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Upcoming Seminars

Neuroscience Colloquium Series
Spring 2015

Program in Neuroscience
College of Arts and Sciences
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana





Friday, May 1, 2015

Barnett Schlinger, Ph.D.
Department of Physiological Science
Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology and Avian Biology
Brain Research Institute
University of California, Los Angeles
https://www.ibp.ucla.edu/physcifacultyindiv.php?FacultyKey=356

Seminar will be held in Myers Hall, Room 130, 915 E 3rd St, on the Bloomington Campus, at 4:00 pm.

Title: "Androgens, Courtship, and the Neuromuscular Control of Athleticism: Lessons from an Exuberant Tropical Bird”

Abstract: Sexual selection pressures drive males to evolve elaborate courtship displays to enhance reproductive success.  Such displays can involve considerable visual and acoustic signaling requiring specialized functions and exquisite coordination of multiple neuromuscular systems.  Presumably, testosterone (T) serves as a global signal to both centrally motivate performance of courtship as well as optimizing function of peripheral motor systems.  We have examined the likely multiple roles of T in the activation of courtship behavior of the Golden-collared manakin (Manacus vitellinus) of Panamanian rainforests. Manacus courtship displays are especially acrobatic and noisy.  T activates male courtship behavior and does so largely through activation of androgen receptor (AR) pathways.  The actions of T are widespread with AR expressed in unique patterns in the manakin brain, in spinal motor and somatosensory neurons, and in peripheral skeletal muscles.  Activation of peripheral AR is especially important for optimal courtship performance. Gene expression studies of avian forelimb muscles reveals considerable transcriptional regulation by AR.  Moreover, across a range of avian species, muscle AR expression levels strongly correlate with display complexity.  Thus, androgens exert extensive control over diverse neuromuscular systems and do so across a wide-range of species.  AR expression levels appear to be under strong sexual selection pressure so that androgens can promote the optimal neuromuscular functions preferred by females.

Co-sponsored with the IU Department of Biology's Evolution, Ecology & Behavior Graduate Program




PAST COLLOQUIA


Monday, April 13, 2015

Charles Schroeder, Ph.D.
Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and Columbia University Medical Center
http://www.rfmh.org/nki/programs/cnnl.cfm

Seminar will be held in Psychology, Room 101 at 4:00 pm

Title: Neuronal mechanisms of temporal prediction in active sensing

Co-sponsored with the Gill Center


Monday, April 6, 2015

Cheryl Conrad, Ph.D. Arizona State University, Department of Psychology
https://psychology.clas.asu.edu/faculty/cheryl-conrad

Seminar will be held in Psychology, Room 101 at 4:00 pm

Title: "Consequences of chronic stress on the brain and behavior: Mechanisms for resilience"


Co-sponsored with the Gill Center


Monday, March 30, 2015
Susan G. Amara, Ph.D.
Director of the Division of Intramural Research Programs, National Institute of Mental Health
https://intramural.nimh.nih.gov/od/od_amara_s.html

Title: "Dynamic regulation of signaling pathways in dopamine neurons: the intracellular actions of amphetamines"

Co-sponsored with the Gill Center


Monday, March 9, 2015
Richard Ivry, Ph.D.

University of California, Berkeley, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Institute

http://psychology.berkeley.edu/people/richard-ivry

Title: Embodied decision making:  System interactions in sensorimotor adaptation and reinforcement learning

Co-sponsored with the Cognitive Science Program


Monday, March 2, 2015
Tony Movshon, Ph.D.

New York University, Center for Neuroscience

http://www.cns.nyu.edu/corefaculty/Movshon.php

Title: “Cortical and perceptual processing of visual form”

Co-sponsored with the Cognitive Science Program


Monday, February 23, 2015
Michael Bruchas, Ph.D.
Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine
Departments of Anesthesiology, Anatomy, and Neurobiology
http://www.bruchaslab.org/Home.html

Title: Dissecting neural circuits and GPCR signaling in stress behavior

Co-sponsored with the Gill Center


Cancelled due to inclement weather, will reschedule.

