Departmental Seminar Series 2006-2016

Fall 2016

Date
Series
Speaker
Topic- Click to download abstract / presentation
August 9 Dept. Thomas Groves (Candidacy Exam; Mentor: Dr. Antino Allen) JR-220: A Novel NMDA Antagonist with Traumatic Brain Injury Therapeutic Potential
September 6 Dept. Edgar Garcia-Rill, PhD, Professor and Director of the Center for Translational Neuroscience, Dept. of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences Arousal and motor control
September 13 CTN Erica Beecher-Monas, JD, LLM, JSD Square Peg, Round Hole: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Neuroscience Evidence
October 11, 9:00am, 12th Floor Jack Stephens Spine Building Ashok Shetty, PhD, Director of Neurosciences, Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Texas A&M, Health Sciences Center, Temple, TX Efficacy of Human iPSC-derived Medial Ganglionic Eminence like Cells for Treating Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
October 18 CTN Monica L. Andersen, PhD, Professor Department of Psychobiology, Chief Sleep Division, Universidad Federal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil Sleep, stress, and the immune system
November 1,
11:00am-12:00 pm, Ford Audit., Rm 1207, Reynolds Inst. on Aging
Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience George Perry, PhD, Dean of the College of Sciences, Professor of Biology and Semmes Foundation Distinguished University Chair in Neurobiology Role of Mitochondria in the Oxidative Stress of Alzheimer Disease
November 22 Dept. Ronald Salomon, MD, Professor, Psychiatric Research Institute, UAMS and Abdallah Hayar, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Neurobiol. & Dev. Sci. Depression: A Loss of Slow Oscillations in Serotonin Function?
December 6 Dept. Fen Xia, MD, PhD, MS, Chair, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, UAMS The Role of PKM2 in DNA Repair

Spring 2016

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January 19 Dept. Nancy Gray, PhD, director of UAMS BioVentures UAMS Discoveries: From Lab Bench to Market
February 9 CTN Istvan Katona, PhD, Professor at the Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary. Cell-type-specific superresolution imaging of synaptic cannabinoid signaling
February 23 Dept. John Cirrito, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine Antidepressants make plaques unhappy: Synaptic regulation of amyloid-beta in Alzheimer’s mice and man
March 8 Dept. Ronald L. Klein, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience, LSU Shreveport, New Orleans. Gene Vectors to Study Neurodegenerative Diseases
March 15 Dept. Abdallah Hayar, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences The Brain, Space-time and the Universe
March 17
Thurs. 9:00 a.m. Rayford Aud.
Dept. Rachel Hendrix (Mentor: Dr. Steven Barger) Characterizing Metabolic Changes in a Model of Alzheimer’s Disease
March 29 Dept. Linda Larson-Prior, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, UAMS The contribution of sleep to human performance
April 5 Dept. Brennon Luster (Thesis Defense; Mentor: Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill) Intracellular Mechanisms Modulating Gamma Band Activity in the Peduncuolopontine Nucleus (PPN)
April 12 Dept. Stasia Donofrio (Thesis Defense; Mentor: Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill) Modulation of Gamma Oscillations in the Pedunculopontine Nucleus by Neuronal Calcium Sensor Protein-1 and Lithium
April 19 Dept. J.C. Douglas (Candidacy Exam; Mentor: Dr. Cindy Kane) Ethanol Effects on Oligodendrocytes and Myelin in a Mouse Model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
April 26 Dept. Gwen Childs, PhD, FAAA, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences “Leptin Action on Gonadotropes”. (Symposium talk at the 2016 Endocrine Society meetings in Boston)
May 5
Thurs.
Joint with Physiology Dept. Vittorio Gallo, PhD, Prof. of Pediatrics, Pharmacology and Physiology, George Washington Univ. School of Medicine Mechanisms of White Matter Injury and Regeneration in the
Developing Brain
May 17 Dept. Paul Shaw, PhD, Associate Prof., Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington Univ. School of Medicine in St Louis. Can Sleep Fix a Broken Brain?
June 2
Thurs. noon
COPH, Rm 8/240
Dept. Brian T. Miller, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Medical Education, Dell Medical School, University of Texas, Austin, Texas The Various Roles of the Clinical Anatomist in Current Medical School Curricula

Fall 2015

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October 27 Dept. Antino Allen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Member, Division of Radiation Health Effects of Low Dose Space Irradiation on Neurogenesis and Structural Plasticity: Factors Involved in Learning and Memory
November 17 Dept. Sarah Mulkey, MD, Brain Injury and Neurodevelopmental Outcome in Newborns with Critical Congenital Heart Disease
November 24 Dept. Sang-Hun Lee, PhD, Dept. of Neurology Plasticity of GABAergic interneurons in brain disorders
December 15 CTN Jeffrey Burns, M.D., M.S., Professor, Dept. of Neurology, Univ. of Kansas Medical Center Is Alzheimer’s a Systemic Disease?

