Recommended Readings: David Keays, Ph.D. Monday March 4, 2019

Special Seminar Series

Monday, March 4, 2019  4:00 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

David Keays, Ph.D.

Group Leader

Research Institute of Molecular Pathology – Vienna, Austria

The Mysterious Magnetoreceptors


Recommended Readings:

Empirical Articles

Landler, Lukas; Keays, David A. (2018). Cryptochrome: The magnetosensor with a sinister side? PLOS BIOLOGY. 16 (10)

Engels, Svenja; Treiber, Christoph Daniel; Salzer, Marion Claudia; et al. (2018). Lidocaine is a nocebo treatment for trigeminally mediated magnetic orientation in birds. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY INTERFACE. 15 (145)

Nimpf, Simon; Malkemper, Erich Pascal; Lauwers, Mattias; et al. (2017). Subcellular analysis of pigeon hair cells implicates vesicular trafficking in cuticulosome formation and maintenance. ELIFE. 6

Nimpf, Simon; Keays, David A. (2017). Is magnetogenetics the new optogenetics? EMBO JOURNAL. 36 (12): 1643-1646

Nordmann, Gregory C.; Hochstoeger, Tobias; Keays, David A. (2017). Unsolved mysteries: Magnetoreception-A sense without a receptor. PLOS BIOLOGY. 15 (10)

Edelman, Nathaniel B.; Fritz, Tanja; Nimpf, Simon; et al. (2015). No evidence for intracellular magnetite in putative vertebrate magnetoreceptors identified by magnetic screening. PNAS. 112 (1): 262-267

Lauwers, Mattias; Pichler, Paul; Edelman, Nathaniel Bernard; et al. (2013). An Iron-Rich Organelle in the Cuticular Plate of Avian Hair Cells. CURRENT BIOLOGY. 23 (10): 924-929

Treiber, Christoph Daniel; Salzer, Marion Claudia; Riegler, Johannes; et al. (2012). Clusters of iron-rich cells in the upper beak of pigeons are macrophages not magnetosensitive neurons. NATURE. 484 (7394): 367-U102


Recommended Readings: Mary E. Hatten, Ph.D., Monday November 12, 2018

Monday Lectures

Monday, November 12, 2018  4:00 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Mary E. Hatten, Ph.D.

Frederick P. Rose Professor and Head

Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology

The Rockefeller University

Neuronal Migration and the Formation of the Cerebellar Circuitry

Recommended Readings:

Science News

Florian Rosado. Insights Into Autism From The Protein Modulator ASTN2. . RELIAWIRE

Empirical Articles

Behesti, Hourinaz; Fore, Taylor R.; Wu, Peter; et al. (2018). ASTN2 modulates synaptic strength by trafficking and degradation of surface proteins. PNAS. 115 (41): E9717-E9726

Govek, Eve-Ellen; Hatten, Mary E.; Van Aelst, Linda. (2011). The Role of Rho GTPase Proteins in CNS Neuronal Migration. DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROBIOLOGY. 71 (6): 528-553

Wilson, Perrin M.; Fryer, Robert H.; Fang, Yin; et al. (2010). Astn2, A Novel Member of the Astrotactin Gene Family, Regulates the Trafficking of ASTN1 during Glial-Guided Neuronal Migration. JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE. 30 (25): 8529-8540

Solecki, David J.; Trivedi, Niraj; Govek, Eve-Ellen; et al. (2009). Myosin II Motors and F-Actin Dynamics Drive the Coordinated Movement of the Centrosome and Soma during CNS Glial-Guided Neuronal Migration. NEURON. 63 (1): 63-80

Review Paper

Hatten, Mary E.; Roussel, Martine F. (2011). Development and cancer of the cerebellum. TRENDS IN NEUROSCIENCES. 34 (3): 134-142

Book Chapter

Roussel, Martine F.; Hatten, Mary E. (2011). CEREBELLUM: Development and Medulloblastoma. CANCER AND DEVELOPMENT. 94: 235-282

Recommended Readings: Susan T. Fiske, Ph.D. Friday October 26, 2018

Friday Lectures

Friday, October 26, 2018  3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Susan T. Fiske Ph.D.

