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On BlueJeans


June 21, 2021
Delaney Fischer
Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Neuroscience
The University of Pennsylvania
Journal Club Discussion Leader: "Clinical and Functional Connectivity Outcomes of 5-Hz Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as an Add-on Treatment in Cocaine Use Disorder:  A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial"

(more to be announced)


Past Seminars

Spring 2021

May 24, 2021
Darrell Eacret
Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Pharmacology
The University of Pennsylvania
Journal Club Discussion Leader: Sun , et al. Seasonal Variation in the Brain l-Opioid Receptor Availability
The Journal of Neuroscience, February 10, 2021 • 41(6):1265–1273 • 1265

May 6, 2021 
Special Seminar— 
Dr. Nora D. Volkow, M.D.
Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institutes of Health
"Opioid Use Disorder and Other Substance Use in the Era of COVID-19"

April 26, 2021
Daniel Kalamarides
Ph.D. Candidate
The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Journal Club Discussion Leader: Cannabidiol (CBD) for the Reduction of Cue-Induced Craving and Anxiety in Drug-Abstinent Individuals With Heroin Use Disorder: A Double-Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial Am J Psychiatry 2019; 176:911–922; doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2019.18101191

April 12, 2021
Amy Newman, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, NIDA IRP
Chief, Molecular Targets and Medications Discovery Branch
Chief, Medicinal Chemistry Section
Director, Medication Development Program
“Directing Bitopic or Bivalent Molecules to Dopamine D3 Receptors for the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders”

March 22, 2021
Ansel Hillmer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and of Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine
“Pharmacokinetic neuroimaging to study the dose-related brain kinetics and target engagement of buprenorphine in vivo.”

March 29, 2021
Ali Ely, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Journal Club Discussion Leader: Canchy, et al. Pharmacokinetics trumps pharmacodynamics during cocaine choice:
a reconciliation with the dopamine hypothesis of addiction Neuropsychopharmacology (2021) 46:288–296;

Winter 2021

March 15, 2021
Patrick Worhunsky, DPhil
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine
“Independent Component Analysis of MRI and PET, unmixing addiction in the brain.”

Winter 2020

February 10, 2020
Jill Rabinowitz, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
“Environmental and Polygenic Influences on Drug Use and Related Psychopathology in Admixed Populations”

March 30, 2020
Emma Johnson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
“Using a Variety of Genome-wide Methods to Investigate the Shared Genetic Underpinnings of Alcohol Use Disorder and Schizophrenia”

Fall 2019

October 14, 2019
Philipp Koellinger, Ph.D.
Full Professor at the School of Business and Economics
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
"Risky Behaviors and their Links with Health: New Insights from Statistically Well-Powered Genetic and Neuroscientific Studies"

November 11, 2019 
Special Seminar—The 2019 Charles O’Brien Lecture

Jon-Kar Zubieta, M.D., Ph.D.
Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychiatrist-in-Chief
University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute
“Endogenous Opioids: At the Interface of Emotions, Pain and the Addictions”

November 18, 2019
Lorenzo Leggio, M.D. Ph.D., M.Sc.
Chief of the Section on Clinical Psychoneuroendocrinology and Neuropsychopharmacology (a NIAAA and NIDA joint laboratory)
"Traversing the Gut-Brain Axis: Translation to Addiction Medicine"

December 16, 2019
Rachel Kember, Ph.D.
Research Associate in the Department of Genetics
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
“Phenotypic Associations of Genetic Liability for Opioid Use Disorder in the Penn Medicine Biobank”

Summer 2019

August 22, 2019 (Thursday at 3:00 p.m.)
Special Seminar—Note Different Day

Christopher Rentsch, Ph.D., MPH
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
“Polypharmacy and Alcohol Interactions on Patient Outcomes”

Spring 2019

April 15, 2019
Emily A. Largent, JD, Ph.D. and Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE,
Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
“Undue Inducement and Inducing Deception: Offers of Payment for Research Participation”

April 17, 2019 (Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.)
Special Seminar—Note Different Timing

Corinde Wiers, Ph.D.,
Laboratory of Neuroimaging
Research Fellow at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
“How PET Imaging can Inform Interventions for Alcohol Use Disorder”

April 22, 2019
Ann Marie Hoyt-Brennan, MSN, RN
Simulation Education Specialist
Director, Helene Fuld Pavilion for Innovative Learning and Simulation
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing
“Public Health Meets Simulation: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic Through the Use of Virtual Reality”

Winter 2019

January 28, 2019
Igor Elman, Ph.D., MPH
Cooper University, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry
"Reward Deficiency and Anti-Reward Processes in Stress-related and Addictive Disorders"

February 11, 2019
Jena Tronieri, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Director of Clinical Services at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders
"Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity Combined with Liraglutide 3.0 mg: A Randomized Controlled Trial"

February 18, 2019
Alicia Allen, Ph.D., MPH
University of Arizona, Assistant Professor
The Department of Family and Community Medicine and Public Health at the College of Medicine
"A Pack of Pills and a Puff of Smoke: Could Hormonal Contraceptives be Influencing Cigarette Smoking?"

February 26, 2019 (Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.)
Special Seminar—Note Different Timing

Mariya Cherkasova, Ph.D.
University of British Columbia
Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre
"Reward Cues and Motivated Behavior: Decision Making, Dopamine and Addiction"

March 18, 2019
Laura Almasy, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania, Professor of Genetics
Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Director of Biostatistics, Lifespan Brain Institute
"Beyond Cases and Controls: Quantitative and Multifaceted Phenotypes in Gene Discovery for Complex Traits"


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