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Structural homeostasis during dendrite development

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Jun 26, 2018, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Avenue at IHP

Upstate Medical University welcomes Dr. Quan Yuan from the dendrite morphogenesis & plasticity unit at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke. Dr. Quan Yuan will present on, "Structural homeostasis during dendrite development". This talk is a segment from the Maxwell M Mozell Seminar Series. 

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SLC9A9 pathway interactions: Implications for endosomal system regulation in autism spectrum disorders

Jun 26, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Avenue at IHP

The Neuroscience and Physiology Graduate Program welcomes Jameson Patak. Jameson Patak is a Neuroscience graduate program PhD candidate in Dr. Stephen Faraone's lab.

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Prenatal activity suppression as a model for autism spectrum disorders

Jun 19, 2018, 12:30 PM-1:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Avenue at IHP

The Neuroscience and Physiology Graduate Program welcomes Josh Enck. Josh Enck is a Neuroscience Program PhD candidate in Dr. Eric Olson's lab.

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The mechanism of suppressing asense expression by PntP1 in drosphila larval type II neuroblasts

Jun 19, 2018, 12:00 PM-12:30 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Avenue at IHP

The Neuroscience and Physiology Graduate Program welcomes Rui Chen. Rui Chen is a Neuroscience Program PhD candidate in Dr. Sijun Zhu's lab. 

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Utilizing genomic context to improve psychiatric disorder machine learning models

Jun 12, 2018, 12:30 PM-1:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Avenue at IHP

The Neuroscience and Physiology Graduate Program welcomes Eric Barnett. Eric Barnett is a Neuroscience Program PhD candidate in Dr. Stephen Faraone's lab.

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The Role of the FTD/ALS–Associated autophagy regulator C9orf72 in synaptic morphology and electrophysiology

Jun 12, 2018, 12:00 PM-12:30 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Avenue at IHP

The Neuroscience and Physiology Graduate Program welcomes Dana Giannandrea. Dana Giannandrea is a Neuroscience Program PhD candidate in Dr. Wei-Dong Yao's lab.

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Coordinated expression of laminins in the developing retinal vasculature

Jun 5, 2018, 12:30 PM-1:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Avenue at IHP

The Neuroscience and Physiology Graduate Program welcomes Jared Watters. Jared Watters is a Neuroscience Department PhD candidate in William Brunken's Lab.

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Neural mechanisms of shifts in interocular balance

Jun 5, 2018, 12:00 PM-12:30 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Avenue at IHP

The Neuroscience and Physiology Graduate Program welcomes Ronald Miller. Ronald Miller is a Neuroscience Program PhD candidate in Dr. Dan Ts'o's lab. 

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Targeting lung-brain coupling to improve neurological outcomes in the post cardiac arrest syndrome

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May 31, 2018, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Weiskotten Hall, Rm 2231

Upstate Medical University's College of Medicine is holding their Dean's Grand Rounds and welcomes Marc Halterman, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience & Pediatrics and Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program. Dr. Halterman travels to us from the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

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Convergence of reelin and CSPG signaling pathways to regulate dendritogenesis

May 29, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Avenue at IHP

The Neuroscience and Physiology Graduate Program welcomes Eric Zluhan. Eric Zluhan is a Neuroscience graduate program PhD candidate in Dr. Eric Olson's lab in the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology. 

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Molecular and functional characterization of early-stage Parkinson’s Disease

May 23, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Avenue at IHP

The Neuroscience and Physiology Graduate Program welcomes Daria LaRocca to speak about, "Molecular and functional characterization of early-stage Parkinson's Disease". Daria LaRocca is a Neuroscience graduate program PhD candidate in Dr. Frank Middleton's lab in the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology. 

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Synapses, muscular dystrophies, and brain disorders

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May 22, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Avenue at IHP

Upstate Medical University welcomes Dr. Lin Mei, Professor & Chair of Neurosciences and Director of the Cleveland Brain Health Initiative at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Lin Mei will present his work entitled, "Synapses, muscular dystrophies, and brain disorders". This talk is a segment from the Maxwell M Mozell Seminar Series.

