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Jan 16 Lindsey Noble The Effects of Vagus Nerve Stimulation on Anxiety
Jan 23 Armen Akopian, PhD Female-specific Regulation of Postoperative Pain

Jan 30


Talk Canceled
Perry Fuchs, PhD The Past, Present and Future of Preclinical Pain Research
Feb 13 Erin Horne Age-related Differences in Event-related Functional Connectivity During Associative Encoding
Feb 20 Xuejun Song, MD, PhD EphrinB-EphB Receptor and WNT Signaling: A New Avenue to Understanding and Treating Neuropathic and Cancer Pain

Feb 27


Talk Canceled
Mike Borland TBA
Mar 6 Amanda Alvarez-Dieppa VNS-paired Extinction in a VPA-induced Animal Model of Autism
Mar 13 Shayne Hassler Protease Activated Receptor 2 (PAR2) in a Novel Mouse Model of Migraine Pain
Mar 27 Feng Tao, PhD AMPA Receptor Phosphorylation and Pain Chronification After Surgery

Apr 10


Talk Canceled
Mark Baccei, PhD Aberrant Synaptic Signaling in Spinal Pain Circuits After Neonatal Tissue Damage
Apr 17 David Pruitt, Derek Wills TBA

Apr 24


Talk Canceled
Amanda Alvarez TBA
May 1 Anthony Nguyen VNS-paired Motor Training in a 6-OHDA rat model of Parkinson's Disease


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Jan 17

Michael Borland

Jan 24

Bart Rypma, UTD

Do age-related Blood-flow Changes Affect Neural Activity in Older Brains?
Jan 31

David Pruitt

The Effects of Paired Vagus Nerve Stimulation on Functional Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury
Feb 7

Vivek Jeevakumar

The Effects of Developmental Ketamine Administration on PV-interneuron Physiology and PFC-dependent Behaviors in Mice

Feb 14

Jane Johnson, UTSW

Transcriptional Control of Neuronal Diversity: Balancing the Excitatory and Inhibitory Neurons in the Spinal Cord
Feb 21

Jay Gibson, UTSW

Pre- and Postsynaptic Roles for FMRP in Excitatory Neurotransmission in the Cortex
Mar 7

Todd Roberts, UTSW

Neural Mechanisms for Vocal Learning
Mar 14   Spring Break
Mar 21 Amanda Alvarez Role of CaMKII and NMDAR in VNS-enhanced Extinction of Fear
  Roopa Holehonnur Role of NR2A and NR2B Subunits in Amygdala Dependent Learning and Memory
Mar 28 Gagan Wig, CVL The Human Brain as a Social Network: How Brain Connectivity Changes Across the Adult Lifespan
Apr 4 Julian Meeks, UTSW Understanding How Inhibitory Interneurons Shape Information and Guide Behaviors in the Mouse Accessory Olfactory System
Apr 11

Erica Underwood, Anthony Nguyen

Research Presentations
Apr 18 Crystal Engineer Speech Training Improves Auditory Cortex Responses to Speech Sounds in a Rat Model of Autism
  Navid Khodaparast Translational Potential of Vagus Nerve Stimulation to Promote Recovery of Function After Stroke
Apr 25

Chris Desolis, Lindsey Noble

May 2 Jessica Pruett, Daniel Hulsley TBA

May 19


Room Change: GR 4.428


Time Change: 12:00-1:00pm
Andrew Tan, PhD Synaptic Input to Single Cortical Neurons in Rodents and the Behaving Primate
Sep 19 Fu-Chia Yang, PhD Formation of Cutaneous Versus Deep Tissue Pain Pathways
Sep 26 Robyn Crook, PhD Shared Patterns of Nociceptive Sensitization in Molluscs, Agnathans and Mammals Reveal Evolutionary Functions of Pain States
Oct 3 Anwesha Banerjee The Molecular Basis of Fear Learning Abnormalities Observed in an Environmentally Induced Animal Model of Autism
Oct 10 IASP  
Oct 17 Daniel Hulsey Vagus Nerve Stimulation Dependent Enhancement of Cortical Plasticity Requires Cholinergic Innervation of the Cortex
Oct 24 Erica Underwood TBA
Oct 31 Chris de Solis TBA
Nov 14 SfN  
Nov 21 Jessica Pruett Effect of Vagus Nerve Stimulation on Extinction from Drug-seeking and Associated Changes in Metaplasticity in the Infralimbic to Basolateral Amygdala Pathway
Dec 5 Jamie Moy Translation Regulation in Pain Plasticity


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Apr 12

Anwesha Banerjee

Emotional Aberrations in an Environmental Animal Model of Autism
May 10 Erica Underwood Effects of Insulin on Intrinsic Excitability of CA1 Pyramidal Neurons in Rat Hippocampus In Vitro
May 24 Wei Hu The Neural Basis for Dysfunction of the Prefrontal Cortex Following Ethanol Exposure and Its Role in Alcohol Addiction in Mice
May 31 Roopa Holehonnur Identification of the Optimal Adeno-Associated Viral (AAV) Stereotype for Targeting Glutamatergic Excitatory Neurons within the Basolateral Amygdala
Jun 7 Elissa Donzis Fear Modulates Place Field Stability in Hippocampal Place Cells through Activity of the Basolateral Amygdala
Jun 14 Michael Borland Understanding and Optimizing Vagus Nerve Stimulation Directed Cortical Plasticity

