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September 2022

Seminar – Carlos Portera-Cailliau, MD, PhD – Topic: Cortical Interneuron Hypofunction as a Target for Therapy in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

September 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wiley Conference Center

Dr. Carlos Portera-Cailliau investigates synaptic and circuit changes in the mouse model of Fragile X syndrome in his lab at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where he is on faculty. He has received grants from the NIH, the Dana Foundation, the March of Dimes Foundation, the Simons Foundation, and the John Merck Fund. From 2013 to 2021 he was the co-director of the UCLA-Caltech medical Scientist Training Program. He still sees patients in the movement disorders clinic.

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Seminar – Stephen Scherer, PhD, DSc FRSC – Topic: Understanding the Composition of the Human Genome for Studies of Genetic Disease

September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wiley Conference Center

Dr. Stephen Scherer’s research includes understanding the composition of the human genome for studies of genetic disease built around three themes: 1) gene copy number and structural variation in the human genome, 2) determining the genetic architecture in autism spectrum and related- disorders and using this information to help families, and 3) developing infrastructure and capacity in Canada for translational genomics research.

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Seminar – Junmin Peng, PhD – Topic: Mass Spectrometry-Based Approaches to Explore DNA, RNA, Proteins, and Metabolites

September 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Junmin Peng, PhD

Dr. Peng is a member of both the Structural Biology and Developmental Neurobiology departments at St. Jude and serves as the director of the Center for Proteomics and Metabolomics. His research involves using mass spectrometry-based proteomics, metabolomics and systems biology to understand mechanisms of human disease.

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October 2022

Seminar – Brenna Maddox, PhD – Topic: Improving Community Services for People on the Autism Spectrum Across the Lifespan

October 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wiley Conference Center

Dr. Maddox is an assistant Professor in the department of psychiatry. As the implementation scientist at TEACCH, her work focuses on improving community services for people on the autism spectrum across the lifespan.

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February 2023

Seminar – Anna Esbensen, PhD – Topic: Health and Outcomes for Individuals with Down Syndrome Across the Lifespan

February 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Anna Esbensen, PhD

Anna Esbensen, PhD, is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She studies the lifespan development of individuals with Down syndrome and provides clinical services to families of children with Down syndrome.

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Seminar – Peter Todd, MD, PhD – Topic: The Role of CGG Repeats in Fragile X-Associated Disorders

February 10, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wiley Conference Center

Peter K. Todd, M.D., Ph.D., is the Bucky and Patti Harris Professor and Associate Chair of research in the Department of Neurology in the University of Michigan Medical School. Todd’s lab studies the mechanisms by which nucleotide repeat expansions cause neurological disorders with a long term goal of developing novel therapeutics for these currently untreatable conditions.

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Seminar – Julie Lounds Taylor, PhD – Topic: Factors that Promote a Positive Transition into Adulthood for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

February 24, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wiley Conference Center

Julie Lounds Taylor, Ph.D. is the Transitions Lab Principal Investigator (PI) and lab director. She is an associate professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and an investigator at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. A major focus of Taylor’s research is on factors that promote a positive transition into adulthood for individuals with developmental disabilities, in particular those with autism spectrum disorder.

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March 2023

Seminar – Casey Lew-Williams, PhD – Topic: How do Infants Learn from the Dynamics of Their Natural Communicative Environments?

March 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wiley Conference Center

Most infants and toddlers have a prodigious ability to learn, in part because they spend a lot of time interacting with caregivers. In the Princeton Baby Lab, we study how the mechanisms of infant cognition and the details of environmental experience combine to shape early learning. In particular, we study the beginnings of language learning and communication.

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Seminar – Jason Meyer, PhD – Topic: Retinal Differentiation of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells to Model Human Development and Disease

March 24, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wiley Conference Center

Dr. Meyer is associate professor of medical and molecular genetics at Indiana University School of Medicine, with adjunct appointments in ophthalmology and the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute. His research focuses upon the differentiation of retinal ganglion cells from human pluripotent stem cells, including the derivation of glaucoma models through iPS cell reprogramming as well as Crispr/Cas9 gene editing. Ongoing projects in his lab explore the use of these cells for studies of RGC development as well as mechanisms underlying glaucomatous neurodegeneration.

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April 2023

Seminar – Yu-Chien Wu, MD, PhD – Topic: Diffusion Physics in Biologic Systems Using Diffusion MRI

April 7, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wiley Conference Center

Dr. Wu is a magnetic resonance imaging physicist by training. Her research focuses on diffusion physics in biologic system using diffusion MRI. She started to work on diffusion MRI extensively in her graduate education. She continued to advance in this field independently at Dartmouth College (2009-2013) and currently at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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