Welcome to the Journal Cafe!
The Journal Cafe was initially developed in October, 2005 by Dr. Tran as a means for his laboratory assistants (mainly undergraduate students) to present and discuss topics of interest in neuroscience and many of its related fields. It has grown from being a lab-centered discussion session to a much wider vehicle for neuroscience program majors and minors. The aim of JC is to have a student select a research article that is of interest and present it in PowerPoint form. The student leads the discussion by identifying the main arguments and hypotheses, explain the research methods and results, and elaborate on the conclusions. Students in the audience may ask questions or present points of discussion, and the paper may be critically assessed for its good and weak points. Journal Cafe may also simply be a mechanism for learning more about a topic and how to critically examine the data. If you are a neuroscience major or minor, it is very likely that you are already on the distribution list to receive Journal Cafe announcements. If not, please contact Dr. Tran to be added to the distribution list. The Cafe is open to all students that are interested in neuroscience, including those currently in psychology, biology, and chemistry programs, just to name a few. Below is a listing of past and current presentations:
03.21.09 - Ryan Craft: Shors et al. (2001). Neurogenesis in the adult is involved in the formation of trace memories. Nature, 410, 372-375.
11.13.09 - Kara Burns: Paus et al. (2003). Sleep attacks, daytime sleepiness, and dopamine agonists in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders, 18(6), 659-667.
12.04.09 - Iola Conchar: Yamasaki et al. (2008). Alpha-CaMKII deficiency causes immature dentate gyrus, a novel candidate endophenotype of psychiatric disorders. Molecular Brain, 1(6).
01.28.10 - Iola Conchar: Monastra et al. (2001). The development of a quantitative electroencephalographic scanning process for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder: Reliability and validity studies. Neuropsychology, 15(1), 136-144.
02.18.10 - Tonya Cox: Cox et al. (2000). Effect of stimulant medication on driving performance of young adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: A preliminary double-blind placebo controlled trial.The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 188(4), 230-234.
03.25.10 - Jerri Waller: Dodds et al. (2009). The dopamine D2 receptor antagonist sulpiride modulates striatal BOLD signal during the manipulation of information in working memory. Psychopharmacology, 207, 35–45.
09.24.10 - Dorothy Lloyd: Holloway et al. (2011). Facilitated acquisition of the classically conditioned eyeblink response in females is augmented in those taking oral contraceptives. Behavioural Brain Research, 216(1), 301-307.
10.22.10 - Michael Cyzewski: Gupta et al. (2010). A novel COMMD1 mutation Thr174Met associated with elevated urinary copper and signs of enhanced apoptotic cell death in a Wilson Disease patient. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 6, 33-37.
11.19.10 - Lily Medina: Rolls & McCabe (2007). Enhanced affective brain representations of chocolate in cravers vs. non-cravers. European Journal of Neuroscience, 26, 1067–1076.
12.03.10 - Michael Cyzewski: Kilner et al. (2009). Evidence of mirror neurons in human inferior frontal gyrus. The Journal of Neuroscience, 29(32), 10153–10159.
02.03.11 - Sara Afridi: Choi et al. (2010). Anti-inflammatory treatment in AD mice protects against neuronal pathology. Experimental Neurology, 223, 377-384.
02.17.11 - Amanda Huffman: Volk et al. (2010). Alterations in metabotropic glutamate receptor 1α and regulator of G protein signaling 4 in the prefrontal cortex in Schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 167, 1489–1498.
02.24.11 - Tiffany Phasukkan: Chaddock et al. (2010). A neuroimaging investigation of the association between aerobic fitness, hippocampal volume, and memory performance in preadolescent children. Brain Research, 1358, 172–183.
03.02.11 - Andrew Norris: Vernon et al. (2010). Non-invasive evaluation of nigrostriatal neuropathology in a proteasome inhibitor rodent model of Parkinson's disease. BMC Neuroscience, 11:1.
03.17.11 - Sophy Nthiga: Moser et al. (1993). Spatial learning impairment parallels the magnitude of dorsal hippocampal lesions, but is hardly present following ventral lesions. The Journal of Neuroscience, 13(9), 3916-3925.
03.31.11 - Sara Afridi: Haave et al. (2011). Long-term effects of environmentally relevant doses of 2,2',4,4',5,5' hexachlorobiphenyl (PCB153) on neurobehavioural development, health and spontaneous behaviour in maternally exposed mice. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 7:3.
04.07.11 - Lily Medina: Yamazaki et al. (2008). Effect of tooth loss on spatial memory and TrkB-mRNA levels in rats. Hippocampus, 18, 542–547.
04.20.11 - Sophy Nthiga: Wang et al. (2009). MPTP lesion causes neuroinflammation and deficits in object recognition in wistar rats. Behavioral Neuroscience, 123(6), 1261–1270.
10.07.11 - Iola Conchar: Fortin et al. (2002). Critical role of the hippocampus in memory for sequences of events. Nature Neuroscience, 5(5), 458–462.
10.14.11 - Lily Medina: Chapman et al. (2011). Women have farther to fall: Gender differences between normal elderly and Alzheimer's disease in verbal memory engender better detection of Alzheimer's disease in women. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 17, 654–662.
