NGG Specialty Journal Clubs Required of Second Year Students

Second-year PhD students are required to participate in a Journal Club or group meeting and present a paper at least once per semester.


Can't find a JC you want below?  Instructions for starting a new Specialty Journal Club can be found on the NGG Canvas site.


Last Updated: September 2019

Journal Club Name: The Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuroimaging (CNNI) Journal Club

Research Focus:

This journal club is focused on discussing frontier topics in cognitive neuroscience as well as modern cognitive neuroscience methods including neuroimaging, intracranial electrophysiology, non-invasive brain stimulation, and neurofeedback. We will discuss both theoretical frameworks for linking cognition and neurophysiology, as well as primary research which builds from or provides support for these theoretical frameworks. Discussions will also include methodological papers and questions such as, “What is the ultimate goal of cognitive neuroscience?”, “What does good cognitive neuroscience look like?”, and “How can we bring these ideas of successful cognitive neuroscience to our own work?” Open to anyone with an interest in cognitive neuroscience or neuroimaging, feel free to drop in!
Contact: Ursula Tooley (
Meeting days & time: Wednesdays 3-4 PM (biweekly/2x month), starting September 18th 
Meeting place: Richards B207


Journal Club Name: Small Model Systems (SMS) Journal Club

Research focus: Small Model Systems Journal club is small but mighty, just like our model organisms! Come visit us every other Wednesday at 5 p.m. in 205 CRB for biweekly discussion on recent papers on neurobiology in Drosophila, C. elegans, zebrafish, and more. We love behavior and cool genetic tools, but read outside those topics as well. You don’t have to be in a small model organism lab to join us! Beginners, techs, undergrads, and anybody else with an interest are welcome to drop in. 
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jini Naidoo
Contact:  Mike Iannacone (;
Hannah Shoenhard (
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Meeting days & time: Fall 2019. Wednesdays 5pm-6pm biweekly (9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4, 12/18)
Meeting place:  205 CRB


Journal Club Name:  Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

Research focus:  The aim of this journal club is to provide students with familiarity with studies of the neuroscience of behavior across different experimental species and multiple levels of analysis. The leader for each session picks a recent paper to discuss that is related to a research problem on which they are working, but uses a research approach at a different level of analysis or in a different organism from their own work.
Contact: Joe Kable (
Dates/Times: First Wednesday of the month; 11:30 pm
Meeting Place:  Levin 450 


Journal Club Name: Tramautic Brain Injury (TBI)

Research focus: Cellular pathophysiology and biomechanical disruption of neural circuits after traumatic brain injury
Contact: Samantha Schumm (
Meeting days & time: 3rd Thursday of each month; 9:30am-10:30am. Please contact Samantha to be placed on mailing list as the meeting location can change.
Meeting place: Levine Hall Room 612 


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: Contact Dr. Bennett for more info.
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 (Biomedical Research Building)
Food sometimes served 


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: Darrell Eacret (; contact Darrell to join emailing list). 
Meeting days & time: Every other Thursday; 4-5pm. 
Meeting place: TRL, First floor conference room (TRL 124).


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: 9:30-10:30am Every Other Thursday
Meeting place: CRB 702