Neural Circuits Club intends to grow and support the local community of neuroscientists focused on studying neural circuits

Explore the archives below.

Neural Circuits Club Schedule – Fall 2022/Spring 2023
December 12, 2022

Aaron Cone (Norris lab, WashU Anesthesiology)

“Kappa Opioid Receptor Activation Increases Energy Expenditure, Body Temperature, and Feeding Through Central Regulation of Brown Adipose Tissue”

January 9, 2023

Justin Wang (Kravitz lab, WashU Psychiatry)

“Ventral pallidal circuits as a therapeutic axis for obesity resistance”

February 13, 2023

Jamie Moffa (Copits lab, WashU Anesthesiology)

“Molecular identification of bulbospinal ON neurons by GPER, which drives pain and morphine tolerance”

March 13, 2023

Keran Yang (Kepecs lab, WashU Neuroscience)

“Beyond location: What determines the superior colliculus behavioral output”

CANCELLED April 10, 2023

May 8, 2023

Jung Uk Kang (Snyder lab, WashU Neuroscience)

“Interhemispheric communication supports bimanual coordination: Effects of posterior corpus callosum blockade”

June 12, 2023

Alex Legaria (Kravitz lab, WashU Psychiatry)

Neural Circuits Club Schedule – Fall 2021/Spring 2022
December 13, 2021

Rich Slivicki (Gereau lab, WashU Anesthesiology)

“Involvement of the central amygdala in oxycodone withdrawal and seeking”

January 10, 2022

Aaron Cone (Norris lab, WashU Anesthesiology)

“KOR+ mPOA neurons drive torpor”

February 14, 2022

Bridget Matikainen-Ankney (Kravitz lab, WashU Psychiatry) – “Enhanced food motivation in obese mice is controlled by D1R-expressing neurons in the nucleus accumbens”

Keran Yang (Kepecs lab, WashU Neuroscience) – “The role of cortico-tectum projections in action selection and decision-making in an escape paradigm”

March 14, 2022

Keran Yang (Kepecs lab, WashU Dept. of Neuroscience)

“The role of cortico-tectum projections in action selection and decision-making in an escape paradigm”

April 11, 2022

Makenzie Norris (McCall lab, WashU Anesthesiology)

“The intersection of the locus coeruleus noradrenergic and mu opioid systems in nociception”

May 9, 2022

Yu-Hsuan Chang (Creed lab, WashU Anesthesiology)

“The role of the corticostriatal circuit in chronic pain and its associated cognitive deficits”

June 13, 2022

Sineadh Conway, Marwa Mikati (Al-Hasani lab, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy)

“The role of dynorphin neurons in reward and aversion”

Neural Circuits Club Schedule – Fall 2020/Spring 2021
August 10, 2020

Hannah Frye (Moron-Concepcion lab, WashU Anesthesiology) “Sex Differences in the Role of Cornichon Homolog-3 on Spatial Memory”

Vicki Brings (Gereau lab, WashU Anesthesiology) Dopamine Inputs from the Ventral Tegmental Area into the Medial Prefrontal Cortex Modulate Neuropathic Pain-Associated Behaviors in Mice”  Cell Reports (2020)

September 14, 2020

Nicolas Massaly: “TBA”

Kyle Parker: “VTA Glutamate Neuron Activity Drives Positive Reinforcement Absent Dopamine Co-release”   Neuron (220)

October 12, 2020

Alex Legaria (Kravitz lab, WashU Psychiatry)

“Electrophysiological Correlates of Bulk Calcium Recordings”

November 9, 2020

Caitlin Murphy (Creed lab, WashU Anesthesiology)

“Brainstem – Mesolimbic Circuits in nociception”

December 14, 2020

Bridget Matikainen-Ankney (Kravitz lab, WashU Psychiatry): “PFC-NAc connectivity changes in weight loss following obesity”

Bobbi Brown (Gereau lab, WashU Anesthesiology): “A Neural Circuit for the Suppression of Pain by a Competing Need State”  Cell (2018)

February 8, 2021

Jamie Moffa (Monosov lab, WashU Dept. of Neuroscience) “TBA”

Meaghan Creed (WashU Anesthesiology) “Anterior cingulate inputs to nucleus accumbens control the social transfer of pain and analgesia”

March 8, 2021

“Show & tell – Questions & Discussion”

April 12, 2021

Meaghan Creed, Aaron Norris (WashU Anesthesiology)

“Between Two Neuroscientist”

Dr. Meaghan “Galifianakis” Creed will be hosting the first discussant Aaron Norris for a conversation on the paper “Parabrachial opioidergic projections to preoptic hypothalamus mediate behavioral and physiological thermal defenses”  eLife (2021)

May 10, 2021
June 14, 2021
Neural Circuits Club Schedule – Fall 2019/Spring 2020
September 9, 2019

Jose Grajales (Gereau lab, WashU Anesthesiology)
Topic: Thesis work

Makenzie Norris (McCall lab, WashU Anesthesiology/STLCOP)
Paper: “A neural circuit for comorbid depressive symptoms in chronic pain” Nature Neuroscience (2019)

October 28, 2019

Alex Legaria (Kravitz Lab)

November 11, 2019

Yvan Vachez (Creed lab, WashU Anesthesiology)
Topic: Arkypallidal circuit

Jose Grajales (Gereau lab, WashU Anesthesiology)
Paper: TBD

December 9, 2019

Fang Gao (Chen lab, WashU Anesthesiology)

“Neural Circuit for Contagious Itch”

January 27, 2020

Jordan McCall (WashU St Louis College of Pharmacy/WashU Anesthesiology)

February 10, 2020

Nicolas Massaly, Hannah Frye (Moron-Concepcion lab, WashU Anesthesiology)

Nicolas Massaly: “TBA”
Hannah Frye: “Androgen-Dependent Excitability of Mouse Ventral Hippocampal Afferents to Nucleus Accumbens Underlies Sex-Specific Susceptibility to Stress” Biological Psychiatry (2020)

March 9, 2020

Sidney Williams, Tamara Markovic (Moron-Concepcion lab, WashU Anesthesiology)

May 11, 2020 – VIRTUAL via Zoom

Bridget Matikainen-Ankney (Kravitz lab, WashU Psychiatry) “Investigating the persistent of effects of obesity on effort and accumbal activity”

Dominika Burek (Moron-Concepcion lab, WashU Anesthesiology) “Prefrontal Cortex Corticotropin-Releasing Factor Neurons Control Behavioral Style Selection under Challenging Situations”  Neuron (2020)

June 8, 2020

Brian Ruyle (Moron-Concepcion lab, WashU Anesthesiology) “TBD”

Sarah Starosta (Kepecs lab, WashU Dept. of Neuroscience) “Dopamine’s role in foraging decisions”  

July 13, 2020

Aaron Norris (WashU Anesthesiology) “Stressing over SuM neurons”

Bryan Copits (Gereau lab, WashU Anesthesiology) “A photoswitchable GPCR-based opsin for presynaptic silencing”