Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Clinical Neuroscience Training Program

Previous Talks


JANUARY 6, 2017 (flyer)
Christine Hill-Kayser, MD; Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Talk Title: Proton Therapy & the Pediatric Brain: Outcomes, Questions, and Research Opportunities

JANUARY 13, 2017 (flyer)
Anup Sharma, MD, PhD; Research Fellow in Neuropsychiatry
Talk Title: Investigating Yogic Approaches for Psychiatric Disorders

JANUARY 20, 2017 (flyer)
John Medaglia, PhD; Research Assistant Professor of Psychology
Talk Title: Connecting the Connectome and the Clinic

JANUARY 27, 2017 (flyer)
Allyson Mackey, PhD; Assistant Professor of Psychology
Talk Title: Measuring Human Brain Plasticity

FEBRUARY 10, 2017 (flyer)
Elizabeth Bhoj, MD, PhD; Research Scientist in Center for Applied Genomics – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Talk Title: From Rare Patients to New Therapies: Neurogenetics Discovery in a Craniofacial Syndrome Cohort

FEBRUARY 24, 2017 (flyer)
Edward Lee, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Talk Title: Epigenetic Silencing in ALS and FTD

MARCH 17, 2017 (flyer)
Desmond Oathes, PhD; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Talk Title: Combining TMS with fMRI to Modify Neural Circuits Relevant to Affective Disorders

MARCH 24, 2017 (flyer)
Elizabeth Schwarzbach, PhD; Vice President, Chief of Staff, Assistant Corporate Secretary, Stanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Talk Title: Advancing Science Across Business Plans: R&D Strategies in For- and Non-Profit Organizations

MARCH 31, 2017 (flyer)
Rebecca Ashare, PhD; Research Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Talk Title: Repurposing Medications for Nicotine Dependence

APRIL 21, 2017 (flyer)
Maria Neimark Geffen, PhD; Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology
Talk Title: Brain Mechanisms of Auditory Processing and Learning

APRIL 28, 2017 (flyer)
Ethan Goldberg, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor of Neurology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Talk Title: Mechanisms of Epilepsy in Dravet Syndrome

MAY 5, 2017 (flyer)
Stewart Anderson, MD; Assistant Professor of Neurology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Talk Title: Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells to Study Mitochondrial Defects in Patients with 22q11 Deletion Syndrome & Schizophrenia


FALL 2016

AUGUST 22, 2016 (flyer)Roy Hamilton, MD & Matthew Kayser, MDTalk Title: Welcome & IntroductionSpecialty: Psychiatry & Neurology

SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 (flyer)
David Irwin, MD
Talk Title: “Improving Ante Mortem Diagnosis in Neurodegenerative Disease: Bringing the Microscope to Clinic”
Specialty: Neurology

SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 (flyer)
Ilya Nasrallah, MD, PhD
Talk Title: “Molecular Imaging in the Brain & Neurodegeneration”
Specialty: Radiology

OCTOBER 7, 2016 (flyer)
Talk Title: CNST Student Summer Research “Data Blitz”
Savannah Aepli – Anesthesiology & Critical Care
Prateek Agarwal - Neurosurgery
Nadir Bilici - Neurosurgery
Steve Cho – Neurological Surgery
Makayla McCoskey - Ophthalmology
Mark Morales - Psychiatry
Peter Schwab – Neurosurgery

OCTOBER 21, 2016 (flyer)
Eric Marsh, MD, PhD
Talk Title: “Body Schema: Evidence from Subjects with Brain Disorders”
Specialty: Neurology

NOVEMBER 18, 2016 (flyer)
Theodore Satterthwaite, MD
Talk Title: “Brain Network Development in Adolescence: Relevance for Cognition & Psychiatric Disorders”
Specialty: Psychiatry

DECEMBER 2, 2016 (flyer)
Roderic Eckenhoff, MD
Talk Title: “Perioperative Neurotoxicity”
Specialty: Anesthesiology



