Academic Year 2012-2013

Gentry Patrick, Ph.D.,Neurobiology Section, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego
“Activity-Dependent Protein Degradation at CNS Synapses”

Marcus Meister, Ph.D.,Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
“Neural Computations in the Retina”

Charles W. Bradberry, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Who’s Doing the Talking? A Comparison of Prefrontal Cortex and Striatum in the Behavioral Impact of Cocaine Cues”

Susan Voglmaier, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
“Cargo Drives the Synaptic Vesicle Cycle”

Michael Mauk, Ph.D., Center for Learning & Memory, and Section of Neurobiology, The University of Texas at Austin
“Trying to Understand the Cerebellum Well Enough to Build One”

Paul Matthews, Ph.D., Laboratory of Tom Otis, Department of Neurobiology, and the Integrative Center for Learning & Memory, UCLA
“Shining Light on the Role of the Climbing Fiber Pathway in the Cerebellar Cortex”

Larry J. Young, Ph.D.,William P. Timmie Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Center for Translational Social Neuroscience, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
“Neurobiology of Social Bonding: Implications for Novel Therapies for Autism”

J. Anthony Movshon, Ph.D., Center for Neural Science, New York University, New York
“Cortical Mechanisms of Visual Perception”

Paul Gray, Ph.D., Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
“Selfish Networks: Development and Evolution of Simple Behaviors”


David Ginty, Ph.D.,Department of Neuroscience, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
“The Development and Organization of Neurons that Underlie the Sense of Touch”

Stephen M. Strittmatter, M.D., Ph.D.,Vincent Coates Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology, Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
“Stability and Repair of Neuronal Connectivity in the Adult Central Nervous System”

Michael N. Shadlen, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
"Believing and Time: A Neural Mechanism for Decision Making”

Mark G. Baxter, Ph.D., Friedman Brain Institute and Department of Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York
“Animal Models of Cognitive Impairment after General Anesthesia: From the Grave to the Cradle”

Nigel Unwin, Ph.D., Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom
“Gating Movement of the Acetylcholine Receptor Caught by Plunge-Freezing”

Jonathan A. Javitch, M.D., Ph.D., Lieber Professor of Experimental Therapeutics in Psychiatry; Professor of Pharmacology, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University; Chief, Division of Molecular Therapeutics, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York
“Delineating Molecular Mechanisms of Amphetamine Action using Drosophila Melanogaster”

Charles Chavkin, Ph.D., Allan & Phyllis Treuer Professor of Pharmacology, University of Washington, Seattle
“Ligand-Directed Signaling at Mu and Kappa Opioid Receptors”

Rafael Yuste, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Sciences; Co-Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Science, Columbia University, New York, New York
“A Blanket of Inhibition: The Logic of Inhibitory Connectivity in the Neocortex”

Jane M. Sullivan, Ph.D., Department of Physiology & Biophysics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
“Synapse Dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease”

Thomas R. Clandinin, Ph.D.,Department of Neurobiology, Stanford University
“Dissecting the Neural Mechanisms of Motion Estimation in the Fruit Fly”

Elissa A. Hallem, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA
“Function, Evolution, and Development of Olfactory Circuits in Nematodes”


Melissa Hines, Ph.D.,Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
“Does Testosterone Shape the Gender of the Human Brain?”

Christine Petit, Ph.D.,Unité de Génétique et Physiologie de l'Audition, INSERM UMRS 1120, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
“How do the Auditory Sensory Cells Process Sound? Genetics of Deafness as the Gateway to Their Molecular Physiology”

Wesley Grueber, Ph.D., Departments of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics and Neuroscience, Columbia University, New York, New York
"Control of Neuronal Morphogenesis and Maintenance in the Drosophila Somatosensory System”

Anatol Kreitzer, Ph.D., Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, University of California, San Francisco
“Mechanisms of Motor Control and Reinforcement in the Basal Ganglia”

V. Reggie Edgerton, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology, Neurobiology, and Neurosurgery, University of California, Los Angeles
“Novel Principles of Motor Control: Shackled by Tradition, Released by Data”

Roberto Malinow, Ph.D., Department of Neurosciences and Section on Neurobiology, University of California, San Diego
“Synapses in Health and Disease”

Jesse Brown, Ph.D., Laboratory of Dr. Susan Bookheimer, Interdepartmental Ph.D Program for Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles
“Multimodality MRI-based Brain Network Analysis: Applications to Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease”

Edwin R. Chapman, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Department of Physiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Transducing Ca2+ Signals to Exocytosis”