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MCW Neuroscience Research Center Events and Seminars

Upcoming NRC Events

  • December 14, 2023

    4–6 p.m.

    NRC Collaboration Conversations

    HRC H1210/1230/1250

    Multiple Presenters | Neuroinflammation

For information on room location, Zoom link, or if you are interested in presenting a seminar as part of the NRC seminar series, please contact Erik Van Newenhizen (

Neuroscience Resource Seminar Series

Explore previous recordings of our world-class series of seminars focused on outstanding achievements in neuroscience, presented by field leaders from MCW and around the globe.

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Collaboration Conversations

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Collaboration Conversations are monthly conversations about the latest advances in research, with a focus on a different topic in neuroscience each month. Multiple presenters prepare a short update on their latest research findings followed by a lively discussion amongst the attendees and researchers.

*Refreshments provided
Attendance from NRC Members and students encouraged*

Listen to Our Past Recordings

Explore previous recordings of our world-class series of seminars focused on outstanding achievements in neuroscience, presented by field leaders from MCW and around the globe.
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NeuroNight 2023 ~ Presented by SIGN & NRC

MCW's Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) and the Neuroscience Research Center (NRC) teamed up to plan the first ever NeuroNight! The goal of NeuroNight is to highlight neuroscience research and topics for interested students, researchers, faculty, physicians, and other members within the MCW community focused around one main topic: "Modern Pandemics in Neuroscience".

This event was recorded on 11/9/23.

NRC Seminar: NeuroNight 11.9.23

Does the gut feel touch? by Dr Arthur Beyder, Mayo Clinic
The research that Dr. Beyder presents focuses on his work into understanding the molecular basis of gastrointestinal (GI) diseases and how mechanosensitive ion channel alterations in the gut play a role in GI disease presentation and persistence. By elucidating the role of these channels, Dr. Beyder hopes to discover novel therapeutic targets for patients suffering from a variety of GI diseases. Dr. Beyder is an Assistant Professor and consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Mayo Clinic.

This talk was recorded on 10/17/23

NRC Seminar: Dr. Arthur Beyder 10.17.23

Endocannabinoid Modulation of Stress Reactivity: Synaptic and Circuit Mechanisms by Dr. Sachin Patel, Northwestern University
Dr. Sachin Patel, the 2022 Medical College of Wisconsin Alumnus of the Year, gives an overview on the contributions of endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) to stress reactivity and the potential of cannabinoids. Dr. Patel is Chair and the Lizzie Gilman Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

This talk was recorded on 9/9/2022.

NRC Seminar: Dr. Sachin Patel 9.9.22

Using Zebrafish to Understand Retinal Disease and Refractive Error by Dr. Ross Collery, Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Ross Collery discusses, in-depth, how he and his lab utilize cutting-edge techniques to study how alterations in retinoid transport influence the development of refractive error and retinal degeneration in the eye. Dr. Collery is an Associate Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute and the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroanatomy.

This talk was recorded on 9/19/2022.

NRC Seminar: Dr. Ross Collery 9.19.22

Biomarkers of TBI and Concussion: Emerging Evidence and Path to Clinical Translation by Dr. Michael McCrea, Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Michael McCrea, the Shekar N. Kurpad endowed chair in Neurosurgery, gives a talk examining the potential of using blood biomarkers to detect brain injury after excessive trauma and the advantages of early stage detection of traumatic brain injury on patient outcomes. Dr. McCrea is also the Vice Chair of Research, Co-Director of the Neurotrauma Research Center, and Director of the Brain Injury Research Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

This talk was held on 10/4/2022.

NRC Seminar: Dr. Michael McCrea 10.4.22

State, Trait and Individual Differences in SUD: A Neuroimaging View from Nicotine Dependence by Dr. Elliot Stein, NIH/NIDA
Dr. Elliot Stein shares his research focused on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of drug addiction using MRI-based imaging techniques, such as fMRI and PET, in both humans and preclinical models. Dr. Stein is a special volunteer at the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health.

This talk was recorded on 10/17/2022.

