The Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Expanded Programming for Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Create Unique Research Missions seminar series has announced its spring 2023 lineup.
Sponsored by Wael Sakr, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, and organized by Avril Genene Holt, Ph.D., associate professor of Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences, this interdepartmentally- sponsored series will introduce the School of Medicine research community to diverse faculty from outside of the school. Learning about the research programs of this unique cohort of research scholars will provide faculty an opportunity to expand their pool of collaborators and broaden their thinking about topics they may consider for their own research programs.
All seminars begin at 1 p.m., and meet both in person and via Zoom (Meeting ID: 995 0118 8791, Passcode: 37427).
The lineup includes:
March 21: “Synapse-Specific Interactions between Ethanol and the Endocannabinoid System,” Shana Augustin, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pharmacology at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Mazurek Medical Education Commons, Rooms 242/243
April 4: “Studying How Health Communication Can Improve Individual Decision Making and Reduce Population Health Disparities for Conditions or Behaviors That Lead to Preventable Mortality and Morbidity,” Aisha Langford, Ph.D., assistant professor of Population Health at the Grossman School of Medicine, Mazurek Medical Education Commons, Rooms 301/302
April 18: “Aiming to Understand Individual-Level Predictors That Govern the Transition to Compulsive Drug Use and Identify the Traits That Contribute to the Development of Substance Use Disorders,” Erik Garcia, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, Mazurek Medical Education Commons, Rooms 242/243
May 2: “Osteopontin/Secreted Phosphoprotein-1 and the Regulation of Myeloid Cell Inflammatory Signaling in the Brain,” Amanda Brown, Ph.D., associate professor of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Mazurek Medical Education Commons, Rooms 301/302
May 16: “Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms of Altered Synaptic Communication That Lead to the Development of Epilepsy and Identify Targets That May Serve as Therapeutic Targets for Treatment,” Susan Campbell, Ph.D., assistant professor of the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, at Virginia Tech, Mazurek Medical Education Commons, Rooms 301/302
May 30: “Understanding the Mechanisms Related to the Development of Addiction as a Relapsing, Remitting Brain Disorder in Order to Guide the Rational Design or Discovery of New, More Effective Treatments for Drug Addiction,” Sade Spencer, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Mazurek Medical Education Commons, Rooms 301/302
June 13: “Studying Cortical Development to Understand the Molecular and Cellular Basis of Neuropsychiatric Conditions, Such as Epilepsy and Brain Malformations,” Mercedes Paredes, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Neurology at the Weill Institute, University of California San Francisco, Mazurek Medical Education Commons, Rooms 301/302