Monday, February 2, 2015
A. Vania Apkarian, Ph.D.
Northwestern University, School of Medicine, Northwestern Institute of Neuroscience
http://apkarianlab.northwestern.edu/aboutUs/vapkarian.php

Title: Transition to chronic pain: Predictors and consequences

Co-sponsored with the Gill Center



Monday, January 26, 2015
Zuoxin Wang, Ph.D.
Florida State University, Department of Psychology
http://www.psy.fsu.edu/faculty/wang.dp.html

Title: The monogamous brain

Co-sponsored with the Gill Center


Monday, November 3, 2014
Yael Niv, Ph.D.
Princeton University, Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology
http://www.princeton.edu/~yael/

Title: Task representations, why they matter, and how we learn them

Co-sponsored with the Cognitive Science Program


Monday, October 27, 2014
Peter Strick, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Department of Neurobiology and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
http://www.neurobio.pitt.edu/faculty/strick.htm

Title: Basal ganglia loops with the cerebral cortex and cerebellum: circuits for movement, cognition and affect

Co-sponsored with Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Clinical Science Program


Monday, October 20, 2014
Norbert Fortin, Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology & Behavior and Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
University of California at Irvine
http://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=5602

Title: The neurobiology of the memory for sequences of events: A synergistic approach in rats and humans 

Co-sponsored with the Gill Center


Monday, October 13, 2014
Todd Braver, Ph.D.
Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Psychology
https://psychweb.wustl.edu/people/todd-braver

Title: Flexible neural mechanisms of cognitive control

Co-sponsored with the Cognitive Science Program


Monday, October 6, 2014
Samuel S. Wang, Ph.D.
Princeton University, Department of Molecular Biology and Princeton Neuroscience Institute
http://molbio.princeton.edu/faculty/molbio-faculty/139-wang

Title: The cerebellum, sensitive periods, and autism 


Monday, August 25, 2014
Marco Bortolato, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Kansas, School of Pharmacy
https://pharmacy.ku.edu/marco-bortolato

Title: Modeling Gene x environment interactions in pathological aggression: A neurodevelopmental perspective


April 23, 2014
R. Grace Zhai, Ph.D.
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL 33136

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


April 4, 2014
Catherine Woolley, Ph.D.
Northwestern University

Title: Acute estrogen modulation of synapses in the hippocampus


November 20, 2013
Melanie Kelly, Ph.D.
Dalhousie University

Title: The ocular endocannabinoid system: therapeutic prospects for cannabinoid drugs


October 30, 2013
Tatiana Foroud, Ph.D.
P. Michael Conneally Professor
Chancellor's Professor
Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics
Indiana University, School of Medicine, IUPUI
http://genetics.medicine.iu.edu/faculty/tatiana-foroud-ph-d/
Title: Genetics of neurodegenerative disorders


Monday, October 7, 2013
Jochen Triesch, Ph.D.
Johanna Quandt Research Professor
Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
J. D. Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
http://fias.uni-frankfurt.de/~triesch/
Title:  Self-organization and unsupervised learning in recurrent neural networks
Co-sponsored with the Cognitive Science Program.


October 2, 2013
Philip L. Johnson, Ph.D.
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Indiana University, School of Medicine, IUPUI
Indianapolis, Indiana
http://anatomy.iupui.edu/people/faculty/primary-faculty/johnson-philip-l-phd/
Title: Hypothalamic orexin system’s role in narcolepsy, and emerging role in anxiety and hot flashes


September 25, 2013
Bruce L. McNaughton, Ph.D.
The University of Lethbridge
Indiana Memorial Union, Whittenberger Auditorium during the 2013 Gill Symposium.
Title:  Doughnuts in the brain: A toroidal attractor theory of the cognitive map


September 25, 2013
Loren M. Frank, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Indiana Memorial Union, Whittenberger Auditorium during the 2013 Gill Symposium.
Title: Neural substrates of memory and decision-making.


September 25, 2013
Ivan Soltesz, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine
Indiana Memorial Union, Whittenberger Auditorium during the 2013 Gill Symposium.
Title: Organization and control of hippocampal chronocircuits