IDDRC Seminar Series

All interested individuals, including those without current NIH or NSF funding, are encouraged to attend the monthly seminars that the Center sponsors during the academic year. Seminars are held at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Abramson Research Center, Conference Room 123-ABC from Noon to 1:00 p.m. Lunch is provided. Contact Melba Martinez at or 215-590-3728 with questions.

September 10, 2013
“Exploring the Shared Neurobiology of Early Life Epilepsy and Autism”
Frances E. Jensen, MD, FACP
Professor and Chair of Neurology
University of Pennsylvania/Perelman School of Medicine – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

October 8, 2013

November 5, 2013
“Stressed-Out Parents and Transgenerational Epigenetics: Sperm and Placental Mechanisms Involved in Reprogramming the Brain”
Tracy L. Bale, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania/School of Veterinary Medicine – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

December 3, 2013
“Exome Sequencing to Advance Diagnosis and Care in Neurodevelopmental Disorders”
Joseph Gleeson, MD
Professor of Neurosciences
University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, California

January 14, 2014
“Regulating Mitochondrial Movement: Why it Matters to Neurons”
Thomas L. Schwarz, PhD
Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology
Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School – Boston. Massachusetts

February 11, 2014
“Immune Mechanisms of Synapse Loss in Development and Disease”
Beth Stevens, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School – Boston, Massachusetts

March 4, 2014
“Pharmacogenetic Insights Into Angelman Syndrome”
Benjamin Philpot, PhD
Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology
University of North Carolina/School of Medicine – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

April 15, 2014
“Mechanisms Underlying Prenatal Cocaine Induced Changes in Brain Structure and Function in Mice and Humans”
Barry Kosofsky, MD, PhD
Chief of Pediatric Neurology and Goldsmith Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, Neuroscience and Radiology
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College

May 13, 2014
“Genes, Brain and Behavior, New Tools Help Address Old Problems”
Elliott H. Sherr, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco/Institute of Human Genetics – San Francisco, California