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β1 integrins and paxillin: setting the pace of cortical neuron migration?

Apr 24, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Ave. @ IHP

The Neuroscience and Physiology Graduate Programs welcome Md Mamunar Rashid to speak about, "β1 integrins and paxillin: setting the pace of cortical neuron migration?" Md Mamunar is a Neuroscience graduate program PhD candidate in Dr. Eric Olson's lab in the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology. 

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Premature Vascular Aging

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Apr 20, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

314 Lyman Hall

The Syracuse University Aging Studies Institute is hosting Kevin Heffernan, PhD, and PhD candidate Wes Lefferts from the Department of Exercise Science will be discussing "Premature Vascular Aging." To view the event flyer, click here and to learn more about Dr Heffernan's research, click here.

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Retinal hyperplasia observed in Maturin null mice

Apr 17, 2018, 12:00 PM-12:30 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Ave. @ IHP

The Neuroscience Graduate Program and Physiology Graduate Programs at SUNY Upstate Medical University welcome Christine Ly to present her talk entitled, "Retinal hyperplasia observed in Maturin null mice." Christine is a PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program in Dr Michael Zuber's lab, in the Department of Opthamology.

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SUNY Upstate Department of Neurosurgery's Neuro Research Day

Apr 13, 2018, 7:00 AM-12:30 PM

2231 Weiskotten Hall

SUNY Upstate Medical University's Department of Neurosurgery invites you to Neuro Research Day. The event will be filled with numerous presentations in the fields of neuroscience and neurosurgery. These include talks including but not limited to, "Hydrocephalus Development after Intraventricular Hemorrhage", "VEGF-mediated angiogenesis: the key mechanism underlying stem cell factor and granulocyte-colony stimulating factor-enhanced brain repair in a transgenic mouse model of CADASIL", and "Perivascular stasis with delayed macromolecular transport out if the ventricle in POMGNT1 mouse model of hydrocephalus", among many others. 


To see a full itinerary of the day's events as well as the speakers who will be presenting, click here.

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Neurophysiological and behavioral deficits in a mouse model of late-stage frontotemporal dementia

Apr 10, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Ave. @ IHP

SUNY Upstate Medical University's Neuroscience & Physiology Graduate Program Seminar welcomes Hannah Phillips to present a talk entitled, "Neurophysiological and behavioral deficits in a mouse model of late-stage frontotemporal dementia." Hannah Phillips is a Neuroscience Program PhD Candidate in the Department of Psychiatry; she performs her research through Dr. Yao's Lab.

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Structural Methods in Alzheimer's Disease and Hedgehog Signaling

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Apr 9, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Weiskotten Hall, Rm 2231

Host: Dr. Stewart Loh

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department of SUNY Upstate Medical University welcomes Chenyu Wang, MD, PhD. He comes from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to present a talk entitled, "Structural Methods in Alzheimer's Disease and Hedgehog Signaling."

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Structural Mechanisms in Alzheimer's disease and Hedgehog signaling

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Apr 9, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

2231 Weiskotten Hall

Upstate Medical University welcomes Chunyu Wang, MD, PhD to present a talk entitled, "Structural Mechanisms in Alzheimer's disease and Hedgehog signaling." Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

For more information about Dr Wang, click here.

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CYLD Alters Dendritic Spine Morphogenesis and Neuronal Autophagy Machinery

Apr 3, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Ave. @ IHP

The Neuroscience Graduate program and Physiology Graduate Programs at SUNY Upstate Medical University jointly welcome Alexis Zajicek to discuss her topic entitled, "CYLD Alters Dendritic Spine Morphogenesis and Neuronal Autophagy Machinery." Alexis is a Neuroscience Graduate Program PhD student in the Department of Psychology working in Dr. Wei-Dong Yao's lab. Light refreshments will be served. 

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Understanding circadian rhythm proteins in C. elegans

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Apr 2, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

106 Life Science Complex

Syracuse University Biology Department welcomes Dr. Priscilla Van Wynsberghe from Colgate University. She will be giving a talk entitled, "Understanding circadian rhythm proteins in C. elegans." 

