Seminar Series – Spring 2015

All researchers are invited to attend a new series of lunchtime talks at Boston University on Wednesdays at noon to facilitate discussion and collaborations associated with the Center for Systems Neuroscience. Seminars will include internal BU speakers and external speakers associated with the NSF EAGER grant that funds a new Initiative for Physics and Mathematics of Neural Systems (IPMNS) at Boston University, facilitating collaborations between physicists, mathematicians, engineers, and neuroscientists.

We anticipate a broad audience. Speakers will start with an introduction to their research area and conclude by discussing important current questions for future work. Talks will be 45 minutes, allowing time so the community can broadly discuss not only what has been done, but also what innovations are needed for future advances. Please send an email to eriay@bu.edu if you want to be added to the email list for notices about these talks.

Seminar Schedule: Center for Systems Neuroscience (CSN) and Initiative for Physics and Mathematics of Neural Systems (IPMNS):

Talks will be at one of two locations on the Charles River Campus at Boston University (in adjacent buildings):

  • Room B01 at 24 Cummington Street, with lunch afterward in Room 103, just upstairs
  • or Room 109 at 2 Cummington Street, with lunch served in the same room at start of talk.

All talks are on Wednesday at 12 noon. Speakers from Boston University are listed by their departmental affiliation.

February 2015

Feb. 25 – Ben Wolozin, BU Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics – Room B01
“Stress granules and neurodegeneration: A molecular network underlying neurodegeneration”

March 2015

March 11 – Jerome Mertz, BU Biomedical Engineering – Room B01
“New techniques to image in thick tissue”

April 2015

April 1 – Jason Ritt, BU Biomedical Engineering – Room B01
“Active sensing, artificial sensations, and neurocontrol”

April 8 – David Somers, BU Psychological and Brain Sciences – Room B01.
“Attentional Networks in the human brain”

May 2015

May 6 – Helen Barbas, BU Department of Health Sciences – Room B01
“The primate connectome in context: from general principles to special prefrontal connections and function”

General List of Spring Neuroscience talks at Boston University:

January 2015

Jan. 13 (PBS Search), 12:30pm – Jessica Cohen, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – 2 Cummington Mall, Room 109
“Function and Dysfunction in Neural Flexibility and Integration”

Jan. 14, 12pm – Carmela Abraham, BU Biochemistry – MED Rm. L206-L209, Instructional Building. 72 East Concord Street
“A Novel Approach to Reduce Amyloid Beta Peptide for the Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease”

Jan. 15 (PBS Search), 12:30pm – Anne Collins, Brown University – 2 Cummington Mall, Room 109
“The hidden players in human reinforcement learning”

Jan. 15, 2-3pm – Author F. Cramer, University of Illinois – MED Keefer Auditorium, E-111, 72 East Concord Street
“Exercise effects on mind and brain”

Jan. 22 (PBS Search), 12:30pm – Erie Boorman, Oxford University and UCL – 2 Cummington Mall, Room 109
“Neural computations central to learning what to choose in an uncertain world”

Jan. 26 (Bio Search), 4pm – Christelle Anaclet, Harvard University – 24 Cummington Mall, Room B01
“The sleep-promoting parafacial zone: discovery and future directions”

Jan. 27 (PBS Search), 12:30pm – Joe McGuire, University of Pennsylvania – 2 Cummington Mall, Room 109
“Evaluating future prospects in complex environments”

Jan. 28, 4pm – Robert A. Stern, BU Neurology – CRC Sargent College, 634 Commonwealth, Room 101
“Head Games: Chronic traumatic encephalopathy and the long-term consequences of repetitive brain trauma”

Jan. 29 (PBS Search), 12:30pm – Amitai Shenhav, Princeton University – 2 Cummington Mall, Room 109
“Surviving in a world of opportunities: The cost of choice and the value of control”

February 2015

Feb. 2 (CMB), 12pm – Paul Frankland, University of Toronto – 2 Cummington Mall, Room 109
“Hippocampal neurogenesis and forgetting”

Feb. 2 (Bio Search), 4pm – Hyun-Jae Pi, Cold Spring Harbor – 24 Cummington Mall, Room B01
“Behavioral correlates and circuit function of cortical VIP interneurons”

