We are pleased to announce the speaker schedule for the 2016-2017 training year. Meetings will be held Thursdays at 1 PM at VA Boston, Jamaica Plain Campus (150 S. Huntington Ave, Boston). All meetings will be held in the 11th floor conference room (B11-48c), with the exception of meetings held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, which will be held in the 4th floor conference room (4D-140).

Neuroimaging & Neuropsychology Lecture Series: This series is organized by Drs. Sue McGlynn and Scott Hayes and occurs on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. Presenters from this series typically visit from local universities and hospitals (non-VA) and deliver formal lectures on their selected area of expertise. Topics can vary from traditional neuropsychology research to methods related to MRI acquisition and data processing techniques. A select number of talks will offer one continuing education hour/credit (APA) for attendance, designated with an * in the attached schedule.

NeuroPot: This series is organized by Dr. Scott Hayes and occurs on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, as well as special months that have a 5th Thursday. Presenters are typically from the VA, and will include faculty members, postdocs, graduate students, interns and RAs. The presentation topics will include the discussion of journal articles in neuropsychology or neuroimaging, ideas and experimental design for new projects or grant submissions, preliminary data analyses, neuroimaging or neuropsychology methods and analyses, practices talks for conference presentations (poster and oral), or a colloquium-like talk by an established research (essentially a potluck of neuroimaging topics, hence NeuroPot). This is an opportunity for the presenter to share their work and methods to the group, and also get some feedback from the community in the form of constructive questions and comments for projects under development.

Date Presenter’s Name Title of the Presentation
September 1, 2016 Jooh-Hyun Song, Ph.D., Brown University Lecture Series: Paradoxical Modulation of Motor Actions by Attention
September 8, 2016 MDRC data blitz: D. Palombo, V. Williams, H. Tobin NeuroPot: Future thinking, Cortical Thickness and Fitness, etc.
September 15, 2016 Grant Iverson, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School Lecture Series: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports, Daily Life, and Military Service
September 22, 2016 Kevin Spencer, Ph.D., VA Boston NeuroPot: Oscillatory Brain Dynamics in Schizophrenia
September 29, 2016 NeRVe Faculty NeuroPot: MRI best practices
October 6, 2016 Lauren O’Donnell, Ph.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital Lecture Series: Automated white matter fiber tract identification in patients with brain tumors
October 13, 2016 Jasmeet Hayes, Ph.D., VA Boston NeuroPot: Neuroimaging genetics of mild TBI and neurodegenerative disease
October 20, 2016 Sam Gershman, Ph.D., Harvard Psychology Lecture Series: Principles of competition between multiple reinforcement learning systems
October 27, 2016 Holly Bowen, Ph.D.,            Boston College NeuroPot: Recapitulation of Emotional Source during Memory Retrieval
November 10, 2016 Victoria Williams, Ph.D., VA Boston NeuroPot: Intracortical Myelin Mapping, Fitness, and Aging
November 16, 2016 Irene Kan, Ph.D., Villanova University NeuroPot: Memory Scaffolding: Interplay Between Prior Knowledge and New Learning
November 17, 2016 Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, Ph.D., M.I.T. Lecture Series: Intrinsic Connectivity Insights into Psychiatric Disorders:  Early Identification, Neuroprediction of Clinical Outcome, and Pharmacological/Behavioral  Interventions
November 24, 2016 Thanksgiving No Meeting
December 15, 2016 Larry Seidman, Ph.D. Lecture Series: Developmental Evolution of Neurocognitive Functioning in Schizophrenia
January 12, 2017 Meghan Robinson, Ph.D., VA Boston NeuroPot
January 19, 2017 Elizabeth Kensinger, Ph.D. Boston College Lecture Series: The good, the bad, and the forgotten: How emotional valence influences what we remember and forget about past experiences
January 26, 2017 Scott Hayes, Ph.D., VA Boston NeuroPot: Cardiorespiratory fitness-related changes in the aging brain
February 2, 2017 No Meeting: INS No Meeting: INS
February 9, 2017 David Salat, Ph.D., VA Boston  NeuroPot
March 2, 2017 Heidi Jacobs, Ph.D., Harvard/MGH Lecture Series: Focus on the locus (coeruleus): link to memory (dysfunction)
March 16, 2017 Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., Harvard  Lecture Series: Sleep, Memory, and Dreams: Lessons for PTSD
March 23, 2017 Elizabeth Race, Ph.D., Tufts University Lecture Series: Medial temporal lobe contributions to associative learning during priming
March 30, 2017 Maureen Ritchey, Ph.D., Boston College  Lecture Series: Cortico-hippocampal systems involved in memory and emotion
April 6, 2017 Patrizia Vannini, Ph.D., MGH Lecture Series: Functional and Pathological Correlates of Self-awareness of Memory in Aging and Alzheimer’s disease
April 13, 2017 Nicolette Schwarz, Ph.D.  NeuroPot: AFNI workshop
April 20, 2017 Eva-Marie Ratai, Ph.D., MGH  Lecture Series: Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: Principles, Clinical Applications and Advanced Techniques in Neuroimaging
April 27, 2017 Sarah Kark, BA  NeuroPot: Effects of emotional valence on the neural correlates of emotional memory
May 4, 2017
May 11, 2017
May 18, 2017
May 25, 2017 Kim Graham, Ph.D.

For past years schedules, see 2015-20162014-2015, 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012, 2010-2011, 2009-2010.