Neuroscience Program Seminars
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Network science describes principles by which large numbers of pairwise relationships between brain regions can be illuminated. Examples will be given of descriptions of collections of brain regions into subnetworks or communities, individual differences in community structure, how community structure relates to disease, and how it might be changed through experience.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
While there is general agreement about which patches of cortex are involved in reading words, there is extensive debate about the type of cognitive comptutation carried out in those patches.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
There are significant concerns about the reproducibility of scientific results across many fields including neuroimaging. This talk will discuss the source of these problems and outline a set of approaches to improve the reproducibility of neuroimaging research.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The last few years has seen rapid progress in the discovery of genes underlying risk for severe mental illness, Research in the Ament lab aims to trace mechanisms from genes to brain to mental illness through human genetics, stem cell models of brain development, and single-cell genomics.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
There has been a surge in technologies to observe how genes and proteins change in the brain during disease. I will describe a new method, DART (drugs acutely restricted by tethering), to rapidly restrict drugs to genetically defined neurons in behaving mice. The approach offers a new way to establish causal circuit and molecular substrates of normal and aberrant behavior.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
In this talk I will describe ongoing work focused on how the experiences of both mothers and fathers can induce epigenetic, neurobiological and behavioral effects and the interactive and multigenerational consequences of these effects.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
This talk will focus on the role of the gastrin releasing peptide receptor (GRPR), the first itch-specific receptor identified in the spinal cord, in itch transmission. He will also discuss about the differences between itch and pain sensations.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
“CNS regulation of spontaneous physical activity in animal models and the impact on obesity resistance," Catherine M. Kotz, PhD, FTOS, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of Minnesota, Acting Associate Director of Research, GRECC , Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Minneapolis, MN, Vice President, The Obesity Society
Spontaneous physical activity (SPA) behavior, or the drive to move, is initiated by brain centers and could therefore be therapeutically targeted. A major goal of our work is to understand the brain circuitry driving SPA, so that obesity therapies based on SPA can be considered.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
While many animals use the earth's magnetic field to navigate their environment, much remains unknown about its molecular and cellular basis. We will present insights into the behavioral, cellular, and molecular basis for magnetoreception yielded by the tiny nematode worm, C. elegans.