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Previous Speakers

Upcoming Speakers

April 23, 2014
Grace Zhai, Ph.D.

University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

Seminar will be held in MSBII, Room 102 at 4:00 p.m.

Title: A balancing act: how to regulate the neuroprotective and NAD synthetic role of NMNAT

Abstract: Dr. Grace Zhai's research is focused on the mechanisms of neurodegeneration and protection, with an emphasis on the endogenous maintenance programs in the nervous system that can be enhanced to offer neuroprotection. Her group identified and characterized a novel neuronal maintenance and protective function of NMNAT (nicotinamide mononucleotide adenylyltransferase), a highly conserved enzyme in the NAD synthesis pathway. NMNAT is an effective and versatile neuroprotective factor, and its overexpression protects against several neurodegenerative conditions in fly and mouse models, including excitotoxicity-, spinocerebellar ataxia 1 (SCA1)- and tau- induced neurodegeneration. In this talk, she will discuss how neurons partition NMNAT into two distinct functions, i.e. NAD synthesis and neuroprotection, and how such partitioning is regulated under normal and adverse conditions to achieve neuroprotection.

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October 15, 2014
Matthias H. Tschöp, M.D.

Helmholtz Diabetes Center

2014 Gill Symposium, October 15, 2014, Indiana University, Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union

Title: The Metabolic Syndrome: A Brain Disease? 

Abstract: Pending.

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October 15, 2014
Scott Sternson, Ph.D.

HHMI, Janelia Farm Research Campus

2014 Gill Symposium, October 15, 2014, Indiana University, Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union

Title: Pending

Abstract: Pending.

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October 15, 2014
Sabrina Diano, Ph.D.

Yale University School of Medicine

2014 Gill Symposium, October 15, 2014, Indiana University, Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union

Title: Free radicals in the central regulation of metabolism

Abstract: Pending.

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October 15, 2014
Tony K. T. Lam, Ph.D.

University of Toronto

2014 Gill Symposium, October 15, 2014, Indiana University, Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union

Title: CNS control of hepatic lipid and glucose metabolism

Abstract: Pending.

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October 15, 2014
Randy Seeley, Ph.D.

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

2014 Gill Symposium, October 15, 2014, Indiana University, Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union

Title: Bariatric Surgery:  It’s not what you think it is.  Molecular targets for the effects of surgery on behavior and metabolism.

Abstract: While various bariatric surgeries provide both the largest and most durable weight loss of any currently available therapy, there remain great uncertainties around the mechanisms that produce such weight loss.  At least some surgical approaches also reduce obesity-related comorbidities including type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidemia.  These weight and metabolic successes put a premium on understanding how these surgeries exert their effects.  We have been using a variety of mouse models to test specific hypotheses about key molecular targets that mediate the benefits of bariatric surgery.  Bariatric surgery produces changes in a number of brain-gut signaling systems that result in profound changes in food intake and food selection.  In addition to typical gut hormones, bariatric surgery results in changes in bile acids and bile acid signaling that are crucial for many of the behavioral and metabolic effects of the surgery. 

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October 20, 2014
Norbert Fortin, Ph.D.

University of California, Irvine

Seminar will be held in Psychology, Room 101 at 4:00 p.m.

Title: Pending

Abstract: Pending.

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January 26, 2015
Zuoxin Wang, Ph.D.

Florida State University

Seminar will be held in Psychology, Room 101 at 4:00 p.m.

Title: Pending

Abstract: Pending.

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February 2, 2015
Vania Apkarian, Ph.D.

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Seminar will be held in Psychology, Room 101 at 4:00 p.m.

Title: Pending

Abstract: Pending.

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February 23, 2015
Michael Bruchas, Ph.D.

Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Seminar will be held in Psychology, Room 101 at 4:00 p.m.

Title: Pending

Abstract: Pending.

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March 30, 2015
Susan Amara, Ph.D.

University of Pittsburgh

Seminar will be held in Psychology, Room 101 at 4:00 p.m.

Title: Pending

Abstract: Pending.

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April 6, 2015
Cheryl Conrad, Ph.D.

Arizona State University

Seminar will be held in Psychology, Room 101 at 4:00 p.m.

Title: Pending

Abstract: Pending.