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October 2019

Waisman Lecture – Paul Hagerman, MD, PhD – “FXTAS: An Older Face of the Fragile X Gene”

October 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Hagerman is a molecular geneticist with a principal interest in understanding the basis for neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases. In particular, the Hagerman lab has made a number of important observations related to the mechanism of gene expression of the fragile X (FMR1) gene. Mutations of the FMR1 gene give rise to fragile X syndrome, the leading heritable form of mental impairment and autism.

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November 2019

Seminar – Qiongshi Lu, PhD – Topic: Genome Annotation, Complex Trait Genetics, and Genetic Risk Prediction

November 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Qiongshi Lu, PhD University of Wisconsin–Madison About the Speaker: Qiongshi "Q" Lu received his B.S. in mathematics from Tsinghua University in 2012 and Ph.D. in biostatistics from Yale University in 2017. Lu's research focuses on…

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Seminar – Brian Scholl, PhD – “Let’s See What Happens: Dynamic Events as Foundational Units of Representation for Seeing and Thinking”

November 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Brian Scholl is Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Cognitive Science Program at Yale University, where he also directs the Perception & Cognition Laboratory.

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December 2019

Seminar – Sara Jaffee, PhD – “Exposure To Violence And Children’s Development: Who Is Most Vulnerable?”

December 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Sara Jaffee, PhD Sara Jaffee, PhD University of Pennsylvania   About the Speaker: Sara Jaffee graduated from Oberlin College in 1994 and received a PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2001. Having…

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January 2020

Seminar – Bennett Novitch, PhD – “Integrative Modeling of Human Brain Development and Neurodevelopment Disorders”

January 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Novitch’s research seeks to determine the molecular pathways that direct the differentiation of neural stem cells, and assembly of neural circuits. Using a variety of approaches including organoid technologies, he and his team are investigating the underlying causes of neurodevelopmental and neurological disorders.

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Seminar – Damien Fair, PA-C, PhD – “Translational Studies of Maternal Stress during Pregnancy and Its Impacts on Offspring Brain and Behavior”

January 31, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Damien Fair, PA-C, PhD Oregon Health & Science University About the Speaker: My laboratory focuses on mechanisms and principles that underlie the developing brain. The majority of this work uses functional MRI and resting state…

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February 2020

Seminar – Aviad Hai, PhD – Topic: Engineering Tools For Studying Physiology and Circuit of the Nervous System

February 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Aviad Hai, PhD Aviad Hai, PhD University of Wisconsin–Madison   About the Talk: There is currently a concerted effort to develop the necessary technologies to record and stimulate neural activity from the entire volume of…

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Seminar – Chad Pearson, PhD – Topic: The Functions of Centrosome and Cilia and Their Implications in Human Diseases

February 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Chad Pearson, PhD University of Colorado Anshcutz Medical Campus   About the Speaker: Our lab is focused on the structural and molecular events for centriole biogenesis. Electron microscopy studies performed a half a century ago…

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Seminar – Laura Grofer Klinger, PhD – “Transition to Post Secondary Education and Employment: Supporting Positive Outcomes for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder”

February 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Laura Grofer Klinger, PhD University of North Carolina Chapel Hill   About the Speaker: Laura Grofer Klinger is a clinical psychologist, a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the University of North…

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Mayor H. Paul Memorial Lecture – Cathy Binger, PhD – Topic: Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Child Language

February 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Binger’s primary research interests are twofold: developing and evaluating effective approaches to support the sentence development of children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and working with key communication partners (such as parents and educators) to improve AAC services.

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