Neuroscience Seminar Speaker Series  

(click on speaker for biographical and academic information)


- FALL 2017

Date: Nov 28             

Speaker: Frank Tong, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University: "Characterizing the Perceptual and Attentional Functions of the Early Visual System"                   

Location: Boca Campus, College of Medicine Room 126     

Host: Sang Wook Hong, Ph.D.


Date: Dec 5              

Speaker: György Buzsáki, MD, Ph.D. New York University: "Emergence of Cognition from Action"                

Location: Boca Campus College of Medicine Room 126      

Host: Neuroscience Student Organization



Date: Dec 12            

Speaker: Steven Maier, Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder: "Dissecting Prefrontal Circuits that Mediate Resilience in the Face of Adversity"

Location: Jupiter Campus MC 17, Room 119                   

Host: Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D.

If you cannot join us at the hosted seminar site , then you can join us at one of the video conferencing FAU sites:
Jupiter campus:       MC17 Room 119
Boca campus:          College of Medicine Room 1226
HBOI campus:         LE 108D
Davie campus:         LA 139
FAU High School



- SPRING 2016

[When: Tuesdays 4:00-5:30 PM (except where noted);  Where: Engineering East Bldg., Room EE 106;  Lectures @ Jupiter: located at Research Facility Bldg., Room RF 119]


January 12           Students Only – Neuroscience Certificate Information


January 19          Dr. Sohee Park, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

                                         Title: “Abandoned body, weakened self and the internal landscape of schizophrenia”


January 26          Dr. Tim Allen, FIU

                                         Title: "Non-spatial sequence memory: Cells, systems, and aging”


February 2           Dr. David Balota, Washington University in St. Louis



February 9           Dr. Apostolos Georgopoulos, University of Minnesota

                                         Title: “Informative neural interactions across three modalities: MEG, fMRI and Local Field Potentials”


February 16         Dr. Tulay Adali, University of Maryland



February 23         @Jupiter: Dr. Geert Devries, Georgia State University

                                         Title: “Sex differences in the brain: a whole body perspective”


March 1               Dr. David Whitney, University of CA., Berkeley



March 8 No Seminar:  Spring Break


March 15             Dr. Oliver Layton, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute



March 22             @Jupiter: Dr. Dongsheng Cai, Albert Einstein College of Medicine



March 29              @Jupiter: Dr. Robert Renden, University of Nevada, Reno

                                         Title:“Bioenergetics at the presynaptic terminal”


April 5                   @Jupiter: Dr. Catherine Collins, University of Michigan

                                       Title: “Shared pathways for synaptogenesis and axonal regeneration”

April 12                  Dr. Yogita Chudasama, McGill University



April 19                  Dr. Garret Kenyon, Santa Fe Institute

                                        Title: “A Deconvolutional Competitive Algorithm (DCA) for Generating Deep Sparse       

                                                 Representations of Form, Depth and Motion”


April 26                   Student Presentations (Students only)



- FALL 2015

[When: Tuesdays 4:00-5:30 PM (except where noted);  Where: Engineering East Bldg., Room EE 106;  Lectures @ Jupiter: located at Research Facility Bldg., Room RF 119]

September     1      Dr. Kenta Asahina, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
                               Title: “Genetic basis of aggressive behavior in Drosophila”
September  8         Dr. DaiWai Olson, University of Texas Southwestern
                               Title: “What don’t we know about monitoring intracranial pressure?”
September 15        Dr. James Galvin, FAU College of Medicine
                               Title: “Bioanatomical Correlates of Cognition in Parkinson's Disease”
September 22        Dr. Ceylan Isgor, FAU, College of Medicine
                               Title: “Emergence of epileptogenesis and aberrant synaptic circuits in the adult hippocampus of transgenic mice over-expressing the brain-derived neurotrophic factor”
September 29        Dr. Bernat Kocsis, Harvard University
                              Title: “Oscillatory coupling between prefrontal cortex and hippocampus; possible role of nucleus reuniens of the thalamus”
October  6              Dr. Lawrence Toll, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies [@ Jupiter]
                              Title: “NOP, the Not Opiate Receptor”
October 13             Dr. Michael Silver, UC Berkeley
                              Title: "Effects of acetylcholine on visual cortex, attention, and learning"
October 21             NO SEMINAR – Society for Neuroscience meeting
October 27             Dr. Robert Butera, Georgia Institute of Technology
                               Title: TBA
November 3            Dr. Greg Bashaw, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
                                Title: “To Cross or not to Cross:  Molecular Mechanisms that Control Axon Guidance at the        
November 10          Dr. Jim McNamara, Duke University
                                Title: TBA
November 17          Dr. Ericka Hoff, FAU
                                Title: “How the brain acquires language: Lessons from bilingual first language learners”
November 24          Dr. Andrew Maurer, University of Florida, College of Medicine
                                Title: “Hippocampal dynamics during active exploration”
December  1            Dr. Thilo Womelsdorf, York University, Toronto, Canada
                                 Title: “Long-Range Attention Networks: Circuit Motifs Underlying Top-Down          
                                                         Controlled Stimulus Selection”

