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John D. Wiley Conference Center

September 2019

Seminar – Joshua A. Weiner, PhD – “The Ins And Outs of Protocadherins in Neural Development”

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

Joshua A. Weiner, PhD
The University of Iowa
My laboratory is focused on identifying the fundamental molecular mechanisms that control neuronal differentiation and neural circuit formation during brain development.

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Seminar – Jeffrey Max, MD – “Psychiatric Aspects of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury”

September 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dr. Max is recognized internationally for his research in pediatric traumatic brain injury and also pediatric stroke.

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WARF Therapeutics Drug Discovery Seminar – Kapil Bharti, PhD – “Translating RPE Biology into Disease Treatment Using iPS Cells”

September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

WARF Therapeutics Drug Discovery Seminar Series Kapil Bharti, PhD Kapil Bharti, PhD National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health   About the Speaker: Dr. Bharti holds a bachelor's degree in biophysics from the Panjab University…

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Seminar – Christine Wu Nordahl, PhD – “Pediatric Neuroimaging Approaches to Exploring the Heterogeneity of Autism”

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dr. Nordahl’s research interest is in understanding the neural basis for autism spectrum disorders. She utilizes structural and functional neuroimaging to investigate alterations in brain structure and connectivity in very young children with autism.

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October 2019

Seminar – Sandy Magaña, PhD – “Identifying and Reducing Disparities for Latino Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder”

October 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Magaña’s research focus is on the cultural context of families who care for persons with disabilities across the life course. Her current research includes investigating racial and ethnic disparities among children with autism and developmental disabilities and developing culturally relevant interventions to address these disparities.

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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 – Brian Scholl, PhD – Topic: Visual Cognition and Its Implication in Human Disease

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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Seminar – Christopher Gregg, PhD – “The Genetics and Epigenetics of Economy”

December 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Christopher Gregg, PhD University of Utah   About the Speaker:I completed my PhD in Canada with Dr. Samuel Weiss (University of Calgary) in the field of neural stem cells. In 2004, I participated in the…

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January 2020

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 University of Wisconsin–Madison   About the Speaker: Dr. Aviad Hai is a neuroengineer and a neuroscientist with extensive expertise and highly cited scientific publications in the emerging field of nanometer-scale probes for brain…

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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   For Further Information: Contact Teresa Palumbo at 608.263.5837 or palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu The seminar series is funded by the John D. Wiley Conference Center Fund, the Friends…

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Seminar – Laura Grofer Klinger, PhD – Topic: Understanding and Treating Children with Autism

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

Laura Grofer Klinger, PhD University of North Carolina Chapel Hill For Further Information: Contact Teresa Palumbo at 608.263.5837 or palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu The seminar series is funded by the John D. Wiley Conference Center Fund, the Friends…

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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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March 2020

Seminar – Heather Bortfeld, PhD – Topic: Language Processing in Children During Typical Development and with Cochlear Implants

March 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Heather Bortfeld, PhD University of California, Merced   For Further Information: Contact Teresa Palumbo at 608.263.5837 or palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu The seminar series is funded by the John D. Wiley Conference Center Fund, the Friends of the…

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Seminar – Karen Adolph, PhD – Topic: Infant Motor Development

March 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Karen Adolph, PhD New York University   For Further Information: Contact Teresa Palumbo at 608.263.5837 or palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu The seminar series is funded by the John D. Wiley Conference Center Fund, the Friends of the Waisman…

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WARF Therapeutics Drug Discovery Seminar – Craig Erickson, MD – Topic: Therapeutic Development and Service for Fragile X and Other Developmental Disorders

March 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

WARF Therapeutics Drug Discovery Seminar Series Craig Erickson, MD Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center For Further Information: Contact Teresa Palumbo at 608.263.5837 or palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu The seminar series is funded by the John D. Wiley Conference…

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April 2020

Seminar – Junmin Peng, PhD – Topic: Proteomics Analysis of Neurological Diseases

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

Junmin Peng, PhD St. Jude Children's Research Hospital   For Further Information: Contact Teresa Palumbo at 608.263.5837 or palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu The seminar series is funded by the John D. Wiley Conference Center Fund, the Friends of…

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Seminar – Connie Kasari, PhD – Topic: Research and Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

April 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Connie Kasari, PhD University of California, Los Angeles   For Further Information: Contact Teresa Palumbo at 608.263.5837 or palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu The seminar series is funded by the John D. Wiley Conference Center Fund, the Friends of…

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