis of kinesin dynein coordination in cytoskeletal dynamics
Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room
Sponsor: Department of Biological Sciences. Carnegie Mellon University


Mar 30 2010 12:00 noon

Roberta Diaz-Brinton, Ph.D.
R. Pete Vanderveen Chair
Therapeutic Discovery and Development
Professor of Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

Seminar Title: Estrogen regulation of mitochondrial function in brain: Implications for bioenergetics of brain and risk for Alzheimer’s disease
Location: 456 Salk Hall
Sponsor: School of Pharmacy


Mar 24 2010 4:00 p.m.

Jerry Vockley, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh - Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
Professor of Human Genetics - Graduate School of Public Health
Chief of Medical Genetics - Children's Hospital of Pitts

Seminar Title: Mitochondrial disease: The great masquerader!
Location: 1103 Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Neurology Grands Rounds Series


Mar 24 2010 11:00 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE
Long Ding, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania

Seminar Title: The cortico-basal ganglia pathway and perceptual decision making
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Mar 24 2010 12:00 noon

Doris Doudet, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology Pacific Parkinson’s Research Center
University of British Columbia

Seminar Title: Using PET imaging to answer research questions: Examples and applications in animal models of Parkinson’s disease
Location: 3850 Radiology Conference Room, Children's Hospital, main tower
Sponsor: Department of Radiology


Mar 24 2010 4:00 p.m.

Galen Mitchell, M.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Neurology
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Seminar Title: The immunopathogenesis of MS
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Department of Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Mar 23 2010 12:00 noon

Richard Zigmond, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurosciences
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Seminar Title: Cytokines and neurotrophins: Signals utilized by injured neurons
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Mar 18 2010 1:00 p.m.

Stuart Kim, Ph.D.
Professor of Developmental Biology
Stanford University

Seminar Title: Developmental drift and aging in C. elegans
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Mar 17 2010 1:00 p.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Christin Glorioso
School of Medicine/Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Between destiny and disease: Genetics and molecular pathways of central nervous system aging
Location: LRDC, 2nd Floor Auditorium
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Mar 10 2010 9:30 a.m.

Kazuhito Toyo-oka, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Biologist
Department of Pediatrics
School of Medicine
University of California

Seminar Title: Dissecting the functions of 14-3-3 proteins in the developing brain and their roles in human diseases
Location: A219B Langley hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Mar 10 2010 10:00 a.m.

Byung-Chang Suh, Ph.D.
Physiology and Biophysics Department
University of Washington

Seminar Title: Phospholipid modulation of voltage-gated ion channels
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Mar 9 2010 12:00 noon

Marina Picciotto, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Yale University
New Haven, CT

Seminar Title: Intracellular signaling pathways downstream of nicotinic receptors in addiction-related behaviors
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Mar 4 2010 12:00 noon

Richard Schulz. Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Director
University Center for Social and Urban Research

Seminar Title: Measuring suffering in person’s with Alzheimer’s disease
Location: ADRC Conference Room, S439 Montefiore Hospital
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Mar 3 2010 10:00 a.m.

Omar Samad, Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology
Harvard Medical School

Seminar Title: Characterization of genetic programs regulating nociceptor development and chronic pain
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Mar 3 2010 12:00 noon

Chenjian Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Molecular Genetics and Neurodegenerative Diseases
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Seminar Title: Kinases pathways in Parkinson's disease pathogenesis
Location: 7023 BST 3 Conference Room
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases


Mar 1 2010 9:30 a.m.

Yangzhong Hung, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology
Duke University Medical Center

Seminar Title: A novel mechanism of TrkB activation: Transactivation by the divalent cation zinc
Location: A221 Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Feb 26 2010 1:00 p.m.

Robert Vandenberg, Ph.D.
NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
Department of Pharmacology
Bosch Institute
University of Sydney

Seminar Title: Ion-substrate coupling of glutamate transporters
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Feb 24 2010 3:30 p.m.

Alex Evilevitch, Ph.D.
Department of Physics
Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar Title: Biophysics of viral infectivity: Matching genome length and virus size
Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room
Sponsor: Department of Biological Sciences. Carnegie Mellon University


Feb 23 2010 10:00 a.m.

Marlene R. Cohen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard Medical School
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Seminar Title: Using attention to study cortical population codes
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Feb 23 2010 12:00 noon

Maria E. Rubio, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Otolaryngology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Neurons and glial cells respond to hearing loss
Location: 1495 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Feb 22 2010 9:30 a.m.

Gareth M. Thomas, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience and
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Regulation glutamatergic synapses in health and disease
Location: A221 Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Feb 22 2010 12:00 noon

Susan Sesack, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: A newly identified brain region with extensive inhibitory inputs to dopamine neurons – Implications for disorders of reward processing
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Feb 18 2010 9:00 a.m.

