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These seminars, hosted by the Alcohol Research Center (ARC), Neurobiology of Addictions Research Center (NARC), and the Women’s Research Center (WRC), are held on THURSDAYS from 12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m. in the Institute of Psychiatry Auditorium unless otherwise indicated.  Seminar speakers present a formal lecture and then meet individually or in small groups with interested faculty and trainees.  Although intended primarily for the enrichment of the faculty and trainees, the presentations of these prominent scientists are advertised to the MUSC academic community, as well.

Date      Speaker  Seminar Title 


Alexxai Kravitz, PhD
Investigator, Energy Homeostasis Section
NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Motion and Emotion in the Basal Ganglia


Todd E. Thiele, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Director, Neurobiology of Addictive Behaviors Laboratory
Director, Behavioral Neuroscience Program
University of North Carolina

Recruitment of Neuropeptides within the Extended Amygdala during Binge Ethanol Drinking: Mechanisms Underlying the Transition to Ethanol Dependence?


Sherry McKee, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory
Yale School of Medicine

Targeting the Noradrenergic System for Gender-Sensitive Medication Development for Tobacco Dependence
10/17/13Terry E. Robinson, PhD
Elliot S. Valenstein Distinguished Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience
Director, NIDA Training Program in Neuroscience
University of Michigan
Individual Variation in Resisting Temptation: Implications for Addiction
11/7/13Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting
(11-9-13 to 11-13-13)

Dieter Meyerhoff, PhD
Professor in Residence
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
University of California, San Francisco

MR Neuroimaging of Relapse Prediction and Glu Homeostasis in Alcohol Dependence

Marisela Morales, MS, PhD
Senior Investigator, NIDA-IRP
Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse

From CRF to the Discovery of Glutamatergic Neurons in the Midbrain Dopamine System

Mark S. Brodie, PhD
Associate Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
University of Illinois at Chicago

Acute and Chronic Actions of Alcohol in the Ventral Tegmental Area: Electrophysiological Studies in Brain Slices
Please note the time change for this seminar: 1:00-2:00pm
1/16/14Gregg Stanwood, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Exploiting Brain-Gut Interactions in Treating Addiction - New Roles for GLP-1 Receptors in Cocaine Abuse
2/6/13Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH
Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
University of Chicago
Neurocognitive Targets for the Treatment of Gambling Disorder

C. Neill Epperson, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Obstetrics/Gynecology
Director, Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness
Co-Director, Penn Center for the Study of Sex and Gender in Behavioral Health
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Progesterone and Neurosteroid Effects in Nicotine Dependent Men and Women
3/6/14Jaideep Bains, PhD
AI-HS Senior Scholar
Physiology & Pharmacology
Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Temporal Plasticity Windows Following Stress
3/20/14Linda Rorick Kehn, PhD
Principal Research Scientist
Neuroscience Drug Discovery
Eli Lilly and Co.
Preclinical and Clinical Translational Biomarker and PET Studies on the kappa Opioid Receptor Antagonist, LY2456302, for the Treatment of Mood and Addictive Disorders

Larry Cahill, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior
School of Biological Sciences
University of California, Irvine

Sex and Hemisphere Influences on Emotional Memory: The Burden of Proof has Shifted
(Note: This is also part of MUSC's Second Annual Women's Health Research Day)

4/17/14Courtney Miller, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Metabolism & Aging
Scripps, Florida Campus

Rita Z. Goldstein, PhD
Department of Psychiatry & Department of Neuroscience, Friedman Brain Institute (secondary)
Chief, Neuropsychoimaging of Addiction and Related Conditions (NARC) Research Program
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai





These seminars are part of the Neuroscience course education/training. These seminars are held on FRIDAYS from 3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. in 402 BSB unless otherwise noted.  Seminars are usually based on Neuroscience research.  Although intended primarily for the enrichment of the Neuroscience faculty and students, these presentations are open to the MUSC academic community, as well.  For a complete listing of the seminar speakers, please click on the Neuroscience Seminar Series link below.



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