Spring 2015

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Series

Speaker

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March 3 CTN Carlos Schenk, MD, Psychiatry
Clinics, Hennepin County Medical Center
Insights from the release of instinctual behaviors during human sleep: aggression, locomotion, eating, and sex
March 17 Dept. Melanie MacNicol, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurobiology and Develop. Sciences Control of Stem Cell Transitions by mRNA Translation
April 7 Dept. Helen Hayes (Mentor: Dr. Mark Mennemeier) A Brief Review of Frequency Dependent rTMS Effects on Cortical Excitability
April 14 Dept. Stasia Donofrio (Mentor: Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill) Modulation of gamma oscillations in the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) by neuronal calcium sensor protein-1 (NCS-1): Relevance to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
April 21 Dept. Brennon Luster (Mentor: Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill) Ca2+ channels behind gamma band activity in the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN)
April 24, Friday 1:00 pm, Biomed II, Rayford,  Rm 106-2 Dept. Melody Lyn Allensworth-James (Mentor: Dr. Gwen Childs) The Role of Leptin Receptors in Somatotrope Function: A Look at Metabolic and Developmental Functions and Possible Mechanisms of Action
April 28 Dept. Gwendolyn Carter  (Thesis Defense; Mentor: Dr. Mark Mennemeier) Effect of rTMS on Resting-State Brain Activity in Tinnitus
May 5 Dept. J.C. Douglas (Mentor: Dr. Cindy Kane) Behavioral Tests in Mouse Models of FASD
May 12 Dept. Thomas Groves (Research Rotation Advisor: Dr. Steve Barger) Hypoxia Inducible Factors and their Role in Obesity
May 26 Dept. Syed Ali, PhD, NCTR Effects of Nanomaterials on Central Nervous System
June 9 at 2:00 PM Dept. Rachel Hendrix, Graduate Student and SfN Early Career Policy Fellow (Mentor: Dr. Steven Barger) Dysregulation of Hypothalamic Control of Energy Metabolism in a Model of Alzheimer’s Disease
June 23 Dept. Johana Vega Leonel, PhD, (postdoc. candidate), Laboratory for NanoBiomaterials for Diagnosis, Drug Delivery & Tissue Engineering, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Engineering Biomaterial Surfaces with N-Cadherin
June 30 at 10:30 AM
Dept. Naresh Genabai, PhD, (postdoc. candidate), Paul Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech University of Health Sciences Center, El Paso, Texas Genetic Inhibition of JNK3 Ameliorates Spinal Muscular Atrophy
July 14 Dept Adam Behensky, PhD, (postdoc. candidate), Dept. of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, Univ. of South Florida College of Medicine Sigma Receptor Activation Mitigates Toxicity Evoked by the Convergence of Ischemia, Acidosis and Amyloid-β

Fall 2014

Date

Series

Speaker

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August 5 COPH/G232 Dept. Gwendolyn Carter  (Mentor: Dr. Mark Mennemeier) Effect of rTMS on Resting State Brain Activity in Tinnitus
August 26 Dept. Fang Zheng, PhD, Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology, UAMS Exploring the Roles of Canonical Transient Receptor Potential Channels in Acute and Recurrent Seizures
September 23 Dept. Sandra Mooney, PhD, Dept. of Pediatrics, Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine (Host: Dr. Kane) Prenatal ethanol alters brain anatomy and behavior. Does an omega 3 fatty acid improve outcomes?
September 30 Dept/CTN Edgar Garcia-Rill, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences The Control of Waking and Sleep- Implications for Parkinson’s Disease
October 7 Dept. Sue Griffin, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Geriatrics, UAMS APOE genotype influences neuronal resilience, even in disease
October 14 Dept. Xiong Bin Lin (Mentor: Dr. Abdallah Hayar) The neuronal firing code: Can it distinguish age, sex and ethanol treatment?
December 5 Friday, COPH, Rm G228 Dept. Rachel Hendrix (Mentor: Dr. Steve Barger) Examining Metabolic Dysfunction in the Context of Alzheimer’s Disease
December 9 Dept. Xiong Bin Lin (Thesis defense; Mentor: Dr. Abdallah Hayar) Effects of Developmental Ethanol Exposure on Motor Coordination

Spring 2014

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January 28 Dept. Ahmad Salehi, MD, PhD, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System, California Molecular mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction in Down syndrome. Steps toward therapy
February 18 Dept. Robert J Reis, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Geriatrics, College of Medicine, UAMS Protein Aggregation in Neurodegenerative Disease Models: Common Components and Shared Proteostasis Vulnerabilities
March 11 Dept. Sarah Blossom, PhD, Assistant Professor, The Arkansas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, UAMS Neuroimmune Effects of Developmental Trichloroethylene Exposure
April 1 Dept.
(Dissertation Defense)
Martin Watts (Mentors: Dr. Abdallah Hayar and Dr. Elie Al-Chaer) Modulation of Visceral Pain by Interaction between Adrenergic and Vanilloid Receptors
April 8 Dept. Miroslav Backonja, MD, Principal Investigator, Medical Director CRI Lifetree, Salt Lake City Research Center Neuropathic Pain and Opportunities in Translational Research
April 15 Dept. Clint Kilts, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine, Director, Brain Imaging Research Center, Psychiatric Research Institute, UAMS Mapping the Functional Organization of the Human Brain: The Neural Signatures of Drug Addiction
April 22 Dept. Robert Skinner, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences The Neuroprotective Agent Dodecafluoropentane: Successful in Two Animal Models of Stroke
April 25, Friday
12:00-1:00 pm
Rayford Audit.
Dept.
(Dissertation Defense)
Angela Odle (Mentor: Dr. Gwen Childs) Pituitary and Adipocyte Leptin: Partners in the Regulation of Pituitary Function, Development and Metabolism
April 29 Dept. Helen Benes, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences

Fall 2013

Date

Series

Speaker

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August 27 Dept.
(Candidacy Exam)
Xiong Bin Lin (Mentor: Dr. Abdallah Hayar) Ethanol-Induced Developmental Cerebellar Damage Alters Rat Licking
November 5 Dept. Dr. Ladu
November 12 Dept. Brian Storrie, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics, UAMS
November 19 Dept.
(Candidacy Exam)
Brennon Luster (Mentor: Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill) Mechanisms behind gamma band activity in waking vs REM sleep
November 26 Dept.
(Candidacy Exam)
Stasia D’Onofrio (Mentor: Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill) Role of NCS-1 in gamma band activity in the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN)

Spring 2013

Date

Series

Speaker

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January 29 CTN J. Scott Richards, PhD, Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury: Outcomes from the Bedside as we await the Bench
February 5 Dept. Larry Suva, PhD, Professor of Orthopaedics and Physiology and Biophysics, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, UAMS Low Bone Mass in Mice and Men with Down Syndrome
February 26 CTN Francisco Urbano, PhD, Univ. of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina Differential effects of methylphenidate and cocaine on somatosensory thalamic nuclei in mice
March 5 Dept. LaShundra Watson, MD, Instructor, Dept. of Neurobiol. & Develop. Sci., UAMS Reflections, case-studies, and clinical experiences gained from a two-month sponsored externship in Ghana
March 12 Dept. Nalini Bora, PhD, Professor,  Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, UAMS Manipulation of the Complement System for the Treatment of Ocular Diseases
March 19 CTN Hynek Wichterle, PhD, Associate Professor, Pathology & Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Neurology, Columbia University, New York (Host: Dr. Kiaei) ALS in a dish: From Stem Cell Programming to Disease Modeling
April 15 (Monday)
Inst. on Aging,
8th Floor,
Rm 8104/05
Dept.
(Dissertation Defense)
Orwa Aboud (Mentor:  Dr. Sue T. Griffin) The Influence of APOE Genotype on Cellular and Molecular Responses in Epilepsy
April 26
(Friday)
Dept.
(Dissertation Defense)
James Hyde (Mentor: Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill) Visualization, Control, and Maintenance of Gamma Band in the RAS
April 30 Dept.
(Dissertation Defense)
Paige Beck (Mentor: Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill) The Role of Leptin in the Reticular Activating System
May 14 CTN Thomas Kilduff, PhD, Senior Director, Center for Neuroscience and Metabolic Disease, Stanford Research Institute Cortical nNOS Neurons as Critical Elements in Sleep Homeostasis
June 4 Dept. Xiong Bin Lin (Mentor: Dr. Abdallah Hayar) The fine temporal structure of the rat licking pattern: What causes the variability in the interlick intervals and how is it affected by the drinking solution?
July 9 Dept. Stasia Donofrio (Mentor: Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill) Review of: Up-regulation of neuronal calcium sensor-1 (NCS1) in the prefrontal cortex of schizophrenic and bipolar patients
July 11 (Thursday) Dept. Gwendolyn Carter (Mentor: Dr. Mark Mennemeier) Effect of rTMS on Resting State Brain Activity in Tinnitus
July 16 Dept. Brennon Luster (Mentor: Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill)
Gamma Maintenance in the Reticular Activating System (RAS)

Fall 2012

Date

Series

Speaker

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September 25 CTN M. Joycelyn Elders, MD, U.S. Surgeon General, 1993-1994, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Pediatrics, UAMS Disparities in Health Care
October 2 Department Jason Chang, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences
& Pao-Feng Tsai, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Dept. of Nursing Science, UAMS
A Pilot Cluster Randomized Trial of a 20-Week Tai Chi Program in Elders with Cognitive Impairment and Osteoarthritic Knee: Effects on Pain and Health Outcomes
October 9 Dept. & ACSFN David Whitney, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of California, Berkley, (Invited by the Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (ACSFN)) The Bottleneck of Conscious Vision
October 16 No seminar: Society for Neuroscience Meeting
October 23 Graduate
(candidacy exam)
Xiong Bin Lin (Mentor: Dr. Abdallah Hayar) Effect of ethanol on motor coordination
October 30 Department Alvaro G. Estévez, PhD, Associate Professor, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida (Sponsor: Dr. Kiaei) Nitrative Stress-induced Apoptosis: One Residue is Enough
November 6
November 13 Department Patricia Wight, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics, UAMS An intronic enhancer is essential for myelin proteolipid protein gene expression in the CNS and PNS. Is Sox10 the key modulator?
November 16
Friday noon
Department
& Office of Global Health
Mohammad Shafiul Alam, Assistant Scientist, Parasitology Research Group, ICDDR, Dhaka
Bangladesh
Malaria Studies in Bangladesh: a Perspective from the ICDDR,B
November 20 Graduate Naveen Babu Kandavalli (Mentor: Steve Barger)
November 27 Department Gerald A. Dienel, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Neurology, UAMS Astrocyte-Neuron Metabolic Interactions During Brain Activation: Is Lactate Shuttling Fact or Fiction?
December 4 Graduate
(candidacy exam)
Melody Allensworth (Mentor: Dr. Gwen Childs) Leptin Regulation of Somatotropes in Postnatal Development and Adult Metabolism

