Neuroscience Student Seminars

Student Seminars 2013/14
(Perspectives in Neuroscience)

Note: Seminars will now be held TUESDAY MORNINGS, 9:30 a.m. at Robarts Research Institute,
2nd floor, Fisher Scientific Conference room




 Amir Mohseni

Jason Chan

"Differential effects of early-life seizures on GABAergic inhibition in the hippocampus of rats."

"Role of the prefrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex in task switching." 

September 17, 2013

James Kryklywy

Heather McGregor 


"Exploring the neural basis of observational motor learning using resting-state fMRI." 

September 24, 2013

Invited Speaker
Dr. Michael Schmid

"Blindsight: Visual brain functions without V1."

October 1, 2013

Tyler Peel

Daniel Cameron

"The functional contribution of the frontal eye field to oculomotor behaviour and neuronal activity in the superior colliculus."

 "Investigating neural mechanisms of beat perception."

October 8, 2013

Sahand Babapoor-Farrokhran

 "Role of anterior cingulate cortex in saccade control using resting-state fMRI and single neuron electrophysiology."

October 15, 2013

Scott Macdonald

Melanie Kok

"Representation of tools, prosthetic limbs, real limbs after upper-limb amputation."


October 22, 2013

Invited Speaker
Dr. Philippe Monnier

"Modifying lipid rafts to promote neuronal regeneration."

October 29, 2013

Jennifer Milne

Benjamin Wheal

"Does a blind human expert echolocator show size constancy?" 

"Regional organization of cytosolic free calcium orchestrates osteoclast migration."

November 5, 2013


SFN - No Seminars

November 12, 2013

Chao Gu

Benjamin Kolisnyk

 "Spatial and state-dependent effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation of the frontal cortex in non-human primates."

"Cholinergic regulation of transcription: Implications for Alzheimer's disease."

November 19, 2013

Invited Speaker
Dr. Antoine Adamantidis

"Optogenetic dissection of sleep-wake circuits in the brain."

November 26, 2013

Jordan Zunder

Alex Moszczynski

"Dissociating the psychoactive effects of distinct marijuana compounds in the mesocorticolimbic circuitry."

"Tau protein in ALS with cognitive impairment." 

December 3, 2013

Invited Speaker
Dr. Robert Cumming

"Metabolic reprogramming to prevent amyloid beta toxicity in Alzheimer's disease."

December 10, 2013


Cancelled due to Weather Conditions

January 7, 2014 

Komal Shaikh

Adam Wang

"Investigating a transgenic LRRK2 rat model of Parkinson disease."

"Role of neurexin-1a in the regulation of neurite growth." 

January 14, 2014

Ambrose Ty

Tanaz Javan

 "Trait guilt is associated with increased activity in the ventrolateral and dorsomedial prefrontal cortex during acts of restitution."

"EEG alpha neurofeedback in anxiety-stress reduction, and self-referential processing: An investigation of the mediating role of alpha power involved guided by EEG neurofeedback."

January 21, 2014

Loretta Norton

Tasha Ahmad

"Can you hear me?  Assessing auditory processing and awareness in comatose patients using fMRI."

"Cannabinoid CB1 receptor transmission in the basolateral amygdala bi-directionally controls the motivational properties of opiates via functional excitatory inputs to the nucleus accumbens shell." 

January 28, 2014

Ravnoor Singh

Carmen Wong

 "Large-scale functional network alterations in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) in a rodent model."

"Dissociating parietal cortex contributions to obstacle memory in walking cats."

February 4, 2014

Laura Rosen

Lindsay Oliver

 "Exploring the molecular switching of opiate addiction memories in the amydgala-prefrontal cortical pathway."

"Is the emotion recognition deficit associated with frontotemporal dementia caused by inattention to diagnostic facial features?"

February 11, 2014

** no seminars ** Conference Week

February 18, 2014

Invited Speaker
Dr. Richard Bazinet

"Brain fatty acid metabolism: Uptake, metabolism and signal transduction."

February 25, 2014

 Teddy Chow

Alexander Yan

"Mindfulness meditation and EEG-Alpha neurofeedback: The role of alpha amplitude in mediating executive attention and anxiety reduction."

"Investigating reach-to-grasp substreams using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)."

March 4, 2014

 Nikoo Hashemi

Adriana Diez

 "The neural correlates of spontaneous BOLD fluctuations: A simultaneous LFP-fMRI investigation."

"Cultural evolution of song.  Do zebra finches go wild?"

March 11, 2014

 Levent Karademir

Shahin Moallem

Cancelled - Rescheduled to May 6

March 18, 2014

Invited Speaker
Dr. Andrew Holmes

 "Chronic alcohol produces neuroadaptations to prime dorsal striatal learning."

March 25, 2014

Lauren Tindale

Tamara Tavares

 "Non-canonical activation of Nrf2 as a potential therapy for Huntington's disease."

"Early emotional processing dysfunctions in frontotemporal dementia."

April 1, 2014

 Invited Speaker
Dr. Randy O'Reilly

"How adaptive control emerges from multiple interacting brain systems." 

April 8, 2014

 Alex Major

Kristina Ognjanovic

"Cholinergic attenuation of dorsolateral prefrontal cortex tuning during the antisaccade task."

"Kinematic optimization of sub-thalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation in the treatment of Parkinson's disease."

April 15, 2014 

 Brandon Belbeck

Talal Masood

 "Role of dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in attentional and mnemonic processes in visual search."

"Determining cognitive deficits in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease using touchscreen tasks: Implications for drug treatments."

April 22, 2014

 Nahal Farhani

Greydon Gilmore

 "Role of pedunculopontine cholinergic neurons in gait."

"Motor assessment of Parkinson disease patients following deep brain stimulation surgery using kinematic analysis technology."

April 29, 2014 

 Levent Karademir

Shahin Moallem

 "Investigation of hydrogen bonding at the docking interface of gap junctions, and rescue of specific connexin32 mutations linked to X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth Neuropathy type 1 (CMTX1)."

"Increased hippocampal theta rhythm oscillations in mice deficient for vesicular acetylcholine transporter."

May 6, 2014

Seminars are held in the Robarts Research Institute, 2nd floor,
Fisher Scientific conference room, Tuesday's at 9:30 a.m.

Attendence is mandatory for all neuroscience students
. Coffee will be provided 9:15 - 9:30 a.m.




Contact Us

Michael Poulter, Ph.D. Director

Ms. C. Anderson
Program Coordinator

T (519) 661-4039
F (519) 661-4153

Western University
Robarts Research Institute, RRI 5260a
1151 Richmond Street North
London, Ontario, CANADA N6A 5B7

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Areas of Research

Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Neuroscience
Computational Neuroscience
Neural Substrates of Behaviour

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