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February 2017

“Problem Behavior Trajectories and Resilience at Age Six in Children Born Preterm”

February 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

To view a list of upcoming talks in this series click here, or to download a pdf of the full series schedule click here.  About the Talk: Children born preterm are at risk for a host…

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“Understanding the Mechanisms of Sensory Hypersensitivity in Fragile X Syndrome: from Molecule to Circuit and Behavior”

February 17, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

About the Speaker: Research in my lab focuses on understanding how neuronal networks are developed and maintained in the brain, with the goal of applying this knowledge to the development of therapeutics for neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative…

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“Executive Function in Early Childhood: Development and Intervention Strategies”

February 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

About the Speaker: Stephanie M. Carlson is Professor and Director of Research at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, the #1-ranked department for developmental psychology (U.S. News & World Report). She received a BA…

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“Diagnosing Autism: Interaction Order and the Use of Narrative in Clinical Talk”

February 27, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

John D. Wiley Seminar Series

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June 2017

“Dosage and Titration in Genetic Disease: Repeat Mutations and Developmental Disorders”

June 23, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

About the speaker:  (From the speaker's website, at https://www.bcm.edu/people/view/david-nelson-ph-d/genetics-research-faculty-l-n/b22602ea-ffed-11e2-be68-080027880ca6/53710726-79c4-47f0-8d58-2d590a1612dc) One of the most exciting recent developments in human genetics has been the identification of unstable trinucleotide repeats involved in high frequency mutations leading to more than one…

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September 2017

Topic: Models of Neurodegenerative Diseases

September 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Charles Vite, DVM, PhD - University of Pennsylvania The focus of my lab is to improve the characterization and treatment of neurological diseases by studying naturally-occurring feline and canine models of human diseases. Our lab…

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January 2018

Seminar: Anis Contractor, PhD, “Correction of Synaptic and Network Alterations in Fragile X Mice”

January 26, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Research in the Contractor laboratory is directed towards understanding the functional role of neurotransmitter receptors, particularly glutamate receptors, in mediating and modulating synaptic transmission and plasticity.

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February 2018

Seminar: Katherine D. Kinzler, PhD, “The Development of Language as a Social Category”

February 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Professor Kinzler’s research investigates the development of social cognition, with particular emphasis on exploring infants’ and children’s attention to the language and accent with which others speak as a marker of group membership.

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Seminar: Darcie Moore, PhD, “Mechanisms of Asymmetry in Neural Stem Cells”

February 9, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The research in my lab focuses on identifying the mechanisms that stem cells use to create the asymmetric segregation of cargoes, to identify what other components are segregated, and to use this knowledge to improve stem cell aging.

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Seminar: Jacques Galipeau, MD FRCP(C), “IL‐10 Expressing B‐Cells for Adoptive Cell Therapy of Neuro‐Inflammatory Disorders”

February 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Jacques Galipeau has initiated and developed an NIH-funded research program in the study and use of mesenchymal stromal cells as an immunotherapy of catastrophic illnesses including cancer and immune disease.

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Seminar: Don Zack, MD, PhD, “High Content Screening with Human Stem Cell-Derived Retinal Neurons to Identify Candidate Molecules for the Treatment of Glaucoma and the Retinal Degenerations”

February 23, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Donald J. Zack, MD, PhD, is the Guerrieri Professor of Genetic Engineering and Molecular Ophthalmology and co-director of the Center for Stem Cells and Ocular Regenerative Medicine (STORM) at the Wilmer Eye Institute.

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March 2018

Seminar: Laura Schulz, PhD, “What Really Matters: Children’s Inferences about Learning, Trying, and Caring”

March 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

I have long been interested in children’s ability to make rich, inductive inferences from sparse, noisy data. Here I look at how these inferential abilities support children’s reasoning about their own and others’ competence and motivation, with implications for everything from children’s task persistence to their moral and pragmatic judgments.

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Seminar: Rebecca Landa, PhD, CCC-SLP, “Detecting Autism Early: Risk Indicators and Innovation in Screening”

March 9, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Rebecca Landa is a speech-language pathologist. She has practiced in the public schools, university clinics and hospital settings.

