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August 31, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Integrative Biosciences Center IBio Conference Center | Map
6135 Woodward Ave.
Detroit , MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Wayne State University community is invited to attend an IBio faculty candidate seminar with guest speaker, Elizabeth Glover, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). The seminar will be on August 31, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the first floor seminar room of IBio, located at 6135 Woodward. The seminar is free and open to the entire university community. 

Dr. Glover will be presenting "The neurocircuitry of aversion and its role in addiction."

Dr. Glover earned a B.S. degree in zoology from Arizona State University, Tempe, and a Ph.D. in philosophy, neuroscience from Wake forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, and is a postdoc at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston. 

Abstract:

A number of neuropsychiatric illnesses are characterized by maladaptive behaviors that negatively affect an individual’s physical and mental health. These maladaptive behaviors are thought to arise as a result of reward-related dysfunction. With this in mind, research over the past 50-60 years has focused on understanding the neurobiology of reward and reward-related learning in an effort to identify brain-related changes that facilitate maladaptive behaviors. What is often forgotten, however, is that appropriate neural signaling of aversive stimuli plays an equally critical role in promoting healthy, adaptive behavioral responses. My research explores the neurocircuitry responsible for aversive signaling in the context of addiction. During my presentation, I will show data from my studies exploring involvement of a recently identified brain region, the RMTg, and its associated inputs, in behaviors associated with aversive components of the addiction cycle. I will follow these data with some exciting new findings characterizing for the first time ever the function of inputs from the mPFC to the RMTg for their role in aversive signaling and its applicability to neuropsychiatric illness.

We hope you can join us for this interesting IBio seminar!

For more information about this event, please contact Julie O'Connor at 3135775600 or julie.oconnor@wayne.edu.