Kelvin C. Luk, PhD - "Alpha-synuclein Propagation as a Template for Understanding Parkinson’s Disease Pathogenesis"
Dara Dickstein, PhD (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) — "Modifying the Amyloid Cascade Hypothesis: Evidence from In Vivo Studies with Soluble A-beta"
Caryn Lerman, PhD - “Cognitive Neuroscience of Nicotine Treatment”
Neil R. Malhotra, MD - “Low Back Pain: Regenerative Approaches to, & Degenerative Causes of, Intervertebral Disc Degeneration”
Michael Louis Platt, PhD - “The Social Brain: What Is It & How Do We Fix It When It’s Broken”
Timothy H. Lucas, MD, PhD - “Brain Computer Interface Devices”
Rodolfo Llinas, MD, PhD (NYU School of Medicine) - “Intrinsic Neuronal Oscillations and Brain Function”
C. Neill Epperson, MD - “Executive Dysfunction and Its Treatment in Menopausal Women”
Brian Y. Chow, PhD - “Optogenetic Tools for Elucidating Neural Circuit Dynamics”


FALL 2015

Ruben Gur, PhD - "The Dawn of the Age of Precision Medicine in Clinical Neuroscience"
Geoffrey K. Aguirre, MD, PhD - "Measuring Human Melanopsin Function"
H. Branch Coslett, MD - "Body Schema: Evidence from Subjects with Brain Disorders"
Brenda L. Banwell, MD - "The Impact of Multiple Sclerosis Onset in Childhood"
Jennifer McGuire, MD - "Cognition, Neuro-inflammation, & Structural Neuroimaging in HIV"



Maxwell Greene, MD - "DNER Antibodies, Anti-Tr Paraneoplastic Disease and Notch"; Neurology
Sangwon F. Kim, PhD - "The Molecular Link Between Metabolic Imbalance and Cognitive Function"; Psychiatry & Pharmacology
Henry R. Kranzler, MD - "Pharmacogenetics of Topiramate Treatment for Heavy Drinking"; Psychiatry
Jeffrey Ware, MD - "Translational Neuroscience Imaging: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury"; Radiology 


FALL 2014

Alice S. Chen-Plotkin, MD - "Biomarker Discovery and Validation in Parkinson's Disease"; Neurology
Michael Chua - "Is Socioeconomic Status a Risk Factor for Glaucoma in African-Americans?"; Summer Research Student
Noam A. Cohen, MD, PhD and Alan D. Workman - "CALHM1-Mediated ATP Release and CBF Modulation in Airway Epithelial Cells"; Otorhinolaryngology
Kathryn Davis, MD and Peter Hadar - "Use of Novel GluCEST Imaging technique in lateralizing foci in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Patients"; Neurology
Steven K. Luminais, MD - "Combining Private Practice with the Academic Missions in Ophthalmology: What is Neuroscience?"; Ophthalmology
John Peters - "Common Themes in the Pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, and Multiple System Atrophy"; CNDR



Roderic Eckenhoff, MD - "Anesthesia, Surgery & Dementia: A smoking gun - where's the victim?"; Anesthesiology & Critical Care
David J. Irwin, MD - "Neuropathology of Neurodegenerative Disease"; Neurology
Daniel J. Licht, MD - "Fetal Neurologial Consult"; Neurology and Pediatrics
Graham E. Quinn, MD, MSCE - "Clinical Research in Pediatric Ophthalmology"; Pediatric Ophthalmology
Huafeng Wei, MD, PhD - "Calcium Dysregulation in Alzheimer's Disease: Dantrolene for Treatment?"; Anesthesiology & Critical Care


FALL 2013

John A. Dani - "Learning, Memory, and Addiction"; Neuroscience
Mariella De Biasi, PhD - "Drug Addiction: From Mice to Men and Back"; Psychiatry
Richard L. Doty, PhD - "Olfaction in Neurodegenerative Diseases"; Otorhinolaryngology
Eric Lancaster - "Synaptic Autoimmune Disorders"; Neurology
Catherine Norise - "Individually-Targeted tDCS Enhances Language Recovery in Patients with Chronic Non-Fluent Aphasia"
Katya Rascovsky, PhD - "Differential Diagnosis of Young Onset Dementia: Frontotemporal Dementia"; Neurology
Sherman C. Stein, MD - "Making the Most of Your (and Others') Data"; Neurosurgery
Stephen Tsaur - "Time Dependency of Craving and Response Inhibition during Nicotine Abstinence"; Psychiatry