To visit her home university faculty page, click here.

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Upstate Medical University Dean's Grand Rounds

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Mar 27, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

9th Floor auditorium, Weiskotten Hall

Upstate Medical University's College of Medicine is holding their Dean's Grand Rounds with a special double presentation. Upstate Medical University welcomes Krishna Vadodaria, PhD and Nobel Laureate Thomas Südhof, MD to Dean's Grand Rounds. Dr. Vadodaria will be presenting a presentation entitled, "Studying Major Depression Using Patient Derived Neurons" and Dr. Südhof will present a discussion entitled "Towards Understanding the Molecular Logic of Synapse Formation and Specification: Neurexins." 

For more information about the event, click here.

For more information about Nobel Laureate Dr. Südhof's research, click here.

For more information about Dr. Vadodaria's research, click here.

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An Insiders Guide to your Successful NIH Application

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Mar 26, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

4414A New Academic Building

The Upstate Medical University's Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture welcomes Roger Sorensen, PhD, MPA. Dr. Sorensen will present a lecture entitled, "An Insiders Guide to your Successful NIH Application."

For more information, click here.

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Adaptive coding for sensory inference in dynamic environments

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Mar 23, 2018, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Physics Building Rm 208

Dr. Lisa Manning

Dr. Lisa Manning is hosting Dr. Ann Hermundstad from the Janelia Research Campus to present a talk entitled, "Adaptive Coding for sensory inference in dynamic environments." 

Making reliable inferences about the environment is crucial for survival. In order to escape a hawk, for example, a mouse might need to infer the hawk’s position and velocity from patterns of light that fall on its retina.  Such inferences require large ensembles of sensory neurons whose activity is metabolically expensive. A growing body of evidence suggests that sensory systems reduce metabolic costs by limiting the fidelity with which some stimuli are encoded in neural responses. Limited coding fidelity, however, can lead to inaccuracies in inference. Here, we derive a framework for dynamically balancing the cost of encoding with the error that encoding can induce in inference. We model a system that must use minimal metabolic resources to maintain an accurate estimate of a nonstationary environment, and we show that the optimal system should adapt the fidelity with which stimuli are encoded in neural responses based on a changing estimate of the environment. We use this framework to illustrate how a range of neuronal and behavioral phenomena can be understood as signatures of adaptive encoding for accurate inference.

To learn more about her and her research, you can visit her website by clicking here.

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*CANCELLED* Preserving Vascular Health to Prevent Neurodegeneration

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Mar 14, 2018, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Neuroscience Research Building Rm 4709 (SUNY Upstate Medical University)

Please note this event has been cancelled.***

SUNY Upstate Medical University's Deptartment of Opthamology welcomes Gareth Howell, PhD as a part of the Robert B Barlow Vision Research Seminar Series. Dr Howell is an associate professor at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, ME. He will be presenting a talk entitled, "Preserving Vascular Health to Prevent Neurodegeneration."

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Premature Vascular Aging

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Mar 2, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

314 Lyman Hall

The Syracuse University Aging Studies Institute welcomes Syracuse University Department of Exercise Science's Kevin Heffernan, PhD. He will be presenting a discussion entitled "Premature Vascular Aging." 

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Mechanisms of Action of Amphetamines: Insights from C. elegans Genetics and Physiology.

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Feb 5, 2018, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

LSC 106

Please join the Department of Biology in welcoming Dr Lucia Carvelli from Florida Atlantic University. She will be presenting a lecture entitled "Mechanisms of Action of Amphetamines: Insights from C. elegans Genetics and Physiology." Her research abstract discusses Amphetamine (AMPH) and its usage as psychostimulant, appetite suppressant and to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Among other effects, AMPH has been shown to alter the function of proteins uniquely associated with the reward system, i.e. the dopamine transporter (DAT). Similarly to mammals, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) exhibits changes in behaviors when treated with AMPH, and we showed that these AMPH-induced changes are in part mediated by the C. elegans DAT (DAT-1). We are currently investigating the long-term effects of this drug by chronically exposing C. elegans with AMPH during early development. We found that AMPH exposure during development increases the number of adult animals exhibiting AMPH-induced behaviors. Interestingly, we found that the behavioral effects caused by AMPH exposure during development were transmitted to progeny through epigenetic modifications. Because many of the components of the dopaminergic system as well as epigenetic mechanisms are highly conserved between C. elegans and mammals, these results could be critical for our understanding of how drugs of abuse initiate and promote addiction in adults and future generations.

