In 2004 the Brain Research Institute initiated the Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience Lecture. This annual lecture honors one postdoctoral fellow for outstanding research in neuroscience, and includes presentation of a lecture in the Joint Seminars in Neuroscience series, and a cash prize to attend a scientific meeting during the year.
year, the Eighth Annual Distinguished Postdoctoral
Lecturer was Eiji Shigetomi, Ph.D., a postdoctoral
fellow working in the laboratory of Dr. Baljit Khakh.
His lecture, “Astrocyte Calcium Dynamics Revealed by a
Refined Genetically Encoded Calcium Indicator,” was presented to
the neuroscience community on November 23, 2010.
Song, M.D., Ph.D., presented the First Annual
Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Lecture, “Release of
Endogenous Opioids in the Spinal Cord Measured Through
Mu-opioid Receptor Internalization,” on March 9, 2004.
The Second Annual Distinguished Postdoctoral Research
Lecturer was Sheila Fleming, who presented “Behavioral
Phenotyping of Genetic Mouse Models of Parkinson’s
Disease,” on February 22, 2005. Catalina Abad, Ph.D.,
presented the Third Annual Distinguished Postdoctoral
Research Lecture, “VIP and PACAP: Two Neuropeptides with
Therapeutic Prospects,” on June 6, 2006. The Fourth
Annual Distinguished Postdoctoral Lecture was presented
by Bruno Blanchi, Ph.D., “Deciphering Neurological
Disorder Mechanisms Using Genetically Modified Human
Neurons Derived from Human Embryonic Stem Cells,” on
June 5, 2007. The Fifth Annual Distinguished
Postdoctoral Lecturer was Grégoire Courtine, Ph.D., who
presented, “Regaining Stepping Capacities Following a
Severe Spinal Cord Injury,” to the neuroscience
community on June 3, 2008. The Sixth Annual
Distinguished Lecturer was Arne Ekstrom, Ph.D., who
presented, “Correlation Between Navigational Performance
and Place Cell Recruitment in the Human Hippocampal
Area” to the neuroscience community on November 25,
2008. The Seventh Annual Distinguished Postdoctoral
Lecturer was Dan Ohtan Wang, Ph.D., a postdoctoral
fellow working in the laboratory of Dr. Kelsey Martin.
Her lecture, “Visualizing New Protein Synthesis at
Synapses During Neuronal Plasticity,” was presented to
the neuroscience community on November 24, 2009.