Caryn Lerman, PhD - "Cognitive Neuroscience Approaches to Nicotine Dependence Treatment"; Psychiatry
Chris Pierce - "Forgiving the Sins of the Father: Epigenetic Inheritance of a Cocaine Resistance Phenotype"; Psychiatry
Ramesh Raghupathi - "There is nothing "mild" about mild TBI"; Neurobiology and Anatomy


FALL 2012

Steven J. Siegel, M.D., Ph.D. and Roy Hamilton, M.D. - Orientation & Introduction; Psychiatry & Neurology
Jessica Morgan - “High Resolution Imaging of Retinal Degeneration”; Ophthalmology
Steven J. Siegel, M.D., Ph.D. - “Team-oriented Translational Studies In Schizophrenia at Penn: The Conte Center to Study Emotional Processing From Patients to Patch”; Psychiatry
Alyssa Nguyen-Phuc - 2012 Summer Research Student Presentation
Richard L. Doty, Ph.D. - “Neurodegenerative Diseases & Chemosensory Dysfunction: Is There A Common Casual Denominator”; Otorhinolaryngology
Steven E. Arnold, M.D. - “Senility, Dementia, Hardening of the Arteries and Alzheimer’s Too”; Psychiatry
Kenneth S. Shindler, M.D., Ph.D., Paolo Nucifora, M.D., Ph.D., Bo Jian, M.D., Ph.D. - “Double Problems with Double Vision: How Neuroradiologic and Patholgic Clues Decipher Rare from Common Neuroophthalmologic Disease”; Ophthalmology/Radiology/Clinical Pathology
M. Sean Grady, M.D. - “Hydrocephalus: NPH, Pseudotumor and Treatment"; Neurosurgery
Huafeng Wei, M.D., Ph.D. - “Dual Effects of Neuroprotection & Neurotoxicity by General Anesthetics”; Anesthesiology



Douglas H. Smith, M.D. - “TBI: The Injury That Keeps on Taking”; Neurosurgery
David R. Lynch, M.D., Ph.D. - “NMDA Receptors in Human Disease or Basic Aspects of Mitochondrial Disorders”; Neurology
David M. Raizen, M.D., Ph.D. - “Why Do We Sleep”; Neurology
John Q. Trojanowski, M.D., Ph.D. - "Microtubule (MT) Stabilizing Drugs for Abrogating and Preventing Alzheimer's Disease and Related Tauopathies"; Pathology
Gregory C. Carlson, Ph.D. - “Circuit Abnormalities in Schizophrenia And Related Disorders”; Psychiatry
Max B. Kelz, M.D., Ph.D. “Neuronal Mechanisms of Anesthetic Induced Unconsciousness”; Anesthesiology & Critical Care
Matthew R. Hayes, Ph.D. - “Bench to Bedside Neuropharmacology Approaches to Treat Obesity: the Good, the Bad, and the Sick”; Psychiatry
Eric David Marsh, M.D., Ph.D. - “Modeling the Early Epileptic Encephalopathies”; Child Neurology
Steven S. Scherer, M.D., Ph.D. - “Peripheral Nerve & the Opathies”; Neurology
Kenneth S. Shindler, M.D., Ph.D., Paolo Nucifora, M.D., Ph.D., and Bo Jian, M.D., Ph.D. - “Double Problems with Double Vision: How Neuroradiologic and Patholgic Clues Decipher Rare from Common Neuroophthalmologic Disease”; Ophthalmology/Radiology/Pathology


FALL 2011

Steven J. Siegel, M.D., Ph.D. and Roy Hamilton, M.D. - "The Clinical Neurosciences Training Program"; Psychiatry and Neurology
Robert M. Weinrieb, M.D. - “Neuropsychiatric Complications of Transplant”; Psychiatry
Noam A. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D - “Cilia Dysfunction in Chronic Rhinosinusitis”; Otorhinolaryngology
John A. Detre, M.D. - “Cerebral Blood Flow”; Neurology & Radiology
Ronald L. Wolf, M.D., Ph.D. - “Functional Neuroanatomy or Perfusion Imaging in Cerebrovascular Disease”; Radiology
Rickson Mesquita, Ph.D. “Brain Monitoring with Diffuse Optical Techniques”; Physics & Astronomy
Student Presentations - CNST Students
Danielle Brewington - "A Cinderella Story: Beldanamycin as a novel therapeutic agent for Gliomas "
Joaquin de Rojas - "Investigating the Neurophysiological Effects of Direct Current Stimulation"
Jamie Podell - "A Volumetric Neuroimaging Study of Multigenerational Schizophrenia Families"



