This center leverages the strengths of Carnegie Mellon in cognitive and computational neuroscience and those of the University of Pittsburgh in basic and clinical neuroscience to support a coordinated cross-university research and educational program of international stature.


CMNI Open Institute @ 348 Mellon Institute
Mar 21 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Otolaryngology: Rabbitt @ Scaife Lecture Room 1
Mar 26 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Auditory-Vestibular T32 Training Program Special Seminar:

Unexpected neuronal excitability to the modern techno

Richard Rabbitt, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Bioengineering
University of Utah

Tuesday, March 26
4 PM
Scaife Lecture Room 1

(Sponsored by the Department of Otolaryngology)

The nervous system evolved for hundreds of millions of years in the protected environment of earth, shielded from high-power laser light, microwaves, ultrasound, and other forms of human generated energy. Yet, perhaps enabled by naiveté, neurons respond to these unnatural stimuli. Nowhere is this more clearly exemplified than in the inner ear, where brief pulses of focused infrared laser light and brief packets of focused ultrasound have both been shown to evoke action potentials in afferent neurons. These atypical stimuli have also been shown to evoke muscle contraction in cardiomyocytes, intracellular calcium transients in glial cells, and synaptic release at the neuromuscular junction. Focusing the energy in brief pulses on single cells or small regions of tissue can locally excite or inhibit neurons through endogenous mechanisms. This lecture will describe these “unexpected” responses to infrared light and ultrasound in several model systems, both in situ and in vivo, with attention to the mechanisms of action as well as the promise and the pitfalls of application.

Pain Research: Neugebauer @ Conference Room 1495 BST
Mar 27 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research
Presents a Special Seminar:

“Amygdala pain mechanisms”

Volker Neugebauer, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University

March 27, 2019
4:00pm- 5:00pm
Conference Room 1495 BST

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