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Unless otherwise noted, seminars are held in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Room 620 and can be viewed NIH Video Casting Video cast.



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Neuroseries Seminar


Neural Mechanism of Social and Emotional Behaviour - from Pecking Order to Ketamine

Speaker: Hailan Hu, Ph.D.
Zhejiang University School of Medicine
Monday, October 29, 2018, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Wei Li

Control of Hunger by Arcuate (ARC) → Paraventricular (PVH) Hypothalamic Circuits broadcast

Speaker: Bradford Lowell, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard University
Monday, November 19, 2018, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Michael Krashes

Understanding Navigational Attractor Dynamics and Internal Representations in Drosophila broadcast

Speaker: Vivek Jayaraman, Ph.D.
Janelia Farm
Monday, November 26, 2018, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Benjamin White

RNA Splice Codes for Synapse Specification and Neuronal Plasticity broadcast

Speaker: Peter Scheiffele, Ph.D.
University of Basel
Monday, December 03, 2018, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Wei Lu

The Selection and Maintenance of Visual Information by Sensorimotor Circuits

Speaker: Tirin Moore, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Monday, December 10, 2018, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Richard Krauzlis

Biophysics of Neurotransmitter Release at Central Synapses broadcast

Speaker: Takeshi Sakaba, Ph.D.
Doshisha University, Japan
Monday, December 17, 2018, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Jeff Diamond

Molecular Tricks to Avoid Pain and Hypoxic Brain Damage Learnt from Extremophile Mammals broadcast

Speaker: Gary Lewin, Ph.D.

Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin Germany

Monday, January 07, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Mark Hoon

Functional Synaptic Architecture of Primary Visual Cortex broadcast

Speaker: David Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Max Planck Florida Institute of Neuroscience

Monday, January 14, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Bevil Conway

Dissecting Hippocampal Microcircuits for Navigation and Learning broadcast

Speaker: Attila Losonczy, Ph.D., M.D.

 Columbia University, Mind, Brain, Behavior Institute

Monday, January 28, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Dax hoffman

Local Protein Synthesis at Neuronal Synapses

Speaker: Erin Schuman, Ph.D.

DMax-Planck Institute for Brain Research,  Germany

Monday, February 11, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Lucy Forrest

What Happens in Vagus: Temporal Regulation of Topographic Map Formation broadcast

Speaker: Cecilia Moens, Ph.D.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Monday, February 25, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Katie Kindt

Mesoscale Neural Encoding of Emotional Behavior broadcast

Speaker: Kafui Dzirasa, Ph.D., M.D.

Duke University, Institute for Brain Sciences

Monday, March 04, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Alexxai Kravitz

Cell Type Characterization and Circuit Mapping in the Mouse Cortex and Beyond broadcast

Speaker: Hongkui Zeng, Ph.D.

Allan Institute for Brain Science

Monday, March 11, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Ariel Levine

Molecular Nanopositioning and Alignment Control Function of Single Synapses

Speaker: Thomas Blanpied, Ph.D.

Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, March 18, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Katherine Roche

What Brain Circuits Reveal About Function and Dysfunction in Brain Diseases broadcast

Speaker: Helen Barbas, Ph.D.

Boston University

Monday, March 25, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Yogita Chudasama

Microtubule Tales: Dynamics and Direction are Keys to Neuronal Health and Regeneration broadcast

Speaker: Melissa Rolls, Ph.D.

PennState University

Monday, April 01, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Katie Drerup

Multiplexed Imaging with Red-shifted Optogenetic Indicators

Speaker: Robert Campbell, Ph.D.

University of Alberta, CA

Monday, April 08, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Drs. Hair Shroff and Justin Tarask

Illuminating Neurobiology at the Nanoscale and Systems Scale by Imaging

Speaker: Xiaowei Zhuang, M.D., Ph.D.

Harvard University

Monday, April 15, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Justin Taraska

Axon Degeneration: Molecular Mechanisms and Therapeutic Potential

Speaker: Aaron DiAntonio, M.D., Ph.D.

Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine

Monday, April 22, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Claire LePichon

Sounds in Silence:  How the Cochlea Promotes Refinement of Auditory Circuits before Hearing Onset broadcast

Speaker: Dwight Bergles, Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins University

Monday, April 29, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Matt Kelley

Brain-machine interfaces: From Basic Science and Engineering to Clinical Translation

Speaker: Krishna Shenoy, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Monday, May 06, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Bruce Cummings

Peroxidated Lipids and Ceramide in Neurodegenerative Disease broadcast

Speaker: Hugo Bellen, Ph.D.

Baylor College of Medicine

Monday, May 13, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Mihaela Serpe

Geometry and the Brain broadcast

Speaker: Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, Ph.D.

Harvard University

Monday, May 20, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Ajay Chitnis

Time to Wake Up: Regulation of Neural Stem Cell Quiescence and Reactivation broadcast

Speaker: Andrea Brand, Ph.D.

University of Cambridge

Monday, June 10, 2019, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: Building 35A, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm 620
Host(s): Dr. Tin Petros

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