Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG) Seminar Series

Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG) Seminar Series

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Date & Time Speaker Title Location
Thursday, May 7, 2015 Matthew Rasband, Ph.D. "The functional organization of axons in health and disease" Jordan Hall, Room 1-17
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Tracy Bale, PhD
TBA Jordan Hall, Room 1-17
Thursday, June 11, 2015 Oleg Butovsky TBA
Thursday, July 30, 2015 Ian Reynolds, Ph.D. TBA
Thursday, September 3, 2015 Francisco Quintana, Ph.D. TBA
Thursday, September 17, 2015 Scott Zamvil, M.D., Ph.D. TBA
Thursday, October 15, 2015 Harald Sontheimer, Ph.D. TBA
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Thursday, November, 5, 2015
Thursday, December 3, 2015 Virginia Symposium on Brain Immunology and Glia
Thursday, December 17, 2015


Past BIG Events:

Date & Time Speaker Title Location
Thursday, April 16, 2015 Wenbiao Gan, Ph.D. "Experience-dependent dendritic spine plasticity in the cortex" Jordan Hall, Room 1-17
Thursday, April 2, 2015 John Sheridan, Ph.D. "Repeated Social Defeat and Prolonged Anxiety: the Role of Peripheral Myeloid Cells" Jordan Hall, Room 1-5
Thursday, March 12, 2015 Rachel Caspi, Ph.D. "From the eye to the gut and back: Immune privilege, microbiota and autoimmunity" Jordan Hall, Room 1-5
Thursday, January 15, 2015 Robyn S. Klein, M.D., Ph.D. "Antiviral immunity at the Blood-Brain Barrier" Jordan Hall, Room 1-17
Thursday, December 11, 2014 Claudia Lucchinetti, M.D. Neuromyelitis Optica: An Autoimmune Systemic Channelopathy Jordan Hall, Room 1-17
November 6, 2014
Jeffrey Rothstein, M.D., Ph.D. "Oligodendroglia: Unexpected supporters of neuronal survival and initiators of Neurodegeneration." Jordan Hall, Room 1-5
Thursday, October 23, 2014
10:00 am
Howard L. Weiner, M.D.
Student-invited speaker for UVA-VCU glia meeting
"Role of the Innate Immunity in Diseases of the Nervous System" Jordan Hall, Room 1-5
Thursday, September 25, 2014 Benjamin Deneen, Ph.D. "Developmental Gliogenesis: The crossroads of cell fate, malignancy, and repair in the CNS" Jordan Hall, Room 1-5
Thursday, August 7, 2014 Jonathan Godbout, Ph.D.
"Aging and Traumatic CNS Injury Associated Microglial Priming and Immune-Reactivity" Jordan Hall,
Room 1-17
July 22, 2014
Estee Kurant, Ph.D. "Keeping the CNS clear: glial phagocytosis of apoptotic neurons" Jordan Hall,
Room 1-17
June 19, 2014
Etty (Tika) Benveniste, Ph.D. "Intervention of the JAK/STAT Signaling Pathway in Neuroinflammatory Diseases" Jordan Hall, 1-17
May 28, 2014
Ben Barres, M.D., Ph.D.
Special Distinguished Speaker Series
"What do astrocytes do?" JHHC Auditorium
May 14, 2014
4:00 pm
Kimberley McAllister, Ph.D.
"Novel roles for immune molecules in the brain during development and disease" Jordan Hall, Room 1-15
April 17, 2014 
Wendy Macklin, Ph.D. "Role of mTOR in oligodendrocyte differentiation" Jordan Hall,
Room 1-14
April 1, 2014
Voon Wee Yong, Ph.D. "Overcoming inhibitors in the lesion microenvironment for CNS regeneration" Jordan Hall,
Room 1-17
Thursday, March 20, 2014
12:00 pm
Yuri Persidsky, M.D., Ph.D. "Pericyte dysfunction in blood brain barrier impairment caused by neuroinflammation" Jordan Hall,
Room 1-14
February 6, 2014
Dwight Bergles, Ph.D. "Homeostatic control of oligodendrocyte progenitors in the adult CNS" Jordan Hall,
Room 1-17
January 16, 2014
Babette Fuss, Ph.D. "Extracellular cues as regulators oligodendrocyte differentiation and myelination" Jordan Hall,
Room 1-17
January 14, 2014, 4:00pm
Prof. Dr. Marco Prinz "Microglia in the universe of myeloid cells in the body" Jordan Hall, Room 1-14
December 5, 2013
Emma Wilson, Ph.D. "To cyst and decyst: the immunology of chronic parasite infection in the brain" Jordan Hall,
Room 1-14
