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Friday Afternoon Integrative Neuroscience Colloquium

From today’s Dateline:

Steven D. Munger, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, will speak on “Sniffing to learn: How a novel olfactory subsystem helped animals avoid dangerous foods” for the 2011-2012 Harpur College Dean’s Speaker Series in Integrative Neuroscience beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in CV-49.

Here’s the complete abstract:

The olfactory system is composed of a number of subsystems, some well known and others only recently characterized. These subsystems may be anatomically segregated within the nasal cavity, and they each make distinct neural connections to regions of the olfactory forebrain. They are clearly distinguished by the receptors they express and the signaling mechanisms they employ to detect and transduce chemosensory stimuli, and they respond to a plethora of diverse molecules, sometimes quite specifically, that range from volatile odors to peptides and proteins. We are using integrative molecular biological, physiological and behavioral approaches in the mouse to decipher the transduction mechanisms of these specialized subsystems, the ways in which the forebrain processes these signals, and the specific behaviors they mediate. Of particular interest is a subsystem specialized to detect chemosignals that facilitate food-related social learning. This subsystem, which includes olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) expressing teh receptor guanylyl cyclase GC-D, the cyclic nucleotide-gated channel subunit CNGA3 and the carbonic anhydrase isoform CAII is required for the acquisition of socially transmitted food preferences in mice. Recent work in this area will be discussed.

Additionally, Dr. Munger will give a career-oriented lecture at 1:00 pm in SL-310 intended for undergraduate majors in Integrative Neuroscience, Biology, or Psychology: “One simple trick… to a successful career in academic science.”

Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 in Events/News by EvoS.


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