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.

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Previous Events


Special Seminars

  • Louis Ptacek, MD, University of California San Francisco - Episodic disorders of the nervous system

Sixth Annual Jungers Center Symposium: The Genetics and Genomics of Neuropsychiatric Disease (May 2014)

  • James Lupski, MD, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine - Personal genomes and clan genomics
  • Stephan Züchner, MD, PhD, University of Miami Health System - From new tools to discovery: The contribution of rare genomic variation to disease


Fifth Annual Jungers Center Symposium Neurodegeneration: New Mechanisms and New Insights(May 2013)

  • Karen Duff, PhD, Columbia University - Propagation of Alzheimer's pathology through the brain - mechanistic insights and therapeutic opportunities
  • Gary Bassell, PhD, Emory University - mRNA traffic, local translation and neurodegenerative disease
  • Aaron Gitler, PhD, Stanford University - High-throughput genetic screens to define mechanisms of human neurodegenerative diseases
  • Don Cleveland, PhD, University of California, San Diego - From Charcot to Lou Gehrig: Mechanism and therapy in ALS and beyond


Special Seminars

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

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


Special Seminars

  • 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


Special Seminars

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

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


Special Seminars

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

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, Genentech - 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


Special Seminars

  • 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


Special Seminars

  • 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


Special Seminars

  • 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


Special Seminars

  • 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