Eugene Higgins Professor

Department of Psychology

Princeton University

Navigating the Social World: Universal Dimensions of Evaluation 

Recommended Readings:

Science News

Susan T. Fiske . A Call to Change Science’s Culture of Shaming. October 31, 2016. Association for Phychological Science

Empirical Articles

Fiske ST. (2018). Stereotype Content: Warmth and Competence Endure. CURRENT DIRECTIONS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE. 27(2) 67–73

Cikara, Mina; Eberhardt, Jennifer L.; Fiske, Susan T. (2011). From Agents to Objects: Sexist Attitudes and Neural Responses to Sexualized Targets. JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE. 23 (3): 540-551

Cikara, Mina; Farnsworth, Rachel A.; Harris, Lasana T.; et al. (2010). On the wrong side of the trolley track: neural correlates of relative social valuation. SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE. 5 (4): 404-413

Harris, Lasana T.; McClure, Samuel M.; van den Bos, Wouter; et al. (2007). Regions of the MPFC differentially tuned to social and nonsocial affective evaluation. COGNITIVE AFFECTIVE & BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE. 7 (4): 309-316

Harris, Lasana T.; Fiske, Susan T. (2007). Social groups that elicit disgust are differentially processed in mPFC. SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE. 2 (1): 45-51

Fiske ST, Cuddy AJ, Glick P, Xu J. (2002). A model of  (often mixed) stereotype content:  Competence and warmth respectively follow from perceived status and competition. JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. 82: 878-902

Review Paper

Fiske, Susan T.; Borgida, Eugene. (2008). Providing Expert Knowledge in an Adversarial Context: Social Cognitive Science in Employment Discrimination Cases.  ANNUAL REVIEW OF LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCE. 4: 123-148

Fiske, Susan T.; Cuddy, Amy J. C.; Glick, Peter. (2007). Universal dimensions of social cognition: warmth and competence.  TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES. 11 (2): 77-83

Book Chapter

Cuddy, Amy J. C.; Fiske, Susan T.; Glick, Peter. (2008). Warmth and competence as universal dimensions of social perception: The stereotype content model and the BIAS.  ADVANCES IN EXPERIMENTAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY-BOOK. 40: 61-149. PLEASE REQUEST FROM MARKUS LIBRARY.


Borgida, E., & Fiske, S. T. (Eds.). (2008). Beyond common sense: Psychological science in the courtroom. London: Wiley-Blackwell. PLEASE REQUEST FROM MARKUS LIBRARY.

Fiske, S. T., & Taylor, S. E. (1984, 1991, 2008, 2013). Social cognition: From brains to culture. London: Sage. PLEASE REQUEST FROM MARKUS LIBRARY.

Recommended Readings: John Hardy, Ph.D. Friday September 7, 2018

Friday Lectures

Friday, September 7, 2018  3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

John Hardy Ph.D.

Head of the Department of Molecular Neuroscience

Chair of the Molecular Biology of Neurological Disease

University College London

Genomic Analysis of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Neurodegenerative Disorders

Recommended Readings:

Science News

Rebecca Hiscott. AT THE BENCH: John Hardy, PhD, on Unraveling the Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Attending the ‘Oscars of Science’. January 7, 2016. Neurology Today

Enter the New Alzheimer’s Gene: TREM2 Variant Triples Risk. November 14, 2012. ALZFORUM

Empirical Articles

Karch, Celeste M.; Wen, Natalie; Fan, Chun C.; et al. (2018). Selective Genetic Overlap Between Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Diseases of the Frontotemporal Dementia Spectrum. JAMA NEUROLOGY. 75 (7)860-875 

Sims, Rebecca; van der Lee, Sven J.; Naj, Adam C.; et al. (2017). Rare coding variants in PLCG2, ABI3, and TREM2 implicate microglial-mediated innate immunity in Alzheimer’s disease. NATURE GENETICS. 49 (9)1373-+ 

Wang, Yaming; Cella, Marina; Mallinson, Kaitlin; et al. (2015).TREM2 Lipid Sensing Sustains the Microglial Response in an Alzheimer’s Disease Model. CELL. 160 (6):1061-1071

Nalls, Mike A.; Pankratz, Nathan; Lill, Christina M.; et al. (2014). Large-scale meta-analysis of genome-wide association data identifies six new risk loci for Parkinson’s disease. NATURE GENETICS. 46 (9)989-+

