Calendar of Events

Innovation & Research in Neurosciences

Neurology/Neurosurgery/Neuroradiology Grand Rounds

Every Friday at 8:00am in the HSC Level 3 Hall 6;
Stony Brook University Hospital

All are welcome to attend!

Neurosciences Seminars

All students attend our regularly scheduled research seminars sponsored by participating departments and centers, such as the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior and the Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Research, at which prominent neuroscientists, usually from outside the Program, present their work. Students host the seminars and have an opportunity to meet with speakers during lunch. Unless otherwise noted, all seminars are at noon in Life Sciences 038.

The schedule of speakers is located here.


The Department of Psychiatry offers grand rounds to students, faculty and visitors from September through June. Distinguished speakers from a variety of disciplines present on current research and clinical activities. Unless otherwise noted, grand rounds are held on Tuesday in the Atkins Learning Center on Level 4 of the Health Sciences Center from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. All are welcome to attend. The schedule of speakers and topics is located here.


The Biomedical Engineering department at Stony Brook University has invited Dr. George Koob PhD, Director of NIAAA to visit Stony Brook.

Neurobiology of Addiction: A Negative Reinforcement Perspective

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Laufer Center for Physical & Quantitative Biology, Lecture Hall 101


You are invited to: "New Insights and Approaches for Studying Rett Syndrome, an Autism Associated Disorder - A lecture by Gail Mandel"

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
Simons Foundation, 2nd floor
160 Fifth Avenue at 21st Street
New York, NY 10010

Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Details and free tickets are available here for this event.

Gail Mandel investigates the basis of neuronal specificity of genetic dysfunction, and has identified cell-cell interactions between neurons and glia involved in pathological states of brain development. Mandel has ameliorated the neuropathology of one autism spectrum disorder, Rett syndrome, by genetically replacing the defective MeCP2 gene with a good copy of the gene in astrocytes. She is now exploring the underlying mechanisms crucial for neuronal signaling.

In this lecture, Mandel will provide a general introduction to Rett syndrome (RTT), a neurodevelopmental disease of girls that results from defects in the gene encoding of the transcription factor methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2). She will provide evidence that the pathology is complex, involving defects in both neurons and astrocytes in conventional RTT mouse models. She will discuss emerging ideas about the normal function of the MeCP2 protein and her recent findings that point to a role for MeCP2 in 3-D chromatin architecture. Finally, she will discuss whether Rett syndrome could be amenable to gene replacement strategies.