Neuroscience Graduate Group Neuroscience Journal Clubs Across Campus

Artist: Gegg Dunn

Note: 2nd-year NGG students are required to participate in a Journal Club or group meeting and present a paper at least once per semester.

Journal Club name: Small Model Systems (SMS) Journal Club
Research focus: Papers discussed will involve worm, fly, and zebrafish (or other small models).
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jini Naidoo
Contact: Sarah Ly (; Shachee Doshi ( out to get on the listserv!
Meeting days & time: Every other Tuesday for Fall 2016 - 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29
Meeting place:Richards C309 (3rd floor conference room)

Journal Club name: Tramautic Brain Injury (TBI)
Research focus: Cellular pathphysiology and biomechanical disruption of neural circuits after traumatic brain injury
Contact: Marzieh Memar (
Meeting days & time: 3rd Thursday of each month; 9:30am-10:30am
Meeting place: Levine Hall Room 307 (tentative)

Journal Club name: F.M. Kirby Center Research Club
Research focus: Retinal and macular degeneration, retinal differentiation, retinal physiology, genetic basis of retinal disease, gene therapy for ocular disease
Contact: Jean Bennett (; 215-898-0915)
Meeting days & time: (Meeting dates will be sent upon request)
Meeting place: 301 Stellar-Chance Labs
Refreshments/pizza served

Journal Club name: Neuroinflammation and Neurovirology
Research focus: Molecular and Cellular pathways to neurodegeneration in response to Viral Infection or inflammation: Roles for astrocytes, neurons and microglia.
Contact: Kelly Jordan-Sciutto (; 215-898-4196
Meeting days & time: Thursday, 4 pm
Meeting place: 1201 BRB.
Food sometimes served

Journal Club Name: Sleep Journal Club
Research focus: A student-run journal club focusing on recent publications related to sleep research.
Dates/Times: TBD
Meeting Place: TBD

Journal Club Name: Social Neuroscience
Research focus: Neuroscience of decision-making and social behavior.
Contact: Katie Caulfield (; Joe Kable (
Dates/Times: First Friday of the Month; 1:30 pm
Meeting Place: Richards Labs 609 (3700 Hamilton Walk)

Journal Club Name:Center for Neurobiology and Behavior ( CNB) Journal Club
Research focus:This journal club covers a wide range of behavioral neuroscience topics, but is primarily focused on psychiatric disorders, ranging from drug addiction to schizophrenia. This journal club is attended by students, post docs, and PIs with diverse research interests.
Interests:Drug addiction, depression, schizophrenia, energy balance, stress, anxiety, sleep, etc.
Contacts: Nicole Hernandez (; contact Nicole to join emailing list).
Meeting days & time: Every other Thursday; 4-5pm, beginning September 15th.
Meeting place: TRL, First floor conference room (TRL 124).

Journal Club Name: Complex Scene Perception Journal Club.
Research focus: This journal club discusses papers and research related to perception, from the perspective of engineering, neuroscience, and psychology. 
Contact: David Brainard (
Meetings days & time: Wednesdays from 12-1.
Meeting place: 4 Goddard Seminar Room, 4th Floor Goddard Labs, 3710 Hamilton Walk

Journal Club Name:Neuroengineering JC
Research focus:Neuroengineering
Interests:Topics at the interface of biomedical/electrical engineering and neuroscience, as well as relevant topics in translational neuroscience research.
Contacts: Srihari Sritharan (
Meeting days & time: TBD
Meeting place: Barchi Library

Journal Club name:Ion Channel Journal Club
Research focus:The Ion Channel Journal Club is devoted to critically reviewing and discussing recent papers in the ion channel field. It includes a wide range of ion channel topics from basic biophysics and physiology to cell biology, molecular biology, neuroscience and clinical applications. It is widely attended by faculty, students, and postdocs from departments of Physiology, Pathology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Psychiatry, from institutes such as IHGT, CHOP, HUP and IME, and from Jefferson, Temple, and Drexel Universities. Given the fact that here at Penn we have some of the experts in the field working on K channels, Na channels, Cl channels, IP3 receptor channels, Ca channels, neurotransmitter receptor channels, we have the distinctly unique opportunity for a high level of stimulating discussion.

Interests:All aspects of ion channels, including biophysics (electrophysiology), structure of ion channels, molecular biology, physiological roles, channelopathies, sensory transduction, thermosensing, nociception, regulation by lipids, Ca2+, and other physiological modulators. The channels discussed include ligand-gated channels, voltage-gated channels, and mechanosensitive channels, those at the plasma membrane of cells, as well as those lurking in intracellular organelles.

Contact:Carol Deutsch (
Meeting days & time:
Thursday, 9:30-10:30 am, every other week, starting 9/24/15; Tuesday, TBA time, prior to Thursday meeting (every other week)
Meeting place:
CRB 702 (Thursday sessions) and CRB 600 (Tuesday sessions)