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 12:00-1:00 Mark Sands, Ph.D. "Krabbe Disease: Pathogenic Mechanisms and Therapy" Jordan Hall, 
Room 1-14
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Paul Patterson, Ph.D. “Gut-Brain-Immune Connections in Autism and Schizophrenia” Jordan 1-17
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Robert Nitsch, M.D., Ph.D. "Lipid Signaling at the Glutamatergic Synapse: Involvement in Brain Network Function and Psychiatric Disorders" Jordan 1-17
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Philip G. Haydon, Ph.D. "Astrocytes in the control of synapses, networks and behavior" Jordan 1-17
Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:00-1:00 David Spray, Ph.D. "Bidirectional connexin and pannexin signaling in trigeminal ganglion: role in orofacial pain" Jordan 1-14
Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:00-1:00 Alexandre Prat, M.D. "Brain morphogens and regulation of  CNS immunity" Jordan
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Brian Kaspar, Ph.D. "Cellular Culprits in the Neurodegenerative disease - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis" Jordan 1-14
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Katerina Akassoglou, Ph.D. "Neurovascular Interactions in Neuroinflammation: Mechanisms, Imaging, and Therapeutic Potential" Jordan 1-14
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013
Richard M. Ransohoff, M.D. "Monocytes and Microglia:  Kith or Kin" Jordan 1-5
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012
note: time change
Polly Matzinger, Ph.D. Student invited speaker Jordan 1-14
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
note: time change
Yaniv Ziv, Ph.D. "Time-lapse imaging of calcium dynamics in CA1 place cells of freely behaving mice" Jordan 1-17
note: day change
Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
Stefano Pluchino, M.D., Ph.D. "Naturally-occurring secreted membrane nanovesicles and therapeutic neural stem cell plasticity" Jordan 1-17
Thursday, October 25, 2012
UVa Faculty: Michael J. McConnell, Ph.D. "Revealing the Tinkerer:  Evolutionary Neuroimmunology"
MR-5, Room
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012
Maria Castro, Ph.D. "Brain Tumors influence hematopoietic myeloid cells' development: Impact of effective anti-tumor immunity" Jordan Meeting Room 1
Sept. 20, 2012
Michael V. Sofroniew, M.D., Ph.D. "Astrocyte Roles in CNS Disorders" Jordan 1-17
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
Beth Stevens, Ph.D. "Pruning CNS Synapses: An Active Role for Glia and the Complement Cascade" Jordan G1 & G2
Thursday, June 21, 2012, 12-1 pm Lisa Boulanger, Ph.D. "What's histocompatibility got to do with it? Neuronal functions of MHCI proteins." Jordan Hall, Room 1-17
Thursday, May 17, 2012, 12-1 pm Pedro Lowenstein, M.D., Ph.D. "How glioma cells form brain tumors: growth patterns and their therapeutic implications" Jordan Hall, Room 1-17
Thursday, April 19, 2012, 12-1 pm Daniel Lioy, Ph.D. "Rett syndrome:  an unexpected model for studying neuronal-glial interactions" MR-5, Room 3005
Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 12-1 Stephen D. Miller, Ph.D. "Exploiting apoptosis for the induction of tolerance for the treatment of immune-mediated diseases" Jordan Hall, Room 1-17
Thursday, April 5, 2012
12-1 pm
"Illuminating innate and adaptive immunity in the living brain" MR-5, Room 3005
Friday, March 16, 2012
12 pm
Michal Schwartz, Ph.D. "Protective anti-self immunity: A paradigm shift in the perception of brain inflammation in health, neurodegenerative diseases, and age-related dementia" Jordan Hall, Room 1-17
Monday, February 27, 2012 4:00 pm David Hafler, M.D. "Plasticity of Regulatory T Cells" Jordan Hall, Room 1-17


Past Lectures:  
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