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

Elucidating Amygdala Function: New Techniques Reveal New Questions


August 5-6, 2017


Stonehill College
Easton, MA


Jose Rodriguez-Romaguera & Moriel Zelikowsky

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.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Amygdala Function in Emotion, Cognition and Disease" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). 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)
  • Michael Fanselow (University of California, Los Angeles, 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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