Weekly Seminars

The Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology conducts a weekly seminar series during the spring and fall semesters, wherein we enjoy presentations from national and international experts in their respective fields. The seminar series covers wide-ranging topics including central nervous system (CNS) circuit function, CNS injury and repair, glial cell biology and molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders.

All seminars are open to interested faculty, postdocs, staff and students, and we welcome your attendance. 

We are returning to in-person seminars (except as marked), which will be held in MMRB, Room 1009-1011.

You must have a registered Zoom account in order to access Dr. Wolf's seminar. For the Zoom meeting link for this virtual seminar, please contact Dr. Andrew Ottens (andrew.ottens@vcuhealth.org).

September 16, 2022

Translational approaches to LBSL: A prototype of mt-tRNA synthetase disorders

Speaker: Christina Nemeth, PhD, Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Host: Gretchen Neigh


September 23, 2022

Rejuvenation of the Brain: How Visual Experience Shapes Plasticity

Speaker: Crystal Lantz, PhD, Science Advisor

Office of the BRAIN Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Host: Kelly Harrell


October 7, 2022

Investigating the neuroendocrine circuits which govern fertility and

how they are disrupted in polycystic ovary syndrome

Speaker: Aleisha Moore, PhD, Assistant Professor

Department of Biology, Kent State University

Host: Alan Harris


October 14, 2022

Cellular and Molecular Pathobiology of Alzheimer’s disease and Traumatic Brain Injury

Speaker: Elliott Mufson, PhD, Institutional Professor and Greening Chair

Departments of Translational Neuroscience and Neurology, Barrow Neurological Institute

Host: Kirsty Dixon


October 21, 2022

Lanthionine Ketenamine and Derivatives as Treatments for Neurological Disorders

Speaker: Travis Denton, PhD, Assistant Professor

Washington State University Health Sciences, Spokane

Host: Jeffrey Dupree


October 28, 2022

Neuroimmune interaction: how microglia sense and regulate neuronal activity

Speaker: Longjun Wu, PhD, Professor

Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Host: Dong Sun


November 4, 2022

Understanding the structural and functional consequence of

adult onset sulfatide depletion in the CNS

Speaker: Elizabeth Dustin, PhD Candidate in Neuroscience

Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Host: Jeffrey Dupree


November 18, 2022

Critical roles of neuromelanin in the neurobiology and

neurotoxicology of Parkinson’s disease

Speaker: Jason Cannon, PhD, Associate Professor & Showalter Faculty Scholar

School of Health Sciences, Purdue University

Host: Andrew Ottens


December 2, 2022

Glia as Engineers of Neural Development

Speaker: Sarah Kucenas, PhD, Professor

Departments of Biology, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of Virginia

Host: Audrey Lafrenaye


December 9, 2022 (Zoom)

TBI Effects on Hippocampal Coding and a Potential New Model of Post-Traumatic Epilepsy

Speaker: John Wolf, MD, Assistant Professor

Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania

Host: Paul Koch


For more information, please contact:

Andrew K. Ottens, Ph.D.

Andrew K. Ottens, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Andrew K. Ottens, Ph.D.

Andrew K. Ottens, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Phone: 804-628-2972

Fax: 804-828-9477

Email: andrew.ottens@vcuhealth.org

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