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 September through May each year.

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

For inquiries, contact John Cirrito or Cindy Lawrence.

2017/2018 Schedule

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

Mini-Series Topics:

Role of Glia in Neurodegeneration
Addiction and Reward System
Microbiome and Neurological Disease
Neuronal Aging and Proteostasis

Special Hope Center Seminars

Role of Glia in Neurodegeneration

Organizer, Erik Musiek

  • October 30: Beau Ances (WashU Neurology) “Imaging of Microglia using PET and MRI”
  • November 6: Tyler Ulland (Colonna Lab, WashU Pathology & Immunology) “Trem2: key to microglial fitness in Alzheimer’s disease”
  • November 27: Robyn Klein (WashU Medicine) “Glia Reprogram Brain Function During WNV Encephalitis”
  • December 4: Joseph Dougherty (WashU Genetics) “Astrocyte alternative translation and neurological disease”
  • December 11: Erik Musiek (WashU Neurology) “Circadian regulation of neuroinflammation”
  • December 18: Kim Green (University of California, Irvine) “Exploring the roles of microglia in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease”

Addiction and Reward System

Organizer, Michael Bruchas

  • January 8: Julia Lemos (University of Minnesota) “Restructuring of basal ganglia circuitry and associated behaviors triggered by low striatal D2 receptor expression: implications for substance use disorders”
  • January 22: Jose Moron-Concepcion (WashU Anesthesiology) “Opioid-induced plasticity and the intersection with pain”
  • January 29: Ream Al-Hasani (St. Louis College of Pharmacy/WashU Anesthesiology)  “Dissecting endogenous opioid systems in motivated behaviors”
  • February 5: Ilya Monosov (WashU Dept. of Neuroscience) “Why would you want to know? Brain networks for uncertainty reduction”

Microbiome and Neurological Disease

Organizer, Laura Piccio

  • February 19: Larissa Thackray (WashU Medicine) 
  • February 26: Barbara Warner (WashU Pediatrics) “The Gut Brain Axis: from Womb to Tomb” 
  • March 5: Yanjiao Zhou (The Jackson Laboratory), Laura Piccio (WashU Neurology)
  • March 12: Barbara Bendlin (University of Wisconsin)


Organizers, Chris Weihl and Tim Miller

  • March 19 
  • March 26 
  • April 2 
  • April 9: Clotilde Lagier-Tourenne (Harvard Medical School)

Neuronal Aging and Proteostasis

Organizer, Andrew Yoo (co-hosted with the Department of Developmental Biology)

  • April 30 
  • May 7 
  • May 14 
  • May 21 

Special Seminars

  • October 2: Vikram Shakkottai (University of Michigan Medicine), “Targeting neuronal dysfunction in cerebellar ataxia” 
  • November 20: David Holtzman, “State of the Hope Center”
  • June 4: Winners, Hope Center Awards (selected from presentations at the Hope Center Retreat on April 10, 2018)

Past Mini-Series Topics

Mini-series topics from previous seasons.

Previous mini-series