Neuroscience Day at Dartmouth 2017

Join us for the 31st Annual Neuroscience Day at Dartmouth College!

This day-long event highlights neuroscience research contributions at Dartmouth and features expert talks, a poster session, a panel discussion, and a keynote lecture. Free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Register and/or Submit a Poster Abstract

Important Dates

February 24, 2017
Registration and Abstract Submission Opens

March 29, 2017
Abstract Submission Closes

April 5, 2017
Registration Closes

Keynote Lecture:

"Building Action Repertoires Based on Value: Corticostriatal Dynamics"
Regions of the medial prefrontal cortex are known to function in
organizing behavior and emotional decision-making, both key functions
disturbed in a range of neurologic and neuropsychiatric disorders. In
our laboratory, we are seeking to understand mechanisms underlying these
functions by applying optogenetic manipulations and microstimulation to
these regions and their corticostriatal circuits. We find that we can
interrupt the transition from deliberative decision-making to a habitual
mode of decisions to act, and can interrupt habitual and insistently
repetitive behaviors. In other experiments, we can selectively disrupt
decision-making under different contexts involving weighing the costs
and benefits of such choices. These experiments point to profoundly
important functions of corticostriatal circuits and to their exquisite
specialization. These features could be critical in linking these
corticostriatal circuit mechanisms to human disorders in which
value-based decision-making is affected.
About the Keynote:

Ann Graybiel, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, M.I.T.; Investigator, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, M.I.T.

Ann M. Graybiel is an Institute Professor at MIT. Her research is focused on how the regions of the forebrain that influence movement, mood and motivation — the basal ganglia and neural pathways interconnecting the basal ganglia with the cerebral cortex — operate in normal and abnormal conditions. Dr. Graybiel and her group, in order to approach these issues, apply combinations of methods ranging from multi-electrode recordings from neurons in the brain to genetic engineering, optogenetics, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry and designer drug manipulations during behavior.


Faculty Speakers



8:30am - 8:50am Coffee and Poster Set-up
8:50am - 9:00am Opening Remarks
9:00am - 9:45am Teaser talks: one slide, linked to poster
9:45 am - 11:00 am Poster Session
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Faculty/Postdoc Talks – Part 1
12:00 pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Student Talks
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Career Forum
2:45 pm - 2:55 pm Coffee Break
2:55 pm - 3:55 pm Faculty/Postdoc Talks – Part 2
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Keynote Lecture: Ann Graybiel, MIT