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Speaker Series

Several times during the academic year, an eminent researcher is invited to share and discuss novel concepts and methodologies with Conte investigators. Speaker selection is based on relevance for ongoing and planned Center projects in the pre-clinical and clinical arena


November 29, 2017
Heather Cameron, Ph.D. (NINDS)
"New Neurons Alter Hippocampal Structure and Function"

November 1, 2017
David R. Lynch, M.D., Ph.D. (Univ. Pennsylvania)
"Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis: What we have Learned in a Decade"

September 6, 2017
Dwight E. Bergles, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins Univ.)
"Fate and Function of Glial Progenitors in the CNS"

May 12, 2017
Nevena Radonjic, M.D. (Univ. Connecticut Health Center)
"Kynurenic Acid Affects Development of Human Cortical Progenitors"

April 5, 2017
Jerrel L. Yakel, Ph.D. (NIEHS, Research Triangle Park)
"Cholinergic Regulation of Hippocampal Excitability and Plasticity"

March 3, 2017
Tracy Bale, Ph.D. (Univ. Pennsylvania)
"Microbiome and Brain Development"


November 2, 2016
Hemmo A. Drexhage (Erasmus University Medical Center, The Netherlands)
"Neuroimmune Alterations in Mood Disorders and Schizophrenia"

October 5, 2016
Romina Mizrahi (University of Toronto)
"Molecular imaging studies in Psychosis and Psychosis Risk - the Role of Stress, Cannabis and Neuroinflammation"

June 1, 2016
Gerard Clarke (Univ. Cork, Ireland)
"The Host-Microbe Interface in Psychiatry: Focus on Gut Microbiome Regulation of Tryptophan Availability for Kynurenine Pathway Metabolism"

May 4, 2016
A. Kimberley McAllister (UC Davis)
"Novel Roles for Immune Molecules in Development and in Psychiatric Disorders"

April 6, 2016
Karoly Mirnics (Vanderbilt University)
"Immune System Activation and Predisposition to Psychiatric Disorders"

March 9, 2016
Istvan Merchenthaler (UMB)
"Brain-selective Estrogen Therapy for Menopausal Symptoms"

February 3, 2016
Rita J. Valentino (U Penn)
"Stress, Arousal and the Brain Norepinephrine System"

January 6, 2016
Alexander D. MacKerrell, Jr. (UMB)
"Site Identification by Ligand Competitive Saturation: Qualitative and Quantitative Approach to Ligand Design"


December 2, 2015
William E. Bunney (UC Irvine)
"Circadian Clock Genes in Control and Major Depressive Disorder Brain Tissue: Possible Mode of Action of Rapid-acting Antidepressants"

October 7, 2015
Jane A. Foster (McMaster University)
"The Role of Microbiota and Immune Signalling in Brain Development and Behaviour"

September 2, 2015
Alan Anticevic (Yale University)
"Examining Progressive Dysconnectivity in Schizophrenia via Neuroimaging, Pharmacology and Computation"

May 6, 2015
Tallie Z. Baram (UC Irvine)
"Early-life Experience and Vulnerability to Mental Disorders: Novel Mechanisms"

April 10, 2015
Joseph T. Coyle, M.D. (McLean Hospital, Harvard University)
"NMDA Receptor Dysfunction  in Schizophrenia: from Mouse to Man"

March 4, 2015
David Morilak (UT San Antonio)
"Facilitation and Dysregulation in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex - Implication for Stress-related Psychiatric Disorders and their Treatment"

February 4, 2015
David Bucci (Dartmouth University)
"Treatment with L-Kynurenine during Adolescence Impacts Behavior and Neural Plasticity in Adult Rats"

January 7, 2015
George K. Lewis (UMB)
"New Approaches to High Resolution Profiling of Immune Responses"


November 20, 2014
Flaviano Giorgini, Ph.D. (University of Leicester, Leicester, UK)
"Targeted deletion of kynurenine 3-monooxygenase in mice"

October 8, 2014
John Bruno, Ph.D. (Ohio State University, Columbus, OH)
"Modulation of the alpha7 nicotinic receptor: implications for prefrontal dysregulation, schizophrenic-like cognitive deficits, and novel therapeutics"

September 10, 2014
Kuei-Yuan Tseng, Ph.D. (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine, Chicago, IL)
"Disruption of prefrontal GABAergic function by nanomolar concentrations of kynurenic acid"

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