Past Meetings

Juan Song Pharmacology, UNC. Neural circuits regulating endogenous neurogenesis. 101L Bryan Research Bldg., Duke. Oct. 21, 2014.
Hey-Kyoung Lee Johns Hopkins University.  Experience-dependent homeostatic plasticity of inhibition.  124 Taylor Hall, UNC.  Sept. 9, 2014.


David Linden Johns Hopkins University.  Molecular substrates of long-term synaptic depression in the cerebellum.  101L Bryan Research Bldg., Duke.  May 6, 2014.
Court Hull Dept. of Neurobiology, Duke. Cellular and circuit mechanisms that regulate synaptic inhibition in the cerebellum. 124 Taylor Hall, UNC. Mar. 10, 2014.
Aaron McGee Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and School of Medicine, USC.  The Nogo receptor limits visual plasticity and perceptual learning independent of basal spine dynamics.  101L Bryan Res. Bldg, Duke.  Feb. 11, 2014. 
Cagla Eroglu Cell Biology and Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Duke. How do astrocytes construct neuronal circuits?  124 Taylor Hall, UNC.  Jan. 14, 2014
Sabrina Burmeister Biology Dept., UNC.  The neurobiology of soical signaling: the 
tungara frog, mate choice, and egr-1 gene expression.  101L Bryan Res. Bldg., Duke. Dec. 10, 2013.
Ken McCarthy Dept. of Pharmacology, UNC.  Astrocytes: a gluey mess—distinguishing physiology from pharmacology.  101L Bryan Res. Bldg., Duke. Oct. 8, 2013.
Kevin Franks Dept. of Neurobiology, Duke.  Form and function of a recurrent cortical circuit: characterization and speculation in piriform cortex. 
124 Taylor Hall, UNC.  Sept. 10, 2013.

Yoh Isogai Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard.  Mates, rivals, and predators: the molecular biology of pheromone detection.  124 Taylor Hall, UNC. May 14, 2013.
Patricia Maness UNC Dept. of Biochemistry.  Regulation of synaptic development in cortical interneurons.  Bryan Res. Bldg. 101L, Duke.  Apr. 9, 2013.
Nicole Calakos Duke Neurology and Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.  When good habits go bad: Insights to the synaptic and circuit mechanisms for compulsive behavioral disorders. 124 Taylor Hall, UNC. March 12, 2013.
Richard Weinberg Dept. of Cell Biology and Physiology, UNC.  Postsynaptic Phrenology. 101L Bryan Research Bldg, Duke.  Feb. 12, 2013.
Jeremy Kay
Depts. of Neurobiology and Ophthalmology, Duke.  How to build a neural circuit: Lessons from the retina.  124, Taylor Hall, UNC.  Jan. 8, 2013.
Edda Thiels Univ. of Pittsburgh.  Cue control of reward seeking: Stories from deep in the brain.  110 Taylor Hall, UNC. Sept. 12, 2012.


Anne West   Duke.  Mechanisms of specificity in neuronal activity-regulated transcription.  124 Taylor Hall, UNC. May 8, 2012.
Garret D. Stuber UNC.  Optogenetic dissection of reward circuitry.  Bryan Res. Bldg. 101L. Apr. 10, 2012.

Ryohei Yasuda Duke. Probing spine biochemistry in vivo with FRET.  UNC 124 Taylor Hall, Mar. 13, 2012.
Richard Mooney Duke. Birdsong: From Synapse to Behavior.  UNC. 124 Taylor Hall. Jan. 10, 2012.
Spencer L. Smith  UNC.  Dendritic voltage-dependent mechanisms tune synaptic integration in visual cortex in vivo.  Duke. 101L Bryan Res. Bldg. Dec. 13, 2011.
Zheng Li  NIMH. Canonical and non-canonical functions of mitochondria in synapses.  6201 MBRB.  Oct. 11, 2011

