Student Seminars 2009/10
(Perspectives in Neuroscience)

Note: Seminars are now held at Robarts Research Institute,
2nd floor, Fisher Scientific Conference room


Invited Speaker, Dr. David Eagleman

"Hearing colors, tasting sounds: the kaleidoscopic brain of synesthesia."

September 21, 2009
Ben Bowles

Michael Koval

"When a name rings a bell: exploring the relationship between famous name recognition and partial knowledge."

"Reversible deactivation or anterior cingulate or lateral prefrontal cortex affects reaction times and performance of pro-saccades and anti-saccades."

September 28, 2009

Jason Gallivan

Maria Cernea & Jennifer Mepham

"Prepotent responses in parietal cortex for graspable objects depends on handedness"

Introduction to Dr. Gregory Demas

October 5, 2009


Thanksgiving Holiday

October 12, 2009


SFN, no seminars

October 19, 2009

Invited Speaker, Dr. Gregory Demas

"To everything there is a season: environmental and neuroendocrine regulation of immunity."
October 26, 2009
Jessica Phillips

Andres Carrasco

"Investigating the function of the hyperdirect pathway in awake,
  behaving monkeys."

"Interactions between primary and non-primary fields of auditory cortex."

November2, 2009

Sandy Shultz

Ken Valyear

"Modeling concussion in the rat: The effects of single and repeated mild fluid percussion injury."

"Tool identity can prime grasping, but only when the goal is to use."

November 9, 2009

Li Xin

Christian Battista & tba

"Exploration of molecular structure responsible for Cx36 and Cx50
gap junction channels"

Introduction to Dr. Andreas Nieder

November 16, 2009
Invited Speaker, Dr. Andreas Nieder
"Neuronal representation of numerical information in the primate brain."
November 23, 2009
Jeremy Wong

Ed O'Neil

"Motor effects on Proprioception."

"Exploring the role of the perirhinal cortex in object representation."

November 30, 2009

Loretta Norton

Benjamin Wheal & Karim Virani

"How Conscious is the Default Mode of Brain Function? Using fMRI to assess the default network in comatose patients."

Introduction to Dr. Bradley Schlaggar

December 7, 2009
Invited Speaker, Dr. Bradley Schlaggar

"Typical and atypical development of
a dual-network architecture for
top down control"
December 14, 2009

Melissa Meeking

Michael Pace

"Assessing exploratory and repetitive behaviour in Long-Evans rats in a propionic acid model of autism spectrum disorders."

"Neck muscle activity evoked by cortical micro-stimulation of the macaque supplementary eye fields as an indicator of reference frames."

January 4, 2010

Charles Pettypiece

Melissa Chan

"Integration of haptic and visual size cues in perception and action revealed through crossmodal conflict."

"Tolerance to the effects of immune system stimulation with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and the acquisition of anticipatory nausea."

January 11, 2010

Christina Merkley

Elise Wright & Thida Han

"Kisspeptin signaling at the preovulatory surge of the ewe: glutamatergic inputs to kisspeptin and GnRH."

Introduction to Dr. Jennifer Ryan

January 18, 2010
Jeffrey Malins

Robert Whitwell
"Investigating Mandarin Spoken Word Recognition Using Event Related Potentials."

"Visual feedback modulates dorsal stream activation more so for grasping than for reaching."
January 25, 2010

Invited Speaker, Dr. Jennifer Ryan

"The automatic retrieval of relational memories."

February 1, 2010

Jessica Benzaquen

Tyler Peel & Sayantani Majumder

"Using place & taste avoidance to investigate the presence of aversive internal
   cues induced by Propionic Acid"

Introduction to Dr. Christian Casanova

February 8, 2010
Holiday - Family Day
February 15, 2010
Invited Speaker, Dr. Christian Casanova
"What does the pulvinar tell us about
visual perception."
February 22, 2010

Daniel Wood

Matt Hutchison

"Impaired selection of wrist posture due to actual and virtual parietal occipital lesions"

"Functional connectivity of the anesthetized rat brain during rest"

March 1, 2010

Kelly Foley

Thida Han

"Neonatal administration of propionic acid alters startle response magnitude in adolescent rats."

"Impaired selection of wrist posture due to actual and virtual parietal occipital lesions."

March 8, 2010

Teresa McAdam

Christian Battista

"Identifying and correcting mass motion artifacts in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)."

"Investigating the development of mental arithmetic."

March 15. 2010

Cristi Orth

Teresa McAdam, Jennifer Milne &
Bridget Valsamis

"Regulation of NMDA Receptors by Endogenous PACAP in the Hippocampus."

Introduction to Dr. Josef Rauschecker

March 22, 2010
Invited Speaker, Dr. Josef Rauschecker
CANCELLED - Postponed to
September 27, 2010
March 29, 2010
Benjamin Wheal

Michelle Bale
"Calcium imaging in migrating osteoclasts using the ratiometric dye fura-2."

"Reward-Dependent Modulation of Spatial Attention in the Lateral
Prefrontal Cortex?"
April 5, 2010

Jennifer Mepham


April 12, 2010
Maria Cernea

Michelle Bale & Iman Janemi

"Effects of prenatal testosterone on the reproductive neuroendocrine system in sheep."

Introduction to Dr. Tirin Moore

April 19, 2010
The Treva Glazebrook Annual Lecture
Invited Speaker, Dr. Tirin Moore
"The neural basis and control of visuospatial attention."
April 26, 2010
Elizabeth Wright

Iman Janemi

"Continuous Preference Drinking: A useful paradigm for modelling Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in mice?"


May 3, 2010
Bridget Valsamis

Tyler Peel

May 10, 2010
Karim Virani

Jennifer Milne



May 17, 2010

NOTE: Seminars are now held in the Robarts Research Institute, 2nd floor,
Fisher Scientific conference room at 11:30 a.m.

Attendence is mandatory for all neuroscience students
. Refreshments are provided.

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