Jun 28

Amanda Alvarez Cellular and Molecular Basis of NVS-induced Enhancement of Fear Extinction
Aug 30

Jonathan Ploski, PhD

UT Dallas

How to Give a Good Presentation and Why it Matters
Sep 13

Seth Hays, PhD

UT Dallas

Targeting Plasticity with Vagus Nerve Stimulation to Enhance Recovery of Motor Function After Stroke
Sep 20

Kim Huber, PhD

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Sept 27

Christa McIntyre, PhD

UT Dallas


Oct 4


Room Change: GR 4.428

Lisa Monteggia, PhD

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Oct 11

Nicoladie Tam, PhD

University of North Texas

Optical Imaging of Realtime Brain Activities using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
Oct 18

Anwesha Banerjee

UT Dallas

Dissertation Proposal
Oct 25   Society for Neuroscience Conference - Poster Presentations

Nov 1


Room Change: GR 4.209
  Society for Neuroscience Conference - Poster Presentations
Nov 8   Society for Neuroscience Conference
Nov 15   Society for Neuroscience Conference
Nov 22

Mick Rugg, PhD

UT Dallas

Nov 29   Thanksgiving
Dec 13

Eric Lovitz

UT Dallas



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Jan 27

Dean Buonomano, PhD

The Neural Basis of Learning and Temporal Processing
Feb 3 Genevieve Konopka, PhD Human-Specific Signaling Networks Underlying Language and Cognition
Feb 17 Antonello Bonci, MD TBA

Mar 2


Room Change:
GR 4.428
Gef Farmer Dissertation Defense: Comparing Learning-Specific Plasticity in Pyramidal Cells of Amygdala and Hippocampus Across Different Learning Tasks
Mar 9 Brenton Cooper, PhD TBA
Mar 16   Spring Break
Mar 23 Navid Khodaparast First Year Project Presentation
Mar 30 Jonathan Terman, PhD Molecular and Biochemical Mechanisms Linking Extracellular Guidance Cues to Actin Cytoskeletal Alterations
Apr 6 Carol Tamminga, MD TBA
Apr 20 Anwesha Banerjee First Year Project Presentation:  Impairment of Cortical GABAergic Synaptic Transmission In an Environmental Rat Model of Autism
Apr 27 Linda Perrotti, PhD Exploring Anxiety and Hormonal Status as Vulnerability Factors to Addictive Patterns of Behavior
May 4 Vivek Jeevakumar, PhD First Year Project Presentation
Sep 14

Renee Countryman, PhD

A Different Kind of Ivory Tower: Appealing to the Culture Beyond R1 Institutions and Conducting Research on a Shoestring Budget
Sep 21   Open
Sep 28 Ted Price, PhD Reversing Synaptic Plasticity in Pain Pathways as a Mechanism to Resolve Chronic Pain
Oct 5 Jannon Fuchs, PhD Primary Cilia in Brain Development, Repair and Maintenance
Oct 12 Amy Pinkham, PhD Neural Correlates of Social-cognitive Impairment in Schizophrenia
Oct 19 Kaoru Nashiro, PhD How Emotion Influences Associative Memory and Learning in Younger and Older Adults
Oct 26 Kenneth Leising, PhD TBA
Nov 2 Chandramallika Basak, PhD TBA
Nov 9 William Rosellini Dissertation Proposal Defense
Nov 16 Adam Lovitz TBA
Nov 23   Thanksgiving
Nov 30   Open
Dec 7 David Pruitt First Year Project Presentation


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Sep 2

Mike Kilgard

Directing Cortical Plasticity to Understand and Treat Neurological Disease
Sep 9 Noah Sasson Developmental Mechanisms of Social Cognitive Impairment in Autism and Schizophrenia
Sep 16   Open
Sep 29 Seth Hayes Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein and Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors Affect Neocortical Network Function
Sep 30 David Pena Using Targeted Neural Plasticity to Facilitate Extinction of Fear Conditioning
Oct 7 Niveditha Vathsangam Genetic Manipulation of Amygdala NMDARs via Recombinant Lentivirus

Oct 14

Swagata Roychowdhury Role of Norepinephrine on Sustained Attention and Impulsivity

Oct 21

Chris Cowan Transcriptional Mechanisms of Synapse Elimination: Implications for Cocaine-Induced Behavioral Plasticity

Oct 28

David Self Bidirectional Modification of Reward and Relapse Pathways in Cocaine Addiction
Nov 4 Wei Hu Chronic Ethanol Effect on Synaptic Plasticity on Deep Pyramidal Cells of Prefrontal Cortex
Nov 11


Society for Neuroscience Conference
Nov 25   Thanksgiving
Dec 9 Marise Parent Reciprocal Interactions Between Energy Intake and Memory


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