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Physiology Seminar Series: Spring - Fall 2018

Physiology seminars are on Thursdays at 9:00 am.

Below is a list of the Department of Physiology seminar speakers for Spring and Fall 2018.


Date Speaker Topic Host
January 4, 2018
January 11, 2018
January 18, 2018 Dr. Manuel Castro-Alamancos, Professor of Neurobiology & Anatomy, Drexel Univresity College of Medicine Dynamics of sensorimotor neural circuits during behavioral states Paco Alvarez
January 25, 2018 Dr. Woo-Yang Kim, Associate Professor in Developmental Neuroscience, Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center Chromatin remodeler haploinsufficiency in brain development and cognitive and emotional behavior Paco Alvarez
February 1, 2018
February 8, 2018 Dr. Steven Finkbeiner, The Gladstone Institute/UCSF  Tansey/Kukar
February 15, 2018
February 22, 2018
March 1, 2018 Timothy Sampson, PhD. Postdoctoral Fellow. California Institute Of Technology. Sarkis Mazmanian Laboratory A role for gut microbes in amyloid disease Paco Alvarez
March 8, 2018 RESCHEDULED
March 15, 2018 Melanie Falgariolle, Ph.D. Visting Fellow, Laboratory of Neural Control, NINDS Motoneurons: an unexplored avenue into the spinal generation of locomotion Paco Alvarez
March 22, 2018

W. Dalton Dietrich, PhD

Scientific Director, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

Professor of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Cell Biology University of Miami, Miami, FL

New Insight into the pathophysiology and treatment of brain and spinal cord injury Sandra Garraway
March 29, 2018
April 5, 2018 Tanju Gulati, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Lab of Dr. Karunesh Ganguly, University of California, San Francisco  Using Brain-Machine Interface based approaches for stroke rehabilitation Paco Alvarez
April 12, 2018 Nicholas Varvel, Ph.D. Instructor, Department of Pharmacology, Emory University Inflammation as a target to modify neurological disease Paco Alvarez
April 19, 2018

Ming-fai Fong, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow. Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, MIT, Mark Bear's Laboratory

Harnessing synaptic plasticity to promote visual rehabilitation Paco Alvarez
April 26, 2018 Geoffroy Laumet, PhD, Instructor, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Neuroimmune and epigenetic mechanisms underlying chronic pain and depression Paco Alvarez
May 3, 2018

Amanda Zimmerman, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurobiology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Harvard Medical School

Molecularly distinct circuits for the regulation of cutaneous sensation



Shawn Hochman
May 10, 2018 Timothy Cope, PhD,  Professor, School of Biological Sciences and Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech Doctrine meets Data: Neuronal Impairment with Chemotherapy Morten Raastad
May 17, 2018 Francisco Javier Alvarez-Leefmans, MD, PhD, Professor in Pharmacology, Wright State University Cation-chloride-cotransporters in cerebrospinal fluid secretion and K absorption by choroid epithelial cells: the apical NKCC1 puzzle Paco Alvarez
May 24, 2018 Bruce R. Johnson, Ph.D. Dept of  Neurobiology and Behavior Mudd Hall Cornell University TBA Morten Raastad
May 31, 2018 George Z. Mentis, PhD, Associate Professor. Motor Center, Columbia University Imbalance between excitation and inhibition causes motor neuron dysfunction in spinal muscular atrophy Paco Alvarez
June 7, 2018 Gretchen Neigh PhD,
Associate Professor
Anatomy and Neurobiology
Virginia Commonwealth University
High fructose diet impairs learning and alters microglia in adult male, but not female, rats Malú G. Tansey
June 14, 2018 Kimberly J. Dougherty, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Drexel University College of MedicineTBA

Molecularly-defined classes of interneurons linked to locomotor rhythm generation

Shawn Hochman
June 21, 2018
June 28, 2018

Daniel Harper, PhD

University of Michigan - Department of Anesthesiology 
Neuroimaging reveals possible brain mechanisms underlying perceptual amplification in chronic pain
Shawn Hochman

FALL 2018

Date Speaker Topic Host
September 6, 2018
September 13, 2018

September 17, 2018

NOTE: Monday instead of Thursday this week

Edward Giniger, PhD, Senior Investigator, NINDS, NIH Bethesda

So why does the elephant forget? The many mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease

Malu Tansey

September 18, 2018

NOTE: : Hosted by Physiology and Pharmacology


Location: Department of Pharmacology
O.W. Rollins Research Center
Conference Room 5052

Gorazd B. Stokin, MD, PhD

Chair/Principal Investigator
Translational Neuroscience and Aging Program Centre for Translational Medicine
International Clinical Research Centre
St. Anne’s University Hospital, Brno, Czech Republic

Biology and Pathology of the Axons

Thomas Kukar, PhD, Pharmacology and Malú Tansey, Physiology
September 27, 2018
October 4, 2018

John Bethea, PhD

Professor & Head, Department of BiologyDrexel University College of Arts and Sciences

TBA Shawn Hochman
October 11, 2018
October 18, 2018 Alexander Staruschenko, PhD, Professor, Department of Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin Roles of Kir5.1 channels in the control of salt handling, blood pressure, and seizure disorders He-Ping Ma
October 25, 2018
November 1, 2018
November 8, 2018
November 15, 2018
November 22, 2018
November 29, 2018
December 6, 2018
December 13, 2018
December 20, 2018
December 27, 2018