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Seminar: Michela Fagiolini, PhD, “Circuits Dysfunction in Rett Syndrome from Mouse to Human”

March 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dr. Fagiolini received her M.S. in biological sciences from University of Pisa, Italy and her Ph.D. in neurobiology from Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in physiology at the University of California, San Francisco under the mentorship of Dr. Michael P. Stryker, she joined the Laboratory for Neuronal Circuit Development at the Brain Science Institute in Japan. There she began a productive collaboration with Dr. Takao K. Hensch.

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Seminar: Subhojit Roy, MD, PhD, “The Curious Case of Actin in the Axon Shaft”

March 23, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Subhojit Roy's broad interest is to explore movement within cells, specifically within neurons – mechanisms that convey, deposit and retain cargoes in axons, dendrites and synapses.

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April 2018

Seminar: Martin Styner, PhD, “Advanced and Predictive Image Analysis for Early Brain Development and Autism”

April 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dr. Styner is one of the leading experts in medical image computing with specific expertise in anatomical structure and tissue segmentation, structural brain morphometry, deformable registration, atlas building and diffusion MRI analysis.

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Seminar: Thomas A. Blanpied, PhD, “Molecular Nanopositioning and Alignment Control Function of Single Synapses”

April 20, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

I graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. My long-standing interest in cognition and learning has lead to my current work to understand the cellular processes that underlie mental health and psychiatric disorder. At the University of Pittsburgh, I obtained a Ph.D. in the Department of Neuroscience with Jon Johnson, Ph.D., where I used single-channel recordings to study the mechanisms by which the anti-Parkinsonian and anti-Alzheimer’s drugs amantadine and memantine act on NMDA receptors.

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Seminar: Carissa Cascio, PhD, “Sense and Sensibility: Somatic Perception and Affect in Autism Spectrum Disorder”

April 27, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

My graduate training was in neuroscience at Emory University. My work was centered on sensory neuroscience applied to human and nonhuman primates, with an emphasis on tactile perception and functional imaging. Having developed an interest in the neuroscience of autism, I pursued postdoctoral studies at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Center at the University of North Carolina.

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September 2018

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

September 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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.

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Seminar – John Foxe, PhD – “The Hunt for Endophenotypes in Neurodevelopmental and Neuropsychiatric Disease”

September 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

John Foxe, PhD, is a translational researcher with a history of research studies on the basic neurophysiology of schizophrenia and autism.

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October 2018

Social Experiences and Their Effects on the Developing Brain

October 2, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Leslie Seltzer, PhD

Our experiences during childhood affect the way we develop into adults, with wide implications for human psychological health and evolutionary trajectories.

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Seminar – Susan Rivera, PhD – “Exploring Biomarkers for Longitudinal Symptom Trajectories in Developmental Disorders: Insights from Eyetracking and Neuroimaging”

October 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dr. Rivera uses classic behavioral as well as neuroimaging (fMRI) techniques to investigate such things as the development of dorsal vs. ventral visual processing, object representation, numerical cognition and affective processing.

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Seminar – Jonathan Weiss, PhD – “Addressing Mental Health in People with Autism: Are We Ready for A Dual Continua Model?”

October 12, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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.

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Seminar – Stewart Anderson, MD – “Using Stem Cell Derived Cortical Interneurons to Study Development and Treat Disease”

October 26, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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.

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November 2018

Seminar – George Augustine, PhD – “Discovering Novel Brain Circuits Via Optogenetics”

November 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

George Augustine, PhD George Augustine, PhD Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore   About the Talk: The well-defined anatomy of the cerebellum make this brain region an ideal platform for understanding how…

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Town Hall Meeting: Supporting the Safety of Patients, Staff and Visitors to the Waisman Center

November 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Waisman Center Presents: Title: Supporting the Safety of Patients, Staff and Visitors to the Waisman Center Speakers: Sarah Marshall, CCC-SLP and Erin Thomson, MSW, LCSW - Co-leads for the Clinics Behavioral Emergency Response Team…

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Evidence-Based Practice for Early Identification

November 6, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Early Childhood students

The Early Childhood Seminar Series presents: Title: Evidence-Based Practice for Early Identification Speakers: Gail Chödrön, PhD Training Director, Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (WI LEND) Program Lindsay M. McCary, PhD Director, Autism and…

