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Washington University Neuroscience Colloquium

The Washington University Neuroscience Colloquium is the only seminar series at Washington University that represents the comprehensive Neuroscience Community.  Twenty-two departments and centers participate in the Colloquium (see below for a complete list), and the series is coordinated by the Office of Neuroscience Research.  Each participating department and center suspends its regular research seminar series during the two months of the Colloquium.


Neuroscience Colloquium 2014

  • Fridays, 4-5p
  • Connor Auditorium (Farrell Learning and Teaching Center)*
  • Reception immediately following, Farrell Atrium

September 5, 2014
Marc Tessier-Lavigne (The Rockefeller University)
hosted by WUSTL Neurology

Septermber 12, 2014
Diane Papazian (UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine)
hosted by the Center for the Investigation of Membrane Excitability Diseases (CIMED)

September 26, 2014
Franck Polleux (Columbia University)
hosted by WUSTL Developmental Biology

October 3, 2014
Eric Knudsen (Stanford School of Medicine)
hosted by WUSTL Biology

October 10, 2014
Nancy Kopell (Boston University)
hosted by WUSTL Neurosurgery

October 17, 2014
Marsha Mailick (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
hosted by the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC)

October 24, 2014
Vivian Budnik (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
hosted by the McDonnell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology

October 31, 2014
Rachel Wong (University of Washington)
hosted by WUSTL Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Previous speakers in the Neuroscience Colloquium Series

Neuroscience Colloquium 2013

Russ Poldrack (University of TexasAustin)
   "How can neuroimaging inform theories of psychological function?"
hosted by WUSTL Psychology

Frederic Theunissen (University of California, Berkeley)
   "Neural representation of a complete vocal repertoire in a songbird: from sound to meaning"
hosted by WUSTL Biomedical Engineering

Don Cleveland (University of California, San Diego)
   "From Charcot to Lou Gehrig:
 Mechanism and Therapy in ALS and Beyond"
hosted by WUSTL Anatomy & Neurobiology

John Wood (University College London)
   "Peripheral Pain Mechanisms"
hosted by The Washington University Pain Center

 Catherine Woolley (Northwestern University)
   "Acute Estrogen Modulation of Synapses in the Hippocampus"
hosted by WUSTL Cell Biology & Physiology

Timothy Murphy (University of British Columbia)
   "Imaging and optogenetic tools for elucidating cortical circuit structure function during and after stroke"

hosted by The Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center, the Division of Neuro-Rehabilitation, and Optical Radiology Labs

Joseph Takahashi (UT Southwestern Medical Center)
   "Molecular Architecture of the Circadian Clock in Mammals"

hosted by WUSTL Anesthesiology

Neuroscience Colloquium 2012

Jay Gottfried (Northwestern University)
   "The Sense of Smell in Space and Time in the Human Olfactory Brain"
hosted by McDonnell Systems

Joel Buxbaum
(The Scripps Research Institute)
"Fighting Fire with Fire: Can A Systemic Amyloid Precursor Inhibit Neuronal Amyloidogenesis? Transthyretin (TTR) - Aβ interactions in the pathogenesis of neurodegeneration”
hosted by WUSTL
 Biological Systems Engineering

Matthew State
(Yale University)
“Making sense of nonsense: Exome sequencing, de novo mutations and autism spectrum disorders”
hosted by WUSTL

Robert Shannon
(University of Southern California)
"Adventures in Bionic Hearing"
hosted by WUSTL

Ardem Patapoutian (The Scripps Research Institute)
"How do you feel? Ion Channels that Sense Temperature and Pressure"
hosted by The Center for the Study of Itch

Neuroscience Colloquium 2011

Ulrike Heberlein (University of California, San Francisco)  
    "Flies and alcohol: How social experience affects behavior"
hosted by McDonnell Cellular

Andrew Schwartz (University of Pittsburgh)
    "Progress toward a high-performance brain-controlled prosthetics”
hosted by WUSTL
Mabel Rice (University of Kansas)
    "Specific Language Impairment in Children: Bridging growth phenotypes, regulatory genes, and brain development”
hosted by 
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC)
King-Wai Yau (Johns Hopkins University)
    "Melanopsin signaling in the eye"
hosted by Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Catherine Dulac (Harvard University)
    "Molecular and Neural Sensing of Social Cues"
hosted by WUSTL
Lorna Role (Stony Brook University)
    "Cholinergic modulation of circuits underlying motivation, memory and mood"
 hosted by WUSTL Center for the Investigation of Membrane Excitability Disorders (CIMED)

Neuroscience Colloquium 2010

Moshe Bar (Harvard University)
    "The Proactive Brain: Predictions in Visual Cognition"
hosted by WUSTL
Liz Phelps (New York University)
    "Changing Fear"
hosted by McDonnell Systems
Bertil Hille (University of Washington)
"G-protein coupled receptors rule the mind through phosphoinositide signals"
hosted by WUSTL

Stephen Strittmatter (Yale University)
   "A Tale of Two Dementias: Receptors in Alzheimer's Disease and Fronto-Temporal Dementia"
hosted by WUSTL
Lennart Mucke (UCSF/Gladstone Institute)
   "Strategies to Prevent Neural Network Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease"
hosted by WUSTL
Bill Snider (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
    "Genetic Dissection of ERK/MAPK and GSK-3 Pathway Functions in
        Nervous System Development"
hosted by The Hope Center for Neurological Diorders
Karl Deisseroth (Stanford University)
  "Optogenetics: Development and Application"
hosted by WUSTL
 Anatomy & Neurobiology

Participating Departments and Centers

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology
Department of Anesthesiology
Department of Biology
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Cell Biology & Physiology
Department of Developmental Biology
Department of Genetics
Department of Neurology
Department of Neurosurgery
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Department of Psychology
Center for Biological Systems Engineering
Center for the Investigation of Membrane Excitability Diseases (CIMED)
Center for the Study of Itch
Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Hope Center for Neurological Disorders
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC)
McDonnell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience
Research Center for Auditory and Vestibular Studies
Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center
Washington University Pain Center


For inquiries about the Neuroscience Colloquium, please contact Anneliese Schaefer.