Monday Noon Seminars

Talks organized around themes of shared biological mechanisms, neurobiology, and therapeutics Read More


Monday Noon seminars are hosted by the Hope Center and the Department of Neurology.  Talks are organized around mini-series topics; each mini-series is organized by Hope Center faculty members to feature investigators from Washington University as well as one outside speaker. Monday Noon seminars run from November through May each year.  (There are no Monday Noon seminars in September and October, as the Hope Center and the Department of Neurology participate in the Neuroscience Colloquium and have agreed to suspend the seminar series for these two months each year.)

All seminars are listed on the Neuroscience Calendar of the Office of Neuroscience Research.

2013/2014 Schedule

Mondays, 12-1p
November – June
Holden Auditorium (Farrell Learning and Teaching Center)

Innate Immunity


Organizer, Rajendra Apte

  • November 4: Thomas Ferguson (WUSTL Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences), “Autophagy and phagocytosis converge for better vision”
  • November 11: Rajendra Apte (WUSTL Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences), “Metabolic Networks in the Eye: Implications for Disease Pathogenesis”
  • November 18: Daniel Kerschensteiner (WUSTL Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences), “Plasticity in the developing retina”
  • December 2: Vladimir Kefalov (WUSTL Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences), “Cone visual cycle in the mammalian retina”

Innate Immunity

Organizer, Greg Wu

  • January 6: Marco Colonna (WUSTL Pathology & Immunology), “The function of TREM2 and IL-34 in microglia survival and activation”
  • January 13: David Gutmann (WUSTL Neurology), “Microglia as drivers of brain tumor formation and growth”
  • January 27: Tony Wyss-Coray (Stanford School of Medicine), “Immune responses in brain aging and neurodegeneration”
  • February 3: Gregory Wu and Laura Piccio (WUSTL Neurology), “Exploring the role of innate cells in animal models of multiple sclerosis”


Organizer, Karen O’Malley (co-hosted by the Diabetic Cardiovascular Disease Center (DCDC))

  • February 10: Daniel Ory (WUSTL Internal Medicine), “Drug development for Niemann-Pick C – a neurodegenerative cholesterol storage disorder”
  • February 17: Forbes Porter (NIH/NICHD), “Development of therapeutic interventions for disorders of cholesterol homeostasis”
  • February 24: Fumi Urano (WUSTL Internal Medicine), “Patient-based therapeutics for Wolfram syndrome, a prototype of endoplasmic reticulum disorder”
  • March 3: Manu Goyal (WUSTL Radiology), “The Metabolic Economics of Human Brain Growth and Plasticity”


Organizer, David Holtzman

  • March 10: David Holtzman (WUSTL Neurology), “Sleep and Alzheimer’s disease:  Potential cellular, molecular, and network connections”
  • March 24: Amita Sehgal (University of Pennsylvania), “What drives sleep:wake cycles: cellular and molecular underpinnings in a Drosophila model”
  • March 31: Paul Shaw (WUSTL Anatomy & Neurobiology), “A Night to Remember: Understanding the role of Sleep and Memory Consolidation”
  • April 7: Erik Musiek (WUSTL Neurology), “Circadian clocks genes and neurodegeneration”


Organizer, Valeria Cavalli (co-hosted with the Department of Developmental Biology)

  • May 5: Jeffrey Milbrandt (WUSTL Genetics), “Glial metabolism and axonal maintenance”
  • May 12: Kelly Monk (WUSTL Developmental Biology), “Adhesion G protein-coupled receptor signaling in peripheral nerve development and regeneration”
  • May 19: Robyn Klein (WUSTL Internal Medicine), “Inflammation and myelin repair: Reliving the past heals old wounds”
  • June 2: Special Seminar: Winners, Hope Center Awards (to be chosen from presenters at the Annual Hope Center Retreat in April 2014)
  • June 16: Klaus Armin Nave (Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, Gottingen Germany)

For inquiries, contact Cindy Lawrence.


Past Mini-Series Topics

Mini-series topics from previous seasons.

Previous mini-series