Paul B. Manis UNC. Synaptic Function in Local Circuits of the Cochlear Nucleus and Auditory Cortex. 101L Bryan Research Bldg. May 10, 2011.
James McNamara
Carl Deane Professor and Chair, Dept. of Neurobiology, Duke.  Vesicular zinc and LTP of hippocampal mossy fiber-CA3 synapse.  124 Taylor Hall, UNC. Apr. 12, 2011.
Anne Taylor
NCSU/UNC Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering.   Development of novel methods to organize and access neurons in vitro and related investigations of synapse-to-nucleus signaling. 101L Bryan Research Bldg.  Duke. March 8, 2011.
Michael A. Sutton Univ. of Michigan.  Local homeostatic control of synapse function. 124 Taylor Hall, UNC. Feb. 8, 2011.
Kosuke Hamaguchi Duke. Decoding networks from in vivo recordings of synaptic activity. 124 Taylor Hall, UNC. Dec. 14, 2010.
Thomas Kash UNC. Modulation of Emotional Neural Circuitry: Implications for Alcoholism and Affective Disorders.  101L Bryan Res. Bldg, Duke.  Oct. 12, 2010.
Serena Dudek NIEHS. Have you had your coffee today? New insights into the mechanism of caffeine-induced cognitive enhancement.  UNC, Sept. 14, 2010.


Jerry Yakel NIEHS.  Nicotinic ACh receptors in the hippocampus; structure, function, and role in plasticity.  Duke, May 11, 2010.
George Augustine Duke.  Synapsins and Neurotransmitter Release.  UNC, April 13, 2010. 
Leslie A. Morrow UNC.  Ethanol Regulation of GABA-A Receptor Trafficking Involves a Competition Between Kinases.  @ Duke, March 16, 2010.
Rebecca Yang
Duke. Context-Dependent Appraisal of Behavioral Choices. UNC. Feb 9, 2010

CJ Malanga UNC, Separating the Rewarding and Locomotor Stimulating Effects of Cocaine in Mice Using Intracranial Self-Stimulation (ICSS). Jan 12, 2010
Geoffrey Pitt Duke, Regulation of Action Potentials by Ion Channel Modulators. UNC. Dec 8, 2009.
Wolfgang Liedtke  Duke. Perinatal Chloride Shift in Cortical Neurons by Transcriptional Regulation of KCC2. Nov 10, 2009, 124 Taylor Hall, UNC.
Mark Zylka UNC.  Biochemical modulation of nociceptive circuits.  Oct. 13, 2009, 101L Bryan Res. Bldg
Cagla Eroglu  Duke.  Look who is weaving the neural net: Astrocyte-derived factors control central nervous system synapse formation.  Sept. 22, 2009. 124 Taylor Hall.

Fan Wang  Dept. of Cell Biology, Duke. 6 PM Mar. 10, 2009. 101L Bryan Research Bldg, Duke.
Mark Wightman Dept of Chemistry, UNC - 6 PM Feb. 10, 2009. 101L Bryan Research Bldg, Duke.
Franck Polleux  Dept of Pharmacology, UNC - 6 PM, Jan. 13, 2009, 101L Bryan Research Bldg, Duke.
Patricia Maness Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Duke 6 PM, Dec. 9, 2008.  101L Bryan Research Bldg, Duke.
Dan Tracey Cell Biology, Duke University - 6 PM, Nov. 11, 2008. Taylor Hall Rm 124, UNC.
Hiro Matsunami  Dept. Molecular Genetics, Duke.  6 PM, Oct. 14, 2008.  Taylor Hall Rm. 124, UNC
David Armstrong  NIEHS, RTP. 6PM,  Sept. 9, 2008. 124 Taylor Hall, UNC.



