Fall and Spring 2017-2018 Presentations:

Luke Dittrich  

Luke Dittrich

Luke Dittrich is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist and contributing editor at New York Times Magazine. 
In his first book, Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets, he explores the scientific, ethical and, above all, human dimensions of one of the most important stories in the history of medicine. Winner of the PEN E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Wednesday, November 1st
Miller Learning Center Room 148

Talk Tilte:
Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets

Past Presentations:

Fall 2015 - Spring 2017 Presentations:


Dr. Paul Laurienti (M.D./Ph.D.)

Professor, Radiology
Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Thursday, March 30th, 3:30 P.M.
Pharmacy South: PS101

Talk Tilte:

Networks, Interdependence, and the Complex Brain

For more information about
Dr. Laurienti work visit: 
Wake Forest Profile: Dr. Paul Laurienti

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Distinguished Speaker:
Dr. Godfrey Pearlson

Director Olin Center for Neuropsychiatry 
Research Center
Professor, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Yale School of Medicine

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 - 3:30 PM
Paul D. Coverdell Building S-175

Talk Tilte:
Marijuana - The Upsides and Downsides
of a Complex Substance

For more information about
Dr. Pearlson's work visit: 
Yale Profile: Godrey Pearlson

This Colloquium is in partnership with the Neuroscience Division of BHSI

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Distinguished Speaker:
Dr. Yi Wang

Distinguished Professor
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University 

Tuesday July 26th, 2016 - 3:00 PM
Paul D. Coverdell Building S-175

Talk Tilte:
Quantitative susceptibility mapping of biometals:
neurodegeneration, inflammation & oxygenation 

For more information about
Dr. Wang work visit: 
Cornell Profile: Yi Wang

Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 Presentations 


Dr. Kim Wallen

Emory University

November 6, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Coverdell S 175

Talk Title: "The eye of the beholder: Sex differences in neural and subjective response to sexual images"


Dr. Graeme Mason

Yale University

December 3, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Coverdell S 175

Co-sponsored with Neuroscience Seminar Series

Talk Title: "Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Brain Metabolism of Glucose, Acetate, and Ethanol"


Dr. Christopher Conway

Georgia State University

February 19, 2016 - 3 p.m.

Coverdell S175  

Talk Title: "Learning structure in time: The neurocognitive basis of sequential learning and its role in language development"


Distinguished Speaker:

Dr. Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

April 21, 2016- 3:30 p.m.

Coverdell S175

Talk Title: "Clinical Applications of Resting State Networks: Clinical Characterization, Novel Treatments and Prediction of Clinical Outcome"



Dr. Jessica Turner
Georgia State University
"Genetic networks and gray matter deficits in schizophrenia"

Dr. Stefan Everling
Western University - Canada
"Resting-state fMRI in monkeys:Neural correlates and alterations following focal stroke"


Dr. Negar Fani
Emory University
"Emotional and Cognitive Manifestations of Posttraumatic Stress: Moving Toward New Diagnostic Classifications and Treatment Methods for Traumatized Individuals”

Dr. Lewis Wheaton
Georgia Institute of Technology
"Action Encoding for Skillful Motor Rehabilitation: Concepts from Central and Peripheral Nervous System Injury”

Roberto Cabeza, Ph.D. 
Duke University
“Compensatory Brain Activity in Older Adults”

Dr. Daniel L. Drane, Ph.D., ABPP(CN)
Emory University School of Medicine
"Decreasing Cognitive Morbidity of Epilepsy Surgery Through Enhanced Knowledge of Neural Networks and Novel Laser Ablation Technology"


James Rilling, Ph.D.
Emory University
"Comparative primate neuroimaging: insights into human brain evolution"

Bruce Crosson, Ph.D.
Emory University School of Medicine 
"Neural Systems in Language: From Aging to Aphasia"

Hui Mao, Ph.D.
Emory University 
"MRI Biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia"

Helen Mayberg, M.D.
Emory University School of Medicine 
"Precision Medicine: The Evolving Role for Imaging in Optimizing Treatment for Depression"

Olaf Sporns, Ph.D.
Indiana University Bloomington
"Discovering the Human Connectome"


Mukesh Dhamala, Ph.D.
Georgia State University
“Patterns of Brain Activity During Decision-Making Processes”

Shella Keilholz, Ph.D.
Georgia Institute of Technology
“Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Spontaneous BOLD Fluctuations”

Lawrence Sweet, Ph.D.
Brown University Alpert Medical School
“Functional Neuroimaging Approaches and Applications in Clinical Research”


Russell A. Poldrack , Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin 
"Putting on the Brakes: The Neural Basis of Response Inhibition"

Joe Manns, Ph.D. 
Emory University Department of Psychology
"The Hippocampus and Memory for Items in Context"

Chris Rorden, Ph.D.
GA Tech Center for Advanced Brain Imaging
"The Left Frontal Lobe's Role in Language"


Stephan Hamman, Ph.D. 
Emory University
"Neural Mechanisms of Emotion and Emotional Memory"

Xiaoping P. Hu, Ph.D. 
Director, Biomedical Imaging Technology Center
Georgia Tech and Emory University  
"Functional Connectivity and Causal Connectivity in Resting State Brain Networks Derived from fMRI Data"

Audrey Duarte , Ph.D.
Georgia Institute of Technology
"Aging and the Neural Systems Supporting Associative Recollection"

Kent A. Kiehl, Ph.D. 
University of New Mexico
"The Criminal Psychopath Revealed: Assessment, Recidivism, Treatment and Neuroscience"


Jay Hedgé, Ph.D.
Medical College of Georgia
"Vision as Inference"

Johanna Kissler, Ph.D.
University of Konstanz, Germany
"What's in a Word? Emotion in Visual Word Processing"

Dean Sabatinelli, Ph.D.
University of Georgia
"Investigating the Timing of Emotional Perception with Functional MRI"

Jason Kao, M.S.
University of Georgia
“Multi-objective Optimal Experimental Designs for Event-related fMRI Studies"


Martin Paulus, Ph.D. 
University of California
"Decision-making and Interoception"


John Sweeney, Ph.D
University of Illinois, Chicago
"Cognitive Neuroscience of Neurodevelopmental Disorders"


Jerry Allison, Ph.D.
Medical College of Georgia
“Three Tesla MRI: Capabilities, Opportunities and Challenges” 


Gregory G. Brown, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego
“Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Survey of Applications in Clinical Neuroscience”

Daniel Weissman, Ph.D.
Duke University
“The Neural Mechanisms for Minimizing Distraction"

Professor Friedemann,
University of Cambridge, UK
“Brain Reflections of Language and Actions”


Xiaoping Hu, Ph.D.
Georgia Tech and Emory University
“Mapping Brain Function and Connectivity with MRI”