W. Andrew Kofke, M.D. - "Cerebral Blood Flow in Neurocritical Care"; Anesthesiology &Critical Care
Jason H. T. Karlawish, M.D. - "Measuring a Person's Decision-Making"; Medicine
Kenneth Shindler, M.D., Ph.D. - "SIRT1 Activator Treatment of Auto-immune & Viral-induced Optic"; Ophthalmology
David R. Lynch, M.D., Ph.D. - "NMDA Receptors in Human Disease"; Neurology
Christos Davatzikos, Ph.D. - "Computational Sciences in Brain Imaging: Applications to Alzheimer’s Disease & Schizophrenia"; Radiology
Joseph M. Palumbo, M.D. - "Innovation, Discovery, & Healing In Neuroscience: Are there Legitimate Options Beyond the University"; Neuroscience
Chang-Gyu Hahn, M.D., Ph.D. - "Convergent Candidate Pathways In Schizophrenia"; Psychiatry
Aaron D. Gitler, Ph.D. - "Defining Mechanisms of Human Neurodegenerative Diseases"; Cell & Developmental Biology
Eric A. Pierce, M.D., Ph.D. - "Inherited Retinal Degenerations"; Ophthalmology
James C. Gee, Ph.D. - "Brain Warping"; Radiology
David A. Wolk, M.D. - "Episodic Memory in Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease"; Neurology
Elias R. Melhem, M.D. - "Functional & Metabolic Imaging of the Brain"; Radiology


FALL 2010

Murray Grossman, M.D., Ed.D. - "What If It’s Not Alzheimer's Disease"; Neurology
David Oslin, M.D. - "The Neuroscience of Addiction"; Psychiatry
Wade Berrettini, M.D., Ph.D. - "Bipolar Disorder Genetics"; Psychiatry
Andrew Siderowf, M.D. - "Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson's Disease"; Neurology
Gregory C. Carlson, Ph.D. - "Toward a Local-Circuit Bases of Disease: Linking Molecular Abnormalities to Disrupted Sensation and Behavior"; Psychiatry
James C. Saunders, Ph.D. - "The Mechanisms of Hearing Loss and Can It Be Restored"; Otorhinolaryngology
Neil R. Malhotra, M.D. - "Tissue Engineered Mechanical Contstructs to Reverse Degenerative Disc Disease"; Neurosurgery


FALL 2017 SEMINAR SCHEDULE(Note: All Seminars will take from 1-2pm at location indicated)

SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 (flyer)Roy Hamilton, MD & Daniel Wolf, MD, PhDTalk Title: Welcome & IntroductionLocation: Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC) – Room 506EW

SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 (flyer)Kathryn Davis, MD, MSTR; Assistant Professor of NeurologyTalk Title: Localizing Epileptic NetworksLocation: Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC) – Room 506EW

OCTOBER 13, 2017 (flyer)CNST Student PresentationsLocation:

OCTOBER 20, 2017 (flyer)|Joseph W. Kable, PhD; Baird Term Associate Professor of PsychologyTalk Title: Neural Mechanisms of Decision Making in HumansLocation: Smilow Center for Translational Research (SCTR) – Room 146AB

OCTOBER 27, 2017 (flyer)Han-Chiao Isaac Chen, MD; Assistant Professor of NeurosurgeryTalk Title: TBDLocation: Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC) – Room 506E

DECEMBER 1, 2017  (flyer)Eric Lancaster, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor of NeurologyTalk Title: Synapses, Antibodies, and the Pharmacology of Autoimmune NeurologyLocation: Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC) – Room 506EW

DECEMBER 8, 2017 (flyer)Max B. Kelz, MD, PhD; David E. Longnecker Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical CareTalk Title: Anesthesia's Second Power: Probing States of ConsciousnessLocation: Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC) – Room 506EW

SPRING 2018 SEMINAR SCHEDULE(Note: All Seminars will take from 1-2pm unless otherwise indicated)

JANUARY 12, 2018(flyer)Dawn Mechanic-Hamilton, PhD, ABPP-CN; Assistant Professor, Department of NeurologyTitle: Common and Uncommon Presentations of Alzheimer's Disease: Evaluation and InterventionLocation: Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC) – Room 506EW