Keith Weninger Dept. of Physics, NC State University. Dynamic protein interactions at the neuronal SNARE complex.  April 29, 2008. Duke University, Bryan Research Bldg, Room 101L
Scott Soderling Dept. of Cell Biology, Duke. Nucleating actin polymerization in the dendritic spine: Role of WAVE-1. Mar. 25, 2008. 124 Taylor Hall, UNC.
Hugh Criswell  Depts. of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology, Neuroscience Center, and Center for Alcohol Studies, UNC.  How can ethanol act like a benzodiazepine without affecting a benzodiazepine sensitive receptor? Feb. 26, 2008. Rm. 101L Bryan Research Building, Duke

Elizabeth Finch Dept. of Medicine, Duke.  Dynamic interactions among calcium signaling pathways in Purkinje cell dendrites. 6 PM Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007. 124 Taylor Hall, UNC.
Ben Philpot Dept. of Cell and Molecular Physiology, UNC. Adjusting the properties of synaptic plasticity in the Cerebral Cortex. Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007.  Room 101L in the Bryan Building at Duke


Lu-Yang Wang Canada Research Chair, University of Toronto. Developmental adaptations shaping high-fidelity neurotransmission at the calyx of Held synapse.  May 8, 2007 124 Taylor Hall, UNC
Serena Dudek  Synaptic and Developmental Plasticity unit, NIEHS. Synaptic plasticity (and lack thereof) in hippocampal CA2. Tuesday, April 10, Duke, Bryan Research Building, room 101L
Michael Ehlers Dept. of Neurobiology, Duke. Receptor Trafficking and Dynamic Nanoarchitecture of the Postsynaptic Membrane.  Tuesday, March 6, 2007, Taylor Hall, Room 124, UNC
Robert L. Rosenberg Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology, UNC. Molecular mechanisms of activation of neuronal nicotinic receptors. Feb. 20, 2007. Bryan Research Bldg, Duke University
George Augustine Dept. of Neurobiology, Duke. Mapping Synaptic Circuits via Photostimulation. Jan. 16, 2007. 124 Taylor Hall, UNC
Richard Mailman Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology, Neurology, and Medicinal Chemistry, UNC. A heretical view of the neurobiology and function of dopamine receptors.  Dec. 12, 2006. 101 Bryan Research Bldg, Duke
Fidel Santamaria Dept. of Neurobiology, Duke. How do molecules diffuse inside neurons?... Should I care?  Nov. 7, 2006, 6 PM, 124 Taylor Hall, UNC
Mark Zylka Dept. of Cell and Molecular Physiology, UNC. Molecular and systems analysis of mouse pain circuitry.  Oct. 3 2006, 6 PM Bryan Research Building, Duke

Paul B. Manis  Professor, Cell and Molecular Physiology, UNC, Spike timing and neural circuits in the dorsal cochlear nucleus: Mechanisms for tinnitus? Tuesday, May 16, 2006. 101 Bryan Bldg, Duke
Anne West Dept. of Neurobiology, Duke, Activity-dependent transcription of BDNF: implications for synaptic development. April 11, 2006, 6 PM,UNC, 124 Taylor Hall
A. Leslie Morrow Associate Director, Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, Professor, Depts. of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, Ethanol alters GABAA receptor phosphorylation and trafficking. UNC, 6 PM, Tuesday, March 14, 101L Bryan Bldg, Duke
Sridhar Raghavachari Neurobiology Dept., Duke. The synapse is a mosaic: Modeling quantal transmission in the hippocampus. 6PM, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 124 Taylor Hall, UNC
Mark Wightman Dept. of Chemistry, UNC,  Watching dopamine communication during behavior. 6PM, Tuesday, Jan. 10,101L Bryan Bldg. Duke
Ryohei Yasuda  Neurobiology Dept., Duke,   Imaging Ras Signaling in neurons.  6PM, Tuesday, Dec, 6.124 Taylor Hall, UNC
Richard Weinberg  Dept. of Cell and Developmental Biology, UNC. The Spine: How Can an Empty Blob Process Information? 6PM, Tuesday, Oct 25.101L Bryan Research Bldg
George Augustine  Neurobiology Dept, Duke. Dendritic Signal Transduction Events Underlying Cerebellar Long-term Synaptic Depression. 12:00 PM, Monday, Oct 24., G202 Medical Biomolecular Research Building, UNC
Nicole Calakos Center for Translational Neuroscience, Duke,  Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Plasticity: A View from the Presynaptic Side. September 20, 2005.124 Taylor Hall, UNC


