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Neuroscience Program Journal Club

The Neuroscience Program runs a student led journal club for graduate students.

2015/16 Journal Club Schedule

Below is the schedule for journal club (may be subject to change), as well as a brief description of the speaker’s research. Journal clubs will be held on select Thursdays at 10am; breakfast will be provided. We will be continuing the journal club format where we will be hosting journal club with select speakers (held on Tuesday, the day of seminar, at 10am).


Steve Cannon, UCLA: September 17th – 3rd Floor Conference Room

The primary research interests of the Cannon lab are how ion channels regulate the electrical excitability of cells and how defects alter the electrical excitability of skeletal muscle in inherited diseases. The lab uses computational models of muscle excitability and genetically-engineered mice to gain insights on the pathomechanisms of these disorders in order to explore therapeutic interventions.


Magdalena Sanhueza Toha, University of Chile: October 1st - 3rd Floor Conference Room

The Sanhueza Toha lab studies the molecular mechanisms of synaptic information storage. The lab uses different electrophysiological and pharmacological techniques to develop methods to interfere with synaptic memory maintenance. Additionally, the lab is interested in the physiological properties of principal neurons of the olfactory cortical amygdala, as well as synaptic transmission and plasticity properties of olfactory connections to this area, during postnatal development.


**Andrea Meredith, University of Maryland: October 27th - 3rd Floor Conference Room

Studies large-conductance, Ca2+-activated K+ (BK) channels in non-excitable cell types and intact physiological systems, focusing on their role in pacemaker function for circadian behaviors.


**Mike Saddoris, UC Boulder: November 10th - 3rd Floor Conference Room

The Saddoris Lab is primarily focused on understanding learning and goal-directed behavior and employs a combination of extracellular electrophysiology, electrochemistry and optogenetics to understand how new information is incorporated into neural structures of the limbic system.


**Clair Baker, Cambridge: January 19th – 7th Floor Conference Room

Studies development of the neurogenic placodes and neural crest, which give rise to the entire PNS. Specific projects concern development of olfactory ensheathing glia, evolution of electroreceptors, role of Pax genes in neurogenic placode development, and development of neural crest-derived pharyngeal skeleton.


Kristen Baldwin, Scripps Research Institute: February 4th – 7th Floor Conference Room

Studies iPSCs, including 1) determining functional stability of tissues and genomic stability of differentiated cells in iPSC-derived animals, 2) generating cells lines from neurons, and 3) reprogramming tissues into neuronal tissue. Her lab is also mapping circuits between nose and cortical brain regions and identifying patterns of gene expression in those defined neuronal populations.


**Jennifer Raymond, Stanford University: March 15th – 3rd Floor Conference Room

Studies learning as it pertains to the vestibuloocular reflex (VOR). One current focus in the Raymond lab is to record from the cerebellum in awake behaving animals during the induction of learning in order to identify the neural "error signals" that detect a miscalibration in the VOR and trigger the neural changes underlying learning.


**Ellen Lumpkin, Columbia University: April 15th – 7th Floor Conference Room

Studies the molecular mechanisms of cutaneous somatosensation. The Lumpkin lab focus on Merkel cell-neurite complexes, light touch receptors that mediate fine tactile discrimination required for manual dexterity in humans and other mammals.



Traynelis, Emory University: TBD – 7th Floor Conference Room

Studies the mechanisms underlying the activation and regulation of glutamate receptors. The Traynelis lab uses a multi-disciplinary approach to explore function at the single channel level as well as at the level of neuronal function.


** These Journal Clubs will be held at 10am on Tuesday with the Speaker.