JANUARY 19, 2018 (flyer)Daniel Wolf MD, PhD; Assistant Professor, Department of PsychiatryTitle: From Sofa to Scanner:  Translational Investigation of Amotivation in SchizophreniaLocation: SCTR, 10th Floor, Room 146AB

JANUARY 26, 2018 (flyer)Desmond Oathes, PhD; Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of PsychiatryTitle: Circuit and Behavior Targeting for Affective Disturbance in HumansLocation: Barchi Library, John Morgan Building

FEBRUARY 2, 2018 (flyer)Matthew Hayes, PhD; Associate Professor of Nutritional Neuroscience, Department of PsychiatryTitle: GLP-1 and Amylin Physiology and Pharmacology in Obesity TreatmentLocation: Smilow 12-146AB

FEBRUARY 9, 2018(flyer)Daniel Weintraub, MD; Professor, Department of PsychiatryTitle: Impulse Control Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease: The Crossroads of Substance-Related Disorders and Behavioral AddictionsLocation: Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC), 515EW

FEBRUARY 16, 2018 (flyer)Rebecca Ashare, PhD; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of PsychiatryTitle: Translational Models of Executive Function, Stress, and Decision-Making in Smoking BehaviorLocation: Smilow 12-146AB

FEBRUARY 23, 2018 (flyer)Amit Bar-Or MD, FRCPC; Melissa and Paul Anderson President's Distinguished Professor, Department of NeurologyTitle: Emerging Themes In Neuroimmunology of Multiple SclerosisLocation: Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC), 506 EW

MARCH 2, 2018 (flyer)Sigrid Veasey, MD; Professor, Department of MedicineTitle: Sleep Loss Effects on Brain Function, Beyond the Weekend Sleep-inLocation: Smilow 12-146AB

MARCH 16, 2018(flyer)Noam Cohen, MD, PhD; Associate Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck SurgeryTitle: Taste Receptors:  Novel Targets in the Management of Chronic RhinosinusitisLocation: Smilow 10-146AB

MARCH 23, 2018(flyer)12-1p: Gustavo Aguirre, VMD, PhD; Professor of Medical Genetics and Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary MedicineTitle: Retinal Structure, Function and Therapy; Curing the Previously Untreatable

1-2p: Geoffrey Aguirre, MD, PhD; Associate Professor, Department of NeurologyTitle: Measuring Human Melanopsin Function

Time & Location: 12-2 pm – JMEC 506EW

MARCH 30, 2018 (flyer)Steven Eliades, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck SurgeryTitle: Translational Research in Hearing:  Vocal Communication and Cochlear ImplantsLocation: Smilow 12-146AB

APRIL 6, 2018 (flyer)Beth Winkelstein, PhD; Vice Provost for Education and Professor, Department of Bioengineering (BE)Title: Bioengineering Approaches to Understanding & Treating PainLocation: Smilow 12-146AB

APRIL 13, 2018 (flyer)D. Kacy Cullen, PhD; Research Associate Professor, Department of NeurosurgeryTitle: Anatomically- and Developmentally-Inspired “Living Scaffolds” for Targeted Neuronal Replacement and Axonal Regeneration, followed by Implantable Bioengineered “Connectome Units” for Brain Pathway Reconstruction and Biologically Based NeuromodulationLocation: Smilow 12-146AB

APRIL 20, 2018 (flyer)Jennifer Phillips-Cremins, PhD; Assistant Professor, Department of BioengineeringTitle: 3D Epigenome Reconfiguration in Brain Development and DiseaseLocation: Smilow 10-146AB

MAY 11, 2018(flyer)J. Eric Schmitt MD, PhDTitle:  Neurodevelopmental Models in Imaging GeneticsLocation: Smilow 10-146AB

MAY 25, 2018 (flyer)H. Branch Coslett, MD; William N. Kelley Professor, Department of NeurologyTitle: The Neglect Syndrome: What is Neglected?Location: JMEC, 506 EW

JUNE 1, 2018(flyer)No Seminar

JUNE 8, 2018(flyer)Lachlan Smith, PhD; Assistant Professor, Department of NeurosurgeryTitle: Novel Therapies for Intervertebral Disc Degeneration and Low Back PainLocation: Smilow 10- 146AB