Spring 2012

Date

Series

Speaker

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February 7 Department James E. Blankenship, PhD, Dept. of Neuroscience & Cell Biology, Univ. of Texas Medical Branch. Be Not Afraid: You Can Build a Student-Centered Learning Curriculum
February 14 CTN Veronica Bisagno, PhD, Research Scientist, ININFA-CONICET, Univ. of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Neuroprotective role of modafinil against methamphetamine toxicity
February 21 Graduate Orwa Aboud (Mentor: Dr. Griffin) Apolipoprotein E expression in response to the cytokine cycle
March 6 Dissertation Defense Nebojsa Kezunovic (Mentor: Dr. Garcia-Rill) Mechanism of Gamma Band Activity of Pedunculopontine and Parafascicular Neurons: Implications for Arousal
March 13 Department John Crow, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology, UAMS D-serine, Glia, and Mutant SOD1 in ALS: New Connections in the Pathogenesis Puzzle
April 3 Department Jerry Ware, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics, UAMS The platelet paradigm beyond hemostasis and thrombosis
April 11 (Wed. noon COPH 8th floor Auditorium Rm 8240) Graduate (candidacy exam) James Hyde (Mentor: Dr. Garcia-Rill) Visualization, Control, and Maintenance of Gamma in the RAS
April 24 Department Usha Ponnappan, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, UAMS Immune Senescence and Inflammaging: Proteosomal Regulation Gone Awry!
May 1 Graduate (candidacy exam) Gwendolyn Carter (Mentor: Dr. Mark Mennemeier) Effect of rTMS on Resting State Brain Activity in Tinnitus
May 4 (Friday noon)  Graduate (candidacy exam) Orwa Aboud (Mentor: Dr. Sue Griffin) The influence of APOE genotype on cellular and molecular responses in epilepsy
May 8
May 15
May 29
June 1 (Friday noon-1:00 pm, COPH 8th floor, Audit. 8240) Graduate seminar Melody Allensworth (Mentor: Dr. Gwen Childs) Metabolic Factors That Lead to Obesity in Mice with Complete Deletion of Somatotrope Leptin Receptors (Somatotrope Null LEPR Exon 1)
June 4 (Monday 1:00-2:00 pm, COPH 8th floor, Audit. 8240) Graduate (candidacy exam) Angela Odle (Mentor: Dr. Gwen Childs) Pituitary Leptin as a Paracrine and Endocrine Regulator of Neonatal and Adult Physiology
June 5 Department Rhonda D. Kineman, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism (Host: Dr. Childs) The Somatotrope as a Metabolic Sensor: The Direct Effects of Insulin on Growth Hormone Output
June 12
June 19
June 26
July 3
July 10
July 17
July 19 (Thur. noon) CTN Mary E. Aitken, MD MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, UAMS To be announced
July 24
July 26 (Thur. noon) Department Edgar Garcia-Rill, PhD, Director, Center for Translational Neuroscience, Dept. Neurobiology & Dev. Sci., UAMS Optimizing your NIH grant application:What to do BEFORE submitting

Fall 2011

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September 20 Department William Culp, MD, Professor of Radiology and Surgery, Dept. of Radiology, UAMS Novel Stroke Therapies Using a Rabbit Model
September 27
October 4
October 11 Graduate Melody Allensworth (Mentor: Dr.Childs) Exploring a Mouse Model of Pre-obesity and Obesity
October 18 Department Shiguang Yu, PhD, Assistant Professor of Immunology, Arkansas Biosciences Institute, Arkansas State University (Host: Dr. Drew) Suppressing Production of Interleukin 17 (IL-17) and GM-CSF in T Helper Cells by Immunomodulator
October 25
October 28 (Friday) Graduate and CTN Christen Simon (Mentor: Dr. Garcia-Rill) Glutamatergic Fast Synaptic Neurotransmission in the Pedunculopontine and Dorsal Subcoeruleus Nuclei: Implications for Arousal
November 1 Graduate Xiong Bin Lin (Mentor: Dr. Hayar) Electrophysiological approach to establish a link between cerebellar activity and rhythmic licking
November 8 Department Ken Hensley, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Univ. of Toledo Health Sciences Center (Host: Dr. Kiaei)
November 15
November 22
November 29 Department Steve W. Barger, PhD, Professor of Geriatrics, Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, and Internal Medicine, UAMS When is a lipoprotein receptor not a lipoprotein receptor? When it completes the Grand Unified Theory for Alzheimer pathogenesis
December 6 Graduate Naveen Kandavalli (Mentor: Dr. Barger) To be announced
December 13 Department Syed Imam, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (Host: Dr. Barger) Drug Repositioning of Abl Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors: A new avenue for the treatment of neurological disorders
December 20
December 27

