Academic Year 2013-2014

Stephen M. Smith, Ph.D.,Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Oregon Health & Science University; Section of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Portland V.A. Medical Center
“Differential Regulation of Neurotransmitter Release by Calcium”

Anthony Samuel Lamantia, Ph.D.,Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology; Director, The George Washington Institute of Neuroscience, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
“When Half is Not Enough: DiGeorge/22q11 Deletion Syndrome and Disorders of Cortical Circuit Development”

Leslie C. Griffith, M.D., Ph.D., Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Neuroscience; Director, Volen National Center for Complex Systems, Department of Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
"Sleep: Insights into an Essential Behavior from an Insect Model”

Yang Dan, Ph.D., Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley; Howard Hughes Medical Institute
“Basal Forebrain Modulation of Brain States”

Caroline A. Montojo, Ph.D., Laboratory of Dr. Carrie Bearden, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and the Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
“Dysfunctional Cognitive Control as a Liability Factor for Psychosis in a Genetic High Risk Population”

Anatol Kreitzer, Ph.D., The Gladstone Institute, and the Department of Physiology and Neurology, University of California, San Francisco
“Using Optogenetic Approaches to Elucidate and Reverse Motor Dysfunction Associated with Parkinson's Disease”

Martin Chalfie, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2008; William R Kenan Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences, Columbia University, New York
“Mechanosensory Transduction and its Modification in C. elegans”


Aaron Diantonio, Ph.D., Department of Developmental Biology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
“Walking the Highwire from Synaptic Growth to the Axonal Injury Response”

Jeffrey L. Noebels, M.D., Ph.D., Cullen Trust for Health Care Endowed Chair, Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medical, Houston, Texas
“From Shaker to SUMO: Potassium Channels in Epilepsy”

Rosa Cossart, Ph.D., INMED, INSERM, Marseille, France
“A Neuronal ‘Birthright’ in the Functional Organization of Hippocampal Networks in Health and Disease”

Scott M. Sternson, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia
“Neural Circuits and Motivational Mechanisms for Hunger”

Jeff Magee, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia
“Low Level Information Processing in Neocortical and Hippocampal Microcircuits”

Mark T. D’Esposito, M.D., Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, Director, Henry H. Wheeler, Jr. Brain Imaging Center, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley
“A Blueprint for Cognitive Control: Multiple Neural Mechanisms”

Joseph F. Cheer, Ph.D., Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, and Psychiatry, Graduate Program in Neuroscience, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
“Endogenous Cannabinoids and the Neurobiological Control of Motivated Behavior”

David A. McCormick, Ph.D.,Department of Neurobiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
“Cortical States: Cellular and Network Mechanisms”

John L.R. Rubenstein M.D., Ph.D., Nina Ireland Diestinguished Professor in Child Psychiatry; Nina Ireland Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology, Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
“Transcriptional Control of Cell Fate in the Developing Telencephalon”


David Crews, Ph.D., Ashbel Smith Professor of Zoology and Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
“Sex, Nature and Nurture: Ancestral Exposure Modifies Sex Differences in Stress Reactivity”

Ahmad Hariri, Ph.D., 2000 Interdepartmental Graduate Program for Neuroscience UCLA Alumni; Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, and Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
“Above it All: Epigenetic Regulation of Behaviorally and Clinically Relevant Human Brain Function”

Yi Zuo, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
“Synapse Reorganization in the Living Brain”

Nicola J. Allen, Ph.D., Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, La Jolla, California
“Astrocyte Regulation of Neuronal Glutamate Receptors”

Yuh Nung Jan, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco
“Dendrites: From Form to Function”

Leslie G. Ungerleider, Ph.D., NIH Distinguished Investigator, Chief, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland
“Functional Architecture of Face Processing in the Primate Brain”

Dana Small, Ph.D., Departments of Psychiatry and of Psychology; The John B. Pierce Laboratory, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
“Creating Flavor Percepts and Preferences”

Satoru Miura, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Scanziani Lab, HHMI, University of California, San Diego
“No Two Neurons Are the Same: Unique Identities for Neural Circuit Assembly”

Loren Frank, Ph.D., Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco
“Neural Substrates of Memory and Decision Making”

Alcino J. Silva, Ph.D., Departments of Neurobiology, Psychiatry & Biological Sciences, and Psychology; Integrative Center for Learning & Memory, UCLA
“The Exciting Road from Mechanisms of Learning to the Treatment of Cognitive Disorders”