Academics & Training

Since its inception in 2005, the Jungers Center has sponsored lectures on topics related to neurodegeneration and neuroregeneration as listed below. We also sponsor a symposium in May each year (click on Upcoming Events).

Upcoming Events

Previous Events


Kenneth Kosik, MD
University of California, Santa Barbara
The changing face of Alzheimer's disease: From early onset families in Colombia to rethinking the basics.

Robert Baloh, MD PhD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
Mitochondrial dynamics and axon degeneration

Fourth Annual Jungers Center Symposium (May 2012)
New imaging technologies, new insights into the brain

Jeff Lichtman, MD
Harvard University
Using Connectomics to Reveal Circuit Motifs

Tim Holy, PhD
Washington University
Getting a Feeling for the Circuit: Imaging Neuronal Ensembles with Objective-Coupled Planar Illumination Microscopy

Tianyi Mao, PhD
Vollum Institute
Imaging of Functional Connectivity in Cortical and Subcortical Circuit
Tim Murphy, PhD
University of British Columbia
In Vivo Imaging of Cortical Circuits, Before, During and After Ischemia

Sandra Encalada, PhD
Scripps Research Institute
Axonal transport of prion isoforms: lessons from motor protein regulation


Julie Siegenthaler, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Multi-faceted role of Foxc1 in brain development

Xinnan Wang, PhD
Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
How mitochondria move and why a neurobiologist cares

Third Annual Jungers Center Symposium (May 2011)
Repairing the nervous system: Lessons from flies, fish and mice

Michael Coleman, PhD
Babraham Institute

From long-lived axons to a short-lived protein: WldS and Nmnat2

Christine Beattie, PhD
Ohio State University

Modeling human motoneuron diseases in zebrafish: Approaches and outcomes

Aaron DiAntonio, PhD
Washington University

The axonal injury response: Lessons from flies and mice

Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD
Stanford University

A novel role for TGF-beta signaling in adult neurogenesis


Kelly Monk, PhD
Stanford University
A genetic screen in zebrafish uncovers new regulators of myelination

Eberhard Fetz, PhD
University of Washington
Prosthetic applications of recurrent brain-computer interfaces

Mark Humayun, MD
Doheny Retina Institute, UCLA
Retinal implants for the blind

Allan Basbaum, PhD, FRS
University of California, San Francisco
Molecular approaches to chronic pain

Second Annual Jungers Center Symposium (May 2010)
Glial-neuronal interactions: implications for neurologic disease

Klaus-Armin Nave, PhD
Max-Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine

Myelination and the glial support of axon function

Elior Peles, PhD
Weizmann Institute of Science

How Schwann cells assemble the Nodes of Ranvier

Will Talbot, PhD
Stanford University

Glial development and myelination in zebrafish

Jonah Chan, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Maximizing myelinogenic potential of individual oligodendrocytes for repair

Andrew Dillin, PhD
Salk Institute
Using aging research to inform new areas of biology


Ben Emery, PhD
Stanford University
Transcriptional control of CNS myelination

Gabriela Alexandru, PhD
California Institute of Technology
From oxygen homeostasis to neurodegenerative diseases via p97 network proteomics

Alex Whitworth, PhD
MRC, University of Sheffield
Genetic analysis of Parkinson disease gene in Drosophila

David Holtzman, MD
Washington University
New therapies in Alzheimer's disease

Donald Cleveland, PhD
University of California, San Diego
Axonal degeneration and motor neuron disease

Joe Beckman, PhD
Oregon State University
Astrocytes, oxidative stress and neurodegeneration

First Annual Jungers Center Symposium (May 2009)
Axonal degeneration and regeneration: Towards an understanding of the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's and related diseases

Marc Freeman, PhD
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Axon auto-destruction and glial immune functions during Wallerian degeneration

Julie Pinkston-Gosse, PhD

Common mechanisms of axonal degeneration and regeneration block

Marie Filbin, PhD
Hunter College

Signaling axonal regeneration in the adult CNS

Martin Kerschensteiner, MD
Ludwig-Maximilians University

In vivo pathogenesis of immune-mediated axon damage

Mary Logan, PhD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Glial phagocytic functions in the developing and mature Drosophila brain


Antonina Roll-Mecak, PhD
National Institutes of Health, NINDS
Molecular dissection of a microtubule severing enzyme defective in hereditary spastic paraplegias.

Jie Shen, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard
A presynaptic mechanism for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Karen Hsiao Ashe, PhD
University of Minnesota
Molecular basis of memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease.

John T. Povlishock, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Mechanisms of traumatic brain injury.

Oswald Steward, PhD
Reeve-Irvine Research Center, University of California, Irvine
Regeneration and repair after spinal cord injury.

Gang Yu, PhD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Biochemistry of gamma-secretase complex.

Fred L. Robinson, PhD

University of California, San Diego
The myotubularin family of phosphoinositide-3-phosphatases: Regulators of membrane traffic with critical functions in the PNS


Jeffery Noebels, MD, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine
Epilepsy genes

Valina Dawson, PhD
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Genes and Parkinson’s Disease

Robert H. Miller, PhD
Case Western Reserve University
Oligodendrocytes and myelin repair

Marc Hammarlund, PhD
Yale University School of Medicine
A genetic model of neuronal degeneration and regeneration

Katerina Akassoglou. PhD
Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease (UCSF)
Molecular determinants of neurovascular communication


Fred Gage, PhD
Salk Institute
Epigenetic regulation of neurogenesis

Henry L. Paulson, MD, PhD
University of Michigan
Toward understanding polyglutamine neurodegeneration

James Shorter, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Making and breaking prions

Amie Jo McClellan, PhD
Bennington College
Two-fold tale of chaperones

Ben A. Barres, MD, PhD
Stanford University
How are CNS synapses eliminated?

Thomas C. Sudhof, PhD
Stanford University
Neurotransmitter release: molecules, plasticity and disease

Stephen Waxman
Yale University School of Medicine
Heroes or hooligans: the multiple roles of sodium channels in neurological disease


Ji Ying Sze, PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Genetic, physiological and pharmacological characterization of serotonin signaling

Karl Herrup, PhD
Rutgers University
Paved with good intentions: the role of cell cycle events in neurodegenerative disease

Krishna M. Bhat, PhD
University of Texas Medical Branch
Axon guidance and neurological diseases: tales of two signaling pathways involved in axon regeneration and development

Nancy M. Bonini, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Drosophila as a model for human neurodegenerative disease