Neurobiology Seminar Program

Neurobiology sponsors seminars on Tuesdays at noon in 103 Bryan Research. The Neurobiology Invited Seminar Series features both established and up-and-coming researchers and professors from around the world. This program is created by a committee of students, postdocs and faculty. The seminar program guides the materials for a student journal club that reads the upcoming speaker’s papers in advance and meets to discuss the week before the seminar. After the seminar, students and postdocs are invited to have lunch with the speaker.

Upcoming Seminars

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Pharmacoresistant focal epilepsy: from mechanisms to gene therapy
March 2, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Duke Neurobiology welcomes Dimitri Kullmann, PhD, Professor of Neurology at University College of London's Queen Square Institute of Neurology. For connection info to his Zoom seminar "Pharmacoresistant focal epilepsy: from mechanisms to gene therapy", email d.shipman@duke.edu . Abstract: Focal (partial-onset) epilepsy often responds poorly to anti-seizure drugs and represents a major unmet need. Of the advanced therapies that have been proposed, gene therapy is arguably closest to the clinic. I shall describe several strategies that have been pursued in my laboratory to achieve constitutive...
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Cannabis: Neurobiological Pathways of Psychiatric Risk and Therapeutic Potential
March 9, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Duke Neurobiology welcomes Yasmin Hurd, PhD, Director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai, and Professor of Pharmacological Sciences, Neuroscience, and Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai For connection info to her Zoom seminar, email d.shipman@duke.edu . Abstract: The sociopolitical landscape has dramatically changed worldwide regarding the medical and recreational use of cannabis. This talk will provide insights about advances made about the neurobiological underpinnings of developmental cannabis/THC exposure that maintains a long-term impact on adult behavior. The...
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The role of corticogeniculate feedback in visual perception
March 16, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Duke Neurobiology welcomes Farran Briggs, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Rochester Medical Center. For connection info to her Zoom seminar "The role of corticogeniculate feedback in visual perception", email d.shipman@duke.edu . Partial abstract: Although much is known about transformations in visual information that occur in feedforward circuits connecting the retina to the visual thalamus (the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus or LGN) to the primary visual cortex (V1), relatively little is known about the functional contributions of the first feedback circuits...
A role for the basal ganglia – superior colliculus in decision-making
March 23, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Duke Neurobiology welcomes Michele A. Basso, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioural Sciences and Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. For connection info to Dr. Basso's Zoom seminar "A role for the basal ganglia - superior colliculus in decision-making", email d.shipman@duke.edu ...
Neurobiology Invited Seminar
March 30, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Duke Neurobiology welcomes Sonja Hofer, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behavior. For connection info to her Zoom seminar (title TBA), email d.shipman@duke.edu .
Neurobiology Invited Seminar
April 6, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Duke Neurobiology welcomes Tiago Branco, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and Behavior at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behavior. For connection info to his Zoom seminar (title TBA), email d.shipman@duke.edu .
Neurobiology Invited Seminar
April 20, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Duke Neurobiology welcomes Daniel Kerschensteiner, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Engineering at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. For connection info to his Zoom seminar (title TBA), email d.shipman@duke.edu .
Ruth K. Broad Seminar
April 27, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Duke Neurobiology welcomes Paola Arlotta, PhD, Chair and Professor of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University. For connection info to her Zoom seminar (title TBA), email d.shipman@duke.edu .

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