To learn more about her research and career, click here.

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Molecular Pathogenic Mechanisms of ALS and Frontotemporal Dimentia

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Jan 9, 2018, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg.

Upstate Medical University welcomes Dr. Fen-Biao Gao from the Department of Neurology in the University of Massachusetts Medical School to present his presentation entitled, "Molecular Pathogenic Mechanisms of ALS and Frontotemporal Dimentia". This talk is a segment from the Maxwell M Mozell

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Compartmentalized Retinal Ganglion Cell Death and Glaucoma

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Jan 8, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Building

Upstate Medical University welcomes Dr. Richard T. Libby from the Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center's Department of Opthamology and Biomedical Genetics. He will present his talk entitled "Compartmentalized Retinal Ganglion Cell Death and Glaucoma". 

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Increased Striatal Vulnerability to 3-Nitroproprionic Acid in Male Mice Lacking Interleukin-1R1

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Dec 6, 2017, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

214 LIfe Science Complex

Please join us at the Master's Thesis seminar for Matthew Allen who will be presenting his thesis entitled "Increased Striatal Vulnerability to 3-Nitroproprionic Acid in Male Mice Lacking Interleukin-1R1."

Matthew is a Master's student studying in Dr. Sandra Hewett's lab.

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Building Molecular Landscapes for Complex Genetic Disorders: recent examples

Dec 6, 2017, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM

Neuroscience Research Building Rm 4709; 505 University Ave

Upstate Medical University is hosting visiting scholar Geert Poelmans, MD, PhD. 

Geert will be presenting a lecture entitled "Building Molecular Landscapes for Complex Genetic Disorders: recent examples".

Dr. Poelmans is the founder and director of Drug Target, ID, as well as a research associate at the Radboud University in their department of human genetics in the Netherlands.  

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Temporal Contrast Sensitivity in a Mouse Model of Retinis Pigmentosa

Dec 5, 2017, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Building; 505 Irving Ave, IHP

The Neuroscience Graduate and Physiology Graduate programs invite Rose Pasquale  to present a lecture entitled "Temporal Contrast Sensitivity in a Mouse Model of Retinis Pigmentosa"

Rose is a Neuroscience Graduate program PhD student in the Department of Opthamology. She works in Dr. Eduardo Solessio's lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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A Review of NIH and NSF Public Access Policies

Nov 29, 2017, 10:30 AM-5:00 PM

312 Lyman Hall

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs will conduct a seminar entitled: "A Review of NIH and NSF Public Access Policies"

For more information about their services, you can visit their website by clicking here.

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Addiction: From societal crisis to brain circuits

Nov 28, 2017, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Medical Alumni Auditorium, Room 1159 Weiskotten Hall

The SUNY Upstate Medical University's Department of Psychiatry is presenting a Special Addiction Symposium entitled "Addiction: From societal crisis to brain circuits."

Click here to view the names and descriptions of the speakers and their talks, as well as a schedule for the symposium.

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Evaluating a Role for Reelin in the Development of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Nov 21, 2017, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Building; 505 Irving Ave, IHP

The Neuroscience and Physiology Graduate Programs welcome Kathleen Smith to present a lecture entitled "Evaluating a Role for Reelin in the Development of Autism Spectrum Disorder"

Kathleen is a PhD student in the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology in Dr. Brian Howell's lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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How to Build a Budget and Budget Narrative

Nov 15, 2017, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

312 Lyman Hall

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs will conduct a seminar entitled: "How to Build a Budget and Budget Narrative"

For more information about their services, you can visit their website by clicking here.