December   8           Student Presentations (Students only)


NOT IN BOCA? Attend remotely: (JUPITER) MC-17, RF119 (aka RF-148) or (DAVIE) L148 Supported by: Davimos Family Endowment for Excellence in Science and the Life Science Initiative @ FAU Jupiter, Contact: Rhona Frankel ( for more information or to subscribe to the seminar email list.


- SPRING 2014 - 

 January 21        Dr. Mukesh Dhamala, Georgia State, Atlanta, GA
                           Title: Oscillatory network activity in brain functions and dysfunctions
January 29         Dr. Laura Colgin, University of Texas (Note Date Change & Room Change to 
                           Computer Center Bldg. 22, Room #CM125.  Video conferencing Jupiter MC-19, Room 201;
                           Davie, LA134 (this day only)
                           Title: Functional significance of distinct variants of gamma oscillations in the entorhinal- Hippocampal network
February 04        Dr. Laura Bohn, Scripps Research Institute
                           Title: Ligand-directed signaling of G protein coupled receptors and implications for drug development.
February 11        Dr. Sara Burke, McKnight Brain Institute, College of Medicine, University of FL @ Jupiter
                           Title: "Senescence and perirhinal cortical function: a multi-level approach to understanding cognitive aging."
February 18        Dr. Adar Pelah, University of York, UK
                           Title: Vision during locomotion in normal sight and cortical blindness
February 25        Dr. Damon Page, Dept. of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute
                           Title: Regulation of brain growth and autism-relevant behavior by Pten-mTOR signaling
March 4              Spring Break No Class
March 11            Dr. Helen Barbas, Dept. of Health Sciences, Boston University
                           Title: Prefrontal pathways that control attention
March 18            Dr. Charles Gray, Montana State University            
                           Title: "Dynamics of Cortico-cortical Interactions Underlying Visual Working Memory"
 March 25           Dr. Peter Erdi, Kalamazoo College, MI
                           Title: The Quantitative Systems Pharmacological Approach: Altered Hippocampal Theta Rhythms, Anxiety, Alzheimer Disease
April 1                 Dr. J. A. Scott Kelso, FAU Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences
April 8                 Dr. Susan Sesack, University of Pittsburgh
                           Title: Understanding Dopamine Neuron Connectivity: Passion and Prudence
April 15              Student Presentations
April 22              Student Presentations



- FALL 2013 –


August 27           Students Only


September 3      Dr. Gwyneth Card – Janelia Farm, (Ashburn, VA) – @ Jupiter 

                           Title: “Behavioral variability in the presence of fixed circuits: an ethological role for the Drosophila Giant Fibers


September 10     Dr. Emmanuelle Tognoli – Center For Complex Systems & Brain Sciences, FAU

                            Title: “Origins and manifestations of brain complexity”


September 17    Dr. Srinivasa Subramaniam, Dept. of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute


September 24    Dr. Damon Page, Dept. of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute


October 1           Dr. James Knierim – Dept of Neurosciences, John Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) - @ Jupiter

                           Title: “Memory Formation in the Hippocampal Formation: Binding of external inputs onto an internal cognitive map”


October 8           Dr. Dani Bassett – Dept of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara

                           Title:  "Cross-Linked Structure of Network Evolution in Neuronal and Synthetic Dynamical Systems".