Jay Brenman Dept. of Cell and Developmental Biology, UNC.  Fishing for Genes, Using Flies as Bait. Tuesday May 10, 2005. Bryan Research Building, Duke
Mike Ehlers Duke Medical Center,  Directing Secretory Cargo for Dendrite Growth and Morphogenesis. Tuesday, April 12, 2005. 124 Taylor Hall, UNC
Stephanie Ceman NIEHS,  Examining the role of phosphorylation on FMRP function. Tuesday March 8101L Bryan Research Building, Duke
Wolf Almers  The Vollum Institute.  Adventures in synaptic vesicle trafficking. Tuesday Feb 22, 2005 124 Taylor Building, UNC
Nelson Spruston Institute for Neuroscience, Northwestern University. Dendritic Signaling in Hippocampal Neurons.  24 January 2005, 101L Bryan Research Building, Duke
Karel Svoboda Geometric and functional organization of cortical synaptic circuits - canceled due to inclement weather
Aldo Rustioni Cell & Developmental Biology, UNC.  Presynaptic ionotropic glutamate receptors. Tuesday, Nov 9, 101L Bryan Research Building, Duke
Ed Chapman University of Wisconsin.  Synaptotagmin and exocytosis. Tuesday, October 19, 124 Taylor Hall, UNC.
Ben Philpot Cell & Molecular Physiology, UNC. 2B or not 2B? Experience-dependent modifications of NMDA receptor composition and function in visual cortex. Tuesday, September 7, 2004 6pm, Room 101L  Bryan Research Building


Hugh Criswell  Center for Alcohol Studies, UNC,Tuesday, May 4, 2004. Effects of alcohols and volatile anesthetics on ligand-gated ion channels. 6pm, 101L  Bryan Research Building, Duke
Pietro DeCamilli Dept. of Cell Biology, Yale, April 13, 2004 Molecular pathways for synaptic vesicle endocytosis. 6pm, 124 Taylor Hall, UNC
Serena Dudek NIEHS, March 2, 2004. Synapse-to-nucleus signaling in late LTP: connecting the dotted line (or not?)  6pm. 101L  Bryan Research Building, Duke
Tom Blanpied  Dept. of Neurobiology, Duke. Organization and Dynamics of the Endocytic Machinery in Dendrites and Spines. 6 pm, 124 Taylor Hall, UNC
Ken McCarthy Pharmacology, UNC December 2, 2003. Conversations between astrocytes and neurons in situ. 6 pm, 301 Bryan Research Building, Duke
Steven Siegelbaum Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University. November 19,2003. Bryan Research Building, Duke
Roger Nicoll Dept. Physiology, UCSF, Tuesday, October 7, 2003 6 pm, 124 Taylor Hall, UNC
Mark Wightman UNC Chemistry, September 23, 2003, 6 pm, 301 Bryan Research Building, Duke University Medical Center


George Augustine What are Dendritic Spines good for? May 13, 2003 6 p.m., 124 Taylor Hall, UNC
A. Leslie Morrow Neurosteroids Contribute to Ethanol Action, Tolerance and Dependence. Apr 1, 101 Bryan Research Bldg, Duke
Rich Mooney Songbirds, synapses, and second messengers: synaptic signaling in vocal learning circuits Mar 4, UNC, 6 p.m.  3118 Neuroscience Building (BSRC)
Richard Weinberg Nitric oxide signaling in the hippocampus: synaptic or extrasynaptic? 6:00 p.m.,  101L Bryan Research Bldg., Duke
Lutz Birnbaumer  Emerging Phenotypes of G protein KO mice.  Jan. 7, 6:00 p.m.,  Lobby of Taylor Hall on the UNC
Paul B. Manis  Listening quickly: Synaptic and voltage gated conductances in auditory information processing. Dec. 6 6:00 p.m.
Shirish Shenolikar How the Brain Forgets - Understanding Phosphatase Regulation in the Nervous System. at UNC 6:00 P.M. October 8, 2002
Jerrel Yakel of NIEHS at Duke, 6:00 P.M. September 17, 2002