The Neuroscience Center holds monthly seminars, hosting internationally renowned speakers from across the country. Seminars are typically held on the third Friday of the month at 2 pm, in room 2102 LSB. These seminars present students with the opportunity to learn new research findings from some of the top researchers in Neuroscience.


Andrew A. George

Barrow Neurological Institute


 The Role of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors (nAChRs) in Amyloid-Induced Alterations in Basal Forebrain Cholinergic Intrinsic Excitability


Christina McCrae

University of Missouri


Neuroplasticity in Chronic Pain: Impact of Improved Sleep on Central Sensitization


Ryan Larsen

University of Illinois Beckham Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

The Use of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to Investigate the Neurochemistry of Cognition



Robert Bilder

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

The Biology of Creativity: From Mighty Mice to Extraordinary Humans


Mark J. Ferris

Wake Forrest School of Medicine

Diurnal Variation in Motivational Properties of Reward Predictive Cues and Corresponding Dopamine Signals


Marisa Roberto

Scripps Research Institute

Neuroadaptations Induced by Alcohol Dependence


Brian D. Burrell

Sanford School of Medicine

Endocannabinoids and Habituation of Nociceptive Circuits: A New Perspective on Pain Research

Nathan Okerland

University of Utah

Eating Synapses - A Molecular View of Presynaptic Autophagy

Lei Wang

Feinberg School of Medicine

Hippocampal-Prefrontal Network Dysfunction in Breast Cancer Survivors Undergoing Adjuvant Therapy


Stephen J. Glatt

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Risk Genes, Biomarkers, and Mechanisms of Major Psychiatric Disorders

Christopher J. Davis

Washington State University - Spokane

The Brain and Behavior: What rodents can tell us about the importance of sleep

Jordan Yorgason

BYU - Steffensen Laboratory

Neural Circuits Involved in Cocaine Addiction

Nalini Nadkarni

University of Utah

Fallen: A transdisciplinary tale of disturbance and recovery

Adrian Rothenfluh

University of Utah

Alcohol Use Disorders - Conserved Mechanisms from Flies to Humans

Louis Ptacek

University of California SF

Clinical, Genetic, and Biological Characterization of the Human Circadian System


Richard McMurtrey

Brigham Young University

Neural Tissue Engineering: A Convergence of Stem Cells, Biomaterials, Nanotechnology, and Mathematics to Understand and Reconstruct Neural Tissue Structure and Function

Vania Apkarian

Northwestern University

Brain Predictions and Consequences of Chronic Pain

Dave Vago

Harvard University

Mapping Modalities of Mindful Awareness: Neurobiological Substrates and Clinical Relevance for a Settled Mind

Raymond P. Kesner

University of Utah

A process-oriented approach for understanding the functions of the dorsal and ventral dentate gyrus sub regions of the hippocampus

Brian B. Monson

Harvard Medical School

The Effect of Abnormal Early Experience on Auditory and Brain Development

Valentina Parma

International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy

Human Chemosignal Communication