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Amygdala Function in Emotion, Cognition & Disease (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Elucidating Amygdala Function: New Techniques Reveal New Questions


August 5-6, 2017


Stonehill College
Easton, MA Site Information


Jose Rodriguez-Romaguera & Moriel Zelikowsky

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 8, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by May 5, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Amygdala Function in Emotion, Cognition and Disease is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to bring together the future of our field to discuss and share ideas on how to elucidate amygdala function. There will be a strong emphasis on the use of novel techniques to ask questions that were previously unreachable.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by May 5, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Amygdala Function in Emotion, Cognition & Disease" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmCircuits Regulating Fear and Avoidance
Discussion Leader: Kirstie Cummings (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:05 pmJan Grundemann (Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland)
"Ensemble Coding of Amygdala Circuits in Anxiety and Fear Behaviours"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmMaria Diehl (University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, USA)
"Expression of Active Avoidance Depends on Inhibitory Responses in Rostral Prelimbic Neurons"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDecision Making and Valence Encoding Within Amygdala Circuits
Discussion Leader: Anthony Burgos-Robles (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmCaitlin Orsini (University of Florida, USA)
"The Dynamic Role of the Basolateral Amygdala in Decision Making"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:25 pmOlena Bukalo (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, USA)
"The Role of Intercalated Cells of the Amygdala in Fear Extinction"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:55 pmJ. Andrew Hardaway (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
"Central Amygdala Nociceptin Neurons Regulate Palatable Food Consumption"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:25 pmGwendolyn Calhoon (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"State-Dependent Changes in Basolateral Amygdala Microcircuit Interactions"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amAmygdala Regulation of Stress and Pain / Mentorship Component: Advice on Starting a Laboratory
Discussion Leader: Moriel Zelikowsky (California Institute of Technology, USA)
9:00 am - 9:25 amMareen Engel (Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany)
"Dynamic m6A-RNA Methylation as a Novel Regulator of Stress, Behaviour, and Psychiatric Disorders"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:55 amGregory Corder (Stanford University, USA)
"Amygdalar Neural Ensembles Encoding the Aversive Quality of Pain Experience"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 11:00 amPanel Discussion
"Advice on Starting a Laboratory"
  • Brian Dias (Emory University, USA)
  • Katalin Gothard (University of Arizona, USA)
  • Thomas Kash (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmKeynote Session: New Strategies to Elucidate Amygdala Function
Discussion Leader: Jose Rodriguez-Romaguera (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:15 pmMark Schnitzer (Stanford University, USA)
"Neural Ensemble Dynamics Underlying a Long-Term Associative Memory"
2:15 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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