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Seminar – Zhaolan (Joe) Zhou, PhD – “‘Seq-ing’ Insights into the Pathophysiology of Autism and Rett Syndrome”

November 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Zhaolan (Joe) Zhou, PhD Zhaolan (Joe) Zhou, PhD University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine   About the Speaker: Zhaolan (Joe) Zhou, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman…

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December 2018

Seminar – Jayshree Samanta, MBBS, PhD – “Role of GPNMB in Neural Stem Cells”

December 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Jayshree Samanta, M.B.B.S., Ph.D. Jayshree Samanta, MBBS, PhD University of Wisconsin–Madison   About the Speaker: My lab focuses on how neural stem cells generate myelin in the brain during development as well as during recovery from a…

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January 2019

Faculty Candidate Talk: Soo-Kyung Lee, PhD

January 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Soo-Kyung Lee, PhD Talk Title: "What does the FOX say? FOXG1 orchestrates cortico-cortical connections" About the Speaker:  Soo-Kyung "Soo" Lee completed her B.S. degree in Pharmacy at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, Korea, and…

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Faculty Candidate Talk: Sheng Chih Jin, PhD

January 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Sheng Chih Jin, PhD

Speaker: Sheng Chih Jin, PhD Talk Title: Genomics Approaches to Understand the Genetic Architecture of Congenital Heart Disease and Neurodevelopmental Disorders About the Speaker: Sheng Chih Jin received a BS in applied mathematics from the…

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Seminar – Ari Rosenberg, PhD – “Neuro-Computational Underpinnings of Individual Differences in Autism Spectrum Disorder”

January 18, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ari Rosenberg, PhD Ari Rosenberg, PhD University of Wisconsin–Madison   About the Talk: Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that manifests as a heterogeneous set of social, cognitive, motor, and perceptual symptoms. This system-wide pervasiveness suggests that,…

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Faculty Candidate Talk: Donna M. Werling, PhD

January 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Donna Werling

Speaker: Donna M. Werling, PhD Talk Title: Genomic Investigation of Genetic Variation and Sex-Differential Biology in Brain Development and Autism About the Speaker: Werling received her BS in psychology from Duke University in 2008, and…

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Faculty Candidate Talk: Michael Sidorov, PhD

January 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Michael Sidorov, PhD Talk Title: Prefrontal Circuits and Behavior in Mouse Models of Neurodevelopmental Disorders About the Cluster Hire: UW’s Cluster Hiring Initiative was launched in 1998 as an innovative partnership between the university,…

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February 2019

CANCELED: Seminar – Damien Fair, PA-C, PhD – “Translational Studies of Maternal Stress during Pregnancy and Its Impacts on Offspring Brain and Behavior”

February 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

My laboratory focuses on mechanisms and principles that underlie the developing brain. The majority of this work uses functional MRI and resting state functional connectivity MRI to assess typical and atypical populations.

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Seminar – Toni Pak, PhD – “Estrogen Receptor β and the Aging Brain: Towards a Molecular Rationale for Hormone Replacement Therapy”

February 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Toni Pak, PhD Toni Pak, PhD Loyola University Chicago Health Science Division, Stritch School of Medicine   About the Speaker: The central theme of our research focuses on the molecular signaling mechanisms and target genes…

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Faculty Candidate Talk: Jingjing Li, PhD

February 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

UW’s Cluster Hiring Initiative was launched in 1998 as an innovative partnership between the university, state and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). In its first phase, the initiative authorized nearly 50 “clusters” and nearly 150 new faculty through several rounds of hiring. In 2017, phase two of the Cluster Hiring Initiative was authorized with a goal of supporting at least 12 clusters.

