PI Chalk Talks

Organizer: Chris Weihl Read More


The PI Chalk Talks are an opportunity for lab heads to share ideas and plans with the goal of generating constructive discussion among peers and mentors.  Originally offered for the Neurodegeneration/HPAN group, the PI Chalk Talks now are open to faculty in all research groups to create greater access to this highly successful forum for discussion of grant proposals and research programs.  Group meetings are open to faculty in the Washington University community, and faculty outside the Hope Center are welcome to present.

Organizer/Contact Information

For additional information about the PI Chalk Talks, please contact the organizer Chris Weihl or the administrative coordinator, Jan Konrad.

Instructions for Presenters

Tips for a successful Chalk Talk

  1. It is a real chalk talk. No slides.
  2. Think of a question that you need help with and begin the talk by writing this question or a set of specific aims/goals on the board so as to guide the audience and frame the conversation.
  3. This is not a talk to educate the audience about your research but instead for the audience to educate you with advice etc.
  4. If there are specific faculty that you would like invited–Please invite them. Send them a personal email asking for their attendance. This is a great opportunity to pick the brains of your colleagues.

2014/2015 Schedule, PI Chalk Talk

4th Wednesday of the month
8:30a – 9:30a
Biotech 129

  • September 24: Nada Abumrad (WUSTL Internal Medicine), “Assessing role of fatty acid sensing in brain function”
  • October 22: Matt Harms (WUSTL Neurology), “The role of TREM2 and microglial activation in ALS”
  • November 26: Randall Bateman (WUSTL Neurology)
  • January 28: Timothy Miller (WUSTL Neurology)
  • February 25: Jan Bieschke (WUSTL Biomedical Engineering), “IAPP / Abeta co-aggregation modulates the aggregation landscape and toxicity”
  • March 25: Didier Hodzic (WUSTL Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences), “A variant of NESPRIN1 Giant devoid of KASH Domain underlies the molecular etiology of Autosomal Recessive Cerebellar Ataxia Type I”
  • CANCELLED: April 22: Celeste Karch (WUSTL Psychiatry)
  • May 6: Brendan Lucey (WUSTL Neurology), “Improving Sleep Quality to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology”
  • CANCELLED: May 27: Greg Wu (WUSTL Neurology)

For previous years’ talks, check out the archive links in the box to the right.

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


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