NRC Seminar: Dr. Elliot Stein 10.17.22

Neurobiological Mechanisms of Individual Vulnerability to Alcohol Addiction-like Behaviors by Dr. Markus Heilig, Linkoping University
Dr. Markus Heilig, former Director of clinical and translational research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), discusses individual vulnerabilities in the development of alcohol-addiction like behaviors and the neurocircuitry implicated in its development. Dr. Heilig is the founding Director of the Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience and Professor of psychiatry at Linkoping University in Sweden.

This talk was recorded on 11/15/2022.

NRC Seminar: Dr. Markus Heilig 11.15.22

Glial contributions to motor neuron diseases by Dr. Allison Ebert, Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Allison Ebert, Associate Professor in Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy at the Medical College of Wisconsin, discusses her work using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to study motor neuron diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), and the role that glial cells play in their development. Dr. Ebert is also the Director of the Neuroscience Doctoral Program at MCW.

This talk was recorded on 2/21/23.

NRC Seminar: Dr. Allison Ebert 2.21.23

Angiotensin II Type 1 Receptor β-Arrestin Pathway: A Protective Arm of the Brain Renin-Angiotensin System? by Dr. Curt Sigmund, Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Curt Sigmund, Chair and James J. Smith & Catherine Welsch Smith Professor of Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, shares his research into renin-angiotensin system’s role in the central nervous system (CNS), the case for the physiologically protective effects of Angiotensin Receptor Type II ß-Arrestin pathway activation in the CNS, and his future approaches aimed at understanding the role of biased receptor signaling in numerous cardiovascular disease models using novel, transgenic rodent models. Dr. Sigmund is also the Associate Director of the MCW Cardiovascular Center.

This talk was recorded on 3/7/23.

NRC Seminar: Dr. Curt Sigmund 3.7.23

Testing known and novel countermeasures for fentanyl-induced respiratory dysfunction in goats by Dr. Matthew Hodges, Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Matthew Hodges’s talk focused on the development of a new pre-clinical model of fentanyl use that is more analogous to humans. In doing so, Dr. Hodge’s research focuses on using this model to develop and test novel countermeasures to opioid overdose. Dr. Hodges is a Professor of Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

This talk was recorded on 1/31/2023.

NRC Seminar: Dr. Matthew Hodges 1.31.23

“Zone of uncertainty”: contributions to reward and motivation by Dr. Qing-Song Liu, Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Qing-Song Liu, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, shares his research into the zona incerta, or the “zone of uncertainty”, and its contributions to reward signaling. Dr. Liu also discusses the therapeutic potential of deep brain stimulation of the zona incerta for the management of diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and novel use cases of non-invasive zona incerta stimulation for the management of substance use disorders.

This talk was recorded on 3.21.23

NRC Seminar: Dr. Qing-Song Liu 3.21.23

Concept Representation in the Human Brain by Dr. Jeffrey Binder, Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Jeffrey Binder, Director of the Language Imaging Laboratory, Vice Chair for Research, and Professor of Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, discusses the main theories behind concept representation in the human brain, such as those used by AI for today’s natural language processing tools, and how his lab uses functional magnetic resonate imaging (fMRI) to test these theories of concept representation. Dr. Binder is also a Professor of Biophysics and Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, and the Director of the Stroke and Neurobehavior Programs in the Department of Neurology.

This seminar was recorded on 3/28/23

NRC Seminar: Dr. Jeffrey Binder 3.28.23

Two-photon imaging of glutamate: synaptic release and the astrocytes by Dr. Yaroslav (Alex) Savtchouck, Marquette University
Dr. Yaroslav (Alex) Savtchouck, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Marquette University, presents his research focused on cerebellar cortex information processing and a potential role for astrocytes in this process. Dr. Savtchouk shared how he uses cutting-edge techniques such as two-photon imaging and electrophysiology to interrogate this critical process. Dr. Savtchouk received his PhD from Penn State University and subsequently completed his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Professor Andrea Volterra at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

This seminar was recorded on 4/4/23

NRC Seminar: Dr. Yaroslav (Alex) Savtchouck 4.4.23

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Neuroscience Research Center
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