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Seminar – Xuejun (June) Li, PhD – “Modeling Motor Neuron Diseases with Human Pluripotent Stem Cells”

February 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Xuejun (June) Li, PhD Xuejun (June) Li, PhD University of Illinois–Chicago, College of Medicine at Rockford About the Speaker: Degeneration of motor neurons, large projection neurons controlling the movement of muscles, underlies many debilitating diseases. One…

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Faculty Candidate Talk: Jason Christie, PhD

February 18, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Jason Christie, PhD Talk Title: Inhibitory Regulation of Cerebellar Plasticity and Learning About the Speaker: Jason Christie received his BS in biology from the University of South Dakota and his PhD in neuroscience from…

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Seminar – Andrew Imparato, JD – “Translating Research Findings for Policymakers: Lessons from Inside the Belly of the Beast”

February 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Andrew Imparato, JD Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) About the Talk: Andy Imparato, executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and a 25 year DC veteran who served as disability…

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March 2019

Seminar – Heather Hazlett, PhD – “How Does Early Brain Development Differ In Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder?”

March 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Heather Hazlett, PhD Heather Hazlett, PhD The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill   About the Speaker: Dr. Hazlett is a licensed psychologist with a background in child neuropsychology and with research interests in neurodevelopmental disorders. During the…

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Faculty Candidate Talk: Rui Chen, PhD

March 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Rui Chen, PhD Talk Title: From Genetics To Mechanism To Therapy About the Speaker: Rui Chen received his PhD from Baylor College of Medicine in 1999. His lab is focused on understanding the molecular…

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Seminar – Suzanne Jackowski, PhD – “Coenzyme A Regulation and Neurological Disease”

March 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Suzanne Jackowski, PhD Suzanne Jackowski, PhD St. Jude Children's Research Hospital   About the Speaker: Suzanne Jackowski is a member of the faculty at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Following her Ph.D. dissertation…

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Faculty Candidate Talk: Daifeng Wang, PhD

March 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Daifeng Wang, PhD Talk Title: “Interpretable Machine Learning Approaches for Understanding Functional Genomics in the Human Brain” About the Speaker: Daifeng Wang is an assistant professor at Stony Brook University. He obtained his PhD in electrical…

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Faculty Candidate Talk: Keegan Korthauer, PhD

March 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Keegan Korthauer, PhD Talk Title: “Accurate Inference of DNA Methylation Data: Statistical Challenges Lead to Biological Insights” About the Speaker: Keegan Korthauer is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Data Sciences at the…

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Seminar – Robert Berman, PhD – “Mouse Models of Fragile X‐Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome: Defining Critical Periods and Molecular Targets”

March 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Robert Berman, PhD Robert Berman, PhD University of California, Davis   About the Speaker: Dr. Berman, a neuroscientist whose research focuses on cellular mechanisms of brain injury, is currently examining the effects of neonatal toxin exposure…

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Seminar – Jane Roberts, PhD – “Physiological Mechanisms Underlying ASD and Anxiety Symptoms in Fragile X”

March 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Jane Roberts, PhD Jane Roberts, PhD University of South Carolina   About the Speaker: Dr. Jane Roberts joined the faculty at USC in 2008. She is a school psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the University…

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Canceled: Faculty Candidate Talk: David van Dijk, PhD

March 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Please Note: This Talk Has Been Canceled Speaker: David van Dijk, PhD Talk Title: Manifold Learning Uncovers Hidden Structure in Complex Cellular State Space About the Speaker: David van Dijk received his PhD in computer science…

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April 2019

Dolan Lecture – Laura Ranum, PhD – “RAN Translation in Neurologic Disease”

April 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dr. Ranum began her research career in human molecular genetics in 1989 at the University of Minnesota and is currently the Founding Director of the Center for NeuroGenetics and Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Florida. Over the past 25 years her laboratory has identified the mutations for a number of neurological disorders including spinocerebellar ataxia types 5 and 8 (SCA5, SCA8), and myotonic dystrophy type 2 (DM2). Her laboratory has developed and uses mouse models to understand how these and other mutations cause disease. Most recently, the Ranum lab created a mouse model of the C9orf72 ALS/dementia mutation that has generated wide interest in the scientific community studying ALS.

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Seminar – Fraser Sim, PhD – “Overcoming Obstacles Limiting Human Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Recruitment and Differentiation in the Demyelinated Brain”

April 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

About the Speaker: My lab investigates the molecular control of cell fate and homeostasis of resident stem and progenitor cells in the human brain. Using a combination of multicolor cell sorting techniques and whole genome analysis, we are characterizing the signaling pathways which regulate the formation and fate of human oligodendrocyte progenitor cells. We are testing the functional significance of these pathways using both pharmacological and viral methods in culture and animal-based models of myelination and demyelination.