Spring 2011

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January 18 Department Susan Steelman, MLIS, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Research & Clinical Search Services, UAMS  Reid Landes, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biostatistics, UAMS – The Animal Alternatives Search – Tips for an Effective and Efficient Search– Requirements for Animal Alternatives Search– Tips for a Sensible Animal Justification Section
February 1 Department Bhupinder Vohra, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, UCA Multiple mechanisms of axonal degeneration share a common Nmnat1- sensitive pathway
February 15 Department, Students’ Choice Speaker Detlef Heck, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Univ. of Tennessee Health Science Center Conducting the Neuronal Symphony: A Proposed Neuronal Mechanism for Cerebellar Coordination of Movements and Mental Processes
March 1 Department Angus MacNicol, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences, UAMS
March 29 Department Dwight Pierce, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UAMS Ethanol and the Developing Cerebellum
April 12, 11:30 am- 12:30 pm OLAW WEBINAR OLAW WEBINAR The New GUIDE How Will it Impact Your Institution
April 19
April 20 (Wed. noon, CPH AUD 8240) Graduate Angela Odle (Mentor: Dr. Childs) Deletion of Somatrope Leptin Causes Metabolic Changes in the Mouse
April 26 ( Tues. 10:00 am, CPH AUD 8240) Graduate Chaoxuan Dong (Mentor: Dr. Anand) Effects of Ketamine on Neural Stem Progenitor Cells from the Rat Fetal Cortex
April 26 Naz Dewji, PhD, Associate Professor in Neuroscience at UC San Diego.  Host: Sue Griffin A New Approach For The Treatment Of Alzheimer’s Disease
May 3 Department Bill Atchison, PhD, Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Center for Integrative Toxicology, Michigan State University Exposure to an Environmental Neurotoxicant Hastens the Onset of ALS-Like Phenotype in hSOD1G93A Mice: Ca2+ – dependent, Glutamate-Mediated Excitotoxicity
May 24 Graduate Gwendolyn Carter (Mentor: Dr. Mennemeier)
May 31 Department Piera Pasinelli, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neuroscience & Farber Institute for Neuroscience, Thomas Jefferson University Mitochondrial Pathology in ALS: Lessons from Mutant SOD1
June 9 (Thursday) Graduate Christen Simon (Mentor: Dr. Garcia-Rill)
June 14 CTN Frank Andrasik, PhD,  Host: Dr. Christine Sheffer
June 28 Graduate (Thesis Defense) Jennifer Watts (Mentor: Dr. Elie Al-Chaer)

Fall 2010

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August 10 Department Tarun K. Garg, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Myeloma Institute, UAMS. Host: Dr. Jason Chang Adoptively Transferred Expanded Natural Killer Cells Inhibit Myeloma Tumor Growth in Vivo
August 17 CTN Francisco J. Urbano, PhD, Research Scientist, CONICET, Instituto de Fisiologia, Biologia, y Neurosciencias, Univ. of Buenos Aires, Argentina T-type calcium channels play a key role in GABAergic thalamocortical alterations and hyperlocomotion mediated by repetitive cocaine administration
August 31 Graduate James Hyde Neural Population Response – Recording and Analysis
September 28 CTN Lumy Sawaki, MD, PhD, Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Univ. of Kentucky. Host: Dr. Mark Mennemeier
October 12 Graduate Chaoxuan Dong Effects of Ketamine on Apoptosis and Neurogenesis of Rat Fetal Cortical Neural Stem Progenitor Cells
October 19 Graduate Angela Odle
October 26 Graduate TBA from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Tentative: Selecting the Right Postdoctoral Fellowship
November 2 CTN Edgar Garcia-Rill, PhD, Director, Center for Translational Neuroscience, Dept. of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences, UAMS Arousal from slices to humans: Implications for Deep Brain Stimulation  
November 9 Michael Zawada, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY. Host: Dr. Steve Barger Angiotensin and NADPH oxidase in Parkinson’s disease
November 16 Graduate Gwendolyn Carter
November 23 Department Paul Gottschall, PhD, Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology, UAMS. Host: Dr. Kevin Phelan Proteoglycans, Proteases and Plasticity in the Neural Microenvironment
November 30 Graduate Nebojsa Kezunovic, Mentor: Edgar Garcia-Rill, PhD, Center for Translational Neuroscience, Dept. of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences Mechanism Behind Gamma Band Activity in PPN and Pf Nuclei
December 7 Department William Slikker, PhD, Director, National Center for Toxicological Research/FDA. Host: Dr. Robert Skinner The Promise of Regulatory Science

