2014/2015 Monday Noon Seminars

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Beyond Genes
Neurobiology of Brain Tumors
Insights into autism spectrum disorder
Advanced Imaging Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Neural Circuit Assembly and Plasticity
Special Seminar: Winners, Hope Center Awards

Beyond Genes

Organizer, Carlos Cruchaga

  • November 10: Alison Goate (WUSTL Psychiatry), “Studying genetically at-risk populations to understand Alzheimer’s disease”
  • November 24: Philip De Jager (Harvard University), “Towards an integration of Alzheimer ‘omics’ data: translation of susceptibility networks into drug discovery efforts”
  • December 8: Jason Ulrich (WUSTL Neurology), “TREM2 and microglial function in the context of Alzheimer’s disease Pathology”
  • December 15: Celeste Karch (WUSTL Psychiatry), “Novel Alzheimer’s disease risk variants and their roles in disease pathways”

Neurobiology of Brain Tumors

Organizer, David Gutmann

  • January 5: David Gutmann (WUSTL Neurology), “What developmental neurobiology can teach us about pediatric neurooncology”
  • January 12: Michelle Monje-Deisseroth (Stanford University), “Myelin plasticity in health and disease”
  • January 26: Albert Kim (WUSTL Neurosurgery), “Control of Glioblastoma Stem-Like Cells by the Anaphase-Promoting Complex”
  • February 2: Joshua Rubin (WUSTL Pediatrics), “Circadian Biology of Glioblastoma”

Insights into autism spectrum disorder

Organizer, Karen O’Malley

  • February 23: Kelly Botteron (WUSTL Psychiatry), “Early Brain Development in Autism: Insights from Longitudinal Multimodal Infant Neuroimaging Investigations”
  • March 2: Beth Kozel (WUSTL Pediatrics), “Williams syndrome: a window into autism spectrum conditions”
  • March 9: John Constantino (WUSTL Psychiatry), “Sex Specific Modulation of Inherited Susceptibility to the Autism Spectrum Disorders”
  • March 16: Mustafa Sahin (Harvard University), “Dissecting the Neural Circuitry of Autism”

Advanced Imaging Agents

Organizer, Paul Kotzbauer

  • March 23: No Seminar
  • March 30: Paul Kotzbauer (WUSTL Neurology), “Developing an Alpha-Synuclein Imaging Agent for Parkinson Disease”
  • April 6: Vijay Sharma (WUSTL Radiology), “Challenges in Designing PET Radiopharmaceuticals for Noninvasive Interrogation of Alzheimer’s Disease”
  • April 13: Joanna Fowler (Brookhaven National Laboratory), “PET Studies of Addiction in the Human Brain”

Molecular Mechanisms of Neural Circuit Assembly and Plasticity

Organizers, Kelly Monk and Andrew Yoo (co-hosted with the Department of Developmental Biology)

  • April 27: Martha Bagnall (WUSTL Anatomy & Neurobiology), “Spinal microcircuits and modular control of behavior”
  • May 4: Vitaly Klyachko (WUSTL Cell Biology & Physiology), “Mechanisms of circuit excitability defects in Fragile X syndrome”
  • May 11: Larry Zipursky (University of California, Los Angeles), “Cell Recognition and the Assembly of Neural Circuits”
  • May 18: Joseph Corbo (WUSTL Pathology & Immunology), “Photoreceptor plasticity”

Special Seminar: Winners, Hope Center Awards

  • June 1:

Sarah Petersen, PhD, postdoc in the lab of Kelly Monk
“GPR126 has distinct, domain-dependent functions in Schwann cell development mediated by interaction with laminin-211″

Matheus Victor, grad student in the lab of Andrew Yoo
“Modeling Huntington’s Disease with striatal medium spiny neurons directly converted from patient fibroblasts”