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Basal Ganglia (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Emerging Views of Cellular and Circuit Diversity Within the Basal Ganglia


February 27-28, 2016


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA


Julia C. Lemos & Justin K. O'Hare

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Basal Ganglia affords graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and other junior scientists with a unique opportunity to present their current research and network with the individuals who will become their future colleagues. The seminar will aim to connect molecules to circuits to behavior within the basal ganglia by focusing on diverse levels of analysis. This inclusive dialogue will be informed by a discussion on the different theoretical models of basal ganglia function that drive the majority of research being conducted presently. In addition, the seminar will highlight novel methods currently being employed to better understand basal ganglia function. Finally, there will be a "Mentorship/Career Development" session in which panelists from various major scientific career tracks will share their experiences and field questions.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Basal Ganglia" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final 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 pmKeynote Session: Rethinking Our Conceptual Framework of Basal Ganglia Function
Discussion Leader: Justin O'Hare (Duke University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmTalia Lerner (Stanford University, USA)
"Intact-Brain Analyses Reveal Distinct Information Carried by SNc Dopamine Subcircuits"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNovel Methods for Measuring Cellular and Circuit Dynamics of the Basal Ganglia
Discussion Leader: Arif Hamid (University of Michigan, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmTravis Hage (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, USA)
"Electrical and Ca2+ Signaling in Dendritic Spines of Substantia Nigra Dopaminergic Neurons"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmPamela Marcott (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
"Regional Heterogeneity of D2-Receptor Signaling in the Dorsal Striatum and Nucleus Accumbens"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmDavid Kupferschmidt (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, USA)
"Real-Time In Vivo Plasticity of Corticostriatal Afferent Activity During Skill Learning"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmJones Parker (Stanford University, USA)
"Pathway-Specific Transformations in Striatal Ensemble Activity During Parkinsonism"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amFrom Bench to Bedside: Focus on Understanding the Role of the Subthalamic Nucleus (STN) in Basal Ganglia Function and Dysfunction
Discussion Leader: Sarah Threlfell (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:20 amAsha Lahiri (Northwestern University, USA)
"Dopaminergic Neuromodulation of the Subthalamic Nucleus"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amStella Cameron (University of Otago, New Zealand)
"Deep Cerebellar Nuclei Activity Is Altered in a Chronic Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amAndrew Zimnik (Columbia University, USA)
"Movement-Related Discharge in the Macaque Globus Pallidus During High-Frequency Stimulation of the Subthalamic Nucleus"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amHenning Schroll (Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany)
"Reward Processing Modulates Beta Activity in Local Field Potentials of the Subthalamic Nucleus"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
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 pmMentorship Component: Career Development Panel
Discussion Leader: Julia Lemos (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Deciding Which Career Track in Science Is the One for You"
  • Roger Cachope (CHDI Foundation, USA)
  • Aryn Gittis (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Meghan Mott (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, USA)
  • Sebastien Thuault (Nature Neuroscience, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute Of Neurological Disorders And Stroke of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R13NS096763. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
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