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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 in 1220 Medical Research Building III (MRB3). 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 at 12:00 pm the Fall & Spring Semester in 1220 Medical Research Building III (MRB3).

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

All VBI events are open to the entire Vanderbilt community.

DateSeminar TypeSpeakerTitleHost
9/7/2022Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society Samer Hatter, PhD, NIH/NIMH, Chief and Senior Investigator, Section on Light and Circadian Rhythms (SLCR), National Institute of Mental Health, John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Bethesda, MD"Retinal and brain circuits underlying
the effects of light on behaviors"
9/21/22Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society Jason Yeatman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Standford, CA"The dynamic interplay between white matter plasticity and learning"VKC/VBI
9/29/22Vanderbilt Brain Institute Annual Neuroscience RetreatAndre' A. Fenton, PhD, Professor, Neurobiology of Cognition Laboratory, Center for Neural Science and Neuroscience Institute, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY"Memory, learning to learn, and control of cognitive representations"NSO/VBI
10/5/22Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society
Cagla Eroglu, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology & Associate Professor of Neurobiology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC"How do Astrocytes Sculpt Synaptic Circuits?"VBI
10/19/22Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society Xiao Jing Wang, PhD, Global Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Physics, Director, Swartz Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, Center for Neural Science, New York University, New York, NY (POSTPONED)"Theory of the multiregional cortex:
cognition in space and time"
11/2/22Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society Emma K. Adam, PhD, Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, School of Education and Social Policy, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research & Associate Vice President for Research, Office for Research, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL,"Adolescent Stress: Sources, Biological and Health Impacts, and Interventions"VKC/VBI
11/16/22SfN Week NO SEMINAR SfN Annual MeetingChicago, ILSfN
11/30/22Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society Pablo E. Castillo, MD, PhD, Harold and Muriel Block Chair Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY"Long-term Presynaptic Plasticity:
Novel Functions and Mechanisms”
VBI (Cancelled)
12/1/22Special Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society John Huguenard, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA"Maternal Immune Activation causes life long deficits in prefrontal cortical circuits: Implications for ASD and Epilepsy"VBI
12/7/22Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society Cynthia Moss, PhD, Chair & Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, with joint appointments in Neuroscience and Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Baltimore, MD“3D Auditory Scene Analysis by Echolocation in Bats”VBI
1/11/23Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society Helen S. Mayberg, MD, Director, Center for Advanced Circuit Therapeutics, Professor, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Mount Sinai Professor of Neurotherapeutics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY"Tracking Brain and Behavioral Dynamics to
Optimize Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression"
1/25/23Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society Jeremy Day, PhD, Associate Professor, Director, Comprehensive Neuroscience Center,
Michael J. Fiedlander, PhD Heersink Endowed Professorship, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
“Ghosts in the machine: Leveraging drugs of abuse to study experience-dependent transcriptional mechanisms”VBI
2/8/23Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (Virtual)Anna Victoria Molofsky, MD, PhD, Samuel Barondes Professor of Neurobiology and Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA“Immune mechanisms of brain development and plasticity"VBI
2/22/23Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and SocietyYishi Jin, PhD,Distinguished Professor, Junior Seau Foundation Endowed Faculty Chair, Department of Neurobiology, School of Biological Sciences, Co-Director, Kavli Institute of Brain and Mind, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA“Mechanisms of Neuronal Injury and Stress Response”VBI
3/8/23Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and SocietyJuan S. Bonifacino, PhD, NIH Distinguished Investigator, Division of Neurosciences and Cellular and Structural Biology, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD"Mechanisms Of Axonal Dysfunction In Neurons With Defective Lysosome Transport"VBI
3/22/23Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and SocietyElisabeth A. (Betsy) Murray, PhD, Chief, Section on the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, Chief, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, NIMH, Bethesda, MD“Prefrontal-amygdala interactions in social cognition and decision making”VBI
4/5/23Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and SocietyAxel T Brunger, PhD, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Neurology, Photon Science and Structural Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA"Molecular mechanisms of calcium-triggered exocytosis"VBI
4/19/23Vivien Casagrande Lecture SeriesAnn Graybiel, PhD, Institute Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, McGovern Institute, Cambridge, MA "The Basal Ganglia and the Motivation to Act"Psych/VBI
5/3/23Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and SocietyJulio Martinez Trujillo, MD, PhD, Professor, Western Research Chair in Autism, Departments of Physiology, Pharmacology & Psychiatry, Western Institute for Neuroscience, Western University, Ontario, Canada“Reverse engineering memory systems in the
primate brain: A tale of two areas”
5/17/23Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and SocietyKimberlei Richardson, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DCTBAVBI (Cancelled)
5/24/23Seminars in Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and SocietyTony George, MD, FRCPC, Professor of Psychiatry, and in the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto ON, Canada12:00 Noon, VBI @Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, Luton Conference Room, 1st FloorVBI/VPH

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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