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Upcoming and recent events at the VBI

VBI events

The VBI hosts invited speakers in a regular series of Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society that occur on Wednesdays at 4 pm. See the announcements for upcoming seminars, and view the flyers for recent seminars.

The VBI also hosts the Neuroscience Graduate Program Research Forum NanoSymposiums, where graduate students in the program present updates on their research. The NGP Research Forum is held on Fridays: Fall Semester, 11:30 am; Spring Semester, 12:00 pm.

The VBI and its associated departments also host multiple dissertation defenses.

All VBI events are open to the entire Vanderbilt community.

DateSeminar TypeSpeakerTitleHost
9/8/21Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (Virtual)Gina Poe, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology; Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Director, COMPASS Life Sciences and BRI SURE; co-Director MARC U*STAR, UCLASleep to Change Your Mind: the mechanisms of learning and unlearning to form and reform cognitive schema and to resolve emotions during development and across the lifespan.VBI
9/22/21Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (Virtual)Kim Noble, Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience and Education, Director, Developmental Psychology program, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NYSocioeconomic Inequality and Children's Brain DevelopmentVBI
9/30/21Vanderbilt Brain Institute Annual Neuroscience RetreatAnne Andrews, Ph.D.Professor of Psychiatry and Chemistry & Biochemistry Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior and California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA, Los Angeles, CAVBI 2021 RETREATVBI/NSO
10/6/21Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and SocietyLucus Pozzo Miller, Ph.D., Co-Director, Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, Professor in the Department of Neurobiology, UAB, Birmingham, ALThe role of the hippocampal-prefrontal cortex circuit in social memory, and its impairment in Rett syndrome miceVBI/VKC
10/20/21Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (Virtual)Mustafa Sahin, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Director, Translational Neuroscience Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MATuberous Sclerosis: Shedding Light on the Neural Circuitry of AutismVBI/VKC
11/3/21Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (Virtual)Jim DiCarlo, Ph.D., Director, MIT Quest for Intelligence; Head, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences; Investigator, McGovern Institute, Cambridge, MAReverse Engineering the Neural Mechanisms of Visual IntelligenceVBI/VVRC
11/17/21SfN Week NO SEMINAR SfN Annual MeetingChicago, IL
12/1/21Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (Virtual) Todd Roberts, Ph.D.,Thomas O. Hicks Scholar in Medical Research, Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TXCircuits and Synapses for Vocal ImitationVBI
12/15/21No SeminarNo Seminar
No SeminarNo Seminar
1/12/22Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (Virtual)Emery Brown, M.D., Ph.D.,Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Rethinking General AnesthesiaVBI
1/26/22Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (Virtual)David Holtzman M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Neurology, Scientific Director of the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders, and Associate Director of the Knight ADRC, Washington University, St. Louis, MOThe role of APOE in Aβ and tau mediated pathogenesis of Alzheimer's DiseaseVBI/Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer's Center
2/9/22Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (Virtual)BJ Casey, Ph.D., Director, Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab, Professor, Department of Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, CTCognitive Neuroscience and the Age of DiscoveryVBI/Vanderbilt Department of Psychology and Human Development
2/23/22Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (Virtual)Carmen S. Maldonado-Vlaar, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto RicoAre the endovanilloid TRPV1 receptors' within the mesolimbic system play a role in anxiety and depression?VBI/NSO/DEI Student-Invited Speaker
3/9/22Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and SocietyLu Chen, Ph.D., Professor of Neurosurgery and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CARetinoid acid receptor-alpha signaling in neuropathic painVBI
3/23/22Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and SocietyAdriano Tort, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Computational Neurophysiology Laboratory, Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, BrazilRespiration-coupled brain rhythms beyond olfactory areasVBI
3/25/22Special Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and SocietyJuan Pascual, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Pediatric Neurologic Diseases; Ed and Sue Rose Distinguished Professor, Neurology, Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development, Pediatrics & Physiology, UT Southwestern, Dallas, TXExperimental augmentation of neural performanceVBI/Pharmacology
4/6/22Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and SocietyJoshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. Director, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, (NIH/NIMH), Bethesda, MDChallenges and Opportunities in Mental Health ResearchVBI
4/21/22VUMC Discovery Lecture SpeakerEric Nestler M.D., Ph.D., Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience, Director of The Friedman Brain Institute & Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NYTranscriptional and Epigenetic Mechanisms of Drug AddictionVUMC Discovery Lecture Speaker
4/27/22Vivien Casagrande Lecture in Systems NeuroscienceMurray Sherman, Ph.D., Chair of Neurobiology, Maurice Goldblatt Professor of Neurobiology, Committee on Computational Neuroscience, Department of Neurobiology, University of Chicago, Chicago, ILFunctioning of Circuits Connecting Thalamus and CortexVBI
5/4/22Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and SocietyAlcino Silva, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Departments of Neurobiology, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Psychology, Director, Integrative Center for Learning and Memory, Brain Research Institute, UCLA, Los Angeles, CAMolecular, cellular, systems, brain region, and behavioral mechanisms for linking memories across timeVBI
5/18/22Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (Virtual)Paola Arlotta,, Ph.D., Chair, Harvard Department of stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Gould Family Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Cambridge, MAHuman Neurodevelopmental Disease:
from Embryos to Organoids

Other events

VBI-affiliated departments also host their own seminars. As a service to the VBI community, all announcements to upcoming talks on campus will be posted in More Neuroscience Talks On Campus.


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