Former Committee & Previous Presentations

The CCB Journal Club has featured various former committee members, and a diverse list of presentations given by CCB Fellows.


Former CCB Journal Club Committee

Former Committee Members Term
Andrew Kesner, Ph.D. 2020 - 2021
Zak Brodnik, Ph.D. 2020 - 2022
Valerie Darcey, Ph.D., M.S., R.D. 2020
Rosario Jaime-Lara, CRNP, Ph.D. 2021 - 2022
Julio Yanes, Ph.D. 2022
Yosuke Arima, Ph.D. 2021 - 2023


Previous Presentations


Presenter Presenter Institute Presentation Title
Valerie Darcey NIDDK Dopamine synthesis capacity is associated with D2/3 receptor binding but not dopamine release
Paul Kramer NINDS A unified framework for dopamine signals across timescales
Zak Brodnik NIDA A cortical-brainstem circuit predicts and governs compulsive alcohol drinking
Daria Piacentino NIDA/NIAAA Review of own data
Matt Gardner NIDA A distributional code for value in dopamine-based reinforcement learning
Saumitra Choudhury NICHD Epigenetic Signaling in Glia Controls Presynaptic Homeostatic Plasticity
Chris Mazzone NIEHS

Depression of Accumbal to Lateral Hypothalamic Synapses Gates Overeating

Jisoo Lee NIAAA Microglial activation increases cocaine self-administration following adolescent nicotine exposure
Patrick Piantadosi NIAAA A Genetically Defined Compartmentalized Striatal Direct Pathway for Negative Reinforcement
Emma Condy NIMH RDoC Topic


Presenter Presenter Institute Presentation Title
Justin Siemian NIDA Revealing the structure of pharmacobehavioral space through motion sequencing
Valerie Darcey NIDDK Presenting data for publication
Brenton Laing NIDA Wireless optogenetic stimulation of oxytocin neurons in a semi-natural setup dynamically elevates both pro-social and agnostic behaviors
Cole Calva NIDA VTA Glutamate Neuron Activity Drives Positive Reinforcement Absent Dopamine Co-release
Ryan Shepard NINDS Synaptic inhibition in the lateral habenula shapes reward anticipation
Ayland Letsinger NIEHS Belief in the law of small numbers
Hector Yarur Castillo NIMH Ventral tegmental area GABAergic inhibition of cholinergic interneurons in the ventral nucleus accumbens shell promotes reward reinforcement
Rodolfo Flores NIMH The paraventricular thalamus provides a polysynaptic brake on limbic CRF neurons to sex dependently blunt binge alcohol drinking and avoidance behavior in mice
Patrick Piantadosi NIAAA Corticostriatal activity driving compulsive reward seeking


Presenter Presenter Institute Presentation Title
Brenton Laing NIDA The defining characteristic of substance use disorders
Julio Alejandro Yanes NCCIH Distinct Contributions of Ventromedial and Dorsolateral Subregions of the Human Substantia Nigra to Appetitive and Aversive Learning
Yosuke Arima NIDA A hypothalamic novelty signal modulates hippocampal memory
Adam Caccavano NICHD Enkephalin release from VIP interneurons in the hippocampal CA2/3a region mediates heterosynaptic plasticity and social memory
Oliver Goral NIEHS Role of GABA co-transmission from cholinergic neurons in brain function
Cole Calva NIDA A bottom-up reward pathway mediated by somatostatin neurons in the medial septum complex underlying appetitive learning
Cole Calva NIDA Characterizing the response of medial septal GAD2 neurons to rewarding and aversive stimuli
Emma Condy NIMH Feasibility of measuring prefrontal activation using fNIRS during a response inhibition task in Williams syndrome
Hector Yarur Castillo NIMH Dynorphin/kappa-opioid receptor regulation of excitation-inhibition balance toggles afferent control of prefrontal cortical circuits in a pathway-specific manner
Sebastiano Bariselli NIAAA Sex-specific effects of gestational ethanol exposure on striatal acetylcholine-dopamine dynamics


Presenter Presenter Institute Presentation Title
Brenton Laing NIDA Control and consequences of anterior hypothalamic area mediated escape
Adam Caccavano NICHD Recent studies in cell-type specificity of opioid modulation
Sudhuman Singh NCCIH Cells and circuits for pain modulation in the central amygdala
Thien Nguyen NICHD Autism is a prenatal disorder
Lorenzo Sansalone NINDS Unique connectivity of Substantia Nigra Pars Lateralis dopamine neurons
Ayland Letsinger NIEHS ChatGPT & Me: Language Models in Modern Research
Ying Duan NIDA Synaptic mechanism underlying serotonin modulation of transition to cocaine addiction
Geoffrey Vargish NICHD Hippocampal place codes are gated by behavioral engagement
Nicholas Beacher NIDA Tracking the evolution of motivation across efforts in the NAc using miniScopes and deep learning
Wen-Chieh Hsieh NICHD Presynaptic NMDA receptors facilitate short-term plasticity and BDNF release at hippocampal mossy fiber synapses
Marios Panayi NIDA anticipation of appetitive operant action induces sustained dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens
Tingting Liu NIDA A systematic review of virtual reality therapies for substance use disorders: Impact on secondary treatment
Josephin Wagner NIAAA PCSK9 inhibition attenuates alcohol-associated neuronal oxidative stress and neuroinflammation
Diana Burk NIMH A state-based value model predicts motivation during a reinforcement learning task with token reinforcement
Aijaz Naik NIMH Linking emotional Valence and Anxiety in a mouse insula-amygdala circuit
Katherine Savell NIDA Identifying the transcriptional signature of a cocaine relapse memory (& the path to get there)


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