Seminar – Tina Grieco-Calub, PhD, CCC-A – “Impact of Hearing Experience on Language Processing and Learning in Children”John D. Wiley Conference Center
Dr. Grieco-Calub’s current research program sits at the intersection of hearing and language and reflects her multidisciplinary training that she received at the Waisman Center during her postdoctoral fellowship.
Seminar – Patrick Lao, PhD – Topic: A Multiple Biomarker Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease for Underrepresented and Underserved GroupsJohn D. Wiley Conference Center
Dr. Lao's research focuses on a multiple biomarker approach to Alzheimer’s disease (i.e., amyloid-β, hyperphosphorylated tau, cerebrovascular disease, and neurodegeneration), informed by contextual factors (i.e., genetic, biological, social, environmental) for underrepresented and underserved groups, will provide the most reliable understanding of the complex disease course.
Seminar – Matthew Winn, AuD, PhD – Topic: Listening Effort in Cochlear Implant UsersJohn D. Wiley Conference Center
Dr. Winn's work focuses on the ways in which hearing impairment affects speech communication, especially the ways that are not captured by conventional clinical testing.
Seminar – Viridiana Benitez, PhD – Topic: Understanding How Cognition and Language Experience Support Word Learning Across DevelopmentJohn D. Wiley Conference Center
Dr. Benitez’s research is in the area of cognitive development, with a focus on understanding how cognition and language experience support word learning across development.
Seminar – Lizbeth Finestack, PhD – Topic: Identifying Effective And Efficient Language Interventions For Children With Significant Language ImpairmentsJohn D. Wiley Conference Center
Dr. Finestack's research focuses on identifying effective and efficient language interventions for children with significant language impairments.
Seminar – Timothy LaVaute, PhD – Topic: NIH Somatic Cell Genome Editing ProgramJohn D. Wiley Conference Center
Dr. LaVaute oversees the NINDS P30 Neuroscience Cores Grant Program, is the NINDS point of contact for the NIH's Regenerative Medicine Innovation Project, and the NIH Common Fund's Somatic Cell Genome Editing Program.
Seminar – Robert Krencik, PhD – “Neuromodulation of Bioengineered Organoids with Reactive Human Astrocytes”John D. Wiley Conference Center
Dr. Krencik's specific research goals are to uncover the mechanisms by which human astrocytes modulate neuronal activity during healthy and diseased states.
Seminar – Allison Ebert, PhD – Topic: Using Stem Cells to Model Neurodevelopment and NeurodegenerationJohn D. Wiley Conference Center
Dr. Ebert's research interests include understanding the contribution of astrocytes and microglia to motor neuron loss in both spinal muscular atrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the mechanisms of sensory neuron sensitization in sickle cell disease, and the impact of herpesvirus infection on neurodevelopment and Alzheimer’s disease pathology.
Seminar – Courtney Venker, PhD – Topic: Language Development in Children on the Autism SpectrumJohn D. Wiley Conference Center
Dr. Venker's research program focuses on language development in children with autism spectrum disorder, with an emphasis on how these children integrate auditory and visual information to learn the meanings of words.