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Grants.gov Workspace: What You Need to Know

Nov 8, 2017, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

312 Lyman Hall

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs will conduct a seminar entitled: "Grants.gov Workspace: What You Need to Know"

For more information about their services, you can visit their website by clicking here.

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Sara Vasilenco, PhD

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Nov 8, 2017, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

366 White Hall - Wildhack Lounge

The Department of Human Development and Family Science invites you to attend an Assistant Professor Candidate Presentation by Sara Vasilenko, Ph.D. entitled "Sexual Development Over the Lifespan: Innovative Methods to Answer New Questions."

Dr. Sara Vasilenko is a Research Assistant Professor in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State. She received a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State, where she received additional
training in the Prevention and Methodology Training Program. Dr. Vasilenko’s research examines health and well-being across the lifespan, with a focus on sexual development from adolescence into adulthood. Her research uses innovative methods, such as time-varying effect modeling and latent class analysis, to answer new questions about the developmental nature and multidimensional predictors of sexual behavior.

For more information about her research interests and publications, click here.

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Blair Calancie, PhD

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Nov 6, 2017, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

106 Life Science Complex

The Biology Department's Biology Seminar Series welcomes Dr. Blair Calancie of Upstate Medical University to presesnt his talk entitled "Sensori-Motor Plasticity in Humans after Spinal Cord Injury." 

You can read more about his career and find a link to his publications by visiting his faculty website.

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Writing Successful Grant Applications - NIH Research Fellowships and Early Career Awards

Nov 1, 2017, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

312 Lyman Hall

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs will conduct a seminar entitled: "Writing Successful Grant Applications - NIH Research Fellowships and Early Career Awards"

You can learn more about their services by visiting their website.

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Twenty Years of Progress: A Celebration of Women in STEM

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Oct 25, 2017, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Lyman Hall Atrium

Syracuse University has a long and rich history of supporting gender equity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. For nearly twenty years, the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program has supported STEM women faculty, postdoctoral associates, and graduate and undergraduate students, alike. Since 2010, SU ADVANCE has supported STEM women faculty and helped to create more inclusive departments.  

The arrival of the 2017-2018 cohort of new faculty in STEM has resulted in the accomplishment of a significant milestone: there are now over 100 full time women faculty in STEM disciplines! This milestone, and other positive changes, were made possible only through the work of many dedicated faculty, staff, and administrators. We invite you to join us in the home of Syracuse University's original science departments, Lyman Hall, to celebrate this collective accomplishment, and to learn more about the transformative work that will continue to make Syracuse University a great place for STEM women. 

The celebration will take place on October 25, 2017, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Lyman Hall Atrium. Please RSVP for the event if you plan on attending. To fill out your RSVP, click here.

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The Proposal Development and Review Process

Oct 25, 2017, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

312 Lyman Hall

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs will present a presentation entitled: "The Proposal Development and Review Process"

For more information about their services, you can visit their website by clicking here.

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Akira Sawa, MD, PhD

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Oct 23, 2017, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Weiskotten Hall Rm 2231

SUNY Upstate welcomes Dr. Akira Sawa to present his talk entitled "Looking for Critical Mediators for the Pathophysiology of Major Mental Illnesses."

He comes to us from the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital where he is the Director and S&R Innovation Endowed Chair of the Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center. He is also a member of the departments of psychiatry, mental health, neuroscience, and biomedical engineering.

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Chris Heathwood, PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder

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Oct 20, 2017, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

500 Hall of Languages

The department of philosophy announces a talk given by Chris Heathwood, PhD entitled "Happiness and Desire". 

You can learn more about him and his research interests and find some of his publications on his website by clicking here.

How to Find Funding Opportunities: Using Pivot, Experts@Syracuse and Other Methods

Oct 18, 2017, 10:30 PM-12:00 PM

312 Lyman Hall

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs presents a presentation entititled: "How to Find Funding Opportunities: Using Pivot, Experts@Syracuse and Other Methods"

For more information about their services, you can visit their website by clicking here.

