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: Age-Related Neurodegenerative Diseases (ARND) Journal Club
Research focus: Many Age-Related Neurodegenerative Diseases (ARND) share some common themes (late-in-life onset, stereotyped protein aggregation in stereotyped brain nuclei, tauopathies, etc.), but are ultimately quite distinct from one another. The goal of the ARND journal club is to bring together students, post-docs, and PIs from different disease backgrounds to help educate one another on the similarites and differences between these diseases. Classical ARND will be highlighted (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, ALS), but all ARND are open for discussion.
Interests: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, ALS, Other age-related neurodegenerative diseases.
Contact: Lindsey Goodman ( & Wade Mayes (
Meeting days & time:
Thursday 12-1 every other week, starting 9/18
Meeting place: TBD

Journal Club name: Circuits Journal Club
Research focus: on all types of circuits existing within CNS. It will cover from basic microcircuitry of brain structures (i.e. CA1 hippocampus), all the way to large scale circuits seen in EEG/MEG. Of particular interest will be the rhythmic oscillations seen in and between brain structures in cognition, behavior & disease pathology (from addiction to fragile X) and the changes in circuitry that underlie them. Thus, the purpose of the journal club is to bridge the gap between basic ex-vivo/in-vitro work by studying papers that can help provide such context.
Contact: Russ Port (
Meeting days & time: Begins January 11th, Friday from 4:30-6:30 (and every other week)
Meeting place:Barchi Library, 140 John Morgan Building

Journal Club name: Genetics, Behavior and Multimodal Neuroimaging Journal Club
Research focus:multimodal MRI human brain research and applications combining
MRI with genetic, neuropsychological and clinical data.
Contact: Stathis Gennatas (
Meeting days & time: First Friday of each month, 2-3pm
Meeting place: 10 Gates conference room (10th floor, Gates Pavilion, HUP)

Journal Club name: Systems Neuroscience
Research focus: Sensory neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, sensorimotor neuroscience and some computational neuroscience
Contact: Javier Medina(; 8-2164) or Yale Cohen ( ; 8-7504 )
Meeting days & time: Tuesdays from 9-10AM
Meeting place: 215 Stemmler

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 (; 8-0915)
Meeting days & time: Designated Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. (Meeting dates will be sent upon request)
Meeting place: 301 Stellar-Chance Labs
Refreshments/pizza served

Journal Club name: Neuroinflammation and Neuroviorlogy
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: Room 205 CRB
Food sometimes served

Journal Club Name: Epigenetics/Genetics Mouse Club
Research focus: Mouse club is a group of neuroscience and genetics labs that are interested in genes and epigenetics and their role in regulating behavior and development.
Contact: Tracy Bale (
Dates/Times: Sept 26 12:30pm; Oct 31 12:30pm; Nov 21 Noon
Meeting Place: Barchi Library, 140 John Morgan Bldg.
Lunch provided

Journal Club Name: Oxidative Stress Biology and Disease
Research focus: Oxidative and nitric oxide biochemistry and biology as they relate to disease. Emphasis in neurodegeneration and pathobiology of disease.
Contact: Cheryn Jarvis (; Harry Ischiropoulos (
Dates/Times: 9:30 am every other Friday of each month- September to June
Meeting Place: 417 Abramson Pediatric Research Center

Journal Club Name: Sleep Journal Club
Research focus: A student-run journal club focusing on recent publications related to sleep research.
Contact: Kim Halscheid (
Dates/Times: Fridays, 12pm-1pm (Nov 22;Jan 3;Jan 24;Feb 7; Feb 21;Mar 7;Mar 21;Apr 4;May 2; May 23;Jun 20)
Meeting Place: 3624 Market Street, Suite 201(Conference Room)

Journal Club Name: Neuroeconomics (to be updated)
Research focus: Neuroscience of decision-making, with particular (but not exclusive) emphasis on reward-based decisions in humans
Contact:Rebecca Kazinka (; Joe Kable (
Dates/Times: 1pm on the first Tuesday of every month (except September will be on the 10th because of classes)
Meeting Place: Solomon C16 (3720 Walnut St)

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 9/25
Meeting place: Richards Building, Room B400

Journal Club Name: Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics Reading Group
Research focus: cognitive and neural processes supporting production and comprehension of language. Specific topics to be determined by group membership; previous topics have included bilingual language control, sentence processing, semantic processing, and reading.
Contact:Jorge Valdes Kroff (
Meeting days & time: biweekly meeting TBD by group availability (please email ASAP if you'd like to join)
Meeting place: Fishbowl Seminar Room, IRCS (3401 Walnut St)

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 addictionto 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 Yohn ( and Leonardo Guercio (
Meeting days & time: Every other Friday 3:30-4:30pm, beginning September 26th
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: IRCS (4th floor, 3401 Walnut Street), Fishbowl conference room

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