Spring 2010

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January 5 Department Russell B. Melchert, PhD, College of Pharmacy Dept .of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Host: Dr. Robert Skinner Animal Biotelemetry for Cardiovascular Research
January 7 (Thurs. 3 pm) Department jointly with Physiology Edward K. Williamson, PhD, Director, Confocal Facility, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Hosts: Drs. Gwen Childs and Brian Storrie Microscopy for Biology’s Sake
January 12
January 14 (Thurs. 3 pm) Department jointly with Physiology Rhonda D. Kineman, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago; Research Health Scientist, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Hosts: Drs. Gwen Childs and Larry and Dana Suva Growth Hormone and Adult Physiology
January 22 (Friday noon) Department Wei Wang, PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Steven W. Barger Doctoral Dissertation Defense: Structure-Function Study of Serine Racemase
February 2 CTN Helen Baghdoyan, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Anesthesiology, Univ. of Michigan Sleep, Anesthesia, & Mental Health: Mechanistic Insights from Neuropharmacological and Neurochemical Studies
February 4 (Thurs. 9 am) Department (Faculty candidate) Tue G. Banke, PhD, MSc, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Johnson & Johnson, Pharmaceutical Res. & Dev., San Diego, CA. Host: Dr. Paul Drew Large pore formation of TRP channels
February 23 CTN Rolf T. Wigand, PhD, Maulden-Entergy Chair & Distinguished Professor, Depts. of Information Science & Management, UALR Taming the Social Network Jungle: From Communication Networks to Ubiquitous Social Media
March 9 Department   Yunjun Wang, PhD; Xiong Liu, PhD, Mesolight, LLC, UAMS BioVentures. Host: Dr. Jason Chang Biomedical Applications of Luminescent Semiconductor Nanocrystals
March 16   CTN Luis de Lecea, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University Optogenetic control of arousal and reward
March 18 (Thurs. 9 am)   Department (Faculty candidate) Mahmoud Kiaei, PhD, Assistant Professor in Neuroscience, Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Medical College of Cornell University Oxidative Stress, Neuroinflammation and Therapeutic Development in animal model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
March 23 (cancelled) CTN Peter Kalivas, PhD, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Neurosciences, Medical Univ. of South Carolina (cancelled)
March 30 CTN Thomas R. Kosten, MD, Jay H Waggoner Chair and Professor Psychiatry, Pharmacology & Neuroscience, Baylor & VA Houston Clinical Translational Research Anti-addiction Medications
April 6 CTN Kathryn A. Hamilton, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Cellular Biology and Anatomy, Louisiana State Univ. Health Sci. Cent. Host: Dr. Abdallah Hayar The “forgotten” olfactory bulb interneurons: characteristics and functions
April 13 Department Robert L. Stephens, Jr., PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Physiology and Cell Biology, Ohio State Univ. Medical Center. Host: Dr. Elie Al-Chaer GLT-1 over-expression attenuates visceral nociception and cross-organ sensitization of bladder nociception and function
April 19 (Monday noon) Graduate (Candidacy exam) Martin Watts α2-Adrenoceptors Modulate TRPV4 and Reduce Inflammation-Induced Visceral Pain
April 20 CTN  John Hughes, MD, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Vermont. Host: Dr. Christine E Sheffer
May 4 Department Yuzhi Chen, PhD, Dept. of Geriatrics and Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, UAMS Ubiquitination and Alzheimer’s Disease
May 11 Graduate Jennifer Watts Novel Mechanisms of Inflammatory Visceral Pain: Functional Properties of Glia
May 14 (Friday noon) Department Beata Wolska, PhD, Dept. of Physiology in Medicine, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago. Host: Dr. Helen Benes Rescue of Familial Cardiomyopathies by Alterations in Ca Fluxes or Direct Modifications at the Sarcomere Level
May 18 Graduate (Candidacy exam) Christen Simon Glutamatergic Modulation of the Pedunculopontine Nucleus and its Potential Effects on Waking and REM Sleep
May 25 CTN  Pham H. Liem, MD, Associate Chief of Staff of Geriatrics and Extended Care, CAVHS, Jackson T. Stephens Professor of Geriatrics, UAMS Fat, Full of Insulin and Forgetful: The relationship between Adiposity, Type 2 Diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease  
June 1 CTN Atom Sarkar, MD, PhD, Director, Neurological Nanomedicine, Associate Director, Functional Neurosurgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH The Promise of Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
June 8 Department Helen Benes, PhD, Dept. of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, UAMS Molecular analysis of sex-specific gene activity – towards a novel mosquito control strategy
June 22, 9:00 a.m. Department Shuliang Liu, Ph.D. Candidate; Mentor: Tammy L. Kielian, PhD. Doctoral Dissertation Defense: Pathogenesis and Immune Responses to Citrobacter koseri Infection in the Central Nervous System
June 22 (noon) Department and CTN Neso Kezunovic, Graduate student mentored by E. Garcia-Rill, PhD Gamma Band Activity in the Nuclei of the Reticular Activating System

Fall 2009

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Topic– Click to read abstract

August 25 Graduate Jennifer Watts Report: P2XT Receptor & Spinal Injury
September 2 (Wed.) Graduate Martin Watts Report: TRPV4 & Visceral Hypersensitivity
September 8 Graduate Gregory Sorenson Report: Transcranial Current Stimulation
September 15 Graduate Angela Odle Report: Deletion of Leptin Receptor in Neurons Leads to Obesity
September 22 Graduate Christen Simon Report: Properties of a T-Type Ca2 Channel-Activated Slow Afterhyperpolarization in the Thalamic Paraventricular Nucleus
September 29 Graduate James Hyde Report: Confocal Mapping of Cortical Inputs onto Identified Pyramidal Neurons
October 6 Graduate Gwendolyn Carter Report: Gene Expression in Drosophila Model of Parkinson’s Disease
October 12 (Mond.) Chapter Meeting Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience Meeting
October 20 No Seminar Soc. for Neuroscience Mtg.
October 27 No Seminar Chancellor’s Teaching Award Ceremony
November 3 Graduate Meet to Discuss Invited Extramural Speaker for the Spring Semester
November 10 Graduate Sasikanth Gorantla Report: Predicting Clinical Progression in Multiple Sclerosis with the Magnetic Resonance Disease Severity Scale
December 1 Department Mark Hannink, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, Univ. of Missouri. Host: Dr. Helen Benes Structural and functional analysis of Keap1: New insights into regulation of anti-oxidant gene expression
December 8 Graduate Nebojsa Kezunovic Report: High-Frequency Network Oscillations in Cerebellar Cortex
December 15 Department Jihong Xu, PhD, Dept. of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, UAMS Immune Suppression of β-Lapachone on Inflammatory Cytokines IL-23 and IL-17: Relevance to Autoimmune Diseases