Guerreiro, Rita; Wojtas, Aleksandra; Bras, Jose; et al. (2013). TREM2 Variants in Alzheimer’s Disease. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE. 368 (2): 355-358

Jones, Lesley; Holmans, Peter A.; Hamshere, Marian L.; et al. (2010). Genetic Evidence Implicates the Immune System and Cholesterol Metabolism in the Aetiology of Alzheimer’s Disease. PLOS ONE. 5 (11)

Hardy, JDuff, KHardy, KGPerez-Tur, JHutton, M(1998). Genetic dissection of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias: amyloid and its relationship to tau. Nature Neuroscience. 1 (5): 355 – 358

Hardy JA, Higgins GA. (1992). Alzheimer’s disease: the amyloid cascade hypothesis. Science. 256 5054):184-5

Review Paper

Hardy, John. (2017). The discovery of Alzheimer-causing mutations in the APP gene and the formulation of the “amyloid cascade hypothesis”. FEBS JOURNAL. 284 (7): 1040-1044

Selkoe, Dennis J.; Hardy, John. (2016). The amyloid hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease at 25years. EMBO MOLECULAR MEDICINE. 8 (6)595-608

Hampel, Harald; Frank, Richard; Broich, Karl; et al. (2010). Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease: academic, industry and regulatory perspectives. NATURE REVIEWS DRUG DISCOVERY. 9 (7)560-574

Book Chapter

Yu, Jin-Tai; Tan, Lan; Hardy, John. (2014). Apolipoprotein E in Alzheimer’s Disease: An Update. ANNUAL REVIEW OF NEUROSCIENCE. 3779-100

Hardy, John. (2012). Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. NEUROGENETICS: A GUIDE FOR CLINICIANS. 17-31

Recommended Readings: Beth Stevens, Ph.D. Friday May 4, 2018

Friday Lectures

Friday, May 4, 2018  3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Beth Stevens Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Neurology

Harvard Medical School – Boston Children’s Hospital

How the Immune System Sculpts Brain Circuitry

Recommended Readings:

Science News

Beth Stevens and Todd E. Golden. Deciphering neurodegeneration: Inflammation, immune response, and Alzheimer’s. (Webinar – February 7, 2018). Science

Empirical Articles

Shi, Qiaoqiao; Chowdhury, Saba; Ma, Rong; et al. (2017). Complement C3 deficiency protects against neurodegeneration in aged plaque-rich APP/PS1 mice. SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE. 9 (392)

Hong, Soyon; Beja-Glasser, Victoria F.; Nfonoyim, Bianca M.; et al. (2016). Complement and microglia mediate early synapse loss in Alzheimer mouse models. SCIENCE. 352 (6286): 712-716

Vasek, Michael J.; Garber, Charise; Dorsey, Denise; et al. (2016). A complement-microglial axis drives synapse loss during virus-induced memory impairment. NATURE. 534 (7608): 538-+

Sekar, Aswin; Bialas, Allison R.; de Rivera, Heather; et al. (2016). Schizophrenia risk from complex variation of complement component 4. NATURE. 530 (7589): 177-+

Schafer, Dorothy P.; Lehrman, Emily K.; Heller, Christopher T.; et al. (2014). An Engulfment Assay: A Protocol to Assess Interactions Between CNS Phagocytes and Neurons. JOVE-JOURNAL OF VISUALIZED EXPERIMENTS. 88

Schafer, Dorothy P.; Lehrman, Emily K.; Kautzman, Amanda G.; et al. (2012). Microglia Sculpt Postnatal Neural Circuits in an Activity and Complement-Dependent Manner. NEURON. 74 (4): 691-705

Review Paper

Salter, Michael W.; Stevens, Beth. (2017). Microglia emerge as central players in brain disease. NATURE MEDICINE. 23 (9): 1018-1027

Hong, Soyon; Dissing-Olesen, Lasse; Stevens, Beth. (2016). New insights on the role of microglia in synaptic pruning in health and disease. CURRENT OPINION IN NEUROBIOLOGY. 36: 128-134  

Bilimoria, Parizad M.; Stevens, Beth. (2015). Microglia function during brain development: New insights from animal models. BRAIN RESEARCH. 1617: 7-17  

Book Chapter

Stephan, Alexander H.; Barres, Ben A.; Stevens, Beth. (2012). The Complement System: An Unexpected Role in Synaptic Pruning During Development and Disease.  ANNUAL REVIEW OF NEUROSCIENCE. 35: 369-389

Recommended Readings: Rachel Wilson, Ph.D. Friday December 15th, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, December 15, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Rachel Wilson, Ph.D.