10.21.11 - Joshua Hauserman: Raine et al. (2010). Neurodevelopmental marker for limbic maldevelopment in antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy. British Journal of Psychiatry, 197, 186-192.
11.11.11 - Vanessa Buonopane: Boggiano et al. (2009). The Pavlovian power of palatable food: Lessons for weight-loss adherence from a new rodent model ofcue-induced overeating. International Journal of Obesity, 33, 693–701.
11.18.11 - Joshua Hauserman: Hayes et al. (2011). Reduced hippocampal and amygdala activity predicts memory distortions for trauma reminders in combat-related PTSD. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45, 660-669.
12.02.11 - Tiffany Phasukkan: Feinstein et al. (1999). Pathological laughing and crying in multiple sclerosis: A preliminary report suggesting a role for the prefrontal cortex. Multiple Sclerosis, 5, 69-73.
01.20.12 - Jeremy Edwards: Cruciani et al. (2011). Positive and negative emotional arousal increases duration of memory traces: Common and independent mechanisms. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 5(86), 1-8.
02.03.12 - Amanda Huffman: Gadotti et al. (2012). Depressive-like behaviour of mice lacking cellular prion protein. Behavioural Brain Research, 227, 319–323.
02.17.12 - Elizabeth McGovern: De Ciantis et al. (2008). A functional MRI study of language disturbances in subjects with migraine headache during treatment with topiramate. Neurological Sciences, 29, S141–S143.
03.16.12 - Taylor Heilman: Johnson et al. (2012). Expression and resilience of a cocaine-conditioned locomotor response after brief and extended drug-free periods . Behavioural Brain Research, 230, 69-77 .
03.30.12 - Sebastian Gil: Chen et al. (2012). Early fear as a predictor of avoidance in a rat model of post-traumatic stress disorder. Behavioural Brain Research, 226, 112–117.
04.20.12 - Michelle Rivera: Macone et al. (2011). Sharing stressful experiences attenuates anxiety-related cognitive and sleep impairments. Behavioural Brain Research 222, 351–356.
04.26.12 - Kyle Fulk: de la Torre (2011). Three postulates to help identify the cause of Alzheimer's disease. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 24, 657–668.
09.06.12 - Sebastian Gil: Chesworth et al. (2012). Cognition in female transmembrane domain neuregulin 1 mutant mice, Behavioural Brain Research, 226, 218-223.
09.12.12 - Tiffany Phasukkan: Del Olmo et al. (2007). Cocaine self-administration improves performance in a highly demanding water maze task, Psychopharmacology, 195, 19-25.
09.20.12 - Danielle Martin: Chang et al. (2012).Prenatal ethanolexposure stimulates neurogenesis in hypothalamic and limbic peptide systems: Possible mechanism for offspring ethanol overconsumption. Neuroscience, 222, 417-428.
09.27.12 - David Garland: Roth et al. (2011). Epigenetic modification of hippocampal bdnf DNA in adult rats in an animal model of post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45, 919-926.
10.04.12 - Taylor Heilman: Win-Shwe et al. (2012). Novel object recognition ability in female mice following exposure to nanoparticle-rich diesel exhaust. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 262, 355-362.
10.18.12 - Elizabeth McGovern: Linnarsson et al. (1997). Learning deficit in bdnf mutant mice. European Journal of Neuroscience, 9, 2581-2587.
10.25.12 - Christopher Knuckles: Albayram et al. (2011). Role of CB1 cannabinoid receptors on GABAergic neurons in brain aging. PNAS, 108, 11256–11261.
11.08.12 - David Garland: Carvalho-Netto et al. (2011). Sex differences in synaptic plasticity in stress-responsive brain regions following chronic variable stress. Physiology & Behavior, 104, 242-247.
11.15.12 - Shivani Vyas: Zelikowsky et al. (2012). Contextual fear memories formed in the absence of the dorsal hippocampus decay across time. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 3393–3397.
11.29.12 - Sunny Dattani: Belyanskaya et al. (2009). Effects of carbon nanotubes on primary neurons and glial cells. Neurotoxicology, 30, 702–711.
02.01.13 - Elizabeth McGovern: Kofman & Sher (2006). Postnatal exposure to diisopropylfluorophosphate enhances discrimination learning in adult mice. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 30, 914–918.
02.08.13 - Christopher Knuckles: Dubreucq et al. (2010). CB1 receptor deficiency decreases wheel-running activity: Consequences on emotional behaviours and hippocampal neurogenesis. Experimental Neurology, 224, 106–113.
02.15.13 - Heather Barnes: Heyward et al. (2012). Adult mice maintained on a high-fat diet exhibit object location memory deficits and reduced hippocampal SIRT1 gene expression. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 98, 25-32.
03.08.13 - Jessica Lozano: Alia-Klein et al. (2008). Brain monoamine oxidase A activity predicts trait aggression. The Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 5099-5104.
03.22.13 - Marie Shuter: Green et al. (2009). Functional neuroanatomy of visual masking deficits in schizophrenia. Archives of General Psychiatry, 66, 1295-1303. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2009.132