Michael Platt, Ph.D.
Duke University Director
Department of Neurobiology
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Duke University

Seminar Title: From brain to society: Neuroethology and neuroeconomics of social behavior
Location: Doherty Hall, Room 2210, Carnigie Mellon University
Sponsor: HHMI and Department of Biological Sciences Carnegie Mellon University


Feb 18 2010 12:00 noon

Suma Jacob, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
University of Illinois at Chicago

Seminar Title: Behavioral neuroendocrine associations and treatment options in Autism
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry


Feb 17 2010 10:00 a.m.

Rebecca A. Berman, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research
National Eye Institute
National Institutes of Health

Seminar Title: Pathways to perception: Interactions between the visual thalamus and cortex
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Feb 17 2010 4:00 p.m.

Alexandra Popescu, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology
Department of Neurology
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Seminar Title: Functional imaging in epilepsy evaluation
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Department of Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Feb 17 2010 3:30 p.m.

Willi Halfter, Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Basement membranes in the developing and aging eye
Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room, Mellon Institute
Sponsor: Department of Biological Sciences. Carnegie Mellon University


Feb 16 2010 12:00 noon

William C. de Groat, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Nitro-fatty acids, a new class of signaling molecules, activate TRP channels in sensory neurons
Location: 456 Salk '03 Hall
Sponsor: Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Feb 15 2010 12:00 noon

Clarissa L. Waites, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University

Seminar Title: Molecular mechanisms of synapse formation and function
Location: Learning Research Development Center Auditorium, 2nd Floor
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Feb 10 2010 9:00 a.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:
Kathleen E. Cosgrove
Center for Neuroscience
School of Arts and Sciences/Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: High affinity group III mGluRs regulate mossy fiber input to CA3 interneurons
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Center for Neuroscience


Feb 10 2010 4:00 p.m.

David Lacomis, M.D.
Professor of Neurology and Pathology
Chief, Division of Neuromuscular Disease
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Seminar Title: Myasthenia Gravis: Review and U
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Department of Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Feb 9 2010 4:00 p.m.

Jean-Claude Lacaille, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Physiology
University of Montreal

Seminar Title: Persistent plasticity of inhibition in brain memory circuits
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Feb 4 2010 4:00 p.m.

Patricia Smith Churchland
President’s Professor of Philosophy
University of California
San Diego, CA

Seminar Title: Consciousness, eliminative materialism and progress in brain research
Location: WPIC Auditorium, 2nd Floor
Sponsor: Center for Neural Basis of Cognition


Feb 4 2010 12:00 noon

Joan C. Rogers, Ph.D., OTR/L
Professor of Occupational Therapy and Nursing
Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title: Functional assessment of disability in late depression
Location: ADRC Conf.Room S439, Montefiore Hosp.
Sponsor: Alzheimer Disease Research Center


Feb 3 2010 10:00 a.m.

Benjamin Y. Hayden, Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology
Duke University

Seminar Title: Monitoring outcomes and the role of the cingulate cortex in risky choice
Location: PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE
328 Mellon Institute, Social Room
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Feb 3 2010 4:00 p.m.

David A. Lewis, M.D.
Chairman and UPMC Professor in Translational Neuroscience
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Director and Director of Research
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Seminar Title: Translating neural circuits into novel therapeutics for schizophrenia
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Department of Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Feb 2 2010 12:00 noon

Anna Wang Roe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Departments of Psychology and Radiology
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Seminar Title: Imaging modules of perception and attention in macaque visual cortex
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Jan 27 2010 10:00 a.m.

Matthew A. Smith, Ph.D.
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar Title: Deriving functional circuitry from cortical population activity
Location: A219B Langley Hall
Sponsor: Department of Neuroscience


Jan 21 2010 2:00 p.m.

Larry S. Zweifel, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
Department of Biochemistry
University of Washington

Seminar Title: Genetic dissection of phasic dopamine function in fear, reward, and anxiety
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Jan 20 2010 4:00 p.m.

Berge Minassian, M.D., FRCPC
Associate Professor Department of Paediatrics
University of Toronto Clinician-Scientist
Toronto, Ontario

Seminar Title: Genetics of the epilepsies
Location: 1105BC Scaife Conference Center
Sponsor: Department of Neurology Grand Rounds Series


Jan 19 2010 12:00 noon

John H. Martin, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience
City College/City University of New York

Seminar Title: Bringing the corticospinal system online during postnatal development
Location: 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3
Sponsor: Department of Neurobiology


Jan 14 2010 4:00 p.m.

Kenneth Norman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology and
Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Princeton University

Seminar Title: Tracking memory retrieval using multivariate pattern analysis
Location: 2nd Floor WPIC Auditorium
Sponsor: Center for Neural Basis of Cognition


Jan 11 2010 12:00 noon

Subroto Ghose, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Seminar Title: An investigation into the 'COMT val/val genotype x adolescent cannabis use' interaction in schizophrenia
Location: 1695 Biomedical Science Tower
Sponsor: Translational Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychiatry