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October 2021

Seminar – Jamie Edgin, PhD – Memory Intervention and Sleep in Intellectual Disability: Implications for Policy and Practice

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

Jamie Edgin is a Psychologist specializing in the area of developmental cognitive neuroscience. Her area of expertise is memory development and sleep in typical and atypical development. Edgin is an associate professor in the Cognition and Neural Systems Program in the Department of Psychology, with departmental and GIDP affiliations in Family Studies and Human Development, the Frances McClelland Institute, the School of Education, the Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability, and the Cognitive Science Graduate and Interdisciplinary Program. Edgin is a first generation college student.

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Virtual Seminar – Michael Cahill, PhD – “Identifying Environmental and Biochemical Contributors to the Etiology of Neuropsychiatric Disorders”

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

Over the past 15 years, my research has focused on delineating the molecular and biochemical mechanisms that regulate dendritic spine plasticity, and in particular, understanding how alterations in synaptic plasticity contribute to specific behavioral phenotypes relevant to the study of neuropsychiatric disorders.

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Seminar – Robert Lipinski, PhD – “New Approaches for Solving the Gene-Environment Puzzle and Preventing Human Birth Defects”

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

The focus of our research is to understand how genetic and environmental factors interact to cause birth defects of the face and brain. We are particularly interested in craniofacial malformations like cleft lip and palate and holoprosencephaly because of their prevalence and serious consequences for affected individuals and their families.

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Seminar – Shu-Bing Qian, PhD – “Detecting Translational Noise by Super Resolution Ribosome Profiling”

October 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Most of the research work in Qian's laboratory is broadly interdisciplinary, with a primary emphasis on protein synthesis, nutrient signaling pathway, and stress response. Using biochemical, genetic, and cell biological approach, the Qian laboratory investigates translational control of gene expression, molecular mechanisms of adaptive stress response, dynamic mRNA modifications, and the implications in human health and diseases. Specific disease aspects include but are not limited to, diabetes, cancer, aging and neurodegenerative disorders.

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Virtual Seminar – Patricia Howlin, PhD – Topic: Adult Development and Interventions for Autistic People

October 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wiley Conference Center

Professor Patricia Howlin is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the international Society for Autism Research. She is currently President of the Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes and was past Chair of the UK Association of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. She was a founding editor of the journal “Autism” and author of over 200 research publications. 

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November 2021

Seminar – Kenneth Y. Kwan, PhD – Topic: the Development, Evolution, and Dysfunction of Neural Circuits in the Cerebral Cortex

November 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wiley Conference Center

Research in the Kwan laboratory is aimed at the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie normal neural circuit assembly in the cerebral cortex and their dysregulation in human neurodevelopmental disorders, in particular autism spectrum disorder, fragile X syndrome, and schizophrenia.

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Seminar – Sam Pfaff, PhD – Topic: Understanding Regulatory Mechanisms Governing Neuronal Development and Axon Guidance

November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Pfaff's lab has revealed important principles related to neural development, gene regulation, axon guidance and connectivity, and spinal motor circuit function. He is well known for characterizing one of the first examples of molecular diversification among neuronal subtypes through analyses of the combinatorial activity of the LIM homeodomain gene family in spinal neurons.

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December 2021

Seminar – Yong-hui Jiang, MD, PhD – Topic: Genetic and Epigenetic Bases of Human Diseases and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

December 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wiley Conference Center

I am physician scientist active both in basic research and clinical practice. My research interests are to 1) uncover the genetic and epigenetic bases of neurodevelopmental disorders or rare diseases with neurodevelopmental defects; 2) model genetic diseases using human patients derived cellular models and genetic mutant mice; 3) understand the circuit and molecular mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorder; 4) develop novel molecular and epigenetic targeted therapies for genetic and epigenetic diseases.

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Seminar – Catherine Lebel, PhD – Topic: Using MRI Techniques to Investigate Brain Plasticity in Response to Learning, Treatment, or Intervention, and Brain Maturation in Children with Developmental Disorders

December 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wiley Conference Center

My research uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study brain development in children and adolescents. Using a variety of MRI techniques, I study how brain structure and function change with age, or in response to treatments and interventions.

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February 2022

Seminar – Alexej Abyzov, PhD – Topic: Genomic Variants and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

February 4, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wiley Conference Center

Research in the laboratory of Alexej Abyzov, PhD, is focused on discovery and analysis of genomic variants and their relevance to diseases.

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