Academic Year 2011-2012

Alison L. Barth, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“Experience-Dependent Changes in Neocortical Circuits: Perceptual Plasticity and Synaptic Change”

Michael L. Hasselmo, Ph.D., Center for Memory and Brain, Program in Neuroscience, Boston University, Massachusetts
“Oscillations and Grid Cells in the Entorhinal Cortex”

Ricardo E. Dolmetsch, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
"Using Stem Cells to Study Autism Spectrum Disorders"

Miriam B. Goodman, Ph.D., Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
“Deconstructing Touch and Pain Sensation in C. elegans”

Eduardo Perozo, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, University of Chicago, Illinois
“Structural Dynamics of Activation and Inactivation Gating in K+ Channels”

Pablo E. Castillo, Ph.D., Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
“Endocannabinoids as Mediators of Synaptic Plasticity”

David E. Featherstone, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois, Chicago
“Ambient Extracellular Glutamate in the Brain Regulates Synaptic Transmission and Behavior in Flies and Mice”

Kate Wassum, Ph.D., Laboratory of Nigel Maidment, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
“Liking, Learning and Longing: Exploring the Role of Mesolimbic Dopamine Signaling in Reward Seeking Actions”


Alcino Silva, Ph.D.,Departments of Neurobiology, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, and Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
“Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Memory Allocation in Neuronal Networks”

Edward S. Boyden, Ph.D.,MIT Media Lab and McGovern Institute, Departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
“Optogenetics, Automated Electrophysiology, and Other Neural Circuit Tools”

Richard J. Krauzlis, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
"The Underbelly of Vision and Action: The Role of the Brainstem in Spatial Attention”

B.J. Casey, Ph.D., Director of the Sackler Institute and the Neuroscience Graduate Program, Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
“Development of Fear-Related Processes: From Human Imaging to Mouse Genetics”

Michael Rosbash, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Department of Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
“Circadian Rhythms: Molecules, Neurons and Circuits”

Oliver Hobert, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
“Gene Regulatory Mechanisms Controlling Terminal Neuronal Differentiation”

Timothy A. Ryan, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
“What Your Brain Uses to Think: The Biology of Synapses and Their Control”

Anis Contractor, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Neurobiology, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
“Life Without Kainate Receptors: Insights from Kainate Receptor Knockout Mice”


Margaret M. McCarthy, Ph.D.,Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore
“Surprising Roles for Neuroinflammatory Mediators and Epigenetics in the Establishment and Maintenance of Sex Differences in the Brain”

Beth Stevens, Ph.D.,F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center; Childrens Hospital Boston; Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
“Pruning CNS Synapses: An Active Role for Glia and the Complement Cascade”

Michael L. Platt, Ph.D., Director, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences; Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience; Professor, Departments of Neurobiology and Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
"Neuronal Basis of Giving and Receiving”

Andre A. Fenton, Ph.D., Center for Neural Science, New York University, New York
“Mind Games: Cognitive Control and Neural Coordination”

Maria Karayiorgou, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry (in Genetics and Physiology); Acting Director, Division of Psychiatric Genetics, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, New York
“Schizophrenia Genetics: New Mutations and Emerging Paradigms”

Rajesh P.N. Rao, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Neurobiology and Behavior Program, University of Washington, Seattle
“Bayes, Rewards, and Decision Making: A New View of the Cortex-Basal Ganglia Network”

Li Zhang, Ph.D.,Department of Physiology & Biophysics, Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
“Synaptic Circuitry Mechanisms for the Functional Development of Auditory Cortex”

Stephanie Groman, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
“Dopamine D2-Like Receptors: At the Nexus between Self Control and Addiction”

Daniel H. Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry; Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor in Human Genetics; Director, UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment; Institute of Medicine Inductee
“Advances in Autism: The Path from Genetics and Neurobiology to Therapeutic Development”

Craig E. Jahr, M.D., Ph.D., Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
“Presynaptic Receptors and Analog Signaling”