Seminar: Elizabeth Head, MA, PhD, “Down syndrome, Aging and Alzheimer disease: Role for Cerebrovascular Pathology”

Dr. Head received her B.Sc., MA and PhD in neuroscience from the University of Toronto, Canada.  She completed a postdoctoral position at the University of California at Irvine and remained as an assistant professor in residence, where she was the Director of the Brain Tissue Repository and served as Co-Leader of the Alzheimer Disease Center Neuropathology Core. The Head laboratory is dedicated to the understanding of aging and Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome. 

Seminar: Zachary Warren, PhD, Topic: Autism Spectrum Disorder: Research and Service

Dr. Warren received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2005 from the University of Miami and is currently an associate professor of pediatrics, psychiatry, and special education at Vanderbilt University. He is the executive director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s (VKC) Treatment and Research Institute on Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), autism clinical services within the Division of Developmental Medicine at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, and serves as co-PI of the Autism Speaks – Autism Treatment Network at Vanderbilt.

Seminar: Stewart Anderson, MD, Topic: Mammalian Forebrain Interneuron Development and Their Implications in Autism and Schizophrenia

I am a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia-based faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at UPenn. The focus of my laboratory concerns the molecular and cellular mechanisms that govern the development of the mammalian forebrain. We use mouse genetics, forebrain slice and dissociated culture techniques, as well as mouse and human pluripotent stem cells in cell culture and transplantation experiments to study the fate determination of interneurons of the cerebral cortex.

Seminar: Jonathan Weiss, PhD, CPsych, “Addressing Mental Health in People with Autism: Prevention, Promotion, and Treatment”

Jonathan A. Weiss, Ph.D. (York University), is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, and a clinical psychologist. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at Surrey Place Centre (Toronto) and a post-doctoral fellowship in the Dual Diagnosis Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and was a fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in people with autism spectrum disorders and/or intellectual disabilities across the lifespan.

Seminar: Gene Yeo, PhD, MBA, “Understanding and Manipulating Protein-RNA Interactions in Human Neurological Diseases”

Dr. Gene Yeo is an expert in the areas of RNA, computational biology, genomics and neurological diseases. Yeo obtained a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1998) and a master’s degree in business administration from the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego (2008). Funded by the Lee Kuan Yew Graduate Fellowship from Singapore, Yeo earned a Ph.D. in computational neuroscience (2005) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the joint guidance of Dr. Tomaso Poggio and Dr. Christopher Burge.