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.

February 9, 2024

Biomarker Guided Evaluation and Management of Traumatic Brain Injury

Speaker: Frederick Korley, MD/PhD, Professor and Associate Chair for Research

Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School

Host: Kelly Harrell

February 16, 2024

Immune Dysregulation of the Choroid Plexus-CSF Ventricular System: from the Clinic to the Research Lab

Speaker: David Limbrick, MD/PhD, Professor and McGlothlin Chair
and Maria Garcia-Bonilla, PhD, Assistant Professor

Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine,

Virginia Commonwealth University

Host: Pamela Knapp

February 23, 2024

What is (Modern) Science? A Parting Lecture by Professor Alex Meredith

Speaker: Alex Meredith, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, School of Medicine

Virginia Commonwealth University

Host: Pamela Knapp

March 1, 2024

The Role and Mechanisms of Long-non-coding RNAs in Emotional Stimuli-induced Gene Expression and Behavioral Plasticity

Speaker: Makoto Taniguchi, PhD, Assistant Professor

Department of Neuroscience, Medical University of South Carolina

Host: Peter Hamilton

March 15, 2024

Understanding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder through Epigenetic and Multi-omic Approaches

Speaker: Alicia Smith, PhD, Diana & Bryan Blair Research Professor & Vice Chair

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine

Host: Natalie Truby

March 22, 2024

A Tale of a Cytokine, Two Receptors and Chronic Neuropathic Pain. A Journey from Mechanisms to Potential Therapies

Speaker: John Bethea, PhD, Professor and Chair

Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology,
The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Host: Wenhui Hu

April 5, 2024

New Insights into Neuroimmune Mechanisms of Disease

Speaker: Michelle Theus, PhD, Professor

Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Host: Dong Sun

April 12, 2024

Navigating Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury – Insights into Models, Mechanisms and Treatment Strategies

Speaker: Ramesh Raghupathi, PhD, Professor

Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel University College of Medicine

Host: Andrew Ottens

April 19, 2024


Speaker: Alban Gaultier, PhD, Associate Professor

Department of Neuroscience,
University of Virginia Center for Brain Immunology and Glia

Host: Kirsty Dixon

April 26, 2024

Immune cell infiltration after Diffuse Traumatic Brain Injury in Juvenile Mice

Speaker: Kirill Shumilov Bartenev, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar

Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University

Host: Andrew Ottens

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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