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  • Seminar: “Structure, function and neuromodulation in cortex”

    Location: 164 Angell Street Room: Innovation Zone
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    Siddhartha Joshi, Ph.D.

    “Structure, function and neuromodulation in cortex”

    Even within a single cortical region, information representation involves elaborate circuitry that is formed by a diverse range of neuron types. Such cortical circuits are affected by ascending neuromodulatory systems that are associated with behavioral states such as attention and arousal. My talk will span these two perspectives and a number of brain regions. I will begin by showing my early work in relating structure with function in primary visual cortex (V1) and then present my current work in measuring the effects of neuromodulation by the locus coeruleus norepinephrine (LC-NE) system.

    We lack a clear understanding of cortical microcircuits that transform incoming sensory information and are in turn, affected by top-down and recurrent feedback. Here, I used the macaque primary visual cortex, one of the most heavily studied primate brain regions, as the ideal place to relate visual functional properties with individual neuron morphology and laminar organization. To understand how individual neurons contribute to local circuits, one step is to relate their morphology (or type) with their response properties. For example, it remains unknown whether excitatory and inhibitory neurons are similar or different in their selectivity for specific visual features, such as orientation and direction of motion. I will describe a method to record and stain single neurons in vivo in anesthetized macaque primary visual cortex (V1). These data allow us to relate morphology with specific visual functional properties and pathways and also show that neither selectivity nor action potential waveform are necessarily indicative of neuron type. Next, I will show that context dependent effects in V1 show a laminar dependence which further reinforces the notion of local circuits that can dynamically drive changes in individual neurons responses.

    Neural activity within and across brain regions must be coordinated at a population level to drive behaviors. Neuromodulation is one key way in which this activity and coordination is regulated at a global scale. However, we know little about how the activity of specific neuromodulatory systems relates to changes in cortical activity and behavior. Here, I will show data from simultaneous measurements of pupil size (often used as an indicator of brain state) and the activity of locus coeruleus (LC) and cortical neurons in awake macaques during fixation and during a simple change-point task.

    Taken together, details of the structure and function of local circuitry and how their activity patterns are coordinated across the brain under varying states of neuromodulation and task demands, will provide the detailed understanding necessary to model the higher cognitive processes carried out by cerebral cortex.

  • Responsible Conduct of Research Training (RCR)

    Cost: Free
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    Spring 2020 RCR training is now available. The course content and discussion topics are designed for faculty in the biomedical and clinical sciences and fulfill the NIH requirements for training in RCR.

    This month: “Running a Research Program” 

    Led by: Anthony Spirito, PhD and Greg Valdez, PhD

    Session Description: Two senior faculty will provide practical advice on strategies for building, growing, and leading your individual research programs and collaborations, with a focus on ensuring rigorous, reproducible, and ethical research.

    Please Note: Faculty must complete 8 hours of RCR training within one 12-month period to receive a certificate of completion. Sessions that are required for meeting the RCR requirements are marked. All faculty are eligible to register for the sessions, but priority will be given to those who are working toward completing their grant RCR requirements. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

    All faculty from Brown, URI, and the affiliated hospital systems are eligible to enroll in the series.

    Registration is required as space is limited. Register now

  • Questionnaire Design and Survey Research

    Location: 222 Richmond Street Room: TBD Cost: Free
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    The AMS Office of Faculty Professional Development is excited to sponsor the AAMC’s Medical Education Research Certificate program here at the medical school!

    The Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program is intended to provide the knowledge necessary to understand the purposes and processes of medical education research, to become informed consumers of the medical education research literature, and to be effective collaborators in medical education research.

    The program is offered free of charge and open to all Brown faculty who are interested in improving their educational research skills. It is targeted for those with a background in medical education but relatively less experience in conducting educational research. The courses are targeted for clinicians and other educators who desire to learn research skills that will enable collaborative participation in medical education research projects.

    Each three-hour workshop focuses on a key skill or area in educational research, and emphasizes opportunities for hands-on activities and active participation, so as to maximize the applicability of the workshop principles.

    • Data Management and Preparing for Statistical Consultation
    • Formulating Research Questions and Designing Studies
    • Hypothesis-Driven Research
    • Measuring Educational Outcomes with Reliability and Validity
    • Introduction to Qualitative Data Collection Methods
    • Program Evaluation and Evaluation Research
    • Questionnaire Design and Survey Research
    • Searching and Evaluating the Medical Education Literature
    • Scholarly Writing: Publishing Medical Education Research

    Workshop descriptions can be found on the AAMC MERC website .

    Certificate achievement requires completion of six workshops of the participant’s choosing.

    All nine of the medical education research workshops are being made available free of charge to Brown faculty. Those interested in receiving a MERC Certificate must complete six workshops and pay a certificate fee of $100. This program is unfortunately ineligible for CME credit.

    Information about session dates, and registration for one or more sessions (up to nine), can be found here . If you experience difficulty accessing the google registration form, please email [email protected]

    Minimum enrollment for each three-hour workshop is eight, maximum is 25. Enrollment is rolling and on a first-come, first-served basis, and a wait list for each session will be established. All workshops will take place at the medical school (222 Richmond Street), Rooms TBD.

  • Pathobiology Seminar: Clara Abraham, M.D.

    Location: Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences Room: Room 220
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    Professor Clara Abraham from the Yale University School of Medicine will present “Modulation of immune responses by inflammatory bowel disease-associated genes”.  This lecture is part of the 2020 Pathobiology Graduate Program Spring Seminar Series and all are welcome.