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Catecholamines (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Contemporary Developments in Catecholamine Neurobiology and Function


August 12-13, 2017


Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River
Newry, ME


Lauren M. Burgeno & Erin S. Calipari

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Catecholamines is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present unpublished data and exchange cutting edge ideas in a low pressure setting.

The 2017 Catecholamines GRS on will focus on cutting-edge developments in catecholamine research that utilize a broad range of approaches, including molecular biology, cellular physiology, behavior and clinical studies.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Catecholamines" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmImpact of Environmental Stressors on the Dopaminergic System
Discussion Leader: Patricia Janak (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
3:45 pm - 3:50 pmOpening Remarks
3:50 pm - 4:05 pmAbigail Schindler (University of Washington, USA)
"Persistent Dopaminergic and Behavioral Dysfunction Following Blast Exposure in Mice and Combat Veterans"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmMillie Rincon-Cortes (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Stress and Postpartum Effects on the Dopamine System"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNeurobiology of Motivated Behaviors: Multiple Circuits and Neurotransmitter Systems
Discussion Leaders: Michael Saddoris (University of Colorado Boulder, USA) and Lauren Burgeno (University of Washington, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmAnne Collins (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Pause, Collaboration, and Listen: How Nucleus Accumbens Acetylcholine Modulates Cue-Evoked Dopamine to Regulate Cue-Motivated Reward Seeking"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmDan Covey (University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA)
"Endocannabinoid Synthesis by Dopamine Neurons Controls Cue-Directed Reinforcement and Motivation"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmJocelyn Richard (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"Ventral Pallidal Encoding of Reward Seeking Depends on the Underlying Associative Structure"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmVivien Zell (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Do Ventral Tegmental Area Glutamate Neurons Drive Reinforcement Independent of Dopamine?"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmLuke Coddington (Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA)
"Midbrain Dopamine Neurons Encode Predictions During Action Initiation"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmZachary Brodnik (Drexel University, USA)
"Cocaine Potency at the Dopamine Transporter Is Determined by Dopamine Neuron Activation"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amPathological Implications of Catecholaminergic Disregulation / Mentorship Component: NIH Fellowships Discussion
Discussion Leader: Erin Calipari (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amThomas Steinkellner (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Selective Vulnerability of Substantia Nigra Dopamine Neurons to VGLUT2"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amArin Pamukcu (Northwestern University, USA)
"Alteration of Inputs form the Subthalamic Nucleus (STN) to the External Globus Pallidus (GPe) in Parkinson's Disease"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amLauren Reynolds (McGill University, Canada)
"Drugs of Abuse Disrupt DCC-Dependent Dopamine Axon Targeting in Adolescence"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:50 amRoger Sorensen (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH / U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, USA)
"NIH Fellowships Discussion"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmCircuit Mechanisms Governing the Noradrenergic Control of Behavior
Discussion Leader: David Weinshenker (Emory University School of Medicine, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmKirsten Porter-Stransky (Emory University, USA)
"Noradrenergic Transmission in the Ventral Periaqueductal Gray Modulates Wakefulness"
1:45 pm - 1:50 pmDiscussion
1:50 pm - 2:05 pmJacki Rorabaugh (Emory University, USA)
"Chemogenetic Locus Coeruleus Activation Restores Reversal Learning in a Rat Model of Alzheimer's Disease"
2:05 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:25 pmNicholas Harris (Vanderbilt University, USA)
"Uncovering the Excitatory Roles of Postsynaptic a2A-Adrenergic Receptors Within the Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13DA043916-01 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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