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Geoffrey Eill, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Oct 17, 2017, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

4709 Neuroscience Research Bldg. 505 Irving Ave. @ IHP

The Neuroscience and Physiology Graduate programs at SUNY Upstate Medical University present: 

RPTPζ/phosphacan: Novel role in the development of the neural ECM

Geoffrey Eill 
Neuroscience Program Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Neuroscience & Physiology
Dr. Rick Matthews’ Lab
SUNY Upstate Medical University
To learn more about his lab, you can find his resarch faculty member's Upstate research profile by clicking here.

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What OSP can do for you: Meet your Research Administrator and learn about the services provided by our office

Oct 11, 2017, 4:10 AM-5:12 PM

312 Lyman Hall

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs presents a presentation entitled: "What OSP can do for you: Meet your Research Administrator and learn about the services provided by our office"

Please visit their website for more information about their services.

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Chris Schaffer, PhD, Cornell University

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Oct 6, 2017, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

414 Bowne Hall

Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering - Graduate Student Seminar Series

The Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineerng presents Chris Schaffer, PhD presenting "Two-Photon Imaging Reveals Capillary Occlusions are Responsible for reduced Brain Blood Flow and Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer's Disease Mouse Models".

Blood flow to the brain is reduced by about one third in patients with Alzheimer's disease. This decreased brain blood flow contributes to the memory and cognitive problems seen in Alzheimer's and may accelerate progression of the disease. The mechanism causing this poor brain blood flow, however, has remained undiscovered. Using high-resolution in vivo imaging of blood flow in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease, we have identified the plugging of capillary segments by firmly adhered white blood cells as a mechanism that contributes to this blood flow decrease. In Alzheimer's mice, nearly 2% of capillaries have stalled blood flow due to an adhered leukocyte, while wild type mice have stalls in less than 0.5% of capillaries. Becuase one stalled capillary decreases blood flow in many downstream branches, the 2% of capillaries stalled leads to substantial blood flow decreases. When we blocked leukocyte adhesion, cortical blood flow increased by ~30%. This increase in brain blood flow was accompanied by an immediate improvement in cognitive performance of mice on spatial and working memory tasks. These data suggest that white blood cells sticking in capillaties may be responsible for the reduced blood flow to the brain seen in Alzheimer's patients and that treating this could both improve cognitive function and slow disease progression.

To learn more about his research, visit his lab website by clicking here.

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Ellyn Riley, PhD, Syracuse University

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Oct 6, 2017, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

314 Lyman Hall

The Syracuse University Aging Studies Institute presents:

"I know it starts with a 'T'..." What tip-of-the-tongue state teach us about predicting erros in aphasia?

by Ellyn Riley, PhD of Syracuse University's Communication and Science Disorders department. 

Her research interests lie in aquired disorders of language, improving treatment outcomes for persons with aphasia, the role that cognitive fatigue plays in the recovery process, biofeedback as a tool to enhance speech and language therapy in the stroke population. 

To learn more, visit her research website by clicking here.

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Gail D'Onofrio, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine

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Oct 5, 2017, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Dr. Paul and Natalie Strasser Legacy Room, 220 Eggers Hall

The Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture introduces Gail D'Onofrio presenting "The Opiod Epidemic: A Practice & Policy Perspective".

Dr. D'Onofrio is a professor of Emergency medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. She is internationally known for her work as an independent investigator in drug and alcohol research. She is a recognized leader in Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine and has participated on many review boards and National Institute of Health committees. 

To learn more, you can visit her research profile by clicking here.

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Dr. Tracy Bale, University of Maryland School of Medicine

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Oct 2, 2017, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

106 Life Sciences Complex (Lundgren Room)

HOST:  Dr. Sandra Hewett

TITLE:  Parental Stress and Epigenetic Programming of Offspring Neurodevelopment

Dr. Tracy Bale is a Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the Director of the Center for Brain Development and Maternal Mental Health.

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Dr. Kate Lewis, Biology P&T Seminar

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Sep 25, 2017, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

106 Life Sciences Complex (Lundgren Room)

HOST:  Dr. Sandra Hewett

TITLE:  Forming Functional Neuronal Circuitry:  Interneuron Specification in the Spinal Cord

To learn more, you can visit her research website by clicking here.