Spring 2009

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January 13 CTN Donald J. Woodward, PhD, President and Director, Neuroscience Research Institute of North Carolina, Winston Salem, NC Evolution of Enabling Technology for Multineuron Recording: Impact on Studies of Brain and Behavior
January 27 Department Raghu Vemuganti, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Neurological Surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School Role of transcription factors and MicroRNAs in ischemic brain damage
Thursday January 29, 4:00 pm, Pauly Auditorium G219, COPH Paul Ford, PhD, Clinical Bioethicist, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Innovating the Brain: Ethics of Neuro-technology
March 31 CTN Jim Marcin, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics Section of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of California Davis Pediatric Telemedicine and its Applications in the ED and ICU
April 7 Graduate Chaoxuan Dong Effects of Ketamine on Apoptosis and Neurogenesis of Rat Fetal Cortical Neural Stem Progenitor Cells (NSPCs)
April 14 CTN G. William Rebeck, Associate Professor, Dept. of Neuroscience, School of Medicine, Georgetown University. Host: Dr. Yuzhi Chen Synaptic Functions of Alzheimer’s Proteins APP and ApoE
April 21 Graduate Meijun Ye Cholinergic modulation of fast synaptic transmission in the Pedunculopontine and Parafascicular nuclei: Implications for the regulation of cortical arousal
April 28 Graduate Christen Simon Glutamatergic Modulation of the Pedunculopontine Nucleus and its Potential Effects on Waking and REM Sleep
May 5 Graduate Shuliang Liu Microglial Activation by Citrobacter koseri is Mediated by TLR4- and MyD88-dependent Pathways
May 12 Department Kumar Sambamurti, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Physiology and Neurosciences, Medical University of South Carolina Understanding AD through retinal degeneration
May 26 Graduate Jennifer Watts Novel Mechanisms of Visceral Pain: Functional Properties of Microglia
June 2 Graduate Nebojsa Kezunovic Gamma Oscillations During Brain Activity: Properties, Significance, and Future Experiments

Fall 2008

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September 9 CTN Edgar Garcia-Rill, PhD, Director, Center for Translational Neuroscience Center for Translational Research, 4 years of progress
September 16 CTN Jeffrey R. Kaiser, MD, MA, Dept. of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatology, Arkansas Children’s Hospital The Influence of Hypercapnia (↑CO2) on Neonatal Brain Injury: How High is Too High?
September 30 CTN F. Edward Dudek, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Physiology, Univ. of Utah School of Medicine Progressive development of spontaneous seizures in experimental epilepsy
October 7 CTN William Fantegrossi, PhD,Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology, UAMS Nantenine analogues as MDMA antagonists and PET ligands: a translational approach toward novel therapeutics
October 14 CTN Richard Whit Hall, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatology, UAMS Beam me in, Scotty: Telemedicine in Education, Clinical Medicine and Research
October 21 11:00-12:00 a.m. CTN John Dornhoffer, MD, Professor, Director, Division of Otology/ Neurotology, Dept. of Otolaryngology, UAMS Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Tinnitus
October 28 11:00-12:00 a.m. CTN Subimal Datta, PhD, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Boston University Sleep: Learning and Memory
November 4 Education West Building, Room 226 Arkansas Chapter Soc. for Neuroscience  William E. Sonntag, PhD, Professor and Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Aging Research, Dept. of Geriatric Medicine, Univ. of Oklahoma Health Science Center Worms, Flies, Dwarfs and Things That Go Bump in the Night: Growth Hormone, IGF-1 and the Aging Brain
November 18 Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics John Solaro, PhD, Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Illinois at Chicago
December 2 Graduate Ms. Wei Wang, PhD candidate working in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Barger Structure-Function Study of Serine Racemase
December 9 CTN Melanie MacNicol, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences Neural Stem Cells; Developmental Decisions through mRNA Translational Control

Spring 2008

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January 8 Dept. Sami Harik, MD, Dept. of Neurology, UAMS The Blood Brain Barrier in Health and Disease
January 23, Wed. 2:00 p.m., COPH, Rm 8240 Microanatomy Course Review   Steve Downing, PhD, Dept. of Anatomy Microbiology and Pathology, Univ. of Minnesota Medical School Duluth Curricular Changes at the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth: Internal Perspectives
February 5 CTN Major General Bill Lefler, DDS, FACP, US Army (Retired), Hot Springs Village, AR Tobacco Settlement Commission Chairman The history, progress and future impact of the Tobacco Settlement in Arkansas
February 12 Graduate/Postdoc Shuliang Liu
March 11 Dept. Marie-Francoise Chesselet, MD, PhD, UCLA Behavioral phenotypes of mouse models of neurodegenerative diseases
April 15 Ph.D. Dissertation Defense David Heister, Dept. of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences (Thesis director: Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill) Intrinsic mechanisms and cholinergic modulation of the dorsal subcoeruleus: Implications for REM sleep
May 13 Dept. John Tower, PhD, Univ. Southern California (Host: Dr. Helen Benes) Nuclear-mitochondrial signaling and Drosophila life span