October 15         Dr. Claes Wahlestedt  - Center for Therapeutic Innovation, Univ. Miami Miller School of Medicine

                           Title: “The Epigenome and Drug Discovery”


October 22         Dr. Matthew Wilson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

                           Title: “Sequential event memory formation and reactivation in the hippocampus and beyond”


October 29         Dr. Karla Kaun - Brown University, Providence, RI - @ Jupiter

                    Title: Why flies like getting buzzed: Using Drosophila to understand mechanisms of addiction"


November 5        Howard Eichenbaum, Ph.D. Center for Memory & Brain, Boston University 

                           Title: “The hippocampus in space and time”           


November 12      Society for Neuroscience meeting.  No Class.        


November 19      Dr. Vaibhav Diwadkar – Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

                           Title: "Modeling dysconnection in the schizophrenia diathesis: Network approaches with    fMRI"


November 26      Dr. Won Mok Shim – Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

                           Title: "Top-down influences in visual cortex"

December 3        Student Presentations – Enrolled students only



- Fall 2012 -



August 28           Dr. Brock Grill, The Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL

                           “How to make a synapse: molecular insight into synapse formation and axon termination”


September 04      Dr. Paul Kenny , The Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL.

                           “New insights into the neurobiology of nicotine reinforcement”


September 11    Dr. Stephen Goldberg , Virginia Commonwealth University

                           “EYE MOVEMENTS: a “sloppy” control system yields precise movements”


September 18    Dr. Kirill Martemyanov, The Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL

                           “Regulation of G protein Signaling in Neurons”


September 25    Dr. Ali Danesh, Florida Atlantic University

                    “Buzzing Ears: The Neuroscience of Tinnitus”


October 02         Dr. David Lewkowicz, Florida Atlantic University

                           “It’s Neither Nature nor Nurture: Acquisition of Perceptual & Cognitive Skills in Infancy”


October 09         Dr. Ryohei Yasuda, Max Planck Florida Institute, Jupiter, FL

                           “Imaging signal transduction in single synapses”


October 16         Society for Neuroscience meeting.  No Class


October 23         Dr. Ed Bertram, University of Virginia

                           “Limbic Epilepsy and the Thalamus: A Tool for Understanding Regional Roles and Interactions”


October 30         Dr. Hyungbae Kwon , Max Planck Florida Institute, Jupiter, FL

                           “Activity-dependent synapse remodeling in developing cortex”


November 06      Dr. Robert Keane , Miami Medical

                           “Inflammasome Activation Following CNS Injury”   


November 13      Dr. Anthony Dick , Florida International University

                           “Neurobiological development of audiovisual speech and gesture”


November 20      Dr. Laurel Carney, University of Rochester

                           “Coding of Speech Sounds in the Auditory Midbrain”


November 27      Student Presentations


December 04      Student Presentations 




- Fall 2010 -



September 14    Dr. Madepalli Lakshmana,  Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, “The role of RanBP9-LRP pathway on the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease”


September 21    Dr. Deguo Du,  Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Florida Atlantic University.

                             “ A New Approach for the Detection and Semiquantification of Amyloid in Tissues”


September 28    FAU/Max Planck Joint Neuroscience Symposium


October 5           Student Presentation (Registered students only)


October 12         Dr. Gavin Rumbaugh, The Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL

                           “ Reverse translation of a mouse model of mental retardation and autism: electrophysiological and behavioral studies of the SynGAP1 heterozygous mouse


October 19         Dr. Thomas Foster, McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

                           “Linking oxidative stress of aging to the senescent neurophysiology of cognitive decline”


October 26         Dr. Ross Bullock, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

                           “ How do we reduce mortality and morbidity in severe traumatic brain injury?


November 5       Dr. Courtney Miller, The Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL

                           “DNA methylation: A critical regulator of behavioral memory”  Please note Friday


November 9        Student presentations (Registered students only)


November 16      No class – Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego, CA


November 23      Dr. Sathya Puthanveettil , The Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL

                           Molecular mechanisms for the initiation and maintenance of long-term memory storage”


November 30      Dr. Paul Garrity,Department of Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

                           “From the pre-Cambrian to the sushi bar: TRP channels and the evolution of thermal and chemical detection”


December 7        Dr. Morris D. Faiman, Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KA 

                           “Disulfiram for the Treatment of Cocaine Dependence: From the Bedside to the Bench and Back”


Supported by the Davimos Family Endowment for Excellence in Science, the John Thomas Ladue McGinty Endowment and the Ce.E. Schmidt College of Medicine.