Martin Family Professor

Department of Neurobiology

Harvard Medical School

Neural Correlates of Orienting Behaviors and Latent Action Biases


Recommended Readings:

Empirical Articles

Azevedo, Anthony W.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2017). Active Mechanisms of Vibration Encoding and Frequency Filtering in Central Mechanosensory Neurons. NEURON. 96 (2): 446-+

Tobin, William F.; Wilson, Rachel I.; Lee, Wei-Chung Allen (2017). Wiring variations that enable and constrain neural computation in a sensory microcircuit. ELIFE. 6: e24838

Tuthill, John C.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2016). Parallel Transformation of Tactile Signals in Central Circuits of Drosophila. CELL. 164 (5): 1046-1059

Chang, Allison E. B.; Vaughan, Alex G.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2016). A Mechanosensory Circuit that Mixes Opponent Channels to Produce Selectivity for Complex Stimulus Features. NEURON. 92 (4): 888-901  

Jeanne, James M.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2015). Convergence, Divergence, and Reconvergence in a Feedforward Network Improves Neural Speed and Accuracy. NEURON. 88 (5)

Olsen, Shawn R.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2008). Lateral presynaptic inhibition mediates gain control in an olfactory circuit. NATURE. 452 (7190): 956-U3

Review Papers

Tuthill, John C.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2016). Mechanosensation and Adaptive Motor Control in Insects. CURRENT BIOLOGY. 26 (20): R1022-R1038

Olsen, Shawn R.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2008). Cracking neural circuits in a tiny brain: new approaches for understanding the neural circuitry of Drosophila. TRENDS IN NEUROSCIENCES. 31(10): 512-520

Book Chapter

Wilson, Rachel I. (2013). Early Olfactory Processing in Drosophila: Mechanisms and Principles. ANNUAL REVIEW OF NEUROSCIENCE. Book Series: Annual Review of Neuroscience. 36: 217-241





Recommended Readings: Timothy Ryan, Ph.D., Monday October 23th, 2017

Monday Lectures

Monday, October 23, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Timothy Ryan, Ph.D.

Tri-Institutional Professor

Department of biochemistry

Weill Cornell Medical College

The Cost of Thinking: Metabolic Fitness at the Synapse Level

Recommended Readings:

Jaime de Juan Sanz (2017). The surprising metabolism of “exercising” neurons. Plos Blogs

Ashrafi, Ghazaleh; Ryan, Timothy A. (2017). Glucose metabolism in nerve terminals. CURRENT OPINION IN NEUROBIOLOGY. 45:156-161

Ashrafi, Ghazaleh; Wu, Zhuhao; Farrell, Ryan J.; et al. (2017). GLUT4 Mobilization Supports Energetic Demands of Active Synapses. NEURON. 93 (3): 606-+

Jang, SoRi; Nelson, Jessica C.; Bend, Eric G.; et al. (2016). Glycolytic Enzymes Localize to Synapses under Energy Stress to Support Synaptic Function. NEURON. 90 (2): 278-291

Magistretti, Pierre J.; Allaman, Igor (2015). A Cellular Perspective on Brain Energy Metabolism and Functional Imaging. NEURON. 86 (4): 883-901

Rangaraju, Vidhya; Calloway, Nathaniel; Ryan, Timothy A.(2014). Activity-Driven Local ATP Synthesis Is Required for Synaptic Function. CELL. 156 (4): 825-835

Recommended Readings: Nancy Kanwisher, Ph.D. March 10, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, March 10, 2017   3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Nancy Kanwisher, Ph.D.

Walter A. Rosenblith Professor,

Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Functional Imaging of the Human Brain:  A Window into the Organization of the Human Mind

Recommended Readings:

Osher, David E.; Saxe, Rebecca R.; Koldewyn, Kami; et al. (2016). Structural Connectivity Fingerprints Predict Cortical Selectivity for Multiple Visual Categories across Cortex. CEREBRAL CORTEX. 26(4): 1668-1683
Yovel, Galit; Belin, Pascal (2013). A unified coding strategy for processing faces and voices. TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES. 17(6): 263-271
Kanwisher, Nancy (2010). Functional specificity in the human brain: A window into the functional architecture of the mind. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 107(25): 11163-11170
Kanwisher, Nancy; Yovel, Galit (2006). The fusiform face area: a cortical region specialized for the perception of faces. PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES. 361(1476): 2109-2128


Recommended Readings: Jeffrey M. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D.

Friday Lectures

Friday, February 24, 2017   3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Jeffrey M. Friedman,  M.D., Ph.D.

Marilyn M. Simpson Professor and Head,

Laboratory of Molecular Genetics

The Rockefeller University

Leptin Physiology, Pathophysiology and

the Neural Circuit Regulating Body Weight


Recommended Readings:

Friedman, Jeffrey (2016). The long road to leptin. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION. 126(12): 4727-4734

Friedman, Jeffrey M.; Mantzoros, Christos S. (2015). 20 years of leptin: From the discovery of the leptin gene to leptin in our therapeutic armamentarium. METABOLISM-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL. 64(1): 1-4   PLEASE REQUEST FROM MARKUS LIBRARY

Bouret, Sebastien G.; Bates, Sarah H.; Chen, Stephen; et al. (2012). Distinct Roles for Specific Leptin Receptor Signals in the Development of Hypothalamic Feeding Circuits. JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE. 32(4): 1244-1252

Domingos, Ana I.; Vaynshteyn, Jake; Voss, Henning U.; et al. (2011). Leptin regulates the reward value of nutrient. NATURE NEUROSCIENCE. 14(12): 1562-U92

Davis, Jon F.; Choi, Derrick L.; Schurdak, Jennifer D.; et al. (2011). Leptin Regulates Energy Balance and Motivation Through Action at Distinct Neural Circuits BIOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRY. 69(7): 668-674

Mantzoros, Christos S.; Magkos, Faidon; Brinkoetter, Mary; et al. (2011). Leptin in human physiology and pathophysiology.  AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM. 301(4): E567-E584

Wang, May-yun; Chen, Lijun; Clark, Gregory O.; et al. (2010). Leptin therapy in insulin-deficient type I diabetes. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 107(11): 4813-4819

Oral, EA; Simha, V; Ruiz, E; et al. (2002). Leptin-replacement therapy for lipodystrophy. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE. 346(8): 570-578



Recommended Readings: Rebecca Saxe Ph.D. October 21, 2016

Friday Lecture Series

Friday October 21, 2016   3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Rebecca Saxe, Ph.D.

Professor, MIT, Brain and Cognitive Sciences

It’s the Thought that counts: Progress in understanding the 

Neural basis of Theory of Mind

Recommended Readings:

 Chakroff, Alek; Dungan, James; Koster-Hale, Jorie; et al.  When minds matter for moral judgment: intent information is neurally encoded for harmful but not impure acts. SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE   11(3):476-484    MARCH 2016

Jacoby, Nir; Bruneau, Emile; Koster-Hale, Jorie; et al.  Localizing Pain Matrix and Theory of Mind networks with both verbal and non-verbal stimuli. NEUROIMAGE  126:39-48     FEB 1 2016

Deen, Ben; Koldewyn, Kami; Kanwisher, Nancy; et al.  Functional Organization of Social Perception and Cognition in the Superior Temporal Sulcus. CEREBRAL CORTEX    25(11):4596-4609     NOV 2015

Bruneau, Emile G.; Cikara, Mina; Saxe, Rebecca.  Minding the Gap: Narrative Descriptions about Mental States Attenuate Parochial Empathy.  PLOS ONE                 10:e0140838     OCT 27 2015

Andrews-Hanna, Jessica R.; Saxe, Rebecca; Yarkoni, Tal   Contributions of episodic retrieval and mentalizing to autobiographical thought: Evidence from functional neuroimaging, resting-state connectivity, and fMRI meta-analyses. NEUROIMAGE   91:324-335   MAY 1 2014

Koster-Hale, Jorie; Saxe, Rebecca; Dungan, James; et al.  Decoding moral judgments from neural representations of intentions. PNAS   110(14): 5648-5653   APRIL 2 2013