Feb. 9 (CMB), 12pm – Joseph Paton, Champalimaud Neuroscience Program – 2 Cummington Mall, Room 109
“Striatal dynamics explain duration judgments”

Feb. 9 (Bio Search), 4pm – Won-Suk Chung, Stanford University – 24 Cummington Mall, Room B01
“The phagocytic role of astrocytes in synapse elimination”

Feb. 12 (Bio Search), 4pm – Michael Goard, MIT – 24 Cummington Mall, Room B01
“Optical interrogation of neural circuits underlying cognitive behaviors in mice”

Feb. 18, 12pm – Tsuneya Ikezu, BU Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics – MED Rm. L110, Instructional Building, L Building, 72 East Concord Street
“Title to be announced”

Feb. 19 (Bio Search), 4pm – Zoe Donaldson, Columbia Univeristy – 24 Cummington Mall, Room B01
“Functional variation in neuromodulatory genes as a source of behavioral diversity”

Feb. 23 all day– John J. Foxe, Albert Einstein College of Medicine – CRC Cognitive Rhythms Collabortive Retreat Plenary speaker

Feb. 23 (Bio Search), 4pm – Nicholas Tritsch, Harvard University – 24 Cummington Mall, Room B01
“Lost in translation – what do dopamine neurons tell the brain?”

Feb. 25 (CSN/IPMNS), 12pm – Ben Wolozin, BU Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics – 24 Cummington Mall, Room B01
“Stress granules and neurodegeneration: A molecular network underlying neurodegeneration”

Feb. 26 (Bio Search), 4pm – Jerry Chen, University of Zurich – 24 Cummington Mall, Room B01
“Dissecting long-range cortical circuits during behavior”

March 2015

March 2-3 Graduate Program for Neuroscience recruitment.

March 11 (CSN/IPMNS), 12pm– Jerome Mertz, BU Biomedical Engineering – 24 Cummington Mall, Room B01
“New techniques to image in thick tissue”

March 18, 12pm – Aniruddh D. Patel, Tufts University – CRC Sargent College, 634 Commonwealth
“Title to be announced”

March 18, 1-5pm – CMB/CRAM meeting on “Enhancing Learning and Memory: Current Status – 2 Silber Way, School of Education, Room 130
Neal Cogen, University of Illinois
“The Well-Fed hippocampus: Effects of nutrition on memory”
Arthur F. Kramer, University of Illinois
“Walking towards a healthier brain & mind”
Joel Voss, Northwestern University
“Modulating hippocampal-cortical brain networks and memory using noninvasive stimulation”

March 23 (CMB), 12pm – Andre Fenton, New York University – 2 Cummington Mall, Room 109
“Title to be announced”

April 2015

April 1 (CSN/IPMNS), 12pm – Jason Ritt, BU Biomedical Engineering – 24 Cummington Mall, Room B01
“Active sensing, artificial sensations, and neurocontrol”

April 7, 12pm – Joseph LeDoux, New York University – CRC Photonics Building, 8 Saint Marys Street

April 8 (CSN/IPMNS), 12pm – David Somers, BU Psychological and Brain Sciences – 24 Cummington Mall, Room B01
“Attentional networks in the brain”

April 15, 12pm – Dr. Thor Stein, BU School of Medicine – MED Rm. L110, Instructional Building, L Building, 72 East Concord Street
“Title to be announced”

April 22 (Biology Seminar), 12pm – Nao Uchida, Harvard University – 24 Cummington Mall, Room B01
“Time across scales in memory and cognition”

April 27 (CMB), 12pm – Stefano Fusi, Columbia University – 2 Cummington Mall, Room 109
“Title to be announced”

May 2015

May 6 (CSN/IPMNS), 12pm– Helen Barbas, BU Department of Health Sciences – 24 Cummington Mall, Room B01
“The primate connectome in context: from general principles to special prefrontal connections and function”

May 6, 12pm – Dr. Rhoda Au, BU School of Medicine – MED Rm. L110, Instructional Building, L Building, 72 East Concord Street
“Title to be announced”

May 18 (CMB), 12pm – Scott Moffat, Georgia Tech University – 2 Cummington Mall, Room 109
“Title to be announced”