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2017 McGovern Institute Spring Symposium

McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

2017 McGovern Institute Spring Symposium

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TITLE: Neuromodulators- Key Regulators of Brain and Behavior

DATE: Tuesday May 16, 2017

TIME: 8:30am – 5:00pm

LOCATION: MIT Bldg 46-3002 (Singleton Auditorium)

QUESTIONS? Naomi Berkowitz | | 617.715.5396

Registration is required and space is limited.



Summary: Neuromodulators are signaling molecules that shape the effects of fast neurotransmitters, and they are now recognized to be ubiquitous throughout the brain. Classical examples include dopamine and serotonin, which have profound effects on brain states and represent important targets for psychiatric drugs. Other more recently identified modulators include neuropetides and cytokines whose functions are only starting to be explored. In this symposium, nine leading experts will survey the field, with an emphasis on understanding the actions of neuromodulators on circuits, systems and behavior.


8:30 am
Continental Breakfast Served in Atrium

9:00 am – 9:10 am

GLORIA CHOI, McGovern Institute

Welcoming Remarks

Session I (Chair: Yingxi Lin, McGovern Institute)

9:10 am 
TALI KIMCHI, Weizmann Institute of Science
Neurobiology of sex differences in social behavior

9:50 am
MINMIN LUONational Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing
Reward processing by the dorsal raphe
10:30 am

10:50 am
NAOSHIGE UCHIDAHarvard University 
Multiple dopamine systems
11:30 am
GERALD RUBINHoward Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus 
Learning and memory in drosophila
12:10 pm
Lunch in Atrium
Session II (Chair: Mark Harnett, McGovern Institute)
01:00 pm
JEFFREY FRIEDMAN, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Rockefeller University
Leptin and the neural circuits controlling feeding, locomotion and glucose metabolism

01:40 pm

JONATHAN KIPNISUniversity of Virginia
Meningeal lymphatics: a 'route' for behavioral modulation

02:20 pm
SUSAN DYMECKI, Harvard Medical School
Mapping molecular and functional subtypes of brain serotonergic neurons: from breathing to behavior

03:00 pm 


03:20 pm
GLORIA CHOI, McGovern Institute

04:00 pm
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, Berkeley 
Neural circuits controlling sleep

04:40 pm
BOB DESIMONE, McGovern Institute

Closing Remarks

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Have questions about 2017 McGovern Institute Spring Symposium? Contact McGovern Institute for Brain Research

When & Where

McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT
43 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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McGovern Institute for Brain Research

The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT is led by a team of world-renowned neuroscientists committed to meeting two great challenges of modern science: understanding how the brain works and discovering new ways to prevent or treat brain disorders.


The McGovern Institute was established in 2000 by Patrick J. McGovern and Lore Harp McGovern, with the goal of improving human welfare, communication and understanding through their support for neuroscience research.


The director is Robert Desimone, formerly the head of intramural research at the National Institute of Mental Health.

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