Seminars & Events

Friday, October 4, 2013: Dr. Laurie Ryan, SMCM '86 (National Institute on Aging) will speak on "Alzheimer's Disease: Targets and Treatments" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

Monday, October 21, 2013: Dr. Greg Elmer (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Domains and Constructs in Motivation: Where Does the Habenula Fit In?" at 4:45 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195

Friday, October 25, 2013:  Dr. Terry Davidson (American University) will speak on "Why We Overeat and Become Obese?  It Could be What We Think!" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

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Alumni Highlight

Dr. Gwen Calhoon '06 recently received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland Baltimore, and was inducted into Nu Rho Psi.

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SMP Spotlight

Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus present their SMP
Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus, "Entorhinal Cortex Lesions, Habituation, and Latent Inhibition," 2013. Gluskin and Haus, the 2013 co-winners of the Neuroscience Award, infused a neurotoxin into the entorhinal cortex of rats to induce a lesion, and measured the resulting habituation and latent inhibition behavior within a fear conditioning paradigm.

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Previous Neuroscience Research Seminars

- 2012 -

"Event-Related Brain Potential Correlates of Cognitive Control"
Dr. Paul Kieffaber
College of William and Mary

"Out of the Darkness, into the Light:  Neuronal Mechanisms for Phototaxis in Zebrafish"
Dr. Harold Burgess
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

"Environmental Adversity and Neuropsychiatric Disorders:  Relevance to Schizophrenia"
Dr. Jim Koenig
Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

- 2011 -

"Epigenetic Inheritance of a Cocaine Resistance Phenotype" 
Dr. R. Christopher Pierce
University of Pennsylvania

"Context, Extinction, and Memory:  Implications for a Biobehavioral Understanding of Relapse"
Dr. Mark Bouton
University of Vermont

"Serotonergic Modulation of Glutamate Transmission in an Animal Model of Depression"
Angy Kallarackal (SMCM '06)
Department of Physiology, University of Maryland Baltimore

"Cholinergic Modulation of Cognition:  New Models, New Treatment Opportunities"
Dr. Martin Sarter
Department of Psychology, University of Michigan

"Cortical Dynamics of Visual Competition"
Dr. Carson Chow
National Institutes of Health

- 2010 -

"Binaural Hearing:  Lessons from Evolution"
Dr. Catherine Carr
Department of Biology, University of Maryland College Park

"The Orbitofrontal Cortex and Adaptive Behavior"
Dr. Geoffrey Schoenbaum
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland Baltimore

"Long-Term Developmental Consequences of Early Exposure to Psychoactive Drugs"
Dr. Jean Milstein (SMCM '01)
Department of Psychology, University of Maryland College Park

"Cortico-Hippocampal Circuits:  Unique Contributions to Learning and Memory"
Dr. David Bucci
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College

"Neural Mechanisms Underlying Decision-Making and Behavioral Choice in Crayfish"
Dr. Jens Herberholz
Department of Biology, University of Maryland College Park

- 2009 -

"Human Generated Noise and Aquatic Life"
Dr. Art Popper
Department of Biology, University of Maryland College Park

"Excitatory Synapses Get the Blues:  Dysregulation of Serotonin Signaling in Depression"
Dr. Scott Thompson
Department of Physiology, University of Maryland Baltimore

"Aging and the Orexin/Hypocretin System:  Linking Cognitive Decline with Homeostatic Changes"

Dr. Jim Fadel

Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, University of South Carolina School of Medicine

"Seasonal Changes in Brain and Behavior in Songbirds"
Dr. Gregory Ball
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

"New Tricks by an Old Dogma: Hormonal Determination of Sex Differences in the Brain"
Dr. Margaret M. McCarthy
Department of Physiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

"The Aging Brain: the Bad News and the Good News"
Dr. Michela Gallagher
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

- 2008 -

"Environmental Enrichment Reverses Learning and Molecular Deficits Induced by Lead Neurotoxicity"
Dr. Tomas R. Guilarte
Department of Neurotoxicology and Molecular Imaging, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

"Getting to the Heart of the Matter: The Remarkable Relationship Between Affective Disorders and Cardiovascular Diseases"
Dr. Gretchen N. Neigh
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine

"Beyond Phonics:  Reading Disabilities---Their Nature and Treatment"
Dr. Martha Denckla
Director, Developmental Cognitive Neurology, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Department of Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

"As the Worm Learns:  Advances in Understanding Learning and Memory from Studies of C. elegans"
Dr. Catharine Rankin
Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia

- 2007 -

"The Presence of Absence: Habenular Regulation of Dopamine Neurons and the Encoding of Negative Outcomes"
 
Dr. Paul Shepard
Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine

"Can We Model Schizophrenia in a Rat?"
Dr. Patricio O'Donnell
Departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine

"Aging, Culture and Cogntion"
Dr. Denise Park
Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Environmentally-induced Progressive Parkinson Disease in Rodents"
Dr. Paul J. Yarowsky
Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, University of Maryland School of Medicine

- 2006 -

“Emotional Arousal and Enhanced Memory: Understanding the Interactions between Peripheral Autonomic Processes and Central Limbic Structures”
Dr. Cedric Williams
Department of Psychology, University of Virginia

“Glial Modulation of Learning and Memory”
Amy Chess (SMCM '00)
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College

"Investigating Cognitive Maps in the Human Brain”
Dr. Amy Shelton
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, John Hopkins University

"Neurochemical Bases for the Beneficial Effects of Exercise on Brain Function”
Dr. Phil Holmes
Department of Psychology and Institute for Behavioral Research, University of Georgia

“Prefrontal Cortical, Striatal, and Thalamic Circuits Mediating Executive Functions”
Dr. Stan Floresco
Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia

“Neuroergonomics: Using Neuroimaging to Improve Cockpit Design”
Dr. Jeff Grubb
Naval Aerospace Experimental Psychologist, Naval Air Systems Command at NAS Patuxent River

- 2005 -

"The Neurobiology of Social Defeat in Hamsters"
Dr. Matthew Cooper
Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia State University

"Endogenous Opioids and Neural Function"
Dr. Brian M. Cox
Department of Pharmacology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

"The Perception of Auditory Illusions in Birds and Mammals"
Dr. Micheal Dent (SMCM '92)
Department of Psychology, University of Buffalo

"Cortical and Sub-cortical Interactions as They Relate to Attention and Psychosis"
Dr. John Bruno
Department of Psychology, The Ohio State University

- 2004 -

"The Molecular Mechanisms of Drug Addiction"
Dr. Julie A. Blendy
Department of Pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

"Targeted Delivery of Neuroprotective Agents Using Tetanus Toxin C Fragment"
Dr. Christopher C. Matthews
Department of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

"Drug Addiction in the Rat Brain"
Dr. Anne Marie Brady (SMCM '93)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Albany Medical College

"Your Brain on Nicotine: Neuronal Nicotinic Receptors"
Dr. David C. Perry
Departments of Pharmacology and Physiology, George Washington University Medical Center

"Neurochemical Interactions in an Animal Model of Parkinsonian Tremor"
Dr. John D. Salamone
Departments of Psychology and Behavioral Neurosciences, University of Connecticut

"The NC (Ca-ATP) Channel - A New Player in Cell Death in CNS Ischemia"
Dr. Marc Simard
Departments of Neurosurgery, Physiology, and Pathology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

- 2003 -

"Stacking the Building Blocks to a Male Brain"
Dr. Margaret M. McCarthy
Department of Physiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

"The Development of New Treatments for Brain Tumors"
Dr. Alessandro Olivi
Department of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine