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TNP Student Seminar: Glutamate modulation during working memory
December 1 2015 at 12:00 PM
Mazurek Medical Education Commons
Glutamate modulation during working memory Eric Woodcock Ph.D. Student, Translational Neuroscience Program  Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences Wayne State University   Advisors:  Mark Greenwald, Ph.D. 
Brain@Wayne Seminar with Dr. Moriah Thomason, WSU -- In utero quantification of human fetal brain functional connectivity
December 9 2015 at 3:00 PM
Welcome Center
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Brain@Wayne seminar on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center auditorium. The guest speaker will be Dr. Moriah Thomason, assistant professor in the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development and Department of Pediatrics in Wayne State University's School of Medicine, and director of the Perinatal Neural Connectivity Unit for the Perinatology Research Branch of the National Institutes of Health. She will present "In utero quantification of human fetal brain functional connectivity." Abstract: Abnormal neural connections seen in developmental disorders likely originate in utero, but it is difficult to determine what happens in the brain during the prenatal period. The primary objective of our research is to characterize the origins of human brain functional circuitry to provide a basis for comparisons between health and disease. We continue to develop and apply a safe, non-invasive methodology to quantify strength of brain connectivity in human fetuses. We use resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to evaluate functional brain circuits in the second and third trimester. We have confirmed the presence of bilateral functional connections in the fetal brain, as well as regional connections within each hemisphere. We have also shown that connection strength increases with fetal gestational age. A short reception will immediately follow Dr. Thomason's presentation.
TNP Student Seminar:
December 15 2015 at 12:00 PM
Mazurek Medical Education Commons
Michael Lisieski M.D./Ph.D. Student, Translational Neuroscience Program  Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences Wayne State University   Advisor:  Shane Perrine, Ph.D. 
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The vision of the TNP program at WSU is to inspire a new generation of biomedical investigators highly-trained in interdisciplinary science that focuses on improving the health and care of individuals affected by psychiatric or neurological disorders, or injuries in the nervous system through an understanding of disease mechanisms.

Our mission begins with a program that is inherently interdisciplinary with faculty mentors specialized in basic, translational and clinical neuroscience. Students from diverse undergraduate backgrounds are exposed to a comprehensive and integrated bio-behavioral didactic curriculum. This includes courses in basic cellular, molecular and system’s neurobiology, behavior and cognition, and neuroimaging.


The program offers access to world-class neuroimaging facilities for both animal and human research, and highly-experienced scientists with expertise in brain disorders, diseases and injuries, pre-clinical animal research, transgenic and knockout models, substance abuse, neuropharmacological treatments, brain network and computational modeling, and brain development and aging.

The TNP program is fully committed in training basic and clinical neuroscientists who will be driving innovations that impact public health.