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Waisman Lecture – Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD – “Mechanism-Based Biomarker and Treatment Trials in Tuberous Sclerosis”

April 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Mustafa Sahin is a developmental neurobiologist and a pediatric neurologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He received his Sc.B. degree from Brown University, his M.D. and Ph.D. from Yale School of Medicine.

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May 2019

Autism ‑ As We Are: An Evening of Growth & Challenge 2019

May 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aspen Snow by Matt Ward

Join us for an evening of discussions with individuals on the autism spectrum as they share their perspectives on a broad range of themes such as rights, dignity, social alienation, and the pursuit of personal…

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September 2019

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

September 6, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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UCEDD Director Candidate Talk – Leann Smith DaWalt, PhD

September 18, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Leann Smith DaWalt, PhD

Speaker:  Leann Smith DaWalt, PhD Talk Title:  “Translating Research into Practice for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their Families” About the Speaker:  Leann Smith DaWalt, PhD, is a senior scientist at the Waisman…

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

September 20, 2019 @ 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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GUEST LECTURE: Deepak Lamba, PhD – “Stem Cell Approaches to Fixing a Damaged Retina”

September 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Deepak Lamba, PhD

Lamba’s lab is located at UCSF’s Department of Ophthalmology since 2018 and is currently housed at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research. His lab develops technologies and in vitro methodologies for generating various retinal cell types, including retinal neurons and retinal pigment epithelium cells, from both human embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells.

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

September 27, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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 – Qiongshi Lu, PhD – “Transcriptome-Wide Transmission Disequilibrium Analysis Identifies Novel Risk Genes for Autism Spectrum Disorder”

November 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Qiongshi Lu, PhD Qiongshi Lu, PhD University of Wisconsin–Madison   About the Talk: Large-scale genetic studies have identified numerous point mutations and copy number variants implicating risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, these genetic…

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Seminar – Brian Scholl, PhD – “Let’s See What Happens: Dynamic Events as Foundational Units of Representation for Seeing and Thinking”

November 15, 2019 @ 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

Faculty Candidate Talk: Elaine Lim, PhD

December 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Elaine Lim

Speaker: Elaine Lim, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow Harvard Medical School Talk Title: “Genetic Discoveries in Complex Diseases Using Cerebral Organoids” About the Speaker: Elaine Lim is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard medical school and the Wyss Institute…

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Poster Fair

December 3, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Poster Fair

The poster session will highlight the interdisciplinary research carried out at the Waisman Center. Posters prepared for scientific meetings are preferred. RSVP to Teresa Palumbo by Friday, November 22 and include the title and authors…

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Seminar – Sara Jaffee, PhD – “Exposure To Violence And Children’s Development: Who Is Most Vulnerable?”

December 6, 2019 @ 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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Faculty Candidate Talk: Elizabeth Atkinson, PhD

December 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Elizabeth Atkinson, PhD

Speaker: Elizabeth Atkinson, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute Talk Title: Extending neuropsychiatric genomics to diverse populations About the Speaker: Elizabeth Atkinson is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Analytical and Translational Genetics…

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January 2020

Seminar – Bennett Novitch, PhD – “Integrative Modeling of Human Brain Development and Neurodevelopment Disorders”

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

Novitch’s research seeks to determine the molecular pathways that direct the differentiation of neural stem cells, and assembly of neural circuits. Using a variety of approaches including organoid technologies, he and his team are investigating the underlying causes of neurodevelopmental and neurological disorders.

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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

Rescheduled to 2/28/20 – Seminar – Aviad Hai, PhD – “New Strategies for Accessing the Mammalian Nervous System with Minimal Invasiveness”

February 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Aviad Hai, PhD This seminar is rescheduled to 2/28/20. Aviad Hai, PhD University of Wisconsin–Madison   About the Talk: There is currently a concerted effort to develop the necessary technologies to record and stimulate neural…

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Faculty Candidate Talk: André Sousa , PhD

February 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
André Sousa , PhD

Speaker:  André Sousa , PhD Talk Title: “Human Brain Development and Evolution: Insights From Functional Genomics” About the Speaker: André Sousa received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Porto in Portugal. After his…

