Neuroscience Fall and Spring Seminars

The Neuroscience Program holds weekly seminars featuring top neuroscientists from a wide range of research areas.  Each fall and spring, faculty members and graduate students host guests coming to speak with the Program and to meet with students, faculty and postdocs.   There is a regular postdoc breakfast at the Courier Cafe, graduate student lunch in the Neuroscience Lounge and journal discussion in the Journal Club with the speakers.

 The seminars are open to those of varying research areas and levels of expertise.  Speakers are asked to discuss their work while also keeing it accessible to students and faculty from a broad range of disciplines.  Questions are welcome at the end of every seminar.

Check out the upcoming and previous speakers on the Seminar Calendar.  

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Due to the recent COVID 19 pandemic, the Neuroscience Program will be hosting the fall and spring seminars on Zoom.  To access, go to the calendar item and click register for the link.

Featured Seminar Recordings



"Tonic for all Ales: GABAergic inhibition and psychiatric disease"

Laverne Camille Melon, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology, of Neuroscience and Behavior, of Integrative Sciences, and of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University
April 06, 2021

"#noregrets: The neurophysiology of precommitment to avoid sunk costs in mice, rats, and humans"

A. David Redish, PhD
Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota Medical School
March 23, 2021

"Neurobiology of Coronavirus infections"

Avindra Nath, MD
Chief, Section of Infections of the Nervous System, Clinical Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, Bethesda, MD 
March 16, 2021

"Evolution of Memory: From Basic Foraging Decisions to Cognitive Map Construction"

Ekaterina D. Gribkova, PhD
Posdoctoral Research Associate, Neuroscience Program and Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
March 09, 2021

"Mechanism of Parental Care in Poison Frog"

Eva K Fischer, PhD
Assistant Professor, Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
March 02, 2021


"Sex differences and structural brain development during puberty"

Megan M. Herting, PhD
Assistant Professor of Preventative Medicine, University of Southern California 
February 23, 2021

"Complementary neural circuits for oxytocin modulation of social approach and social vigilance"

Brian C. Trainor, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair Department of Psychology, University of California Davis
February 02, 2021 

"Axon regeneration and functional recovery"

Zhigang He, PhD, BM
Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
January 26, 2021

"Foraging, Aesthetics, and the Origins of Addiction," 


Rhanor Gillette, PhD
Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at URbana-Champaign
January 20, 2021