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.

2014/2015 Schedule

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

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
Special Seminar: Ajay Verma (Biogen)

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”

Special Seminar

  • June 29: Ajay Verma (Biogen)

For inquiries, contact Cindy Lawrence.


Past Mini-Series Topics

Mini-series topics from previous seasons.

Previous mini-series