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Seminar – Chad Pearson, PhD – “Trisomy 21 Alters Microtubule Organization for Primary Cilia Formation and Signaling”

February 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Chad Pearson, PhD Chad Pearson, PhD University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus   About the Speaker: Our lab is focused on the structural and molecular events for centriole biogenesis. Electron microscopy studies performed a half…

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Seminar – Laura Grofer Klinger, PhD – “Transition to Post Secondary Education and Employment: Supporting Positive Outcomes for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder”

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

Laura Grofer Klinger, PhD Laura Grofer Klinger, PhD University of North Carolina Chapel Hill   About the Speaker: Laura Grofer Klinger is a clinical psychologist, a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in…

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Rescheduled to 5/15/2020 – Seminar – Aviad Hai, PhD – “New Strategies for Accessing the Mammalian Nervous System with Minimal Invasiveness”

February 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Aviad Hai, PhD RESCHEDULED TO 5/15/2020 Aviad Hai, PhD University of Wisconsin–Madison   About the Talk: There is currently a concerted effort to develop the necessary technologies to record and stimulate neural activity from the…

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March 2020

Seminar – Heather Bortfeld, PhD – “Perceptual Learning in Support of Language: Insights from Cochlear Implantees and Infants”

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

Heather Bortfeld, PhD Heather Bortfeld, PhD University of California, Merced   About the Speaker: Heather Bortfeld is a Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of California, Merced. She completed her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at…

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CANCELED: Seminar – Karen Adolph, PhD – “Learning to Move and Moving to Learn”

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

Karen Adolph, PhD This event has been CANCELED Karen Adolph, PhD New York University   About the Seminar: Motor behavior is foundational for learning and doing in the everyday environment. The most important thing infants…

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Live Stream/Online Only – Day with the Experts: Down Syndrome 2020

March 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Down syndrome Day with the Experts

Live Stream/Online Only Learn about advances in research and clinical services. Hosted in partnership with the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society and GiGi’s Playhouse Sponsored by the Friends of the Waisman Center To learn more about…

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CANCELED: Seminar – Anthony Koleske, PhD – “Understanding How Genetic Variants in TRIO Contribute to Schizophrenia and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders”

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

Anthony Koleske, PhD This event has been CANCELED Anthony Koleske, PhD Yale School of Medicine About the Speaker: Anthony J. Koleske is an expert in understanding the biochemical mechanisms that regulate neuronal dendrite and synapse…

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April 2020

CANCELED: Seminar – Junmin Peng, PhD – “High Throughput Proteomics of Ubiquitin Biology and Alzheimer’s Disease”

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

Junmin Peng, PhD This event has been CANCELED Junmin Peng, PhD St. Jude Children's Research Hospital   About the Speaker: Our mission is to develop novel mass spectrometry-based proteomics and metabolomics technologies, systems biology approaches,…

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Canceled: Dolan Lecture – Connie Kasari, PhD – “Personalization of Interventions for Children with ASD: What We Can Learn from Research”

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

This event has been canceled Terrence R. Dolan Lecture Connie Kasari, PhD Connie Kasari, PhD University of California, Los Angeles   About the Talk: Behavioral interventions have been critical for improving the lives of individuals…

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May 2020

CANCELED: Day with the Experts: Cochlear Implants 2020

May 2, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Family - cochlear implants

The 2020 Cochlear Implants Day with the Experts has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Information on the 2021 Day with the Experts: Cochlear Implants will be posted Fall 2020 Sponsored by the Department…

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Canceled: Seminar – Aviad Hai, PhD – “New Strategies for Accessing the Mammalian Nervous System with Minimal Invasiveness”

May 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Aviad Hai, PhD This event has been canceled Aviad Hai, PhD University of Wisconsin–Madison   About the Talk: There is currently a concerted effort to develop the necessary technologies to record and stimulate neural activity…

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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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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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November 2021

Seminar – Kenneth Y. Kwan, PhD – “Molecularly Distinct Roles of Chromatin Regulation in Cortical Development”

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

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 – “Characterization of the Cellular and Molecular Pathways that Underlie Spinal Motor Circuit Function”

November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sam Pfaff, PhD

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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