Fall 2007

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September 4 CTN Michael Borrelli, PhD, UAMS Radiology Biofunctional imaging and image guided therapies for Neuroscience
September 11 CTN Carlos Schenck, MD, Hennepin Med. Ctr. Univ. Minneapolis Psychiatry REM sleep behavior disorder and Parkinsonism, and Zolpidem-Induced Sleep Related Eating Disorder
September 25 Bench-to-Bedside Alice Fann, MD, PhD & Elie Al-Chaer, PhD, JD   Dr. Fann: “Functional Pain: Fiction, Function or Dysfunction” Dr. Al-Chaer: “Pain: The Paradox of Research Advances and Clinical Retreat”
October 2 PhD Candidacy Exam Meijun Ye (Mentor: Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill) Cholinergic Modulation of Arousal in the Pedunculopontine (PPN) and Parafascicular (Pf) Nuclei
October 9 Graduate/Postdoc Wei Wang
October 11, Thursday 9:00 a.m. Dissertation Defense Taasin Srivastava (Mentor: Dr. Angus MacNicol) College of Public Health Building, Room 8-240 Role and Regulation of CPEB1 in Neuronal Cells
October 16  Bench-to-Bedside Mark Mennemeier, PhD, & John Dornhoffer, MD Dr. Mennemeier: “Is the ringing in your ears all in your head?” Dr. Dornhoffer: “Beating Back the Noise: TMS and Tinnitus”
October 23 Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Roger Reep, PhD, Dept. of Physiological Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, Florida Neural Circuitry and Plasticity in a Rodent Model of Hemispatial Neglect
October 30 Graduate/Postdoc Chaoxuan Dong Ketamine Neurotoxicity in the Newborn Brain is Dose-Dependent and Developmentally Regulated
November 13 Dept. William Hickey, PhD, Dartmouth Medical School (Host: Dr. Tammy Kielian) An Update on Microglia and Perivascular Cells: their roles expand
November 14, Wed. 11:00-12:00 Bench-to-Bedside Alison Oliveto, PhD and Michael Mancino, MD Drug Abuse and Relapse: The Never-ending Story.
November 27 CTN Mark Hallett, MD, PhD, Human Motor Control section, NINDS, NIH Pathophysiology of Focal Dystonia and Implications for Treatment
Nov 28, Wed. 10:00 am Dissertation Defense Nirmal Phulwani – Dissertation Defense
Modulating Astrocyte Activation in Response to Staphylococcus Aureus: Relevance to Brain Abscess
December 18 Dept. Zach Brodrick

Spring 2007

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January 16 CTN Robert Greene, M.D., Ph.D., guest of Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill, Sherry Knopf Crasilneck Distinguished Chair in Psychiatry Director National Clozapine Coordinating Center Department of Psychiatry University of Texas, Southwestern The role of the adenosine A1 receptor in sleep homeostasis
January 23 Yuzhi Chen, Ph.D., Reynolds Center on Aging & Dept. of Neurobiology & Dev. Sciences UAMS
February 6 John P. Crow, Ph.D., guest of Dr. Paul Drew, Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology, UAMS
February 20 Syed F. Ali, Ph.D., Senior Biomedical Research Scientist, Division of Neurotoxicology, National Center for Toxicological Research/FDA Alteration in mitochondrial proteome and oxidative damage in MPTP-induced Parkinsonian model
February 27 Barbara Clancy, Ph.D., Dept. of Biology, University of Central Arkansas
March 13 CTN Irving Vega, Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico
March 20 Malathi Srivatsan, Ph.D., Dept. of Biological Sciences Arkansas State University
March 27 Lori Hensley, Ph.D., Dept. of Biology Ouachita Baptist University
April 3 CTN Scott Whittemore, Ph.D., University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
April 10 Giulia Baldini, Ph.D., guest of Dr. Steve Barger, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
April 17 Sandy Legan, Ph.D. , Distinguished Lecturer for the Arkansas INBRE Dept. of Physiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington
April 18 Michael A. Weiss, Ph.D., guest of Dr. Helen Benes, Chair, Dept. of Biochemistry, Case School of Medicine, Jointly hosted with the Dept. of Biochemistry & Molec. Biology, UAMS
April 24 CTN David Dinges, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
May 1 John F. Bowyer, Ph.D., Research Pharmacologist, Division of Neurotoxicology, National Center for Toxicological Research/FDA/HHS Gene Expression Changes Related to the Toxicity of Amphetamines: Lost in Translation?

 Fall 2006

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August 15 Graduate/Postdoc Meijun Ye Year 1 – Literature Review
August 17, Thursday 9 AM Graduate/Postdoc Cindy Zhang Annual Research Seminar
August 22 Graduate/Postdoc David Davies Amanda Charlesworth Course Objectives & Expectations Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
August 29 Graduate/Postdoc Shuliang Liu PhD Candidacy Exam Seminar
September 5 Graduate/Postdoc David Davies Amanda Charlesworth Steve Barger Presentation Techniques, Styles and PowerPoint
September 19 Graduate/Postdoc Zach Brodrick & Kim Lockhart Mini-review of a recent or classical research paper by year-1 students
September 26 Dept. Dr. Linda Restifo Univ. of Arizona Guest of Dr. H. Benes TBA
October 3 Graduate/Postdoc Taasin Srivastava TBA
October 10 Dept. Dr. Philip Wong Guest of Dr. Y. Chen TBA
October 12, Thursday Noon Dept. Kathryn Howell Univ. of Colorado Health Science Ctr. New Insights into Golgi Function from 3D Structure and Proteomics
October 17 Soc. For Neuroscience Meeting
October 24 Dept. Dr. Mohan Sopori Guest of Dr. Srivatsan Role of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Neuroimmune Interactions
October 31 Graduate/Postdoc  Chaoxuan Dong & Prashanthi Gummireddy Mini-review of a recent or classical research paper by year-1 students
November 14 Dept. Dr. Galen Wenger UAMS Pharmacology Guest of Dr. C. Kane TBA
November 16, Thursday Noon Graduate/Postdoc Wei Wang PhD Candidacy Exam   College of Public Health Bldg. Rm. G232
November 28 Dept. Dr. Barry Connors Brown University Guest of the Center for Translational Neuroscience
November 30, Thursday 11 am Graduate/Postdoc Tiffany Wallace Huitt DISSERTATION DEFENSE College of Public Health Bldg. Rm. 3202
December 5 Graduate/Postdoc Charlotte Yates DISSERTATION DEFENSE
December 12 Dept. Dr. Yuzhi Chen  

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