Events 2017-2018

Neuroscience Special Seminars   |   Neuroscience Seminar Series   |   Neurotopics

Neuroscience Special Seminars

The Department of Neuroscience holds special seminars outside of the regular seminar series. Please note the day, time & location below. Please join us and welcome each invited seminar speaker.

October 3, 2017
Ella Striem-Amit, PhD (new window)
Post-doctoral researcher in cognitive neuroscience
Harvard University
Host: Department of Neuroscience
Title:“Experience-independent brain mechanisms of perception and action”
Seminar will be held in The Research Building, Room WP-07 at 11:30 am.

Neuroscience Seminar Series

The Department of Neuroscience and The Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (new window) holds seminars to inform and update the medical community on current research.  Seminars are held on designated Tuesdays in the Medical Dental Building Room NE 401 at 12:00 pm unless otherwise noted.  Please join us and welcome each invited seminar speaker.  Check back often for updates.   Other neuroscience seminars sponsored through the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience can be found on the IPN Calendar (new window).

September 19, 2017
Veronica Tom, PhD (new window)
Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
College of Medicine, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Host: Nathan Neckel, PhD
Title:“Let’s not get too excited: the role of soluble TNFa in autonomic dysreflexia after spinal cord injury”

October 10, 2017
Scott Thompson, PhD (new window)
Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology
University of Maryland, School of Medicine
Host: Kathy Conant, MD
Title:“Excitatory synapses get the blues: plasticity of excitatory synaptic transmission in the genesis and treatment of depression”

October 24, 2017
Kimberly Byrnes, PhD (new window)
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Physiology & Genetics
Uniformed Services University
Host: Mark Burns, PhD
Title:“Glucose in the Central Nervous System: Influence of Injury and Aging”

October 31, 2017
Jyothi Arikkath, PhD (new window)
Assistant Professor, Developmental Neuroscience
Munroe-Meyer Institute, Durham Research Center II
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Host: Italo Mocchetti, PhD
Title:“Cellular and molecular aberrations in autism and intellectual disability”

January 16, 2018
Michael Rugg, PhD (new window)
Distinguished Chair in Behavioral & Brain Sciences
Director, Center for Vital Longevity
University of Texas at Dallas
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Hosts: Max Riesenhuber, PhD & Alumit Ishai, PhD
Title:“The cognitive neuroscience of age-related memory decline: an individual differences approach”

January 30, 2018
Candace Floyd, PhD (new window)
Vice Chair of Research
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
University of Utah
Host: Mark Burns, PhD
Title:“Translational Research Tools for Neurotrauma: Vignettes from a Large Animal Model”

February 13, 2018
Nadine Gaab, PhD (new window)
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Department of Medicine/Division of Developmental Medicine
Host: Josef Rauschecker, PhD
Title:“Linking music, language and dyslexia: Developmental evidence from infants, preschoolers and school-age children”

February 27, 2018
Elizabeth Quinlan (new window)
Professor, Department of Biology
Scientific co-Director, MPower Initiative
Nervous System Injury and Neuroscience
University of Maryland
Host: Sonia Villapol, PhD
Title:“Rejuvenating plasticity in the adult mouse cortex through activation of perisynaptic MMP-9”

March 13, 2018
Peter Baas, PhD (new window)
Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Drexel University College of Medicine
Host: Italo Mocchetti, PhD
Title:“Microtubules and Gulf War Illness”

March 20, 2018
Ann Ragin, PhD (new window)
Research Professor
Department of Radiology
Northwestern University
Host: Xiong Jiang, PhD
Title:“Findings from the Chicago Early HIV Infection Study”


Neurotopics is a departmental gathering which aims to increase awareness of ongoing research in the department and to foster collaboration among the neuroscience community. Seminars are held on the 1st Wednesday of the month in the New Research Building Room WP07 at noon unless otherwise noted.  Please join us and welcome each seminar speaker.  Check back often for updates. 

October 4, 2017
Kathy Conant, MD (new window)
Associate Professor
Department of Neuroscience
Georgetown University
Title:“Matrix metalloproteinases as mediators of antidepressant efficacy”

November 1, 2017
Nate Neckel, PhD (new window)
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Neuroscience
Georgetown University
Title:“I went to GU for 10 years and all I got was this lousy t-test”

December 6, 2017
Michael Ullman, PhD (new window)
Department of Neuroscience
Georgetown University
Title:“The co-optation of general-purpose learning systems for language”

February 14, 2018
Gary Brooker, PhD (new window)
Microscopy Center
Johns Hopkins University

March 7, 2018
Sarah Flowers, PhD (new window)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Rebeck Lab
Department of Neuroscience
Georgetown University
Title:“APOE glycosylation in healthy aging & Alzheimer’s disease”

April 4, 2018
Kathy Maguire-Zeiss, PhD (new window)
Department of Neuroscience
Georgetown University

May 2, 2018
Mark Burns, PhD & Xiong Jiang, PhD (new window)
Department of Neuroscience
Georgetown University

Thank you for your participation and support for these seminars.

Check our department calendar for a schedule of additional upcoming events:

Neuroscience Calendar of Events (new window)